Qatar has been inhabited by people for 50,000 years, though the country as it’s known today got its start in the first half of the 20th century with the discovery of deep oil reserves. The Qatari culture dates back further, of course, but the shining city of Doha and Qatar’s other modern attractions are a result of the vast wealth acquired from the oil and natural gas industry. You can experience the wonder yourself by going on holiday to Qatar. Learn about the best things to do in Qatar.
1. The Pearl
The Pearl is one of the most popular attractions in all of Qatar. Encompassing 4 square kilometres, The Pearl is an artificial island off the coast of Doha that’s complete with residential dwellings and commercial businesses, including restaurants and high-end shopping centres. It even has a lagoon area where you can venture out into the surrounding waters on a boat, or you may be more interested in spending time on one of the local quality beaches. If you’re a fan of luxury cars, you’ll enjoy a visit to the island’s Rolls-Royce showroom and the Maserati and Ferrari showroom as well.
2. Sealine Beach
Around Mesaieed, you’ll find Sealine Beach. This vibrant beach area offers the best of multiple worlds with cool waters, sandy deserts and high-end amenities all around. The beach is suitable whether you’re looking to take a swim or go paragliding. Meanwhile, you can tackle the dunes from the back of an ATV. Just because you’re enjoying nature, however, doesn’t mean you have to give up on modern amenities. You’ll find restaurants and numerous Qatar hotels in the area to make your stay comfortable and convenient.
3. Purple Island
Purple Island, also known as Al Khor Island, is just a few kilometres offshore and is home to breathtaking nature and a rich history. Civilisation on the island dates back well over 3,000 years ago when people of the Bronze Age specialized in making purple fabric dye. That’s where the island gets its name. Today, however, the island is primarily a destination for nature lovers to see the expansive beaches, mangrove trees and breathtaking sunsets that fill the clear skies with warm hues of orange and purple. Of course, fishing and kayaking are also popular activities on the island.
4. Wakra Family Beach
In the small village of Al Wakrah, you’ll find the Wakra Family Beach. This pristine piece of shoreline has something for the whole family, with 3 playgrounds for children in addition to a volleyball pitch and a soccer pitch. Barbecue facilities are available as well, so you can cook up some delicious food in the sunshine by the shore. The waters are notably shallow, so even small children can swim safely. Facilities are also prevalent throughout, so you’ll never have to go far to find a toilet or a shower.
5. Al Safliya Island
After a 30- to 40-minute boat ride from Doha, you can find yourself on Al Safliya Island. Despite being so close to the city, it’s remarkably quiet and peaceful on the island as the gentle waves wash up on the golden shores around you. It’s a great spot for those looking to relax, but water sports are particularly popular on the island as well. You’ll find numerous opportunities to ride a water scooter or take a kayak out into the surrounding waters. Given the relative safety of the surrounding waters, you can even enjoy a swim without having to worry about any serious waves.
6. Al Jassasiya
If you’re interested in history and culture, Al Jassasiya can take you back further than anywhere else in Qatar. This destination is home to numerous rock carvings believed to date back to the neolithic Qatari people. The 874 carvings depict a wide variety of shapes, including ones that resemble boats and demonstrate the long history of Qatari seafaring. While there are a dozen similar sites throughout the State of Qatar, Al Jassasiya is by far the most expansive and the most impressive.
7. Dhal Al Misfir
If you’re an adventurous traveller, you will probably enjoy a visit the Dual Al Misfir, a cave network located in the Rawdat Rasid region. While the cave formation itself is impressive, the key feature of the geological formation is its gypsum crystals, also known as desert roses. These fibrous crystals can be massive in size and are usually almost clear-white, with a peculiar shine when the light hits them a certain way. This phosphorescent glow can produce an otherworldly look that will make you feel as if you’re much further from home than just Qatar.
8. Anima Gallery
Located on The Pearl, the Anima Gallery is a pristine collection of modern art from local and international artists. You’ll find a wide range of mediums being implemented among the collection that includes paintings, sculptures and prints. There are just 5 exhibitions per year, but they each show off mid-career artists producing some of their best work yet. You can even enjoy informal lectures and talks accompanying these exhibitions, where you can learn more about artistic techniques and the industry as a whole.
9. Al Wajbah Fort
The Al Wajbah Fort is among the oldest in all of Qatar, having been built near the end of the 19th century when the Ottomans were defeated by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani. It later underwent restoration, but you can still see the original imposing watchtowers, the iconic features of the fort. Additionally, the fort itself is located just 15 kilometres west of Doha, so you won’t have to travel very far if you’re looking for a Doha travel package for your Qatar holiday.
You’ll find no shortage of things to do in Qatar no matter what your interests are or who you plan to bring with you to the adventure. Fortunately, Qatar holiday rentals are easy to find, so you can enjoy all that this Middle Eastern marvel has to offer from the comfort of a home away from home. Start your journey to this luxurious and enticing destination today!