At last, presenting my comprehensive list of activities in Qatar (11 pages to be precise, find links to more areas below - but first check out the list on this page!) , mainly focused on Doha but with a few additions from around the country. Please be aware that the highlighted areas serve as markers, indicating that the subsequent list items are located in or near those specific areas.
Kindly verify in advance whether the mentioned places are currently open (as some may close during the summer). For those with young children, it's advisable to confirm their age and height requirements before planning a visit.
I've made an effort to cover the key areas that I personally recommend. However, if you believe I've overlooked something, feel free to reach out to me. Your input is appreciated!
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|2. Pearl, Qatar
|4. West Bay
|8. Al Rayyan
|10. Al waab/Aspire
- Navigating Qatar: Qatar offers a diverse array of transportation options, ranging from the metro and taxis to helicopters. Check out this informative article by Visit Qatar: Getting Around in Qatar. However, it's worth noting that the article doesn't cover Uber and the local taxi service, Karwa.
Uber, in particular, is remarkably affordable in Qatar, providing a convenient and cost-effective means of transportation. The process is user-friendly, and both Uber and Karwa are available for daily hires, featuring a variety of vehicle sizes, including small cars, 4x4s, and Executive Cars!
- Afternoon tea: Indulging in afternoon tea at Doha's 5-star hotels is a delightful experience. Whether you choose the elegance of Raffles in Lusail or the serene ambiance of Banana Island, discover the perfect venue that suits your taste.
- Spas: Unwind and rejuvenate at the extensive array of spas in Doha and throughout Qatar. Among my preferred choices are InterContinental Doha, Mondrian, and Waldorf Astoria for a truly relaxing experience.
- Hotel day packages: Many hotels in Qatar provide day packages, making it an excellent option if overnight stays are beyond your budget or if you wish to explore various hotels.
Others in Doha and around Qatar
- West walk is literally the cool place to be – with outdoor air-conditioning creating the ideal comfortable climate along our Promenade avenues throughout the year. It’s a refreshing new way to relax!
Also at West walk: Freestylers tribe An indoor parkour facility and freer unning sports center, including a soft play for kids of all ages
- Salwa beach resort - this luxury escape is home to 3.5 kilometers of private beach, a luxury spa, a marina, and a water and adventure park. 7 Signature Restaurants and a variety of kiosks, foodstalls, and poolside restaurants, the resort showcases global flavors in unforgettable settings. You can enjoy a day trip here or stay at the luxiourous hotel. It also includes Go karting, laser quest and more!
- Desert falls water park - one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East. Desert Falls features 19 attractions with 30 rides and slides.
- Baladna park (cooler months) a green refuge on the outskirts of Doha, is the gateway to a peaceful Nature Wonderland. A visit to Baladna Park gives everyone a chance to participate in their favourite outdoor activities for all ages.
- North sedera farm The farm takes pride in preserving the cultural heritage of the country. Through the Qatari museum, different local trees, and various activities, visitors get a unique chance to experience the local culture in one place. The farm has a mini zoo with various animals, including Arabian Oryx, zebra, ostrich, lama, and camels.
- Purple island A serene island set amidst nature beyond Al Khor (a hour away from Doha) is the Purple Island abundant of mangroves and lush greenery. This island brings you an opportunity to reconnect with nature away from the hustle-bustle of the city. From long walks and family picnics to kayaking options, the Purple Island has something for everyone in the family.
- Al khor park is divided into two parts, the first part is environmental and makes up about 35% of the total area of the park, and the other part is entertainment, which includes 56%. Among the environmental features of this park is a mini zoo with an area of 1,335 square meters with fifteen species of large and small animals, the birdcage, which is one of the largest cages, with an area of 11,400 square meters and a height of 40 meters, are just some of the features of this park.
- Panda House (Al Khor) Experience giant panda cuteness overload at Qatar's Panda House! Witness these black and white fluffballs munching on bamboo, frolicking in their spacious enclosure, and maybe even catching a snooze (they are pros at that!).
- Al Samiriya estate is a lovely break away from the hustle and bustle, from the outstanding grounds to the hotel, to horse riding to the leaning mosque, there’s something for everyone.
- Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
- Al Samriya Riding school They provide Horse Riding, Lessons, Horse Training & Livery in Qatar. Located 20KM away from Doha City within the estate.
- To experience Desert safari including Quad Biking, camel riding, dune bashing, and more. Visit the highly recommended 365 adventures.
- Zekreet Limestone Discover the natural beauty of the desert and the arid wilderness at Zekreet. Dominated by unique mushroom-like limestone rock formations, the area has an otherworldly feel. Other attractions include free-roaming oryx, gazelles and flamingoes.
- Al Zubarah - Once a thriving pearl fishing town and trading port, Al Zubarah is now Qatar’s largest heritage site, with an impressive city wall, ancient residential palaces and houses, markets, industrial areas and mosques.
- Singing Sand Dunes are an approximately 100 square km area with about 60 meter high sand dunes which create a magical vibrating sound when you move the sand. Some call it singing or humming
- Musfur Sinkhole is a magical hiden place in the heart of the country, as it is the largest known of the still accessible sinkhole caves in Qatar.
- Day trip (or stay) at Banana island Located on an exclusive 13-hectare island, Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara offers a taste of traditional Qatari hospitality and a superb resort experience with the first and only over water villas in Qatar.
- AL Shu’aa reserve (Al Khor) Is one of the mini-reserves that are unique to Qatar and includes 14 species of animals and birds -- ostriches, turkeys, chickens, yams, pigeons, geese, ducks and quail as well as six species of animals including Arabian Oryx, deer, wild turtles, goats, dwarf horse and rabbits.
- Heenat Salma farm is a stunning eco conscious location, where they offer organic local produce within their restartaunt and around the property. They also offer a variety of yoga and meditation classes, along with workshops on weaving and pottery.
- Skymasters Enjoy the best views of Qatar's beautiful coastline from above with Sky Masters Sports Club. Take a tour with one of the club's experienced pilots or train with the best instructors to earn your wings and fly solo.
- Sealine (Area) - This is a wider area encompassing a beach resort (Sealine beach resort) and the surrounding desert. It's a popular destination for day trips from Doha, especially during the cooler months. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, sandboarding, camel riding, and dune bashing. There are also a number of campsites and picnic areas in the area.
- Outpost barari Escape the ordinary at Qatar's hidden gem nestled amidst soaring sand dunes for a day trip or night. Imagine waking to sunrise views from your private, tented villa, each a luxurious cocoon of handcrafted décor and infinity pools mirroring the endless desert sky. Savor the day with desert adventures, indulging in spa treatments under the stars, or relishing exquisite farm-to-table feasts beneath a canopy of stars. Outpost Al Barari isn't just a resort, it's a transformative experience - a whisper of Qatari heritage woven into a tapestry of modern luxury. Let the desert embrace you, one unforgettable moment at a time.
- Zulal Wellness Resort: A groundbreaking Middle Eastern destination merging Traditional Arabic & Islamic Medicine with holistic well-being. Two distinct experiences—Zulal Serenity for adults seeking a health reset and Zulal Discovery for families on a wellness journey. Embrace positive and sustainable lifestyle changes in our coastal home on Qatar's northern tip.