When you think of luxury travel in the Middle East, Dubai might come to mind first. Doha is picking up the pace, though.
Since it was named the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the capital city of Qatar is now on the radar of tourists seeking sophisticated and upscale experiences. Stay at the InterContinental Doha-The City in the exclusive West Bay area to set the scene throughout your trip. Get ready to explore this modern, luxurious city on Doha Bay, and enjoy the top things to do in the area.
Get Lost at the Souq Waqif
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Hardly anyone who wanders into the souq has a boring team. The bustling market, the colors, the flavors, the skilful hagglers bidding for the lowest price, and the paradox of organized chaos are sure to please.
Restored in 2004 Souq Waqif is the only traditional souq left in the gulf. Not only will you find the most original souvenirs to take home with you here, but you’ll also have the rare chance to immerse yourself in local culture in this historic site.
Shop Till You Drop at the City Center Shopping Mall
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If you find the souq experience a bit too intense, take a day to wander through the corridors of the modern City Center Shopping Mall. With very hot summers with temperatures as high as 113 degrees, the air-conditioned shopping mall is a blessing. With plenty of cafes and restaurants, entertainment options for all ages, and almost 300 luxury and retail stores, you’ll find something to pass the time.
Give Golf a Shot at the Doha Golf Club
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Whether you’re an experienced golfer or you’re just starting out, book a tee time the championship or academy course at the Doha Golf Club. Even if you aren’t entering the competition, the clubhouse welcomes both members and visitors. The club’s all-encompassing menu offers options for all times of day and the variety of occasions in a relaxing environment.
Discover Islamic Art, Culture and Religion
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To paraphrase Mark Twain, traveling is the strongest weapon against bigotry and ignorance. The perception of Islamic culture and religion has been significantly affected by fear-mongering and widely misinformed news. When in Doha, take the opportunity to learn more about the country’s culture by visiting the Museum of Islamic Art, the Cultural Village and the Katara Islamic Culture Center.
Qatar’s fastest growing city, Doha, is a feast for the senses, and signs of grandeur are common. With a population close to 1.5 million, the residents are mostly expatriates, which cultural diversity adds to an already cosmopolitan city. You’ll find many opportunities to experience this cultural melting pot.
In this fascinating desert destination, all visitors are welcomed and appreciated. Pay back the city’s hospitality with respect for the local culture and religion when necessary. For an authentic experience in Doha, don ‘ t hesitate to trust the suggestions of your hotel concierge.
This is a post written in collaboration with IHG.