Qatar is state of the gulf that has rapidly risen to prominence over the years, with the country now known for being a rich and lavish state, which was built on oil and gas. Hence, this desert country has attracted widescale expat community that continues to grow as more and more jobs become available. But what is there to do during your days out of the tax office?
Qatar’s main transport hub is Hamad International Airport which offers daily flights to both Edinburgh and London with as much as 7 flights a week from Scotland’s capital which is an impressive 3,450 miles and the flight duration is 7 hours. The airport is said to be one of the most luxurious in the world with its modern architecture and having a swimming pool, gym and multiple designer boutiques.
1. THE MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART
The number one thing to see in Doha, the Museum of Islamic Art showcases work from the 7th to the 19th century ranging from traditional paintings to beautiful jewellery. Guided tours are available two times a week and last only 40 minutes but give a valuable insight into the museum and its art. There is a range of exhibitions throughout the year and entry to the museum is free, so it is one that shouldn’t be missed.
2. MIA PARK
After your visit to the Museum of Islamic Art, why not have a stroll around MIA park situated conveniently across the way? The park offers a variety of events during the summer months such as cinema under the stars and fitness activities. It’s the perfect park for a relaxing family day in the sun with fantastic playgrounds, bungee trampolines and bike rental. There’s also a park café which offers a variety of drinks and snacks which you can enjoy with the beautiful panoramic view of Doha.
3. SOUQ WAQIF
The Souq Waqif is one of the most recommended areas to visit during a stay in Doha. Here you can experience the true essence of Qatar with markets selling traditional clothing, souvenirs and handicrafts. There are also a wide variety of restaurants, shisha lounges and shops to suit all tastes. A stroll around here and you will be keen to discover more about the Qatari culture and lifestyle.
4. KHOR AL UDEID
Located on the South edge of the Persian Gulf, Qatar is a peninsula whose terrain comprises of the desert and long Persian Gulf shorelines containing beautiful beaches and dunes. It’s not in every country that you can openly explore a desert. Well in Qatar, this is most definitely a prospect with a variety of ways to experience the sweeping sands of the Gulf. The Khor Al Udeid desert is the most popular stretches of sand in Qatar, the favourite of locals and tourists alike. 80km from Doha, it is the perfect day trip if you are wanting to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. There are a number of activities on offer such as sand skating, a 4×4 drive on the dunes and relaxing by the water.
5. STATE GRAND MOSQUE
The State Grand Mosque is one of the biggest in the country and is a mesmerising piece of Qatari architecture. It was named after an 18th-century Muslim scholar and is spectacular to view both during the day and after sunset. Non-Muslims aren’t permitted to enter during praying times, but tours are held multiple times a day. It is expected that non-Islamic visitors respect the religion and culture and dress modestly when visiting. A visit here will allow you to become acquainted with Islamic civilisation.
6. MSHEIREB MUSEUMS
The Msheireb Museums consist of the transformation of four heritage houses into world-class museums: Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House. Situated in the heart of Doha, the museums are a key aspect of the inner city’s regeneration of the old commercial centre with its traditional community-based lifestyle. The four museums all have their own personalities, and all reveal unique and integral aspects of the Qatari culture. The visit is a perfect way to escape the tax mindset and get away from the demands of the day job.
7. FOOTBALL WORLD CUP 2022
When you hear Qatar, you don’t immediately associate with the world of sport. However, the sport continues to grow ever popular in the country, with increased exposure for European sport. This rise in the sport was characterised when Qatar was awarded the 2022 football World Cup, along with hosting other major events in handball, golf and motorsport. Qatar’s awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup has also led to thousands of new jobs and serves as a sign that the region has truly arrived on the Global stage.
There we have it, our top must-do activities for Qatar. The country is certainly not a case of ‘all work no play’ as there is plenty for expats to see and explore whilst staying in Qatar. From museums to desert exploration, there are activities out there to keep everyone entertained.
For more facts on this Middle Eastern country and some important must-knows before making a move here, read some of our other articles:
- International Schooling in Qatar
- How to Find an Apartment in Qatar
- 4 Great Reasons to Move to Qatar
- What to Know Before Relocating to Qatar
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