7 Destinations You Must Visit in Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup
Qatar is one of the countries with the busiest airports in the world. Because Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar is the headquarters of the Qatar Airways airline that connects more than 150 international destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, America, and Oceania.
Although its status is better known as a transit center, that doesn’t mean Qatar doesn’t have its own tourism charm. Especially in the near future, this Middle Eastern country will host the 2022 World Cup, so you who intend to watch it all can explore the beauty of Qatar.
If you intend to vacation in Qatar, here are the destinations that you must visit that are summarized by Landdisposition from various sources.
1. Museum of Islamic Art
The museum displays various shades of Islamic art, such as calligraphy, jewelry, and fabrics from three continents. This collection dates from the 7th century to the 19th century. This museum has its own uniqueness that is built on an artificial island. So that from several corners of the museum building looks floating on the water.
2. Souq Waqif
Want to feel the bustle of souq or traditional markets typical of the Middle East? You can visit Souq Waqif in Doha. Here you can not only shop for clothes, spices or souvenirs but also enjoy baklava and various Middle Eastern culinary dishes.
3. Villaggio Mall
Bored around souq and want to get around the mall? Villaggio Mall in Doha can be the answer. The main attraction of this mall is its Italian-style design and indoor canals that you can explore while driving a gondola like in Venice. If you want to shop, there are 200 stores available from various price points. After tired of traveling and shopping, you can find food in the food court available and enjoy the unique palate that adorns Villaggio.
4. Explore the Desert
In Qatar, you can explore Khawr al Udayd, the desert, and dunes while driving a Jeep. There are many places that offer experience exploring the desert and you can choose to spend half a day, a full day or even overnight in the desert. Sand dunes in this desert can be very steep and terrible, so this adventure is suitable for you who want to test adrenaline.
5. Al Thakira Mangrove Forest
Want to escape for a moment from the heat of Doha? You can visit the green and lush Al Thakira mangrove forest. The best way to enjoy the surrounding forest is to rent a kayak and explore the river that surrounds the forest.
6. The Pearls
The Pearl is an artificial island with an area of 4 km square which was created on the coast of Doha. When viewed from above, this archipelago network looks like a shell with pearls inside. Here you can enjoy restaurants and cafes or shop at branded boutiques that adorn the coastline. You can also see rows of luxury cruise ships parked at The Pearl Qatar.
7. Katara Cultural Village
Katara Cultural Village is the center of culture and art in Qatar. Here you can enjoy the museum which displays the maritime history of Qatar, see traditional mosques with colorful mosaics, outdoor amphitheater directly overlooking the open sea and also the opera house which is the headquarters of the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra.
This place also often holds festivals including the Traditional Dhow Festival and the Palestinian Heritage Festival and various music concerts. If you are hungry, you can taste a variety of culinary in restaurants, cafes, and stalls here.