InterContinental Doha - The City
After a good breakfast take a walk along Doha Corniche. It's a seven kilometre palm-fringed promenade which extends in a horseshoe shape around Doha Bay and the city's sea-front. Stroll past traditional dhows moored at the bay, the iconic Museum of Islamic Arts and the magnificent skyline of West Bay.
To avoid the intense heat and high temperatures, especially in the summer months, the afternoons are a good time to discover the Doha City Center Mall or The Gate Mall which are located only a few minutes away. Alternatively, you can visit the Museum of Islamic Art, which houses the largest collection of Islamic art in the world or relax by our open-air rooftop pool.
Discover the Arabian lifestyle at Souq Waqif. This is the one place in Qatar where you can find anything and everything. Made up of a large labyrinth of alleyways lined with various shops, the popular souq is a feast for the senses. Selections of perfumes, spices, incense, sweets, rice and dried fruits are plentiful. End your day with a traditional Shisha, the Arabic water pipe, and a cup of tea in one of the corner cafés.
FIFA World Cup 2022
Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. As a result of Qatar's hot summers the winning bid proposed that all stadiums constructed to host the World Cup would be built as air conditioned indoor venues in order to ensure that the event could be held in summer.
The Oryx is Qatar's national animal. It is a medium sized antelope with a distinct shoulder hump and long straight horns. It is believed that this animal inspired early travelers to Arabia to the legend of the unicorn.
Museum of Islamic Arts
The Museum of Islamic Arts was designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei, who designed the famous Louvre Pyramid in Paris. The museum rises from it's own manmade island. Shaped like a postmodern fortress, the museum houses the largest collection of Islamic arts in the world.
The location of Souq Waqif has been a souq for centuries, as this was the spot where the Bedouin would bring their sheep, goats and wool to trade for essentials. Souq Waqif is the most traditional market places in Doha. This is the place to look for spices, perfumes and oud, an exotic incense made from agar wood.