Out and aboutMuseums and Art Galleries
Museum of Islamic Art
Is a world-class collecting institution, which preserves, studies and exhibits masterpieces spanning three continents and 13 centuries.
Admission is free
Museum of Orientalists
The Orientalist Collection of the State of Qatar is one of the most significant collections ever assembled in the world. The approximate 700 hundred paintings, water colours, drawings and prints, acquired over the last twenty years, trace Orientalism back to the early 18th century. This is open only by appointment.
The museum houses a spectacular display of weapons and artifacts dating back to the 16th century. The Museum is in the Al Luqta area of Doha.
For details, call +974 44 86 74 73.
Sheikh Faisal collection
This magnificent private collection was acceded to His Highness Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani by his father, Sheikh Qassim bin Faisal. Entrance is free.
Mathaf â€“ Arab Modern Art Museum
Mathaf (Museum) contains more than 6,000 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, dating from the 1840s to the present day.
Entrance is free.
Located behind the Corniche, off Grand Hamed St, Souq Waqif is a showpiece of traditional architecture, handicrafts and folk art. Meaning â€śstanding marketâ€ť in Arabic, the Souq evokes the feeling of ancient Arabic heritage and community. Souq Waqif is one of the liveliest places in Doha.
Opening Times:10:00 â€“ 12:00 and 16:00 â€“ 22:00.
Katara Cultural Village
The Cultural Village Foundation "Katara" aims to contribute to raise the cultural movement in Qatar. Visitors will find an abundance of cultural activities from the Katara Art Center to housing the Qatar Music Academy, hosting the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Concerts, the Doha Tribecca Film Festival and Marine Festival. It boasts some of the finest restaurants and cafes, a beach with water activities for everyone and spectacular views of the Doha and Pearl skylines.
Fanar Cutural Centre and Mosque
The Qatar Cultural Islamic Center can be found off Grand Hamad St, opposite Souq Waqif, known as Fanar (Arabic for lighthouse). The mosque has a spiral external wall to the minaret, the only one of its kind in Qatar.
The Heritage village
Nestled in Rumeila Park on the Corniche, the Heritage Village resembles a traditional Qatari village, and showcases culture and crafts from the pre-oil period.
Shopping and Restaurants
A Riviera-style man-made island developed in an exclusive environment in Doha and the Middle East's most glamorous address and covering 400 hectares of reclaimed land, this is Qatar's first international urban development venture. The Pearl hosts some of the best shopping and dining to be found in Qatar.
Shopping Centers to visit while in Doha include:
- City Centre â€“ This complex is close to the conference venue
- Villagio Mall â€“ This complex is further out from the conference, but worth a trip for a great shopping experience
- Landmark â€“ Also further out, but if you want to include a bit of shopping it is worth a visit
The Corniche is located along the sea front area next to the Sheraton Hotel and is a lovely walkway for a breath of fresh air after the conference each day. Visitors can also experience a short traditional dhow experience in the bay along the walkway.
If it is something a little more exciting and you have extra time, book a guided tour of the city, a longer dhow cruise or a four-by-four experience into the desert to the Inland Sea and view the border of Saudi Arabia from across the waters.
Guided tours can be booked via your hotel or online with one of Qatarâ€™s leading tour companies:
- Qatar International Tours: Telephone +974 466 7782
- Gulf Adventures: Telephone +974 431 5555
- Arabian Adventures: Telephone +974 436 1461
The local weekend is Friday and Saturday. Government ministries and departments are open Sunday to Thursday 7:00 to 14:00. Commercial offices tend to operate from Sunday to Thursday 7:30 to noon and 15:30 to 00:30. Shopping Centres hours are generally Saturday to Thursdays 10:00 â€“ 22:00, and Fridays from 16:00 to 22:00.
For more information about Qatar, please visit the Qatar Tourism Authority Website (Qatar Tourism Authority)