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Doha
Travel Guide

Doha

A mix of traditional Qatari art and culture and ultra-modern architecture and opportunities make this Middle Eastern city a fascinating destination.

Doha, Qatar’s capital, began as a tribal port settlement in a desert land, with pearl diving, fishing and sea trade supporting its economy. When the nation developed an oil industry, Doha began a rapid path of modernization. Visit this fascinating city that preserves traditions of art, religion and markets alongside impressive architecture and technological investment.

Modernizing while preserving traditions is part of the country’s long-term plan, Qatar National Vision 2030. Stroll along Doha’s pretty shoreline to view both aspects of the city. From the Doha Corniche and peaceful MIA Park, gaze out over the Persian Gulf, where pearl divers found treasures in the sea. Look for the Pearl Monument commemorating the importance of the gems to Doha’s early economy. Turn inland to view the dramatic skyline of modern high-rises such as the Doha Tower gleaming in the sun.

Jutting out over the bay, the Museum of Islamic Art showcases 14 centuries of intriguing art from Qatar and elsewhere. A bit inland, step into the Souq Waqif’s busy alleys to experience a traditional marketplace with Middle Eastern treasures. Purchase spices, sample local foods, observe falconry and browse art galleries. With the futuristic shape of a desert rose, the nearby National Museum of Qatar provides insights on the nation’s past, present and future.

Many modern developments are on Doha’s western side. The impressive Education City Stadium and Khalifa International Stadium show the nation’s dedication to promoting sports. Hosting international soccer competitions gives Qatar a chance to demonstrate its hospitality. Aspire Tower is a five-star hotel, with a shape resembiing a blazing torch. Education City has numerous international satellite universities. Nearby, appreciate the modern architecture of Qatar National Library and Qatar National Convention Centre.

Arrive in Qatar at Hamad International Airport, about a 20-minute drive from Doha Port and downtown. Include time in your schedule to visit modern and traditional sites outside Doha, including gleaming new developments at Pearl-Qatar and Lusail and ancient forts and ancient wells on the Qatar peninsula.

Where to stay in Doha

Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
4 out of 5
Salwa Road and C Ring Road, Bin Mahmoud Area, Doha
The price is NZ$124 per night from 24 Jun. to 24 Jun.
This family-friendly Doha hotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Grand Hamad Stadium, Gold Souq and Grand Hamad Street. Souq Waqif Art Gallery ...
4.3/5Excellent! (720 reviews)
Good stayv
"Great stay . Nice room . Great dining options. Small issue at check in , but resolved to my satisfaction."

Reviewed on 15 Mar. 2021

Radisson Blu Hotel Doha
Oryx Airport Hotel
Oryx Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
The price is NZ$464 per night from 22 Jun. to 22 Jun.
Situated in Doha, this spa hotel is steps away from Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Centre and Virgin Megastore. Doha Corniche and Souq Waqif Art Gallery are also ...
4.3/5Excellent! (655 reviews)
"Quick check in, super clean rooms"

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Oryx Airport Hotel
Dusit Doha Hotel
Dusit Doha Hotel
5 out of 5
Diplomatic Area, West Bay, Doha, Doha
The price is NZ$389 per night from 2 Jul. to 2 Jul.
Located in Diplomatic Area, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Smoke Sculpture, Doha Corniche and City Centre Shopping Mall. Katara Beach and Imam ...
4.3/5Excellent! (39 reviews)
"I like the design of path room, I don’t like the size of room it was smaller than what I expected"

Reviewed on 14 Mar. 2020

Dusit Doha Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
La Villa Suites Hotel
La Villa Suites Hotel
3 out of 5
Ibn Firnas St., Al Najma Area, Opp. to Gate No. 1, Al Hiraj Market, Doha
The price is NZ$55 per night from 18 Jul. to 18 Jul.
Situated in Doha, this aparthotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Grand Hamad Street, Doha Corniche and Souq Waqif Art Gallery. The Mall and Gold Souq are also within ...
3.8/5Good! (22 reviews)
"Cleanliness"

Reviewed on 3 Jun. 2021

La Villa Suites Hotel
Gulf Pearls Hotel
Gulf Pearls Hotel
4 out of 5
Al Dhiya Street, Behind Jarir Book Store, Doha
The price is NZ$74 per night from 6 Jul. to 6 Jul.
Situated in Doha, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Grand Hamad Stadium, Souq Waqif Art Gallery and Doha Corniche. Al Khoot Fort and Msheireb Museums ...
4/5Very Good! (93 reviews)
Perfect
"Clean and comfortable, excellent rooms"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Gulf Pearls Hotel
Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha
Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha
5 out of 5
Diplomatic Street, Doha
The price is NZ$175 per night from 20 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Located in Diplomatic Area, this luxury aparthotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Doha Corniche, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Souq Waqif Art Gallery and Museum of Islamic ...
4.1/5Very Good! (23 reviews)
Great stay
"Great stay . I’ll be back for sure ."

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2020

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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