Updated 11 May 2022
As Qatar gears up to host the FIFA World Cup 2022 this November, millions of fans are expected to arrive in the Middle Eastern nation. If you’re one of those excited about attending the FIFA World Cup 2022, we have compiled a list of things to do and places you may visit while in Qatar.
Note that visiting some of the places listed below is free and does not require you to spend any amount of money. However, since this year’s iteration has been considered by some as the most expensive World Cup, you may want to plan for your World Cup budget accordingly.
Visit Qatar museums
Qatar is gradually becoming the world’s capital for art and culture, and the country has made sure to preserve its history in its museums. The capital city, Doha, is home to some of the finest museums that offer a unique spectacle to its visitors. Most of these museums have an extensive collection of ancient artifacts, Islamic art, furniture, weapons, carpets, vintage cars, prehistoric fossils and a wide range of art pieces collected over the years and carefully preserved. The flourishing museums enable visitors to enjoy and understand Islamic culture through its profound art exhibits and are a source of pride for Qatar.
Here are some of the top museums that you can explore during your visit to Qatar:
- Museum of Islamic Art
- The National Museum of Qatar
- Mathaf Museum
- Msheireb Museums
- Arab Postal Stamps Museum
- Katara Art Center
- QM Gallery Al Riwaq
- Museum of Illusions
- Arab Museum of Modern Art
Enjoy a walk along the Corniche
The Corniche is a 7km crescent-shaped promenade along the Doha Bay. This enthralling place overlooks famous architectural wonders such as the Museum of National Art and Al Dafna Park and is ideal for hanging out or going for an evening walk. The promenade is bustling with restaurants, clubs, parks, and many other cultural attractions that you can explore. You can also visit the Museum of Islamic Art, National Museum of Qatar, Pearl Monument, Doha Skyline and MIA Park from here.
Visit Katara Cultural Village
Visitors who wish to immerse themselves in Qatar’s culture must visit the Katara Cultural Village, which is nestled between the financial district of West Bay and the Pearl residential. You can check out the numerous art galleries, visit the Katara mosque, try some popular eateries or take a stroll on the public beach at Katara.
Experience the Pearl
The man-made island is one of the most luxurious regions in Qatar, where you can genuinely embrace the lively ambiance during your holidays. Featuring elegant Mediterranean-style marinas, intercontinental hotels, cafes, and restaurants, the Pearl Qatar is the country’s finest tourist attraction.
Hit the sandy beaches
When the weather is feasible for a dip in the sea, you can visit any of Qatar’s popular beaches, where you can experience a fun day filled with water activities or even a relaxing walk by the shore. It is essential to remember that modesty is strictly adhered to in most public places. Nevertheless, here are some of the best beaches to explore in Qatar:
- Sealine Beach
- Al Khor Beach
- Al Wakrah Beach
- Katara Beach
- Al Maroona Beach
- Fuwairit Beach
- Simaisma Beach
Head out shopping
Qatar is a land of culture and heritage with many historical sites to explore. Shopping in Qatar is another engaging activity to try for a fun and cultural experience. The Villaggio Mall in Doha is worth visiting as it has a fantastic collection of entertainment, shopping and dining options. You can also visit the Mall of Qatar, City Center Mall, Doha Lagoona Mall, Doha Festival City, Mirqab Mall, Gulf Mall, etc. Qatar malls are a perfect blend of shopping, entertainment and fun.
Mingle and shop at the local souqs
The traditional souqs are a must when visiting any Middle Eastern city. If you’re looking for a place that sells some of the best antiques and handicrafts, then you must stop by any one of Qatar’s famous souqs mentioned below:
It is a marketplace situated at an ancient trading site where goods and animals were earlier traded during the nomadic days. The Souq Waqif is the only lasting traditional souk in Qatar and has several top-notch cafés and restaurants and the best of antiques. It is located just off the Corniche, on Al Souq Street in the capital city of Doha.
Souq Al Wakrah
Discover local crafts, typically in the form of perfumes, frankincense in a variety of grades, myrrh and traditional garments. Located just a couple of minutes’ drive from the Wakrah beach, this souq has a vintage touch with shops, mosques, cafes, and traditional dhow boats.
From imported bangles to locally made bridal jewelry sets, the Gold Souq is a magical world made of gold and is worth a visit. Many shops also offer gold, white gold, silver and platinum jewelry pieces at shockingly affordable prices. Here you can also modify or repair your existing jewelry or get one of the must-have accessories: a necklace with your name written in Arabic.
You can also visit other popular souqs in Qatar such as:
- Falcon Souq
- Souq Al Deira
- Souq Nasser Bin Saif/ Souq Abdullah Al Sadah
- Souq Al Asiery
- Souq Al Jabor
- Diamond Souq
- Souq Najada