Stunning city skyline, award-winning temples of gastronomy, elegant museums and spectacular public art spaces make Doha the shining jewel of Qatar and a multicultural melting pot.
A walk along The Corniche, the 7km-long waterfront promenade on Doha Bay is like a formal introduction to the Qatari capital’s cutting-edge urbanism, while Al Zubarah Fort, an hour’’s drive from the city, serves as a quaint reminder of its equally rich past. For a deeper culture fix, stop by Katara, a cultural village, and be entertained by year-round performances and exhibitions at the Amphitheatre, Drama Theatre and Opera House. Then, lounge at Anima Gallery for an evening laced with art and cocktails.
The city’s gastronomic offerings run the gamut from delicious traditional Machbous, Mathrooba, and Wareq Enab, hot off the grills at Souq Waqif, to succulent camel burgers at gourmet European restaurant Aroma, and seafood heaven at L’Wzaar Seafood Market. Traditional Kunafeh or a stop at Red Velvet Cupcakery should complete the experience for the sweet-toothed.
The retail ambience of a city is a good gauge of its wealth. And they range from eclectic traditional stalls to the glitziest brand boutiques here. Scour the traditional markets or souqs for hidden gems of old-world Doha. For more retail therapy, The Pearl-Qatar, a spectacular man-made island development has state-of-the-art shopping malls boasting designer brands and quirky local labels.
Contemporary artworks can be seen all around the city – from Swiss sculptor Urs Fischer’s 23ft-high teddy bear sculpture (below) at Hamad International Airport to British artist Sabah Arbilli’s Calligraphy sculpture at The Corniche, the city is like a giant museum of art. For a more extensive immersion, there are the Museum of Islamic Art and Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Show respect for the local people and their customs by avoiding wearing excessively revealing clothing in public places. Beachwear such as bikinis, tank tops and shorts are acceptable only when worn in the privacy of the hotel pool.
The Doha City Guide app is extremely helpful when navigating the city, especially because it can be used offline. It is available here. Other useful apps include Doha Qatar Map, Doha Offline Map Travel Guide and Doha Map Offline.
West Bay is one of Doha’s newest neighbourhoods, and right at its Diplomatic Area stands Fraser Suites West Bay Doha. Gold standard amenities and services aside, the property’s 396 fully furnished serviced apartments offer magnificent views as well. From studios to two- and three-bedroom apartments, all come equipped with fully stocked modern kitchens, and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Luxurious amenities such as a pool, steam, sauna and jacuzzi, spa treatment rooms, 24/7 gym, and round-the-clock reception and concierge services are built for complete indulgence. Guests can also bask in the plush Executive Sky Lounge with its panoramic views of the city and Arabian Gulf. The Fraser Kids Club takes the comfort and recreational needs of the guests – regardless of age – up by yet another notch.
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