Here’s What to Do If You Only Have 3 Days in Qatar

Make the most of your visit by discovering cultural tapestries, immersing in the lively bazaars, and savoring Middle Eastern cuisine.

Museum of Islamic Art.

Day 1

9 a.m. Get the day off to a good start with a visit to Msheireb Museums in the heart of Doha for a fascinating insight into Qatar’s past, present and future development—a great introduction to the country’s culture and heritage.

10:30 a.m. Keep the cultural theme going. Marvel at the magnificent collections of 14 centuries of the Islamic world’s finest art and artifacts on display at the Museum of Islamic Art.

1:00 p.m. Enjoy a ‘hop on, hop off’ Doha Bus city tour aboard a double-decker bus, stopping by all Doha’s must-see attractions. Take time to stop off en route, enjoying a leisurely lunch at any of the many stops.

The Doha skyline.

5:00 p.m. Take a sunset dhow cruise around Doha Bay, enjoying panoramic views of the Corniche and spectacular high rise towers of West Bay’s business district.

7:30 p.m. Experience the atmosphere and lively street life of Souq Waqif, pick up some bargain souvenirs, then relax over a memorable Middle Eastern dining experience at one of the Souq’s many restaurants.

Katara Cultural Village.

Day 2

7 a.m. Take a trip outside Doha to the Camel Races at Al Shahaniya, 20 kilometers west of the capital, then onward to the Zikreet Peninsula stopping to take pictures in the desert with the East-West / West-East outdoor sculpture by Richard Serra and spectacular wind-carved rock formations.

12 p.m. Head northward along the west coast to Al Zubarah, with its imposing fort and archaeological site that reverberate with echoes of Qatar’s turbulent but fascinating history.

1:30 p.m. Return to Doha via the east coast, visiting Al Thakira Mangroves and catching sight of migratory birds.

5 p.m. After a busy day, unwind at one of Doha’s many luxury spas or at the hotel poolside.

8 p.m. Spend the evening at Katara Cultural Village. Take in the sights, entertainment, and cultural offerings, rounding off your day with a delicious dinner of Arabic and international delicacies at one of its many restaurants.

Day 3

8 a.m. Take advantage of the cool morning weather to enjoy a round of golf at Doha Golf Club, home of the European PGA Qatar Masters tournament.

Souq Waqif Al Wakra.


Relax and soak up the sun by the poolside at your hotel.

1 p.m. get your dose of retail therapy at one of Doha’s many shopping destinations.

4:30 p.m. Head southward from Doha, stopping for refreshments at the town’s seaside Souq Waqif Al Wakra, then onward to Sealine, the starting point for an evening desert safari through the rolling sand dunes to Khor Al Adaid, home of the unique Inland Sea.

6 p.m. Enjoy the spectacular desert sunset followed by a traditional barbeque and spend the night camping under a canopy of stars at a Bedouin-style encampment.

This article was brought to you by Qatar National Tourism Council.

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