What to Do in Doha Qatar in 48 Hours

What to Do in Doha
After traveling a bit through the Middle East at the end of last year I realized how much I’m dying to go back. One place I didn’t go but wished I had is Doha Qatar. For some reason, I didn’t even know it existed until my friend went after I left the Middle East. So, when I met Danielle Goffi, founder of PDA Leisure clothing who had just been, I had to have her share her tips on what to do in Doha!

Welcome to the Traveling Spud, Danielle!

Bonjour! Ciao! Hola! Hello!

I am Danielle Goffi from Perfect Day Athleisure (PDA). As you can see, I WISH I knew a different language and when I travel, I try to learn at least a “hello” so I can be respectful of the culture. With upcoming travels to France and Italy at the end of summer, I’m currently brushing up on some French and Italian!

I am a very proud Chicagoan who currently resides in London with my husband. Since living in London, we’ve been able to travel to so many wonderful places and meet some amazing people. And though I believe education is incredibly important {after all, I am a secondary English teacher!}, traveling opens our eyes and teaches us more lessons than a textbook ever could, which is why I have such a passion for traveling and seeing the world.
Though I am a teacher by day, I am the creative mind of an online athleisure boutique, PDA, by night. Not only am I passionate about travel, but I am also a yogi, a foodie {especially when it comes to trying local cuisines!}, a reader, a shopper, and a reality TV junkie.

Here’s What to Do With 48 Hours in Doha Qatar!

My husband and I have lived in London, England, for the last 2.5 years; we committed to this adventure mainly because we wanted to travel. Coming from Chicago, I would’ve never thought I’d be able to actually experience my dream trips and bucket list vacations I enthusiastically would pin on Pinterest. After all of the countries and cities we’ve visited, Doha, Qatar, will likely be the most memorable. It was a country I knew absolutely nothing about, and therefore, I was intimidated and yet jumping-out-my-seat excited.

Once I landed, I realized that there was nothing to fear about pushing myself out of my comfort zone. In fact, I had everything to gain by doing so. Upon landing, I was in absolute awe of the city. And at the end of the trip, I walked away with not just an appreciation of Qatar, but its people, its culture, its traditions, and more importantly, just a greater understanding of humankind.

So, I urge you to visit Doha, to explore, to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Because when we wonder about others and when we wander to unfamiliar regions, we learn so much more about the world, ourselves, and what we want from life.

If I’ve persuaded you {wink-wink, nudge-nudge}, below is what to do in Doha, Qatar for a fabulous, whirlwind trip in Doha, Qatar.

Day 1

10am-1pm

Walk the Corniche: The Corniche is Doha’s waterfront, where you can admire its modern buildings and understand the city’s desire to expand. The horseshoe shaped path is slightly over half a mile and has spectacular views of the city’s shiny, new buildings, some of which aren’t even fully finished!

Here, you will find western hotels, like the Sheraton, and restaurants, so you can have a leisurely breakfast. Afterward, walk along to the end, where you can soak in the Qatari sun at Al Thakhira Beach.
What to Do in Doha

2-8PM

Take a Desert Safari: The half-day desert safari is a unique experience and definitely at the top of my list of what to do in Doha. The tour includes a private car ride to the Qatari desert, where you can go on a camel ride, see views of Saudi Arabia across the Persian Gulf, and go dune bashing.

For dune bashing, the driver of your car will ride the sand dunes, going up and down the steep sand mounds like a roller coaster. It’s exciting and oh-so-exhilarating for those thrill seekers!
While the desert safari can take place in the morning, I highly recommend the night tour, as you can chase the magnificent sunset.
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9PM-Bedtime

Shop and Eat at the Souq Waqif: The market has a lively and energetic atmosphere. Here, you can shop in the narrow passages of the labyrinth, where you can buy anything from pets, rugs, clothing, food, tea, spices, tools, etc.

You can even hold a REAL falcon if you ask ever-so-politely, which was my husband’s dream come true!
And once you’re ready to relax, enjoy dinner and a shisha at one of the many restaurants.
What to Do in Doha
What to Do in Doha

Day 2

11am-2pm

Visit Katara Village: After sleeping off a bit of jet lag, visit Doha’s cultural village, where you can likely spend the whole day, as it contains The Opera House, an Amphitheater, two regal and sparkling mosques {no joke, one actually looks like it has gold glitter paint on the entire façade of the beautiful building!}, and idyllic gardens.
Not only does it proudly showcase Qatar’s culture and traditions, but it also has many restaurants with pristine outdoor spaces where you can socialize, eat, and enjoy some of their delicious mint tea.

What to Do in Doha

3-6PM

Learn About Islamic Art at the Museum of Islamic Art: The architecture alone will attract you to this museum. It contains 5-stories of artwork such as manuscripts, jewelry, textiles, coins, glass, paintings, etc. Therefore, this museum is considered the primary museum of Islamic art in the world.
What to Do in Doha

7-10PM

Cruise Around in a Dhow: Take a dinner cruise in a Dhow {rhymes with cow} where you can enjoy a barbequed meal and enjoy views of the city’s glittering skyline.
What I absolutely love about this tour is the stark contrast between it and the desert safari. It displays everything Doha has to offer: land, sea, and skyscrapers.
 What to Do in Doha

11PM- Bedtime

Enjoy the Souq Waqif: Lastly, I would sit with other Qataris at a restaurant in the Souq. Most restaurants close at midnight, while others even stay open 24-hours! Doha has such a bustling nightlife! On the final day of your trip, it’s worth blending in with the locals and enjoying dessert and a shisha.
While many of these areas and attractions are walkable once you get there, but walking to and from each thing isn’t always easy. Many streets are under construction or on a large, busy road, and they are currently building their public transportation system. Therefore, I highly recommend using the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus to get from place to place or use Uber. Use my promo code to get $10 off your first ride.

Thanks, for the tips on what to do in Doha, Danielle! I hope we all get to explore Doha, Qatar at some point. 🙂

PDA is a friend to Traveling Spud and shares a similar thirst for travel, while also giving back. Their eco-friendly clothing, adorned with aspirational statements about majestic cities around the world, inspires a warrior & jet-setting lifestyle. The charitable brand proudly donates a portion of sales from each garment to Chicago Children’s Charities and Shine Trust, London. They help support the educational needs of children. PDA apparel can be found online or in stores at Mod + Ethico in Chicago and Yoga Concept in Paris.

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By | 2017-08-10T03:56:45+00:00 August 14th, 2017|City Guides, Travel|14 Comments

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Welcome to the Traveling Spud! I’m Katie, a 28-year-old from Idaho who quit her marketing job in San Francisco, California to travel the world for a year. I'm addicted to outdoor adventures, photography and inspiring others to get out of their comfort zones and cross experiences off of their bucket lists. Let's explore together! Read more here.

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  1. Juliann - Browsing the Atlas August 15, 2017 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I keep hearing more and more about the Middle East and really want to start exploring that area of the world. The idea of a desert dafri already appealed to me, but now it’s the cities themselves and all the other cultural experiences that are making me itch to plan a trip there and go!
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  2. Ann August 17, 2017 at 5:23 am - Reply

    This is the first article I’ve read about touring Doha. From the looks of the city skyline, it’s a huge place, so I’m sure there are an overwhelming number of things to choose from to do. For only 48 hours, it looks like Danielle made the most of her time! Going to the desert on safari and seeing the sun go down would probably be at the top of my list — I love the juxtaposition of this super modern city with going out to the vast nothingness of the desert.

  3. Ivy August 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Ive been hearing more and more about Doha and I hope I can visit some time in the near future. A desert safari and dhow cruise sound amazing! Just how hot does it get there?

  4. Jenn and Ed Coleman August 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    Qatar seems like such a fascinating place to visit. On one hand, the city is clean and modern. On the other, you can still take a desert caravan with camels and a lot of sand. It’s this combination of modern and ancient that always flirts with my sense of travel lust. To visit someplace entirely foreign and begin to understand a new culture, even if it’s just to say hello.
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  5. Julianne August 20, 2017 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Since visiting Israel last year, I’ve been keen to explore more of the Middle East. I haven’t read a post on Qatar yet, so thanks to Danielle for sharing her tips! I’d love to do a dinner cruise in a dhow and walk along the Corniche. The beaches look lovely too!
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  6. Cat August 20, 2017 at 9:10 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know that Qatar has a good mix of culture, nature, history and modern architectures! I’m especially intrigued by the desert safari. Dune bashing would be so much fun!

  7. Allison Wong August 21, 2017 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Still haven’t been to Middle East yet. Would love to try the desert safari! and ride a camel one day soon!
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  8. Andi August 21, 2017 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Looks like a great spot to hit in the middle east, I love the food in that region so I’m sure I’d just eat my way through the markets!

  9. Jen August 21, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    This is fascinating! I’d love to explore the markets and try riding a camel. Qatar has never really been on my radar, you don’t hear much about travel to the Middle East. Thanks for sharing, and I love the colorful pictures!
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  10. Susan Ripley August 22, 2017 at 11:53 am - Reply

    I had never heard of Doha either, but it sounds really interesting! I would definitely want to do the desert safari, visit the local market, and take the Dhow cruise. Thanks for the tips!
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  11. Slava Kravchuk August 23, 2017 at 2:20 am - Reply

    I’ve had a chance to visit Doha this month, thanks for the generous offer of Qatar Airways on a free stopover and hotel. Didn’t have a chance to do Safari, but here is what my day was like: https://www.kravchuk.com/doha-in-a-day/

  12. Cynthia November 3, 2017 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    I’ve just been looking into a Doha stopover on my way back from Canada next year… this post definitely makes me want to have a look! It’s also worth mentioning that Qatar Airways is giving free stopovers, visas, and overnight stays at 4 + 5* hotels (or two night stays for only $100) until the end of April. I’m hoping they extend the offer to the summer so I can take advantage of it! Great post Katie!

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      The Traveling Spud November 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

      Oh yea that’s awesome! I actually haven’t been there, but had my friend guest post about her trip on my blog. It made me super jealous and I wished I had gone while close by in Dubai! Have fun and I’d love to know if you do go!

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