InterContinental Doha - The City
After a satisfying breakfast, take a walk along the 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 Art, and the magnificent skyline of West Bay. Have a refreshing beverage in the Museum of Islamic Art Park to enjoy the view of the Doha Skyline before heading inside the museum to enjoy lunch in Idam by Alain Ducasse.
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 the legend of the unicorn in early travellers to Arabia.
Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art was designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei, who designed the famous Louvre Pyramid in Paris. The museum rises from its own manmade island. Shaped like a postmodern fortress, the museum houses the largest collection of Islamic art in the world.
The location of Souq Waqif has been a historical souq or market place for over a hundred years, as this is the spot where the Bedouins would bring their sheep, goats, and wool to trade for essentials. This is the place to look for spices, perfumes, souvenirs, and oud - exotic incense made from agar wood. It is also home to several traditional restaurants and shisha lounges.