Doha is an exciting city and the perfect destination for those wishing to experience Middle Eastern culture with a liberal dosage of glitz and glam. This city is famed for its colossal new buildings, modern Souqs and its crescent shaped corniche. Doha architecture is impressive, and the Burj Qatar building, World Trade Centre Doha Tower and Aspire Tower, create a strikingly modern landscape. The Souq Waqif is the place to go for fine dining, shops and cafes. This market was redesigned, to retain its ancient 19th century style. The site where the Souq stands was originally a market place, where Bedu tribes traded cattle for various essential items. Although newly refurbished, the Souq Waqif looks authentic and you'll find traditional garments, perfumes, antiques and modern art galleries here. Note that most of the shops, in the Souq, close from 12 noon till 4pm. The cafes and restaurants remain open throughout the day though.
The corniche is a waterfront promenade and a popular spot for tourists and locals to visit. In the early evening, you'll see families spending time on the grass, enjoying picnics, while early hours of the morning bikers and joggers occupy the cycling tracks and footpaths.
Visit one of the many cafés in Doha to relax and people watch while ordering some delicious Middle Eastern treats. Try some Shisha while here too.
Desert Safari excursions are a popular attraction too and various tour operators organise them so you can benefit from their expertise. Experience overnight camping in the desert and explore heritage sites during the day.
Best Time to Fly to Doha
You may wish to avoid traveling to Doha during the months of May through to September. It's not uncommon for temperatures to rise as high as 110 degrees during June, July and August. This hot and humid weather can be quite unbearable and hazardous, especially for those with specific medical conditions. Between October and April the weather is a lot cooler and quite dry, with lows around 60 degrees and highs reaching up to the mid-70s.
Ticket prices to Doha are more expensive during peak season, which runs between November to March. Check online for cheap tickets for summer holidays between the months of June and August.
Getting around Doha
Doha has a very reliable bus network that provides services across the city. Most people rely on taxis to get around though and the high demand of cabs can lead to long waiting times. Car hire is also a favored option.