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Qatar Tourism and Exhibitions Authority

Doha, Qatar

Places of Interest

Qatar National Museum

Formerly the past residence of the Emir, the museum presents to visitors a global picture of the country, its land, nature, history and people whilst providing socio‑educational and cultural information for visitors. A recent renovation includes the transformation of the existing building and the re‑organization of its collections according to new museum concepts; land, origin, history, nomadic life, sea and nature.

Museum of Islamic Art

With some 45,000 sqm/484,425 sqft the iconic landmark building from the architect I.M. Pei consists of 6 floors of multiple exhibition galleries, including offices and an educational wing which also accommodates a school for Islamic Arts Education. The art collection consists of ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, woodwork, glass and other items from the Islamic World and medieval Spain to Central Asia and India, and date from the early medieval period 8th to the 19th centuries.

Traditional Souqs (markets)

Souq Waqif offers visitors an insight into the unique tradition and culture of Qatar. Located in the heart of the city, just off the Corniche, it was restored and expanded in 2006 to reflect rustic charm from 100 years ago.

Khor Al Udaid (Inland Sea)

is located 45 minutes by car south of Doha. Blending the beauty of the sand dunes with a natural inland sea, this unique environment is proposed to be a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Local tour operators can offer desert adventures by 4‑wheel drive vehicles, dune‑skiing and traditional Arabic desert camps.

Al Zubara Fort

Situated just 100 km/62 miles west of Doha lies the town of Al Zubara, an important archeological site famous for its old fort. This fort‑turned‑museum was constructed in 1938 during the reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani and was erected on the ruins of a neighboring fort. The fort itself is square‑shaped with circular towers in three of its corners and a rectangular tower in the fourth.