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frequent visitors to qatar are often surprised at the pace the country evolves and grows in all multitudes. a nation that is rich in oil and gas, qatar is a thriving economy that is bringing in massive amount of business travellers while the development of doha as a cultural hub has seen an influx of global visitors for cultural events and exhibitions. this marks an exciting phase for qatar, bringing the best of both worlds, business as well as cultural tourism, for the first time in the country. 48 hours in qatar provides you bitesize information to get the best out of your trip, whether you are a business traveler or a visitor on transit. the guide details all the different experiences that you can have to truly immerse yourself in the different facets of qatar, from the soulful journeys of the desert to the glamorous lifestyles of the modern city.

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24 hours or more
If you are spending 24 hours or more in Qatar, take the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the desert by taking trips out of Doha.


katara – valley of cultures
Katara is Doha’s cultural village, a collection of restaurants, galleries as well as artistic and creative societies.


museum of islamic art
An outstanding piece of architecture designed by renowned Chinese-American architect IM Pei, the Museum of Islamic Art is the jewel of Doha.


tips & guides restaurents the pearl shopping other points of interest


Mathaf, which means museum in Arab, is a modern and cozy space that plays host to the works of Arab artists and exhibitions that offer an Arab perspective on international modern and contemporary art.

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souq waqif
This shopping destination is renowned for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs.


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24 hours or more
If you are spending 24 hours or more in Qatar, take the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the desert by taking trips out of Doha. Dune bashing, desert safaris and expeditions to forts and old settlements out of the city can be arranged via tour operators who will make sure you get the best experience.


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GPS 25.0388811, 51.4060266

1 singing sand dunes, dune Bashing and desert safari

Doha is one of the few areas in the world where the desert dunes produce a deep and resonant humming sound that earned it the nickname of singing sand Dunes. this is a natural phenomenon resulting from the friction of a thin layer of sand flowing down the side of a sand dune. the friction sound is amplified by the crescent shape of the dunes and can be heard up to 10km away. The exact location for the singing sand Dunes is at GPs coordinates: 25.0388811, 51.4060266

along with visiting the singing sand Dunes, the travel operators will usually plan the day trip together with an experience of Dune Bashing. Get ready for an exhilarating adventure as you take on the desert dunes in big 4x4 wheels! If you opt for a full day safari, the itinerary will usually include setting up camp at the inland sea for the night where you will get to experience a taste of Bedouin lifestyle. Enjoy the stillness of the desert night skies and wake up to the beautiful sunrise over the sand.

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2 al Jassasiyeh stone Carvings al huwailah, northern Qatar

These rocky hills close to the northeastern coast of Qatar between the two villages of Al Huwailah and Fuwairit, contain more than 900 prehistoric carvings depicting different types of boats and symbols. Spread over a large area, the carvings may be difficult to spot, so it is advisable to hire a tour operator for a guided tour.

GPS 25.9770111, 51.0454156
3 al ZuBara fort and al ZuBara town al ZuBara, northern Qatar

Al Zubara town is one of the most interesting archaelogical attractions in Doha. It was originally the centre of power for Qatar and the town was established as one of the most important port and pearl trading centers in the Persian gulf in the 18th Century. The site is currently being excavated to gain better insight into the glorious times of the trading port. The Al Zubara fort was built in 1938 during the reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani and was erected beside the ruins of the original fort from the 18th century. It was used as a coastguard station up till the mid 1980s.


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Qatar international adventures

GPS 25.40541, 51.44134

If you have 24 hours or more to spare in Doha, be sure to check out the adventures and desert experience with a tour operator. Managed by professionals and trained ground handlers, Qatar International Adventure (QIA) is one of the most reliable and sought-after tour operators in the country. They offer unique desert adventures, tours and safaris, and their designated desert campsite is uniquely located, just steps away from the inland sea. You can choose from a variety of packages offered or tailor your own experience to match your perferences. QIA is wellacclaimed by visitors and residents for their reliability and excellent safety procedures to make sure you have the best experience with a peace of mind. QIA also has a counter at Sealine Resort, for impromptu bookings of sand duning adventures.

4 umm salal mohammed fort and BarZan tower umm salal, north of doha

Umm Salal is home to the Umm Salal Mohammed Fort and the Barzan Tower, both a historical attraction to this area. The fort was built during the late nineteeth and twentieth centuries as a residential fort and features thick high walls and an impressive facade. The fort was also designed with unique decorative and architectural elements. The Barzan Tower was originally built as a watch tower and has a ‘T’ shaped architectural style. It has three levels and an external staircase.

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5 Khor al udeid – the inland sea south east Qatar

Khor Al Udeid is one of the most outstanding natural beauties of Qatar and can be reached only in a 4wd. The backdrop of towering sand dunes surrounded by the inland sea is a breathtaking view especially during sunrise and sunset. The sea merges into a narrow channel dividing Qatar and Saudi Arabia and curves into a shallow tidal lake. This place is home to a number of wildlife including resident and migratory bird species. It is advisable to hire a tour operator for a guided tour which will include sand skiing and camel riding in this area.
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6 oryx farm al shahaniya, west of doha

The oryx is the national animal of Qatar and this farm is home to a protected herd of Arabian oryx which were once on the brink of extinction. The farm is an excellent opportunity for visitors to come up-close with the animals. independent visits to this farm require special permits from the wildlife department, so it is advisable to join a special itinerary program with tour operators.

al sulaiman rent-a-Car

Al Sulaiman Rent-A-Car boasts the largest fleet of vehicles equipped to meet the diverse demands of clients in Qatar. Offering both short term and long term rentals, the company offers both economical and luxury range of cars at a competitive rate with no hidden costs. The company provides convenience by tailoring the vehicle use from the moment you touch down at the airport right down to the moment you leave. You can also take advantage of the various offers including specialized 4WD jeep vehicles, wedding vehicles, escorted driver, tour program vehicles, and private guides.

GPS 25.68692, 51.51631

7 al Khor museum al Khor CorniChe, north of doha +974 4472 1866 oPening times vary throughout the year. Call Before visiting.

This museum overlooks the beautiful Al Khor coastline and displays archaelogical finds from neolithic and bronze ages. It also offers a glimpse into the fishing, pearling and dhow building industries. the museum is also famous for displaying the legend of ghilan and mae, believed to be the region’s first female pirate.


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Qatar international tours +974 4455 1141

arabian adventure +974 4436 1461

tour oPerators

Qatar international adventures +974 4455 3954 qia-qatar@qia-qatar. com

regency travel & tours +974 4434 4444 tours@regencyholidays. com www.regencyholidays. com

gulf adventures +974 4431 5555 info@gulf-adventures. com www.gulf-adventures. com



GPS 25.36008, 51.52614

Katara is Doha’s cultural village, a collective of restaurants, galleries as well as artistic and creative societies.

location : Lusail Street, West Bay opening hours : Various opening times for the various establishments Contact : +974 4411 0003 website : time to spend : Half day or full day depending on points of interest to visit


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Qma gallery (Building 10)

A new art space run by Qatar Museum Authority hosting various art exhibitions all year long. From 20th January 2012 to 1st June 2012: Conscious & Unconscious by the late artist Louise Bourgeois
B Katara art Centre (Building 5) The Katara’s epicentre for art with exhibition space, retail units focusing on original creative works and an art bookshop. C araB Postal stamP museum (Building 22) A stamp collection covering 22 Arab countries as well as equipments used in the past in Arab post offices and a small library that houses books about stamps Admission is free.

d Qatar PhilharmoniC orChestra (oPera house, Building 16)

Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performs and promotes western and Arabic music to inspire development of music in this region. The 2012 season will see performances of pieces from RimskyKorsakov, Marcel Khalife, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven and Stravinsky. For full schedule and tickets, please refer to http://qatarphilharmonicorchestra. org
e Katara BeaCh The Katara Beach is open to public with admission charges and is a great place for water sports and activities. It has about 800 umbrellas and beds. Opens daily from 9am to 6pm.

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a saffron lounge (Building 26) Modern Indian Cuisine and the menu was designed with the consultation of Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia. Opening hours: 12.30 to 3pm, 7pm to 10.30pm Phone: +974 3325 8919 B Khan farouK taraB Cafe (Building 7) Traditional Egyptian Cuisine with shisha and live music Opening hours: 12noon to midnight Phone: +974 4408 0840 C suKar Pasha (Building 31) Turkish and Arabic cuisine with beautiful Ottoman inspired lounge for private parties and dining

Opening hours: 6.30pm to midnight Phone: +974 4408 2000
d l’wZaar seafood restaurant (Building 27) Modern Seafood with a fresh seafood counter where you can take your pick on the choices and have it cooked to your liking Opening hours: 12 to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm Phone: +974 4408 0710 e red velvet CuPCaKes (Building 24) A cute and chic cafe from the United States specializing in cupcakes and coffee Opening hours: 7am to 12 midnight Phone: +974 4408-0700

tiPs and adviCe Spend the afternoon relaxing at the beach, or take a tour around the museum and exhibitions around the village and end the day with a meal at one of the restaurants while enjoying a variety of seasonal entertainment including live music and cultural shows. Take advantage of the free buggy services available when going to different locations of Katara

Wear comfortable walking shoes as Katara is designed with cobblestone landscape

estimated driving Duration to the Airport 40 minutes

Call ahead to make reservations at the restaurants that you would like to dine in especially during the weekends


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The unique concept of Katara is not only a pioneering effort in the region but also an initiative that is new in global promotional efforts of culture and arts.

The project, which is essentially a cultural village foundation, aims to serve as a platform for cultural exchange through interactions in the community. The name Katara was derived from the oldest reference designated for the Qatar Peninsula in geographic and historical maps. With an emphasis on diversity of cultures and human development, Katara is the largest and the most multidimensional cultural project of Qatar where communities come together to experience the cultures of the world. With beautiful theatres, concert halls, exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities, Katara aims to become a world leader for multi-cultural activities. Just as Qatar is a melting pot of cultures and people, Katara hopes to share the wealth of their vibrant cultures and to embrace differences that make our world unique. Programs doha film institute Katara is home to the fast-developing Doha Film Institute that plays a vital role in developing film-making and building community-based film projects in the region. Every year, Katara plays host to
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the biggest film festival in the region, the Doha Tribeca Film Festival which draws filmmakers and industry top guns from around the world. Katara art Center visual arts Center The arts division of Katara is becoming one of the top venues for artists and creative people in the region to showcase their works. The exhibitions are often focused on regional issues and social fabrics, which helps give a better understanding of the lives and communities of the Middle East. sPeCial exhiBition Between struCturalism and gestal Runs until 9th June 2012 Katara Gallery, Building 19 The exhibition is a collection of paintings by Iraqi Armenian artist, Shetha Faraj Abbo Al Numan, exploring the relevance between Gestalt and structuralism in structuring the art composition. Her fascination with human art productions such as Gestalt and the Structuralism, which are contradicting theories, led her to the production of this exhibition.

museum of islamiC art
location opening hours sun, mon & wednesdays thursdays and saturdays fridays Contact website : : : : : :

GPS 25.29526, 51.53914

Al-Corniche Street 10.30 am to 5.30pm 12 noon to 8pm 2pm to 8pm Closed on Tuesdays. P.O. Box 2777, Doha, Qatar. Tel: +974 4422 4444

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An outstanding piece of architecture designed by renowned Chinese-American architect IM Pei, the Museum of Islamic Art is the jewel of Doha. It is home to a magnificient Islamic art collection from the 7th to the 19th century including manuscripts, ceramics, metals, glass, textiles, woods and stones from around the world. The museum also hosts various temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

time to sPend: Two hours for the full tour of the museum

estimated driving Duration to the Airport 20 minutes

1 The museum galleries are located on level 2 and 3 which are accessible via stairs or lifts. Level 2 galleries are divided by themes designed to introduce visitors to the language of Islamic art. Level 3 galleries focus on the journey of Islamic Art through different periods starting from the 7th to the 18th century. 2 Exhibits to look for include the silk wallhanging from the Al-Hambra Palace, a jade pendant belonging to Shah Jahan, the 10th century bronze Andalusian fountainhead in the form of a doe with a heart-shaped mouth and an ornate spherical brass plate from

Mesopotamia used to measure the position of the stars.
3 MIA also plays host to an extensive Education and Research Centre which focuses on the development of the community to encourage understanding


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general info tiPs and adviCe :
Guided tours by the museums are available for both family or adult focused content. The tours will make about 50 to 100 stops at different exhibits depending on area of interests. Multimedia guides are also available for visitors.
a B Admission to general exhibition is free, fee applies for special exhibitions C It takes a leisurely 5 to 10 minute walk up the sweeping steps that welcome visitors at the grand entrance of the museum.

fully illustrated catalogue with writings and notes by the artist and an interview with the exhibition curator Massimiliano Gioni

sPeCial exhiBition :
Murakami: Ego a new exhibition by renowned Japanese artist Takashi Murakami Feb 9 to June 24 2012 the exhibition will immerse visitors in a fantasy world conceived by Murakami and will be accompanied by a
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and appreciation of Islamic art and cultural heritage. The center hosts educational programs and workshops throughout the year. Registration for workshops are available on the website.
4 The MIA Library maintains a vast collection of books, periodicals and journals consisting of specialized books on Islamic art, art reference books, museum collection and exhibition catalogues, scholarly periodical on art as well as auction-house catalogues.

The library is located on the first floor and appointment to visit is required via phone or online.
5 The MIA Park consists of lush greenery surrounding the museum and is open to the public with activities all year round including film screenings, sports events, storytelling programs and art workshops. It has one of the best views of the city right at the water bay and is also home to the iconic sculpture “7” by world renowned artist Richard Serra.


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sPeCial exhiBition :
Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts focuses on a practice shared by all cultures, gift exchange, and the delight in receiving gifts and satisfaction in performing acts of generosity. Bringing together over 200 objects associated with the great Islamic courts from Spain to India, this exhibition is the first systematic analysis on the impact of gift giving from diplomatic to personal to pious purposes, on the development of Islamic art. Made of rare and precious materials and commissioned from the best artists and carftsmen of the day, these gifts tell stories including narratives of intricate making, thoughtful sharing and extensive traveling.

1 talK: Early Qurans: Context and Codex Speaker: Leslee Katrina Michelsen - Curator of Ceramics, Museum of Islamic Art

Date: June 13th Time: 6.30pm Location: 2nd floor Classroom
2 talK: Telling Tales: Narrative Discourse and Mina’i Pottery Speaker: Marcus Fraser - Manuscript Specialist

Date: May 16th Time: 6.30pm Location: 2nd floor Classroom

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GPS 25.31074, 51.41979

location opening hours : Education City, off Al-Luqta Street : Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11am to 6pm friday : 3pm to 9 pm Closed on Monday (please call ahead for changes in timing as Mathaf conducts year long events which affects opening hours) Contact : Call +974 4487.6662 website : htttp://


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Mathaf, which means museum in Arab, is a modern and cozy space that plays host to the works of Arab artists and exhibitions that offer an Arab perspective on international modern and contemporary art. Mathaf’s growing collection of exhibits aims to connect this region’s rich cultural heritage with fast developing contemporary art around the world.

time to sPend: An hour

estimated driving Duration to the Airport 45 minutes

1 Mathaf is home to an unmatched collection of Arab art - over six thousand pieces, representing every decade since the mid-19th century in every style and production trend in the region. The earliest modern works are from the 1840s up to today. 2 A big part of the works came from H.E. Sheikh Hassan Al Thani’s personal collection in his mission to build a collection that would highlight the significance of Arab art and eventually become a public resource. He also collected books and periodicals and began an artists’ residency program which has created an extensive archive of materials documenting Arab artists and their works. 3 Mathaf is located in a unique building space, formerly a school, which has been re-designed by the French architect JeanFrançois Bodin to house Mathaf’s collection, gallery space and a variety of facilities 4 Manara is the museum’s academic and family programs which has different events happening throughout the year. Check their website for on-going programs and workshops 5 Maktaba is the museum’s research library open to both academics and the public. It has a comprehensive digital and print collection on subjects including general art history and criticism with a focus on the Arab art world.

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general info tiPs and adviCe:
Admission is QR 25 for adults. Tickets are free for students and children under 16 years old.
a B The location of the museum is off the beaten track so it will be useful to engage a driver who is familiar with the location. C Look out for a big art graffiti work with the name MATHAF on the wall of the museum when trying to locate the building space. d If you are a visitor attending a conference in the Education City, this should be your first point of visit before you hop on to other attractions. e Remember to check out Mahal, the museum’s unique legendary shop which houses interesting products from designers in the region after the tour of Mathaf. It is a great place to pick up some souvenirs and items of local interest.

sPeCial exhiBition:
1 ‘Black Ceremony’ explosion project by renowned Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang, the exhibition is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Middle East and will feature more than 50 works, including newly commissioned pieces, recent artworks and documentary materials that illustrates the artist’s creative work process. The highlight of the exhibition is his ‘gun powder drawings’

The exhibition will run until 26 May 2012
2 talKs & worKshoPs Artist Encounter with Talal Al Qasemi Date: 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 23 of May 2012

Description: Join ceramicist and Qatari artist Talal Al Qaemi in a six-day workshop that explores clay techniques. Get fired up for a great time and learn more about Talal’s artistic process.

Using the artwork ‘Fragile’ from the Cai GuoQiang: Saraab exhibition as the basis of your inspiration, you will get to experiment with clay and create different forms and figures. For booking:


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tiPs & guide

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getting around

The best way to get around the city is to organize transportation with the hotel that you are staying in. Most hotels will provide limo service for hire by the hour or by the destination that you intend to visit. make sure to keep the hotel’s or the limo service’s number so that you can call them whenever you need to be picked up. Cab services are available but it is always advisable to arrange your transportation in advance as cabs might not be available at all spots in the city. For longer trips, you may opt to rent a car. The best way to navigate around the city is to identify landmarks in the location that you are headed to. In this guide, you will find more location descriptions for the destinations rather than street addresses. Providing this information will be more helpful to your driver as street addresses are not commonly used for navigation.

fraser suites


Fraser Suites Doha has the perfect location on Doha Corniche - a magnificent waterfront cluster of towering skyscrapers and glittering coastline. Just a five-minute drive away from the business district of West Bay, Fraser Suites is close to major corporate and government offices and within walking distance of the Museum of Islamic Art as well as the lively Souq Waqif with its restaurants and cafés. Fraser Suites boasts a unique rooftop spa that offers luxurious pampering.

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Qatar is a Muslim country so it is advisable to dress respectfully in accordance with the local culture. Generally, skirts should be of knee length or longer and tops should cover the shoulders for women. It is also a great idea to carry a shawl or a scarf, which can be wrapped

around the shoulders, especially if you are visiting communal places like the souq or the park. Tops with plunging necklines and spaghetti strap tank tops should be avoided. Men should avoid wearing sleeveless t-shirts or shorts. Swimwear including bikinis are allowed at the hotel pools but make sure you are covered once you move away from the those areas.
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soCial etiQuette

As with all cultures, traveling to a new country means that you may need to learn a slightly different set of social etiquette. In Qatar, be mindful when



you are meeting locals of the opposite sex. always wait for them to extend their hands first for a handshake as some may not feel comfortable touching a stranger of the opposite sex. Public display of intimacy between men and women are viewed unfavorably so be mindful of your social behavior especially with the opposite sex when in communal places.

get into trouble with the law if caught taking photos without consent.
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getting the Best out of 48 hours

If you have a full day to spend, we recommend that you start the day at mathaf, have an early lunch and some shopping at the Pearl, drop by Katara for some cultural inputs, spend your afternoon at the museum of islamic arts, and end the evening at souq waqif with a local Arabic dinner before heading off to the airport. Souq Waqif as well as the museums and forts surrounding it are the closest tourist spots to the airport. If you have more than 24 hours, be sure to book your trips out of Doha with the many tour operators available. It is advisable for you to plan your itinerary in advance even before you arrive in Doha. If you are arriving in the cooler months of the year, take advantage of the weather to dine alfresco especially at the restaurants in the Pearl where you get the view of the marina. Always call ahead to places and restaurants that you would like to visit to make sure they are not booked or closed for special events.
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Alcohol is served in licensed restaurants and bars but you should not drink in public. drunken and disorderly behavior in public is also not tolerated. Traveling to new places can be wonderful photography opportunities but it is advisable to ask the permission of residents before snapping photos of them. You might





Dining in Doha can be quite an experience with the extensive variety of cuisines available. The choices reflect the multi-cultural and multi-ethnic composition of the residents in the city. You can explore the best of each cuisine at different meal times of the day and a large number of restaurants are clustered together in areas such as ramada Plaza, the Pearl and souq waqif. Be sure to call ahead to make reservations because some restaurants can be fully booked especially during the weekend. Licensed restaurants means that alcohol is available in the establishment. In the cooler months, take advantage of the outdoor seating provided by most restaurants to enjoy the weather.
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Airport Road Daily noon to 2am Shawarma and Falafel Sandwich snack place. On The Go.

al mourJan – leBanese


PamPano – mexiCan

+974 4483 4423 Al Corniche Street, West Bay Sat to Weds: 12.30pm to 12.30am Thurs to Friday: 12.30pm to 1am The only restaurant that is situated on the Corniche, you get excellent views plus the experience of dining by the water. This award winning restaurant is one of the best Middle Eastern eateries in the world. Take your time to enjoy the sea breeze as you take in the delicious food. Good for entertaining guests.

+974 4495 3876 ext 1221 Al Istiqlal Street, The Pearl Daily: 6pm to 1am An excellent Mexican seafood restaurant with outdoor seating facing the marina. A different take than the usual Mex-Tex fare. Licensed.

la mer – international

+974 4484 8000 The Ritz Carlton Doha, West Bay Sun to Fri: 6.30pm to 11.30pm On the 23rd floor with specatcular view, this is a great restaurant to take in great seafood and enjoy the skyline of Doha. Licensed. Good for meetings.

BurJ al hammam – leBanese

+974 4495 3876 ext 1291 Porto Arabia, The Pearl Daily 10am to 10pm Impressive selection of Lebanese food in a very posh environment, this can be considered Lebanese fine dining. Outdoor dining available. Licensed. Good for entertaining guests.

Bread & Bagels - ameriCan Cafe

+974 4411 0041 Beach Tower, Diplomatic Street Sun to Thurs: 7am to 10pm Fri: 9am to 10pm A great coffee and sandwich place serving the best bagel in town. Take your pick from the variety of bagel available.


leBanese shawarma – leBanese

+974 4466 2616 Between D Ring and E Ring Road, Off

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roCCa – italian


asia live! - asian

+974 4448 1270 Grand Hyatt Doha, West Bay Lagoon Daily: 10am to midnight This is a great place to dine especially during the cooler months in Doha as you take advantage of the pool side setting to enjoy your Italian fare. Licensed.

+974 4429 8888 Doha Marriott, Khulaifat Daily: 6.30pm to 11.30pm One of the most famous South East Asian food establishments in Doha and can get quite busy during the weekends. Licensed.

woK mee – asian

grand hyatt, doha

Located on the shoreline of the new West Bay Lagoon district, Grand Hyatt Doha features balconies or terraces in most of its suites & rooms that showcases breath-taking views of the Persian Gulf. It is home to one of the best Asian restaurants in Doha, Isaan, serving delectable Thai cuisine in tapas style. Isaan features an open kitchen concept where you can watch your dishes being prepared from the different cooking stations.

+974 4496 6600 Movenpick Tower & Suites, West Bay Daily: noon to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm Satisfy your cravings for a hearty bowl of soupy noodles and other Asian treats like Vietnamese spring rolls and fish cakes. Intimate setting and a separate area can be booked for parties or small meetings.

al dana – seafood

+974 4425 6666 Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat Mon to Sat: 7am to 11pm An understated ambience and delicious fresh seafood offerings. Licensed. Good for entertaining guests.

al Batross – araBiC

+974 4432 8888 Al Bustan Hotel, Mirqab Daily: noon to 3pm, 7pm to 11pm


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dining A popular place with the locals with a large selection of dishes including Lebanese staples of mixed grill and kebabs.

ritZ Carlton, doha

istanBul sultan dining restaurant – araBiC

+974 4468 5089 Next to the Abu Hamour petrol station Daily: 6.30am to 1.30am Large selection of shawarma, sandwiches and falafel. Perfect for the quick bite at lunch. On the Go.

Discover a hidden gem of Doha, Ritz-Carlton, an exclusive island resort, nestled on the shores of the sparkling blue waters. It is one of the select resorts that features a 235-slip marina with club house for boats and 8 slip marina for jet-ski. Take advantage of the fitness center for a quick break from your busy schedule with a calming yoga class or an invigorating aerobics session.

layali – araBiC

+974 4431 0005 Souk Najd, Nasr Daily: noon to midnight Fantastic Arabic food and famous for its appetizers including kibbeh and tabbouleh. Good for meetings.

liZa – leBanese

Good for entertaining guests.

+974 4495 3876 ext 1721 Porto Arabia, The Pearl Sat to Weds: noon to 11.30pm Thurs to Friday: 11.30am to 12.30am A contemporary take on Lebanese cuisine giving the traditional usual fare a new modern twist.
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ruBy wu’s – Chinese

+974 4428 1428 Ramada Plaza, Rawdat Al Khail Daily: 6pm to 11pm If you are craving the standard Chinese fare, this is the place to be with your usual kung pao chicken and fortune cookie. Licensed.


marKet By Jean georges – euroPean

+974 4453 5353 W Doha, West Bay Daily: 7am to 1am, noon to 4pm 6pm to 11.30pm Michelin chef Jean Georges’ signature restaurant finds its home in W Doha serving up delicious and fuss-free food. Licensed. Good for entertaining guests.

Great Greek food accompanied with an excellent ambience with both inside and outside seating. Outdoor setting is by the pool and offers great view of the city. Licensed. Good for entertaining guests.

BiCe ristorante – italian

+974 4495 3876 ext 1441 Porto Arabia, The Pearl Daily: 12.30 to 3.30pm, 7 to 11pm Be sure to visit this restaurant during the cooler months to take advantage of the beautiful outdoor setting paired with classy Italian food. Licensed.

BomBay Balti – indian

+974 4464 1401 Ramada Plaza, Rawdat Al Khail Daily: 6pm to 11pm Specialized in the Balti Curry, cooked in an iron pot. Licensed.

neo – JaPanese

+974 4432 2508 Souk Najd, Nasr Daily: noon to 4pm, 7pm to midnight One of the best sushi place in town and the location offers great convenience for a quick lunch. On the Go. Good for entertaining guests.

myKonos – greeK

+974 4484 4444 InterContinental Doha Hotel, West Bay Daily: noon to 4pm, 6.30pm to 11pm


CinQue sensi – italian

+974 4443 2999 Souq Waqif Daily: noon to midnight
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oryx rotana

alison nelson’s ChoColate Bar – Cafe

Oryx Rotana’s location right next to the Doha International Airport makes it the perfect hotel for business travellers who are hopping in and out of Doha for meetings and quick stops. The hotel boasts a modern architecture and design making it one of the most distinctive structures in Doha. Treat yourself to a excellent South East Asian cuisine at Chi’Zen, or unwind and relax with some soothing music at the Jazz Club.

+974 4495 3878 ext 1311 Porto Arabia, The Pearl Daily 10am to 10pm Variety of chocolate inspired items on the menu. Be sure to try the desserts and specialty coffee and chocolate drinks. On the Go.

w Cafe – Cafe

+974 4453 5353 W Doha, West Bay Daily: 6am to 11pm Delicious cupcakes and pastries with a fun and eclectic setting.

gourmet house – Cafe

With the hustle and bustle of the souq, come in for a quiet reprieve in this intimately set restaurant with rustic Italian dishes.

+974 4405 3333 Kempinski Residences & Suites, West Bay Daily: 9am to 10pm Deli counter with cold cuts and cheese. Good for meetings.

la dolCe vita – italian

il teatro – italian

+974 5573 4809 Al Souk Street, Jasra Daily: 12.30 to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm Serving a range of pizzas and snacks, this place is great for its stellar homemade gelato. On the Go.
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+974 4494 8888 Four Seasons Hotel & Residences Daily: noon to 3pm, 7 to 11.30 pm Classy restaurant with an old-world charm, the food is impeccable with excellent service. Offers private rooms for dining and private parties. Licensed. Good for meetings.

GPS 25.28874, 51.53317

souQ waQif
location opening hours : Between Musherib street and Al Rayyan Road : Most shops open by 10am to 1pm and reopen from 4pm to 10pm
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This shopping destination is renowned for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. It is also home to dozens of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, as well as Shisha lounges. Although this market dates back at least a hundred years, it has been recently restored back to its original glory. It is now considered one of the top tourist destinations within Doha.

time to sPend: An hour or two depending on points of interest

estimated driving Duration to the Airport 20 minutes

1 Souq Waqif, which means ‘standing market’ in Arabic, is a wonderful destination for shopping and to immerse yourself in the local culture. This market is a central point for locals in the region to purchase traditional goods such as wool, carpets, traditional thobes and abaya, jewelry and perfume. It is surrounded by a collection of smaller souqs which specializes in different types of goods; Gold Souk, Souk Al Ahmed, Souk Al Dira, Souk Al Asiery, and Souk Haraj. For detailed information on these souks, refer to the Shopping section. 2 Souq Waqif is also surrounded by the last few standing old architecture of old Doha, including forts and castles which faces the

Corniche. For detailed information and visiting times on these structures, refer to the Other Points of Interest section.
3 In the evening, there are special guards in uniform who will patrol the souq on horses that are in full traditional livery. Visitors can take this opportunity to take pictures with the guards. 4 There is also a camel pen in the parking space of the Souq where visitors can come up-close with this iconic animal of the desert. 5 Souq Waqif has also become a hotspot for art galleries and workshops, hosting several art galleries, events and public performances.


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the galleries situated in souQ waQif inClude; 1 al hosh al Qatari lil funoon gallery
This quaint little gallery in one of the old houses in the souq often features Qatari artists that you cannot find anywhere else.

Open: Saturday to Thursday, 9am to noon, 4pm to 10pm. Friday, 4pm to 10pm Phone: +974 4441 1305

al marKhiya art gallery

Features emerging and established talent from all around the world through permanent and temporary exhibitions

Open: Saturday to Thursday, 10am to noon, 4pm to 10pm. Friday,4pm to 10pm Phone: +974 4442 8007

rooms laid out around a long narrow courtyard. Exhibitions have included The Islamic Arts exhibition, with displays of ancient calligraphy, some dating back centuries, and displays of carpets and photography.

restaurants 1 al tawash
One of the biggest restaurants in Souq Waqif that serves a selection of Arabic cuisine including authentic Qatari dishes.

Qatar islamiC Cultural Centre

Right across the street from Souq Waqif, this unmistakable building in the shape of a spiral hosts regular exhibitions and workshops in painting, drawing, design and ceramic with Islamic themes.

Opening hours: 12 noon to 12 midnight Phone: +974 4494 2002

Opening times vary for different exhibitions and workshops all year long. Phone: +974 4425 0250

umm alhania

One of the lesser known restaurants in the souq, this is an Arabic seafood restaurant that features private rooms for ladies to dine in.

souQ waQif art Centre

The Souq Waqif Art Centre is located in the restaurant area of the Old Souq, opposite Le Gourmet and close to the Bandar Fish Market. The Centre combines a selection of small & artistic shops with a number of exhibition

Opening hours: 1pm to 2am Phone: +974 4498 4980


This Moroccan outlet serves one of the best tajines in town with a fantastic ambience especially for people watching because of its
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central location

Open 24 hours Phone: +974 4437 3330

the mid-afternoon because most shops will be closed and you will miss out on the attractions
3 Call ahead to make reservations at the restaurants that you would like to dine in especially during the weekends 4 The Souq is the closest to the airport so you may want to leave it as the last stop of your short visit. If your flight is in the evening or at night, try to squeeze in an authentic Arabic meal at the souq before leaving. 5

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A beautiful Indian restaurant that has great vegetarian options and is perfect in the cooler months where you get to sit and dine in the garden courtyard.

Opening hours: 12 noon to 3.30pm, 7pm to 12 midnight Phone: +974 4434 1700
For more listings on restaurants in Souq Waqif, please refer to the Dining section.

Do dress respectfully in the souq

tiPs and adviCe
1 If you can, hit the souqs in the early morning for a great look into the local Qatari life where you get to see locals in actions at the markets 2 Be sure to not arrive at the souqs in 6 When shopping, bargaining is an art and considered part of the buying and selling process, so have some fun haggling with the vendors!


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the Pearl – Porto araBia
location opening hours Contact website : : : :

GPS 25.3700088, 51.5439245

The Pearl, Qatar. Various opening times for the various establishments +974 4495 3876

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The Pearl is a new development on a manmade island of West Bay and is a collective of residential, retail and lifestyle properties. The Pearl is home to most international designer brands including supercars like Ferrari, home furnishings like Armani Casa and fashion like Hermes and Balenciaga. This will be your stop for high-end shopping and fine dining.

time to sPend: Half day or full day depending on points of interest to visit highlights
1 Porto Arabia, the retail part of the development is surrounded by the sea and also serves as a harbour for private yachts, boats and water taxis. Yachts and boats are available for charter for events and sea cruise. 1 Water taxis are available at a fee to travel from one part of the The Pearl to another.

estimated driving Duration to the Airport 35-45 minutes

Phone: +974 4495 3876 ext 354


A French tea room with selections of pastries, macaroons and dessert with specialty coffees

Opening hours: 12noon to midnight Phone: +974 4495 3851

website: Phone: +974 495 3894 restaurants 1 CarluCCios
A fun Italian establishment that does the standard Italian fare with a bakery as well as grocer section.

Opening hours: 10am to midnight
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mango tree

Offering one of the best Thai cuisine in Doha, Mango Tree is also a great place to meet friends for drinks.

restaurant’s specialty lies in its creative use of black and white truffles.

Opening hours: 6pm to midnight Phone: +974 4495 3876 ext 3222 tiPs and adviCe:
1 You can take a leisurely walk along the vast retail property as you browse through the large selection of shops or you can hop on to a water taxi to get to specific stores. 2 Take advantage of the outdoor section of most restaurants to enjoy the sea breeze and view while dining 3 Call ahead to make reservations at the restaurants that you would like to dine in especially during the weekends.

Opening hours: 11am to 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday,11am to 1am Phone: +974 6680 1777

maZe By gordon ramsay

This is the famous fine-dining establishment found around the world that is helmed by award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay.

Opening hours: 12 to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm Phone: +974 4495 3876 ext 1431


Sister restaurant of the famed Sormani Paris, dive into a world of Italian fine dining using the freshest ingredients from the region. The

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The shopping scene in Doha is growing rapidly as more and more new brands enter the market. Just like dining, you can find a variety of shopping to suit your taste, budget and preference here. For local merchandise, hit the souks to find interesting gems like carpets, pottery and crafts while the malls will offer all the international brands you can think of. For a more chic style, visit the few independent boutiques where you can find unique pieces from all around the world.


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GPS 25.26028, 51.44273

GPS 25.33344, 51.46498

villaggio – shoPPing mall

+974 44135 222 Aspire Zone, Al Aziziyah Opening hours: Carrefour, 8am to 10pm Starbucks, 8.30am to 10pm Other Stores, 10am to 10pm Designed as an Italian village with gondola rides and visions of blue skies on the ceilings, Villagio is a one stop entertainment spot for the family. Other than shops of established brands like Zara, Mango, H&M and the likes, there is also an ice hockey rink and a cinema. The new extension of the mall is home to its luxury brand tenants including Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, and Dolce & Gabbana.


landmarK – shoPPing mall

+974 4487 5222 Madinat Khalifa Opening hours: Carrefour, 8am to 10pm Starbucks, 8.30am to 10pm Other Stores, 10am to 10pm With Marks and Spencer and BHS as its anchor tenants, Landmark is a favourite for fashion lovers with brands including Victoria’s Secret and Kurt Geiger.

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GPS 25.26028, 51.44273

GPS 25.26028, 51.44273


City Centre – shoPPing mall

+974 4483 9990 Diplomatic District GPS: 25.32535, 51.53131 Opening hours: Carrefour, 8am to 10pm Starbucks, 8.30am to 10pm Other Stores, 10am to 10pm This is the biggest mall in Doha with a variety of stores selling both international and local products. There is a big food court as well as various other restaurants. The mall also features an ice-rink, bowling alley and a children’s entertainment centre, spa, salons, a gym and a cinema.

One of the leading departmental stores in Doha carrying a wide range of high-end brands including Armani, Valentino and Aigner.

Zai – BoutiQue

+974 44092600 Salwa Road (near Decoration Roundabout) GPS: 25.25659,51.48247 Sat – Thu: 10am to 10pm Fri: 4pm to 10pm

Blue salon – dePartment store

+974 4446 6111 C Ring Road, Fareej Bin Mahmood South GPS: 25.28341,51.50674 Daily: 10am to 10pm

Zai is a standalone boutique carrying a collective of the world’s most renowned designers and couture collections including Lanvin, Elie Saab, Marchesa, Rolland Mouret and BodyAmr.


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the torCh fifty one east – dePartment store

+ 974 4425 7777 Lagoona Mall, West BayGPS: 25.37430,51.52408 Saturday till Thursday from 10:00am to 10:00pm Friday from 2:00pm to 10:00pm

The Torch Doha is located right in the heart of Aspire Zone and is one of the crown jewels of Doha as it is currently the tallest building in the city. The Torch was originally built as the game torch for the 2006 Asian Games and have now been converted into a state-of-the-art hotel offering the most modern and luxurious facilities. Be sure to check out the one and only revolving restaurant in Doha, Three Sixty where you can get a complete view of Doha while enjoying your dinner.

A Qatar based department store that carries brands like Balmain, Bally, Amore & Baci, Derek Lam, Chanel, Givenchy, Jil Sander, and Zac Posen.
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salam PlaZa – dePartment store

+974 4483 2050 Diplomatic District GPS: 25.32277, 51.52713 Daily: 10am to 10pm A familiar name in this region, Salam carries a wide range of upmarket and high-end goods including clothes, cosmetics, perfumes, cameras, household goods and shoes.

+974 44850585 Al Jazeera Street, Fareej Bin Mahmood South GPS: 25.28589, 51.50676 Sun to Thurs: 9am to 8pm Sat: 9am to 5pm Closed on Fridays An independent boutique with an eclectic mix of merchandise sourced from the Middle East and Asian region. Also carries local Qatar-based designers.

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imPressions – BoutiQue


+974 38763204 Parcel 1, Porto Arabia, The Pearl Sun to Thurs: 10am to 10pm Fri: 4pm to 10pm An independent boutique carrying cult and unique designers from all around the world including New York, Dubai and Qatar. Good for amazing accessories and shoes.

souK al ahmed, souK al dira, souK al asiery

Souk Al Ahmed Street, Surrounding Souq Waqif Most stores open Sat – Thu: 10am to 1pm, 4pm to 10pm and Friday, 4pm to 10pm


dados BoutiQue – BoutiQue

+974 5455051 Parcel 2, Porto Arabia, The Pearl Sun to Thurs: 10am to 10pm Fri: 4pm to 10pm An independent boutique carrying designers from Europe and the Middle East region with a focus on feminine and evening wear.

These three souks are located close to each other along the same street and is home to an assortment of fabrics and accoutrements for you to produce your own fashion creations. You can find products from factories of Japan and the UK which are famous for producing quality fabrics.

gold souK – souK

Off Ali bin Abdullah Street Surrounding Souq Waqif Most stores open Sat – Thu: 10am to 1pm, 4pm to 10pm and Friday, 4pm to 10pm An interesting mix of elaborate Indian and Arabic gold jewellery to simple designs all in 18 or 22 carat. The purity of gold is regulated by law.
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souK haraJ – souK

Al Mansoura Street, Surrounding Souq Waqif Most stores open Sat – Thu: 10am to 1pm, 4pm to 10pm Friday: 4pm to 10pm A great place to get local merchandise at great prices including furniture, curtains, carpets, jewellery, crockery and tools.

other Points of interest
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GPS 25.28874, 51.53317

1 doha ethnograPhiC museum off grand hamad & ali Bin aBdulla st +974 4443 6008 sunday to thursday, 9am to 12noon, 3Pm to 6Pm. friday, 3Pm to 6Pm Closed on saturdays time to sPend: 30 minutes estimated driving duration to airPort: 20 minutes

this building is the last remaining construction of its kind in doha giving a glimpse of traditional lifestyles of old communities in doha. It houses a traditional wind tower which funnels breeze into traditional homes. These wind towers were regular features of traditional homes in Qatar. Excellent museum to learn about the history and people of Qatar.

2 fahd Bin ali PalaCe al-rayyan road, Behind the emiri diwan (Presidential PalaCe) +974 4493 2438 daily: 9am to 12Pm, 4Pm to 7Pm admission is free time to sPend: 30 minutes estimated driving duration to airPort: 30 minutes

The palace has a permanent exhibition of Islamic coins and old snapshots of Doha and its people. the old photographs are a good glimpse into the history and life in doha dating back to the 1940s. It also hosts various temporary exhibitions all year long. advisable to call before going to check on new exhibitions and opening hours.

sharQ village & sPa

A luxury meets tradition experience, Sharq Village and Spa features fourteen individual courtyard that covers 350 meters of private coastline around the ancient Arabic bazaar to form the resort. The 174-room hotel, which features a 2,099 meters Royal Villa, is situated in an area known as Sharq, meaning ‘Orient’. The resort perfectly blends traditional architecture and design with the latest modern comforts and amenities. The Six Senses Spa is worldclass, and is the perfect opportunity for you to try some Arab-inspired treatments including the hammam and the heated marble bed.
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GPS 25.28874, 51.53317

GPS 25.35349, 51.25388

3 al Koot fort al-asmaKh street, Jasra +974 4442 4143 viewing By aPPointment (via Phone) time to sPend: 30 minutes estimated driving duration to airPort: 30 minutes

4 sheiKh faisal Bin Qassim al thani museum

This fort was built in 1927 by Sheikh Abdullah bin Qassim Al-Thani, who governed Qatar between 1913 and 1949. The fort was created to protect the nearby Souq Waqif from thieves. the courtyard mosque is one of the massive fort’s most interesting features, mostly due to what it is missing: walls and a roof. since the mosque was often used by prisoners, its plan had to be modified so guards could keep a watchful eye on them, even during prayers. Despite the lack of physical structure, the “mehrab” still faces the “Kaaba” in Mecca.

al-shahaniyah +974 4486 1444 httP://www.fBQmuseum.Com viewing By aPPointment (via the weBsite or Phone) admission is free time to sPend: an hour estimated driving duration to airPort: 1 hour 15 minutes

The museum has been established to preserve and display the different collections of arts and artifacts accumulated by Sheikh Faisal over the years from around the world. the exhibit focuses on middle eastern and Islamic history and culture, reflecting the interest of the Qatari people in their national heritage and cultural identity; a cultural movement supported by sheikh faisal. The museum contains some of the finest and most important examples of Arabic manuscripts, fine arts and militaria. It serves as an excellent resource for anyone who seeks a further understanding and knowledge of Islamic civilization and Qatari Heritage.
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GPS 25.31693, 51.53378

GPS 25.24518, 51.43374

5 msheireB enriChment Centre sheraton roundaBout, al-CorniChe road +974 3319 7482 httP://meC.msheireB.Com monday to thursday : 9.00 am to 8.30 Pm, saturday : 3.30 Pm to 6.30 Pm Closed on sundays and fridays time to sPend: 30 minutes estimated driving duration to airPort: 45 minutes

6 doha Zoo al waaB street, aZiZiyah +974 4468 2610 httP:// monday to thursday: 8am to 11am, 2.30Pm to 7Pm friday and saturday: 2.30Pm to 7Pm. Closed on sundays time to sPend: 2 hours estimated driving duration to airPort: 45 minutes

Measuring 91 metres long and 24 metres wide, the floating Msheireb Enrichment Centre symbolizes both land and sea, the desert life of the Bedouins and the maritime tradition of pearl diving and fishing, which together form the core of Qatari and regional history. Discover the history of Qatar’s traditions, culture and heritage at this centre.

Get a glimpse of the famous oryx, a national symbol of Qatar along with other wildlife of the desert. An interesting collection of reptiles and insects. take advantage of the train ride around the zoo. During special occassions like National Day, special animal shows are held. Minimal entrance fee applies.


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