Top Ten Things to Do
Go shopping – the country’s number one pastime! New malls are opening all the time – try Gulf Mall opposite Landmark Mall. In Al Dafna, visit City Center for a mix of Western and local stores, while at The Gate you can gaze longingly at the luxury trinkets.
Sporty types can keep fit by playing a round of golf at Doha Golf Club or walking around Aspire Zone near Al Waab, which includes Aspire Park and Khalifa Stadium – a safe environment for children to play and where adults can relax among the baobab trees.
Doha’s Corniche has plenty of things to keep you occupied: take a walk, use the fitness equipment and go on a short dhow trip around the bay for just a few riyals. Make sure you take a picture of yourself in front of the pearl water feature.
Also on the Corniche are the stunning Museum of Islamic Art and ALRIWAQ DOHA showcasing the best of Qatar’s exhibits. The MIA Park boasts expansive landscaping and Richard Serra’s ‘7’, a steel sculpture. Be the first to see the ‘Enchanting East’ merry-go-round designed by Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi also at the MIA Park.
Eat, shop and visit the art gallery at Souq Waqif. Don’t forget to haggle! The nearby Gold Souq has all manner of jewellery items – why not get your own design made up?
Spend a lazy few hours at Katara: perfect for admiring the architecture, visiting the galleries, grabbing a karak (sweet, milky tea) or cupcake, or enjoying watersports at the beach.
Venture further afield to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, part of Qatar Foundation, for one of their regular exhibitions.
Tired of taking in the sights on land? Take to the skies and get a bird’s eye view in and around Doha with a helicopter tour organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) through the project Samana which translates into ‘Our Skies’.
Heed the call of the past and transport yourself back in time at the numerous fortresses and ruins throughout Qatar. And no day out is complete without a trip to the quirky film sets at Bir Zekreet.
And finally, refuel after a busy day of sightseeing – Qatar has everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to cheap and cheerful local treats.
Five Days of Eid Celebrations by QTA
Working closely with partners in the public and private sectors, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) has finalised a schedule of activities for the five-day Eid Al Fitr Celebrations in Qatar. The celebration begin on the first day of Eid with the theme ‘Capture Joy’ and will offer a variety of entertainment and activities at venues across Qatar, including sports organisations, malls, cultural landmarks and Qatar National Theatre.
Visitors will be able to enjoy a myriad of exclusive family entertainment shows such as: Alice in Wonderland (City Centre Doha), Sleeping Beauty (Dar Al Salam), The Little Mermaid (Ezdan Mall), Snow White (Lagoona Mall), Iftah Ya Simsim (Hyatt Plaza) and Dora’s Friendship Fiesta (Al Khor Mall).
The Festival will also feature parades around Qatar’s participating shopping malls between 5 pm and 10 pm, including Drummers Parade, Fritters, Hungry Chefs, Walkabout Birds, Koka Stilt Walkers and Live Statue.
Other shows will be on rotation at malls in Qatar throughout Eid entertaining young and old alike. These shows will include Doctor Bubble, Equilibrium on the Reels, Comedy Show, Tanoura Performance, Ardha Traditional Dance, Oriental Dabke and Magicians.
The little Mermaid Tale – Free – Ezdan Mall, 6–10 July at 5 pm
Alice in Wonderland – Free – City Centre, first day of Eid (for 5 days – dates and times to be confirmed)
Kids Circus – Free – Al Khor Mall, 6–10 July at 5 pm
Sleeping Beauty – Dar AlSalam Mall, 6–10 July at 5 pm
Snow White – Lagoona Mall, 6–10 July at 5 pm
The Pearl-Qatar, United Development Company’s (UDC) flagship project and one of the largest urban developments in Qatar, has prepared a line-up of entertainment activities during Eid Al Fitr holiday which is set to kick off on 6 July and will run until 8 July. The festive activities in addition to an Eid shopping bazaar ‘Al Maqtoora’, will give residents and visitors the opportunity to spend memorable times with their families.
Also, as an iconic site of Qatar, The Pearl-Qatar offers residents and visitors unmatched shopping, dining and leisure experiences, making the Island a unique retail and entertainment hub in Qatar that plays a key role in driving tourism to the country especially during Eid holidays.
‘Muhammad Ali: Tribute to a Legend’, an exhibition dedicated posthumously to world boxing legend Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), will open this Eid Al-Fitr at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA).
On show in MIA’s fourth floor eastern gallery, the temporary exhibition will present a unique collection of artefacts from the boxing legend’s career, including photography from Ali’s outdoor exhibition bout at the Doha Stadium in 1971 and memorabilia spanning his journey to the 1960 Rome Olympics; Ali’s world title winning bout against Sonny Liston in 1964 and his final world title winning fight against Leon Spinks in New Orleans in 1978.
The exhibition is curated by Qatar Museums’ 3-2-1 Olympic and Sports Museum, which will open in a permanent home as part of the redeveloped Khalifa International Stadium.
Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC)
The Eidieh Festival at the QNCC will be open 10 am—10 pm from Eid to 30 July. The family-friendly festival features activities for kids, shopping venues and cultural events.
Spending Eid in Qatar? Hotels in the country have lined up some exclusive packages this Eid. From complimentary recreation facilities access to welcome amenities, the staycation deals are the best bet to save big this summer.
Eid Promotions at Qatar Hotels
Explore Beaches of Qatar
A day at the beach, sunbathing on the sand and swimming in the sea can be the perfect remedy for the stresses of the city. Luckily, Qatar is a peninsula; the coastline is over 560 km long, so there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Some, like the Inland Sea (Khor Al Adaid) can only be reached by four‑wheel‑drive while others, such as Al Wakra, are only a short drive away and suitable for all cars. Swimming in the Gulf waters is a relaxing experience, but beware of jellyfish in the summer! If you want to go camping, Ras Abrouq (Bir Zekreet) beach is very popular.
Try Paddle Sport
Canoeing, paddle boarding and kayaking are types of paddle sports which can take place on fresh or saltwater. If you are looking for water-sports activities in Qatar, there are plenty of options to choose from. Companies like Entalek organise kayaking trips in the mangroves during the weekends.