How to Spend 1 Day in Doha
Doha rivals Dubai as one of the Persian Gulf’s most ambitious and dynamic cities. From ultramodern skyscrapers to atmospheric souks, this city in the desert has a lot to offer, and 24 hours is enough to give you a taste of Doha’s appeal. Here are some tips for how to make the most of your limited time.
Morning: City Sightseeing
This morning, get an introduction to the always evolving city of Doha by joining a guided sightseeing tour to some of the city’s most important landmarks and attractions. Learn about Arabian horses at the Racing and Equestrian Club, tour the oyster-shaped island known as the Pearl, pick up some souvenirs in the colorful Souq Waqif, and browse the extensive collection at the Museum of Islamic Arts. Opt for a private tour with your own guide and driver to customize your itinerary—see the things you want, skip the things you don’t.
Afternoon: Desert Safari
No trip to Qatar would be complete without an excursion into the Arabian Desert, and the best way to do so is in a 4WD vehicle. Leave the driving to the experts as you sit back, relax, and take in the views of the rolling dunes. Many desert safaris include the opportunity to ride a camel across the sand, experience the thrill of dune bashing with the help of an experienced driver, try sandboarding, or enjoy cooling drinks at a traditional desert camp. Choose between the value of a small-group excursion or the flexibility and personalized attention of a private tour.
Night: Sunset Cruise
There’s no better place to end the day than along the Doha waterfront. Step aboard a traditional dhow boat for a romantic sunset cruise along the coast for views of the Dubai Towers, Museum of Islamic Art, and Al Safliya Island from the water. Finish off your evening with a leisurely stroll along the Corniche, Doha’s waterfront promenade, which stretches for more than 4 miles (7 kilometers) along Doha Bay. The area is particularly lively on Friday evenings, when local families come to enjoy the cool evening air.