The State of Qatar is a small country in Gulf Area in Middle East. Although not as grand and famous compare to its neighbouring country UAE, it offers variety of attractions that global travellers would surely love to visit.
If you love shopping in traditional way, then you will love this part of Doha, the capital city of Qatar. Souq Waqif literally means “the standing market” dating back at least a hundred years. This shopping destination is renowned for its souvenirs, handicrafts, spices and traditional garments. It is also home to several restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. And if you love Shisha, this is the best place to try. Souq Waqif also became the hotspot for art galleries and workshops and local concert during holidays. Gold Souq is also a must visit place if you love gold, jewelleries, precious stones, silver or pearls. Here, little shops vie with each other to provide the best prices and hand-made designs.
Museum of Islamic Art
Just a short walk away from Souq Waqif, you can find this interesting place. It is built on the sea surrounded by beautifully maintained landscape. Aside from the precious collections it houses, the building is an attraction itself. It is an architectural masterpiece designed by Pritzker Prize laureate, I. M. Pei. MIA houses magnificent collection of artworks dating from 7th to 19th century including manuscripts, precious stones, ceramics, glass, metal, textiles etc. from three continents. From the building you can find a spectacular view of the West Bay Area with its one-of- a-kind buildings. The museum also houses a library with a vast collection of books and electronic materials.
West Bay Area and Pearl Qatar
This is the new part of the city and home to magnificent buildings, large international hotels, and the country’s largest mall, City Center Mall. West Bay Area is like a large art center with its uniquely designed buildings including bullet shaped Burj Qatar, tornado shaped Tornado Tower, pyramid shaped Sheraton Hotel and many more.
Pearl Qatar is the counterpart of The Palm in Dubai consists of residential buildings, shopping arcades and world class restaurants.
This extravagant project has been intended for the 2006 Asian Games. This state-of-the-art and leisure complex boasts some of the world’s finest stadiums and sporting facilities which continue to attract and accommodate local and international events. It also home of many shopping selections like the famous and artfully decorated Villagio Mall which design is inspired by Italian city of Venice.
Khor Al Adaid
Located in the southern part of the country, also known as the Inland Sea, is one of the Qatar’s finest treasures. This wonderful art of nature provides breathtaking view for the local and international travellers. The towering crescent-shaped sand dunes soaring from the water’s edge make a magnificent photo opportunity. The sea surges west in a narrow channel and divides Qatar from Saudi Arabia.