Stopovers in Doha are frequent! If you fly with qatarairways and have about 24 hours to get to your next destination, be sure to visit the bustling capital of Qatar!
Qatar is known to be one of the smallest countries in the Middle East and is smaller than the US state of Connecticut. This makes visiting its capital extremely convenient for those who don’t have the luxury of spending time on their own.
So what can you do in Doha if you have around 24 hours?
Start and end your day by heading to the remarkable Corniche. Stretching for over 4 miles, the Corniche is a favorite spot for walkers and runners as well as those simply looking for stunning views of the city skyline. Plus, the Corniche is a great place to admire the city’s striking scenery and breathtaking sunrise and sunset views. It really is a phenomenal sight with the skyscrapers to one side and the turquoise waters of Doha Bay the other!
After soaking up all the Corniche has to offer, head to one of Doha’s most visited sites; the Museum of Islamic Art. A true masterpiece, this museum of Doha is a beautiful representation of a museum of Islamic art and houses 15,000 manuscripts that have been collected in Spain, Turkey, China, etc. Additionally, visitors will be surprised to find five floors of Islamic art that date back hundreds of centuries. Greeted by the precise geometric patterns used inside, visitors will be extremely impressed with all that the museum has to offer.
Next, head to Souq Waqif. A traditional market that was originally an old market location, Souq Waqif is the perfect place to do some quick shopping before heading back to the airport. Here you will find traditional clothing, jewelry and souvenirs. Between cafes, refreshments and restaurants, it is easy to spend a few hours there without getting bored.
Before concluding your trip, head to the Abdullah Ibn Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center which is particularly known for its spiral minaret. Once the largest mosque in the country, the mosque is a great place to get away from the crowds and recharge your batteries before leaving Qatar. For dinner, you will find many restaurants and cafes serving traditional local cuisine in the mosque area.
To end your trip with recreation, return to the Corniche for stunning sunset views. Relax and unwind here with some Khanfaroosh, Muhallabia or Baklava before heading back to the airport.
With a warm to hot year-round climate, Doha is an attractive coastal city located on the Arabian Gulf coast. If you are looking to arrange another vacation as part of your already planned vacation, Doha is a great choice!