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Doha Highlights

  • Pro
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     safe, clean, sunny, good shopping 

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     It's quite hot in the summertime, nearly unbearable. 

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     Great if you can deal with the heat. 

Doha Things to Do

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  • Markets

    A market dating at least a century back, recently been restored to its original glory. A spot not to be missed. Souk will travel you to another era. Thousands of people frequent this market to purchase mostly traditional goods, spices, perfumes, wool products and end out at one of the beautiful restaurants and café bars. Lately it has become a...

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  • Museums

    This museum is not is boring as it may sound and indeed, is an excellent modern institution which covers a field wider than "just" islamic art. The exhibition goes over several floors and has a good mix of Islam, history and artwork from all over the muslim world. Temporary exhibitions can cover Islamic topics, but there are other ones as well....

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  • Mosques

    Doha's Amiri Diwan Mosque (Emir's Palace Mosque) is known by several names, including Grand Mosque or Al Sheouk Mosque. It should not be confused with the new gigantic Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque or the Islamic Cultural Centre (Fahar). The mosque was built in 1957 but has since then been expanded and altered several times. Unfortunately, it is not...

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Doha Restaurants

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  • Best High Tea in Doha

    The most luxurious view of Doha in posh surroundings with exceptional quality tea. They offer two options, the Caroline Astor which is a traditional high tea or the Arabian Tea with all the lovely pastries or small sandwiches. The entire experience was first rate. The quality of the teas was exceptional and the presentation and surroundings put...

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  • Excellent Italian Cuisine, Impeccable...

    I had a Business lunch at this restaurant with a friend during my stay at the Four Seasons.AMBIENCE: The restaurant is beautifully decorated in an elegant set up and chic design and of course if you come during the evening the atmosphere is much more beautiful with the soft Italian music on and the soft inviting lighting. The restaurant also houses...

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  • Breakfast From Six Different Regions!

    Locals have a habit of enjoying the first meal of the day with friends and at different popular hotels. The Nusantao is among the most popular because it is quite different from the rest.Besides the American Breakfast which is served out here and it is very common, the chefs of the Nusantao with leader the Chef de Cuisine and a good friend,...

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Doha Nightlife

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  • Perfect for a Pre-dining or Late-night...

    During our stay at the Four Seasons I was attracted by its interior which is gorgeous, very chic and elegant. TIP:I can’t think of a better place to go to for a Cocktail, a Glass of Wine or some Champagne.A pianist performs in the evening and it is the perfect retreat for a pre-dining or late-night drink. Casual Trendy

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  • A Trendy Night Club -Worth visiting!

    We came here for the Guest Cocktail party. I would call it a gathering instead because it had nothing to do with partying the time we showed up. It was quite early (6:30pm) and there was soft music ideal for a drink and some chatting. We had a cocktail at first and then a glass of wine but in the meantime we tried several dainty morsel that were...

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  • The Sheraton's Irish Pub

    Of course, you can't export the atmosphere of a pub in the Irish countryside one to one to high-class hotel in Doha. Still, the Irish harp is not a bad place to spend your evenings. Live music and football on the telly are here, though the music can vary from rock via Irish traditional to jazz. Peanuts are available for free with any drink, bar...

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Doha Transportation

  • Expect Traffic Jam and Delays

    Traffic is feral these days all over the country and works of construction are nonstop. The whole country is turned to a huge worksite. Driving has become an unbearable burden and drivers can never be sure which road to follow. Diversion signs are all over the city making everyone’s life difficult.You might follow a certain direction in the morning...

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  • Doha's Bus System

    Public transport in Doha is better developed than in other Gulf countries, but it is still worse than in Dubai or in Western countries. There are bus lines linking the most important points of Doha, but the system is still in progress of becoming reliable and prices are more oriented on European than on Gulf state fares. 10 Riyal for a ride along...

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  • To Doha by plane

    In July 2012 I flew to Doha with Qatar Airways from Frankfurt in Germany. Doha's International Airport is located only about 4 km south of the city centre.As it can't handle the ever increasing number of passengers anymore, especially transit passagers, the airport is planned to be replaced in 2013 by the New Doha International Airport (NDIA),...

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Doha Shopping

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  • Competitive prices but Not a Highlight!

    It is located in the heart of West Bay.I believe it is one of the most convenient places to find the usual brands, practical stores rather than the pointless high-end stores found in other places. eg the Villagio or the Pearl. The City Mall is like any other Mall but not a place I would recommend people to see as a highlight.It has got everything...

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  • Perfumes for Locals

    A bottle of perfume or a nice cologne is always a good idea for a gift however all local perfums are way too strong for us Eropeans!

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  • Bargaining is a Must!

    It is true that Doha has a reputation for sprawling small and high end shops, but if one wants to experience the Real Local Flavor and awesome deals, the Souq Waqif is unbeatable and this is exactly where I am taking you today.At any time of day or night, this market is always bustling with people walking around the alleys, enjoying their shisha...

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Doha Local Customs

  • The Traditional Dhow Festival

    If you happen to be in Doha in November between the 19th – 23rd don’t miss the Dhow Festival that takes place by the Cultural village of Katara.The harbour is full of vessels from across the Gulf. The boats belong to Arab sailors, fishermen, traders or pearl divers from Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.The event is under the auspices...

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  • The Food Festival of Doha

    The Food Festival takes place from 28 – 31 March and it has become a great annual family event in Doha. This year’s festival is taking place at the Museum of Islamic Art Park itself in a beautiful setting and guests are entertained with various activities.It has a free entry, but guests who wish to try the food should buy food vouchers.The two...

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  • Falconry

    Falconry is a serious sport in the Persian Gulf. The Crown Prince of the UAE is a champion falconer, and wealthy members of Gulf society will often consider practicing the sport to be, along with horsemanship and poetry composition, a mark of having mastered the fine traditions of the Gulf Arab World. Of course, falcons are expensive birds, and...

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Doha Warnings and Dangers

  • Clothing should not offend Muslim...

    Light summer clothing is adequate in Doha the whole year round. To have suitable "winter dress" here is enough to have a pullover. Rain wear is normally not needed.Clothing should, however, not offend the countrywide Muslim sensibilities. That is to say shoulders, upper arms and knees should be covered and clothing should not be figure-hugging....

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  • Be Alert when.......

    ETIQUETTEHave in mind that you should not sit in a way that shows the soles of your feet or shoes to your Qatari hosts as this is considered impolite....if you are not local.You should also dress modestly when you are out in public areas as a show of respect towards the culture and tradition of Qatar.I have to admit that on this second trip to Doha...

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  • Driving in Doha is Dangerous!

    Driving in Doha can be dangerous and I suggest that it is best to be avoided. Most of the frustration comes from the demeanor of the roads. It was a passive aggressive war zone drawn along class divisions. Locals in luxury cars often race up and down the streets, flashing their headlights at any car in the way. They don’t mind if all the lanes are...

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Doha Tourist Traps

  • Taxi

    If you are in the crowded public places a lot of private Taxi drivers will offer you their service.They are using "normal" cars without any form of Taximeter. So if you do not negotiate a price before starting your journey they will try to get a very high price from you at the end. Negotiate a price before you start driving. Ask for the price and...

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  • to meet my friend at doha

    I am from india . My friend has wanted to me to come to doha around 27/28 oct 2008 before leaving from dubai. so I want to meet my friend in doha and return to dubai and accompany my daughter and my family who are coming from toronto on 1st nov and all of us will leave from dubai by emirate flight to india. kindly advise me what to do ? i dont...

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  • doha soque

    the soque's are bad about wanting to charge you us dollars which they end up chargeing you more than what the object is worth they are nice in a sece you can get quallity stuff for cheap the best way to get something for the price you want is to tell the a real low price (what you would be willing to pay for it) stay with that price if they say no...

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Doha What to Pack

  • Time Out - Doha

    At our hotel I picked up the latest issue of the free "Time Out - Doha" magazine. It is a good resource for information about restaurants, nightlife, shopping, things to do and places to see.Apart from that the magazine usually features some interesting articles about the local life, the city and even more.Website: http://www.timeoutdoha.com/

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  • Desert rain, wind, and sun...

    Bring durable baggage as you do not want it breaking and bursting when you arrive. There are plenty of people to help you out at the baggage reclaim. It is HOT in the summer! Light weight clothes are ideal. In the winter it does tend to rain for a week or so in December and can be quite cool at night. Pants and short sleeves are comfortable during...

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Doha Off The Beaten Path

  • The Film City of Qatar -A Bizarre site!

    Qatar has its own piece of Hollywood set in the most unlikely of places. A newly-built-yet-old looking village deep in the desert of the Zekreet peninsula, hidden behind a canyon -a truly bizarre site.It is definitely an experience to visit the Film City. It is in the middle of nowhere, quite tricky to find! Once you are there, you might be amazed!...

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  • Museum of Islamic Art

    The Museum of Islmic Art is an architectural wonder and it is located in one of the highlighted spots of Doha –the Carniche. It is a 35.000 square metre structure with an educational wing with facilities for research. It has a library, a state-of-art 200-seat auditorium, a conservation laboratory, even prayer halls, a café, and a 5* restaurant. The...

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  • SIMAISMA- Birds' Sancutary (Family Beach...

    Simaisma - A Family Beach DestinationDuring my 3 week vacation in Doha we had a day trip to Simaisma.It is considered to be a Family Beach destination, although it is an area with mangroves again. These plants play a significant role in land preservation and it is important to be protected. I expect a muddy beach but I don’t care at all. What...

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Doha Sports & Outdoors

  • Doha Golf Club -An Oasis of...

    The Golf Club happened to be next door to where we were staying so we did drop by for a walk one afternoon. It is like an oasis of tranquility away from the craziness of Doha. The nicest of all is that you don't have to be a member of the club to enjoy its facilities. The driving range, academy course and championship course offer the full range of...

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  • Dessert Sand Dunes Safaris

    A full-day tour from Doha across the desert’s golden sands is a challenge.The roller coaster ride between the sand dunes is thrilling as you can see from the photos and the professional drivers drive on flat, medium and extreme dune bashing. What a heart thumping experience this is!Such safaris end up at the desert camp where lunch or dinner is...

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  • Boat trips for Barbecue, Fishing and...

    Local tour companies organize private trips on large dhows, where anybody interested can enjoy a barbecue, listen to music, go swimming or fishing. For more serious fishing, it is advisable to hire a small boat by the day or half-day from any of the major hotels or tour companies. WHERE TO BE FOUND: These traditional wooden boats or dhows of the...

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Doha Favorites

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  • Just for the record -The Guiness Award

    One week before leaving Doha I noticed that just next to the compartment where our flat was, out at a huge flat sandy piece of land something new was going to take place. The day before flying back home we found out that the works were for the creation of the world’s largest flag, as Qatar government was after the Guinness Record. The flag had to...

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  • Alcohol

    Qatar is not as liberal as Bahrain, but still far away from Saudia-Arabia when it comes to alcohol. Officially, you have to register as a member of a club (or be a registered hotel guest in a hoel with license) to get a beer and you can only do that with a passport. However, those few places serving alcohol will usually let you buy a drink if you...

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  • Modern Doha

    Since about 10 years a modern Doha with numerous glassy skyscrapers arises near the northern end of the Corniche in the West Bay. The district is called Al Dafna.Among the iconic buildings is the 232 m gherkin shaped Burj Doha, which was designed after plans of the french architect Jean Nouvel. The builing is beautifully illuminated at night in...

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