Before heading to Nepal, my flight stopped over in Qatar where I decided to extend the trip with a 1 night stay. This meant I had one full day to cover everything and it was doable! The heat was quite intense but thankfully it wasn’t humid. Here are my top 5 recommendations:
- Katara Cultural Village. There isn’t much culture and history to Qatar as it is newly developed, but you still get really nice buildings in this cultural village which opened in 2010. I particularly loved the smart design of the bird houses as a replacement to the lack of trees in this desert place.
- Souq Waqif is great for traditional jewllery, spices, handicrafts and souvenirs. You will also be able to find a falcon hospital here! People casually buy falcons and camels to demonstrate their wealth, and send these animals to compete in various competitions.
- The Museum of Islamic Art has an incredible architectural design to it andis part of a seven-kilometre long waterfront promenade around Doha Bay which I loved too.
- The Pearl-Qatar, an artificial island shaped like a pearl, is where all expats live, and where you’ll find beautiful yachts, quality shops and restaurants.
Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum houses his own personal collection of anything and everything you can think of! The museum is divided into four themed areas: Islamic art, Qatar heritage, vehicles and coins and currency. A highlight of the museum collection is the assortment of vintage cars, many of which once belonged to the Qatari royal family. A free tour is included with your entrance fee.
Others: Visit some of their tall buildings including the Aspire tower which you can see in the back ground below.