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Top 5 things to do in Doha on your Qatar stopover

Once you step outside the doors of Hamad International Airport (HIA), you’ll be immersed in the magic of Qatar. Our compact country is perfect for exploration, even if your stopover in Qatar is for a short period.

Top 5 city activities for your Qatar stopover

Discover Doha and beyond

Qatar’s sophisticated public transportation makes it easy to go sightseeing in the city and explore all that Doha has to offer.  From HIA, you can take the Doha Metro and the connecting tram network to all the city’s most iconic sights. Here is a list of five things we highly recommend you try.

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1. Learn about our history at the National Museum of Qatar

Spanning over 430,500 square feet with a striking façade inspired by natural desert crystal formations, embark on a visual journey of Qatar through interconnected galleries. The National Museum of Qatar (NMOQ) is built around the original palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani.

2. Experience the famous Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village

Qatar’s authentic souq and bazaar, Souq Waqif is where Qatar’s residents love to shop and grab a bite. Take in this hotspot’s captivating sights, sounds and aromas, with the souq’s antique jewellery, oud, spices, and buzzing conversations rising from the many bustling cafés. 

Next, make your way to Katara Cultural Village and visit one of the district’s many museums, galleries and public art displays. Take in the vibrant turquoise and purple mosaic tiles of the Katara Masjid and enjoy the cool sea breeze with a stroll across the promenade. 

4. Take in Doha's iconic skyline from the colourful Mina District

One of Doha’s latest developments, the Mina District’s pastel-coloured buildings and cobbled streets present the perfect opportunity to wind down. With views looking out onto the waters, the district’s varied cafes and restaurants offer a serene break and a picturesque background for the perfect shot to wrap up your time in Doha.

Top 5 city activities for your Qatar stopover
Top 5 city activities for your Qatar stopover

5. Find an oasis of calm at world-class hotels

Book yourself into one of Qatar’s fine hotels. Visitors are spoiled for choice with a diverse hospitality landscape that includes The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha, The Outpost Al Barari, Waldorf Astoria Doha Lusail, The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort, and the Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha.

Continue your stopover experience at the Hamad International Airport

Your memorable stopover doesn’t simply come to an end once you head back to the airport. There are still plenty of things to do before your flight takes off. Here is a list of five things you absolutely can’t miss inside Doha’s HIA.

Top 5 city activities for your Qatar stopover

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