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what to do in doha

While I wouldn’t call Qatar a destination in the way the United Arab Emirates—its fellow Gulf State—has proven to be, its capital city of Doha is the perfect place for a stop over flight. One major reason being that the Doha airport is arguably one of the most extravagant in the world, and Qatar airways is positioned on the exact same level, if not higher. Doha itself is a futuristic city, and keeping up with true Emirates fashion, boasts a serious collection of high-end hotels, restaurants, and shopping centers. But around these opulent hot spots, the city feels quite empty.

In summation, Doha in its present state is a quiet—dare I even say lonely—wannabe Dubai. Though being the location of the approaching 2022 world cup, the city is developing at an impressive rate and may catch up to Dubai yet.

Side note: as in all Arab countries, you’re only permitted to consume alcohol within hotel property. Keep that in mind when making reservations.

Stay

Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, W, Grand Hyatt, St Regis, Kempinski, Shangri-La

Eat

Nobu, Hakkasan, IDAM, Toro Toro, Market, The Raw Bar, La Spiga

Do

Souq Wakif

Traditional Arabic market.

Desert safari

An absolute must. Ride a camel, go dune bashing, and even enjoy an authentic dinner at the safari camp.

The Pearl

An artificial island populated by all things ritzy—apartments, shops, and restaurants.