InterContinental Cidade de Doha
After a delicious buffet breakfast at the hotel, head round the bay to explore Souq Waqif. The colourful shops at this labyrinthine traditional bazaar sell everything from spices and jewellery to birds of prey. Enjoy people-watching at a corner café and don’t forget to try a cup of sweet mint tea.
For lunch, head to the Museum of Islamic Art, where the Alain Ducasse IDAM restaurant overlooks the city skyline and Doha Bay. Afterwards, exploring the museum's exquisite collection of textiles, ceramics, wood carvings and blue-glazed tiles is a spectacular way to escape the heat of the day.
Join the local population for an early evening stroll along Doha's palm-fringed waterfront promenade, known as the Corniche. Enjoy the breeze and city views on a boat trip in a traditional dhow before returning to the hotel to dine, relax and watch the sunset from the open-air rooftop pool.
FIFA World Cup 2022
In preparation for hosting FIFA’s football World Cup in 2022, Qatar is building nine eco-friendly stadiums seating up to 80,000 people. The Doha Metro, a rapid transit system covering 300km, is due to be operational by 2019, providing city residents with a whole new local transport system.
The Pearl - known as the Arabian Riviera - is a man-made island built on an ancient pearl diving site off West Bay. Featuring luxury homes, a marina and upmarket shopping malls alongside cafes, fine dining restaurants and a waterfront promenade.
Museum of Islamic Art
Top of the list has to be the Museum of Islamic Art. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect IM Pei and built on a man-made island, the contemporary five-storey building is a work of art in itself. Inside, you’ll discover fabulous carpets, metalwork and exquisite ceramics dating back centuries.
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.
Katara Cultural Village
Katara Cultural Village is a sleek arts complex between West Bay and the Pearl, home to theatres, galleries and performance venues. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, its white stone amphitheatre integrates classical Greek design with traditional Islamic motifs, and can seat 5000 for open-air shows.