The Top 10 Sights of Doha

What are the must-see highlights and attractions when on holiday in Doha? Here you will find a list of the top 10 attractions in Doha!

Doha, the glittering capital of Qatar, is one of many examples of progress and modernity on the Arabian Peninsula. On Doha's coast, one skyscraper after another rises into the desert sky, with shopping temples and grandiose museums in between. The Souq Waqif is a traditional place, and from an artificial island the view falls on the impressive Corniche, which invites you to take a walk through 1001 Nights.


Doha Corniche

Night panorama in Doha at the Corniche, Qatar - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
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Doha's 7km-long Corniche (seafront) is where the imposing skyline comes into its own. When you look at the enormous skyscrapers, you feel as impressed as you are tiny. Turn around and turquoise blue waves roll onto the beach. Together with green spaces and parks, this makes Doha's crescent-shaped bay one of the most beautiful in the Middle East.

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Museum of Islamic Art

The main entrance to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
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The much-praised Museum of Islamic Art in Doha is located at the end of the Corniche, which is well worth seeing. It was the last masterpiece by star architect Ieoh Ming Pei and the first of its kind to open in the Persian Gulf states. Behind its equally striking and majestic façade are unexpected treasures from Spain to India, most of which come from the private collections of various rulers.

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Great Mosque

At night, the main mosque of Doha is spectacularly illuminated, Qatar - © Philip Lange / Shutterstock
© Philip Lange / Shutterstock

In an impressive city like Doha, an impressive mosque is of course a must. The Great Mosque of Doha has hardly any modern architectural features, but instead adheres to the traditional appearance of an Islamic place of worship with its sandstone colour. The interior, characterised by simple elegance, holds 30,000 worshippers and may also be visited by non-Muslims.

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FANAR (Islamic Cultural Centre)

The striking shape of the FANAR building makes the eye-catching mosque visible from afar, Doha, Qatar - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
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Those who want to learn something about the culture of Islam on their trip to Doha should definitely visit the FANAR in addition to the Great Mosque. Called the "Lighthouse", the cultural centre with its striking curved minaret is dedicated to bringing Islam and Qatari culture closer to the non-Islamic world.


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Souq Waqif

The Souq Waqif is a labyrinth of cobblestone alleyways, mud walls and wooden beams, and looks as if there has been brisk trade here for centuries, Doha, Qatar / Qatar - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

As Doha's most famous market, Souq Waqif at the southern end of the Corniche is an absolute must-see when on holiday in Qatar. You can buy just about anything, from sweets and incense to clothes and handicrafts to camels and falcons. The unmistakable atmosphere of an oriental market is best inhaled between carpet and spice stalls with coffee and shisha.

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MATHAF - Arab Museum of Modern Art

The MATHAF Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha is the first and most important institution dealing with Arab contemporary art, Qatar - © Asmaalbuainain CC BY-SA3.0/W
© Asmaalbuainain CC BY-SA3.0/W

In addition to the Museum of Islamic Art , the MATHAF, the Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, is also worth a visit. As Qatar's first art museum and the first museum for contemporary art in the entire Arab region, the MATHAF occupies a very special place in the museum history of the Middle East.

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City Center Mall

The City Center Mall in Doha is Qatar's largest shopping centre and offers over 250 shops and 60 restaurants as well as numerous entertainment options, Qatar - © Sodabottle CC BY-SA3.0/Wiki
© Sodabottle CC BY-SA3.0/Wiki

Five floors and over 250 shops make Doha's City Center Mall the largest shopping centre in Qatar. Apart from never-ending shopping pleasures, City Center Mall also offers 62 restaurants, 14 cinema halls, a bowling alley, an ice skating rink and a spa.

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Rumailah Park

Rumaila Park is located in the centre of Doha's Corniche on the street of the same name and offers wonderful views of the harbour, Qatar - © Sophie James / Shutterstock
© Sophie James / Shutterstock

The palm-lined lawns of Rumeilah Park provide a bit of pleasant coolness in Doha's desert heat. With a magnificent view of the Doha skyline, the curved paths invite you to stroll, picnic or play sports completely free of charge.


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Msheireb Enrichment Centre

The Msheireb Enrichment Center on Doha's Corniche takes its visitors back to Qatar's impressive past - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

The Msheireb Enrichment Center is located on a small artificial island off the coast of Doha and, together with the Museum of Islamic Art, forms the end of the Corniche. It takes its visitors on a journey through time, recounting Qatar's imposing past, illuminating its rapid rise to modernity in the present and drawing possible scenarios for the future.

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Artificial island "The Pearl

"The Pearl" is a man-made island in Doha, Qatar - © FRASHO / franks-travelbox
© FRASHO / franks-travelbox

Similar to the famous palm island Jumeirah in Dubai, an artificial island was also created off the coast of Doha. "The Pearl" is advertised as "one of the most spectacular addresses in the world". Its private islets, luxury hotels, villas and flat towers are voluntarily aimed at wealthy clientele, but a detour to the million-dollar island is also worthwhile for interested transients. One thing is certain: the magnificent view of Doha!

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