Doha is the heart of Qatar, with most of the population living in the city. The beautiful city is filled with plenty of things to do, whether its shopping, clubbing, relaxing, dining, or whatever other activities come to mind. With its beautiful corniche which stretches out for several kilometers, you can talk lovely walks by the sea and enjoy the sights of Doha’s developing skyline and other sights the city has to offer. The city has a very laid back atmosphere, and any visitor is sure to love it.
There are plenty of choices to choose from, with all sorts of prices. Currently, hotels in Qatar include the Ritz Carlton, Intercontinental, Four Seasons, Sheraton, Movenpick, Rydges, Grand Regency, and the Marriot. There are many hotels under construction in preperation for the 2006 Asian Games.
Things to Do
Shopping is a main attraction in Doha, as there are several large malls with all sorts of worldwide brands being sold; as an added advantage, it is all tax-free. Shopping malls in Doha include the City Center, Landmark, Hyatt Plaza, The Mall, and the Royal Plaza.
The many hotels of Doha all offer many sea-based activities, including fishing, paragliding, water-skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, and other such activities.
There are many great resturants and cafes in Doha, with all sorts of local and worldwide resturants available to dine in. Also, there are many cafes to choose from, including famous world-wide cafes such as Starbucks and the Coffee Beanary.
Things of interest
Doha has many museums and an old fort for sightseeing, and there are many beautiful mosques to see. An Islamic Musem is under construction, which is going to be a huge project with plenty to see. Furthermore, a Cultural Village will soon open in Doha, which also will have plenty to do and see. The Corniche is a must see, with its many buildings and its famous curly mosque (a mosque with a beautiful spinning minaret). The Education City is also of interest, as it contains several world-famous universities such as Weil Cornell Medical School and Georgetown School of Foreign Services, to name a few.
There are several clubs in Doha which allow guests over the age of 21 to enter, and are great to go to for a nice night out. Large organised parties are also monthly events in Doha, with several worldwide DJs coming to Doha for all sorts of parties through the Global DJs, which tickets can be purchased for.
There is an excellent public transport service in Doha known as Mowasalat, with Karwa taxis available in all parts of Doha. The taxis are all new, air-conditioned cars and are equipped with a GPS in order to be able to properly find your destination. These have a starting fare of 5 QR. There are also older orange-coloured taxis which are usually cars of much older models, and are not always air-conditioned. These have a starting fare of 2 QR. Bus transportation is also available from Mowasalat, and bus stops can be found in several of Doha’s main sections.