Last Updated on 06.09.2023 by Iliyan
If you’re planning to spend one day in Doha and you’re not sure where to go – this post is exactly for you. In this post, I will share with you the best places to visit in Doha in one day. Qatar is located on the Arabian Peninsula. It shares its sole land border with Saudi Arabia to the south, while the rest of its territory is surrounded by the Persian Gulf. This means that if you are traveling by plane, Doha will be your first stop.
One day in Doha
Doha is one of those cities, which turned to a popular travel destination over the past few years. The city is developing with a fast pace and as a result of this you can see the fascinating new buildings, hotels, shopping malls and sport centres. However, let’s get into the best places to visit in one day in Doha, Qatar.
Hamad International Airport (HIA)
Hamad International Airport is the first of Doha’s major landmarks that you will see. It is located 13 kilometers southeast of the city center. It was named as the best airport in the Middle East, followed by the two airports of the United Arabic Emirates, located in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In 2017, Hamad International Airport joined the world’s elite of airports, becoming the sixth airport in the world that received SKYTRAX’s 5 star rating. In addition to that, Qatar Airways has repeatedly was announced as the best world airline from SKYTRAX.
Museum Of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Arts is one of the best places to visit in Doha. It contains the largest collection of Islamic art from three continents encompassing 1,400 years. It was designed by the Pritzker prize winner I.M. Pei (architect of the Louvre pyramid). The museum is open 7 days a week from Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 7 pm and on Friday from 1.30 pm to 7 pm. I highly recommend to book a ticket online in advance. The entrance fee is 50 QAR (13€).
Souq Waqif is the best place for shopping in Doha. Here you can find precious stones and jewellery on the gold market, silk, textile, spices and perfume. Don’t miss visiting the falcon market, a symbol of prestige in this part of the world. Souq Waqif is also full of restaurants and cafes where you could find all sorts of tasty Arabic dishes.
The Corniche is a great place for a walk in Doha. This 7-km waterfront promenade is a popular spot among pedestrians and bikers. While walking, you can enjoy wonderful views of the sea and the skyscrapers. Apart from that, the Corniche is close to the Museum of Islamic Art.
If you follow the path of the Corniche, you will reach the West Bay. This is a relatively new district in Doha. It is considered one of the most famous and preferred in the city. This area is full of modern buildings, skyscrapers, luxury resorts, hotels, shopping malls, and restaurants.
Katara Cultural Village
The Katara Cultural Village is located between West Bay and the Pearl of Qatar. It is a perfect example of Qatar’s culture, heritage and architecture. It is home to the Katara Mosque, the Golden Mosque, the Katara Opera House, a Greek-style amphitheater, galleries, shops and eateries.
The Pearl Qatar
The Pearl of Qatar is an artificial island in the Gulf, also called the “Arabian Riviera”. This part of Doha impresses with its Mediterranean-style marinas, architecture, hotels, private villas and luxury boutiques.
The wakeboarding is one of the fastest developing water sports and it is very popular in Doha. It is a combination of water skis, snowboard and surf. Despite the heat we had a great afternoon on the motorboat, full of pleasant music, cocktails and fun moments. Even if you have one day in Doha I highly recommend trying wakeboarding.