Planning to visit Qatar is a great idea, as Qatar is a beautiful country to tour around. One of the best things about this country is its per capita GDP, which is the highest and also how it became the world’s wealthiest country. Qatar is one of 8 countries of 196 in the Island Territories who do not have to pay capital gains income tax to the government. Of these 8 countries, five belong to the transcontinental region of the Middle-East. It’s easy to envisage the locals being born with the proverbial silver spoon, thanks to the abundance of natural resources.
Tourism also happens to be a massive boost to their coffers, thanks to stunning architectural marvels such as the Museum of Islamic Art – Doha, The Pearl-Qatar, The Kingdom of Aladdin, Aspire Tower and many like these situated right in the heart of the capital, Doha.
It’s easy to get caught up in the abundance – or even lack – of information, and figuring out what the best things to do in Doha, Qatar are.
Here are some of the things to keep an eye out for:
Discover Doha! A City Worth a Thousand Visits
Apart from the architectural marvels that line the city streets in the houses and merchant spots, the streets are also lined with ancient structures that will sooth the historian in you. Doha is the capital of Qatar, and undoubtedly the jewel in its crown.
Handcrafted items are abundant in Doha, such as the Bedouin Sadu which are more than simply just fishing boats, but are also ancient ornaments that are made from a variety of wood. Through these traditional, endemic items, you can also see the reflection of the native’s daily life and how they are bonded to their culture.
The Al Zubara Fort happens to be the oldest landmark in the city and is a favorite among travelers.
The Ideal Location for Retail Therapy
Shopping in Doha is more than just a retail experience, as many of the items surpass those that are found in traditional malls. Here, each item purchased has special meaning and carry with it the history of the area and its origins. Travelers can look forward to special finds such as traditional handcrafted items, jewelry that features different shades of pearls, earrings, bracelets, as well as the chance to buy loose Qatari pearls, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and perhaps even gold.
The area is also known for its unique textiles and contemporary branded items. The markets are known to embrace travelers, and haggling for a good price seems to be the norm around these regions, which means you as traveler get to negotiate the best price for your goods. Some of the other retail attractions to look forward to, include Souq Waqif, Landmark Mall, Boutique on the Pearl Doha, Villagio Mall, and City Center Doha.
Don’t Forget To Cruise And Walk Around The Corniche
Doha is a city that embraces perfect harmony between the modern and historical aspects of its culture. It’s not uncommon for travelers to have a choice between the traditional dhow or a modern yacht. Let yourself float to the Doha Corniche after departing from Pearl Islands, and witness the breathtaking Doha skyline. The scenery will simply take your breath away. In order to make the event even more special, make sure that the cruise coincides with sunset for an exquisite display of color as the sun takes a bow.
Last, but optional, for those who deem themselves experts in harsh terrain, a desert safari would be a great option.
Now, all that remains is to book a Qatar business class seat and enjoy the flight!
Photo By Rafeek Qatar – Flickr