Things To Do In Doha In One Day

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Have a short time in Doha and looking for things to do in Doha in one day?

I spent a 1-night stopover with Qatar Airways and this is what I got up to and recommend for you as well.

Chances are you may be in a similar situation on a layover/stopover or having a quick weekend visit and looking for things to do in Doha for your time there.

Qatar Airways most likely will have put you up in a Qatar Airways stopover hotel if you have at least 12 hours in Doha

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, or something like that.

You can do any of these in whatever order you like but the advice is given on what order is recommended.


The Best Things to do in Doha in One Day

Here’s a short video where I sum up my recommendations for what to do in Doha in one day:

Highly recommended tours:


Visit The Museum of Islamic Art in 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 left of this picture:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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 the area and enjoy a cup of tea, or whatever takes your fancy.

It’s a fun place to do some cheap shopping in Doha for souvenirs

.If you are 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 too high.

Sitting there with your drink you can watch the world go by. Observe the hustle and bustle of the traders and buyers alike.

Here are more things you can do in Souq Waqif for more info on the market.

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Find places to stay in Doha here:


Shopping in Doha

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 too 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.

As for the best mall in Doha to go shopping it’s best to ask your hotel or an information centre as everyone has their own preference.

Having said that the Villaggio Mall could be considered the best mall in Doha as it’s extremely popular. In fact, it’s the one I would choose.

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 the mall:

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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.

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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.


Things To Do Near Doha

Naturally, if you want to get more adventurous with your time you can get out of the city and head into the desert on a 4wd safari that can include sandboarding in Qatar, riding camels, dune bashing in the 4wd, and chilling at the end of it all by the beaches of the inland sea.

You can book one in advance here:

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Doha in One Day

 

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 written about here.

If you may be heading to Dubai at any point as well then have a look at what to do with one day in Dubai.

Be sure to take travel insurance for your trip just in case. I use World Nomads and have found them to be excellent.

Get a travel insurance quote:

Recommended guidebook for the region that includes Doha and Qatar:

Lonely Planet Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide)

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Enjoy the day in Doha for the time that you have!

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21 thoughts on “Things To Do In Doha In One Day”

  1. The Sunset Goddess

    Hi! What’s the best way to travel around these destinations you’ve featured in Doha? Also, what’s the best way to get to and from the airport? Thanks so much!

  2. Hey,

    Qatar Airways payed for my hotel for the night and transport from the airport and back. I would guess the best way to get to the airport would be with a taxi, it’s been a while now and I was only there for 21 hours, but I remember it being not so expensive. Maybe things changed though. When I went around exploring the city I took a taxi between all the areas that were further apart from each other and walked between everywhere else. Enjoy! 🙂

  3. Why, or how, did Qatar pay for your hotel?
    I assume you layover was a lot longer than it was supposed to be?

  4. A lot of airlines will have a hotel they work with and use them to put up customers on longer stay overs. Mine was around 20 hours long. They also provided a $70 food token for hotel restaurant. But Qatar Airways are very good, so that helped!

  5. Qatar airlines offers hotel accomodation, airports transfers and transit visa free of charge if your layover is more than 8 hours. Call Qatar airlines in your country and they will let you know how to obtain the voucher.
    It is called STPC (stopover paid by carrier).

  6. Great information Heidi! Thanks for that. It’s been over 2 years since I did the stopover so good to know the actual recent requirements. I’ll put this info into the post. Happy travels!

  7. Arguably the dullest city in the dullest country in the entire middle east. Roads choked with traffic, the Museum of Islamic Art is dull, the Souq is actually a modern fake, and the “modern skyscraper quarter” is simply uninteresting. Avoid.

  8. Well Dave if you hadn’t noticed this post was generally written for those who have a stopover in Doha, most likely with Qatar Airways. So it’s a case of stay in your hotel for 20 hours doing nothing or at least get out and take a look around. I would prefer to get out and walk around somewhere I may not perhaps like, but at least it’s not just staying in the hotel bored. You can find something fun wherever you are if you have the right positive mindset.

  9. Hi,

    I am travelling to Bangkok in October this year and wondering if its worth to spent €80 more on a ticket so I can spend 1 day each way in Doha? And is it save enough for a women travelling alone?

    Marjolein

  10. To be honest I wouldn’t bother. I only was there because it didn’t cost me any extra and was actually cheaper to have the stopover on the way to Singapore. I would much rather that 80 euros for 2 more days living it up in Thailand 🙂

  11. Hi Johnny, I just came across your article as I have a similar layover in Quatar on my way to Singapore! From what you can remember, how was Singapore?

  12. I’ve been to Singapore many times and it’s a very modern city. It can be a little pricey but my main reason for visiting these days is for the delicious food in the hawkers courts.

  13. I think it would be sad for me to just spend a day there. Doha looks great! What do you think if I go there in Doha alone? Would it be safe? That’s what I always worry about when I travel. Anyways, love the views. Must really put Doha in my bucket list 🙂

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  15. Hi Jhony. I am going to Europe next year and I have two options to stay a couple of days in Singapore or Qatar. Ive never been to any of these two. Which one would you choose to spend 48 hrs?

  16. Personally I would choose Singapore because I love Asian food 🙂 But depends what you are looking for. Want to go on a desert safari and enjoy Middle Eastern food? Then Doha. Want an Asian vibe and Asian Food? Then Singapore. I would say whichever kind of vibe you’re not used to go there. If you’ve seen a lot of Asia and less of Middle East go to Doha. And vice versa. Either way 48 hours in either one will be great!

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