Qatar burst into the limelight when it was announced as the host for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Since then, everyone’s talking about this statelet in the Middle East, home to the world’s third largest oil reserves. While you’re probably visiting Qatar to take in gravity defying bends on a bike at the Qatar MotoGP (24th -26th March 2017), we share with you our top picks to Eat, See & Do to help you make the most of your trip.
Get your bearings by hopping on the Yellow Doha Bus, which give you a quick glimpse of the main sights like Souq Waqif and the Katara Cultural Village. Buses run every half hour starting at 9:00 am and it’s perfect for a morning out with the kids. (dohabus.com) But if you have time for just one thing then it would be to visit the Museum of Islamic Art that rises like a beautiful ode to cubism in its own purpose built island. Landscaped gardens and a long palm lined driveway leads to 1400 years of art from three continents. The façade is stunning and influenced by ancient Islamic architecture, the minimalism of the Moorish in my opinion, surrounded by lagoons topped with perfectly blue skies. Open everyday except Tuesday; please check website for timings as they differ from day to day. The museum café is perfect for lunch if you feel like spending the entire day there but with any museum, my free time is always spent at the museum gift shop, which is easily the best place for souvenirs in any city.
Introduce your children to unicorns at the Al Mahal sanctuary, a one-hour drive from Doha. Ok so maybe they’re not real unicorns but Arabian Oryx and are called Maha in Arabic, and yes they have two long horns, not one, but try and catch a Maha’s side profile and you’ll see the resemblance. From there head to the desert to surf Sand Dunes and recreate your very own Arrakis. Too much brown? Then take a walk at in one of two lush parks Rumeila and Sheraton and finish up with a hookah and a coffee under a starry sky at a café in Souq Wafiq.
After coffee at Souq Waqif, we suggest a stroll in the market and then a bite at the casual Damasca One, which serves perfect comfort middle-eastern fare. For a fabulous seat by the water, head to Almourjan at for the best Lebanese in the city situated at the Corniche, the 7-kilometer promenade from where you can gaze at dhows on the bay and sparkling stars, or are they just skyscrapers?