Things to do in Doha in One Day
If you have a day in Doha then chances are you may be on a layover/stopover with Qatar Airways. If you are wondering what things to do in Doha for a day or 2 then this advice will give you an idea.
Qatar Airways most likely will have put you up in a Qatar Airways stopover hotel if you have at least a 12 hour stopover. Sitting around in your hotel is no fun and you should get out and explore a little.
Or maybe you live in Dubai, Oman or somewhere in the region and want to know what things to do in Doha this weekend for a weekend break from work.
You can do any of these in whatever order you like, but advice is given on what order is recommended.
If you are arriving in Doha in the evening and just wondering about things to do in Doha at night then this won’t help you so much, as I didn’t go out late there.
One of the things to do in Doha that’s highly recommended is the:
Doha in a day
The Museum of Islamic Art Doha
The first place you should head to is the Museum of Islamic art. It’s a beautifully designed building and is situated next to the old harbour with the modern skyscrapers in the far distance to contrast the old and new.
The Museum of Islamic Art is on the right of this picture:
And in the left in this picture:
Inside the Doha Museum of Islamic Art is a large collection of Islamic art showcasing some very important historic pieces. There may be special displays on while there so check when you arrive. Even if you aren’t really into museums it’s worth taking a look around, if anything for the great views and architecture.
Looking from the Museum of Islamic Art to the modern city of Doha:
After the museum go next door to the old harbour. It’s not a huge place, but there are some traditional dhow boats giving the area an old atmosphere. This can make you imagine what it may have been like long ago in Qatar.
Men regularly go there to fish and you can easily relax by the water watching them. You can also take a slow stroll along the Doha corniche/esplanade. Maybe you can get chatting to them and learn about fishing.
Explore Souq Waqif in Doha
Next up head to the old Souq Waqif (market) nearby (only a 5-10 minute walk) and get lost in the maze of narrow winding alleys. With the smell of spices giving a sense of the exotic. Markets are one of the best places to get a feel for a city, and the same can be said in Doha.
The market can get busy so take a break in any of the cafes around area and enjoy a cup of tea, or whatever takes your fancy. Sitting there with your drink you can watch the world go by. Observe the hustle and bustle of the traders and buyers alike.
Here is more things you can do in Souq Waqif for more info on the market.
Shopping in Doha
If you were interested in buying any souvenirs while in Doha, then the souq is a great place to do that. Just remember to bargain hard as the first price given is always to high.
After the souq you can wander over to the new city, either by a very long walk along the waterfront corniche/esplanade, or a taxi. If you are short on time or the sun is to strong, then take a taxi (they are cheap). Otherwise it’s a very long but nice walk past the old harbour and into the new.
Get a taste of modern Qatar and take a walk through the big shopping malls where you can do more shopping. There you can see families out browsing around, and if arriving in the evening, people eating out relaxing. Join in and enjoy some local foods, such as the tasty kebabs.
Children eating at mall:
The contrast between the old area of the souq and the new modern city is huge. With all the gas money in Qatar they have the money to build, and they certainly have. There is what seems to be a never-ending road of new skyscrapers, filled with government buildings and businesses, and massive new shopping malls and eateries.
Things to do in Doha at Night
You could then spend the rest of the night maybe finding a club to go to, or head back to the hotel to take a little advantage of the free hospitality given by Qatar Airways.
Doha City Tour
If you don’t want to do things by yourself, either for lack of time, or want a more in-depth experience with a guide, then try booking a:
This could be especially good if with children to save a lot of hassle getting around to see things in Doha.
Doha One Day Stopover
This is just a brief description of some things you could do while there on a Doha day trip.
This is not a post about absolutely everything there is to see as I only had a 21 hour stopover, and managed to do what I have wrote about here. However some of the other tours mentioned come highly recommended by other travellers that have visited and messaged me about them.So that’s another good option for you.
I was quite pleased managing to do what I did at a very relaxed pace, but if back again in Doha would definitely love to try out that desert safari mentioned before as it sounds a lot of fun and is a reasonable price:
Whole bunch of cool tours in Doha you can do. I seriously wish I had gone into the desert when there. Next time!
Recommended guidebook for the region that includes Doha and Qatar:
Enjoy the day in Doha for the time that you have!