Vacationing in Doha: Attractions and Activities

Hi, all! Lisa Dudzik here. One of the things that I love about my job as a contracts and claims manager for the construction industry is that I get to travel and visit some of the most amazing places in the world. Seeing architectural masterpieces and natural wonders that each country has to offer is simply an experience that I will not trade for anything in the world.

In my travels around the world, I have witnessed how the countries I have visited progressed over the years (I was fortunate enough to visit quite a few countries on several occasions). Where once there were no bridges to connect an island to the city for instance, I found—much to my delight—that not only were there bridges already constructed upon my return but also that several other infrastructure projects were already underway. I felt privileged to have been a part of some of the infrastructure projects, in my capacity as a contracts and claims manager.

Since this site is primarily focused on construction projects in Qatar and everything in between, I deemed it appropriate to include a page about the many wonderful attractions and fun activities that you can do in Qatar. For this first entry, I’d like to focus on Doha, Qatar’s capital city.

Corniche Promenade

Stretching for seven kilometers along Doha Bay, Corniche Promenade is the best place to be if you wish to enjoy amazing views of the city. Prominently displayed from the waterfront promenade is the Museum of Islamic Art, an amazing architectural structure that houses beautiful Islamic art that spans over 1,400 years of Islamic history.

This architectural masterpiece was designed by world renowned architect I.M. Pei.

The promenade is perfect for a late afternoon stroll. Biking is prohibited but you can see people on rollerblades, so if you’re up for it, strap on your skates and roll along the promenade. If you’re traveling with kids, there are several parks nearby for romping.

Al Zubara Fort

Al Zubara is a town located about 100 kilometers west of Doha and in here you will find one of the city’s most prominent archeological sites, the Al Zubara Fort. The fort was built in 1938 during the time of Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al-Thani. Once used as a coast guard station, it is now a museum that you can visit to learn a bit more about its history.

If you’re up for a little history lesson, you should also check out other heritage sites in Doha. These include the Al Koot Fort, Clock Tower, Doha Heritage Village, Souq Waqif, Heritage Library, and the gallery at Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar.

Family friendly attractions that I would also recommend include the Doha Zoo, Rumeila Park, Jungle Zone, Al Shahaneya, and Katara Cultural Village.

For the more adventurous adults, a visit to a sheesha (or shisha) café is a must. Sheesha cafes generally offer fruit-flavored tobacco. I personally recommend Ras-Naswa, one of Doha’s most popular cafes for a sheesha experience.

Have you been to Doha? What was your favorite place there? Please do share! We would love to hear about your experiences vacationing in Doha. You may reach me, Lisa Dudzik, through this site.