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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

Top hotels in Doha

Oryx Airport Hotel
Oryx Airport Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
The price is NZ$401 per night from 11 Dec. to 12 Dec.

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! (593 reviews)

"I stayed in the airport hotel during my long layover in Doha. The staff were quick to allocate me to my room. The room was clean and sanitized. The staff were attentive to my flight details, even offering to give me a wake up call prior to boarding. I was happy with my stay at the Onyx."…"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2020

Oryx Airport Hotel
Grand Hyatt Doha
Grand Hyatt Doha
5 out of 5
West Lagoon Bay, Doha
The price is NZ$305 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Located in Doha, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within 2 mi (3 km) of Lagoona Mall, Katara Beach and Katara Cultural Village. Galeries Lafayette ...

4.2/5Excellent! (309 reviews)

"The room are huge the bathroom is fantastic and it's nice quiet area in the middle of the town"…"

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2020

Grand Hyatt Doha
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
5 out of 5
Al Corniche Street, P.O. Box 6000, Doha
The price is NZ$275 per night from 14 Dec. to 15 Dec.

Located in Diplomatic Area, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Doha Corniche and Doha Exhibition and Convention Center. ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (399 reviews)

"Great hotel! Wonderful location"…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention 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.

Holiday Rentals in Doha

Fraser Suites Doha
Fraser Suites Doha
5 out of 5
48675 Al Meena Street, Corniche Road, P.O. Box 29444, Doha
The price is NZ$153 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

This family-friendly Doha aparthotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Doha Corniche and Museum of Islamic Art. National Museum of Qatar ...

4.1/5Very Good! (100 reviews)
Thanks for such a nice experience 😊

"Fantastic location. Easily accessible, humble, friendly staff and they seems aimed to provide the service or facility u ask for at their best. After a hectic day, sheesha bar in G level is the most cozy place which is open and offering services 24 hours. I loved my stay at Fraser Suites😊"…"

Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2020

Fraser Suites Doha
Gulf Pearls Hotel
Gulf Pearls Hotel
4 out of 5
Al Dhiya Street, Behind Jarir Book Store, Doha
The price is NZ$73 per night from 7 Dec. to 8 Dec.

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! (92 reviews)

"staff are very nice, clean, lots of pillows; a bit further from airport"…"

Reviewed on 3 Feb. 2020

Gulf Pearls Hotel
Mathema Premium Aparthotel
Mathema Premium Aparthotel
4.5 out of 5
Building 71 Al Tawoun, Street 63, Onaiza Diplomatic Zone, Westbay, Doha
The price is NZ$92 per night from 5 Dec. to 6 Dec.

Situated in Doha, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Gate Mall and City Centre Shopping Mall. Doha Corniche and Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab ...

3.9/5Good! (28 reviews)

"This property is in a convenient location near a couple of malls. Uber is readily available. There are no complimentary water is the room. Major downside!! The King size bed is not really a king but two twins together that sinks in the middle. Not good!!"…"

Reviewed on 24 May 2020

Mathema Premium Aparthotel
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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Reviews of Doha


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4/5 - Good

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3 Feb. 2020

transit only with small child; government taxi at airport log out for safety

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Jan. 2020

Wonderful corniche, beautiful mall , mixing heritage and civilization

4/5 - Good

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16 Dec. 2019

As a place to visit in transit it was very interesting

4/5 - Good

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19 Oct. 2019

good location within walking distance to souk and super friendly staff

4/5 - Good

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8 Oct. 2019

Too hot and humid during the day to do anything other than go to a modern shopping centre. The Souk was interesting and a good place for dinner after the sun goes down.

4/5 - Good


4 Oct. 2019

Great city, amazing architecture ,just get a good reputable guide for a city tour.

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