If the word ‘Doha’ is staring right back at you from your list of ‘must visit’ destinations, perhaps, the time is ripe to tick it off and plan a well-earned holiday to this Middle Eastern nation.
Hamad Bin Khalifa Mosque
Also termed the ‘State Mosque,’ the striking Hamad Bin Khalifa Mosque, built in 2011, is nestled in the heart of Doha and a classic example of traditional Islamic architectural values contemporary thinking. While a maze of geometric designs adorns the exterior, the interior is made up of a magnificent prayer hall that is beautified by a grand chandelier.
There’s hardly a dull moment at Souq Waqif which is not merely a symbol of Doha but that of the State of Qatar. Paving the way for authentic and rewarding shopping outings within a labyrinth of narrow alleyways that open out to charming buildings, visitors based at nearby Doha hotels can look forward to purchasing local apparel, spices, handicrafts and jewellery.
Aside from the natural splendour that drapes itself over the Corniche, holidaymakers based at Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara will be handed a chance to check out the lengthy list of attractions that call this part of the city home. Visit the gardens of Doha Sheraton Park, invest time at the National Museum of Qatar, go biking before settling down to a cuppa coffee and a meal at the numerous cafes and restaurants that overlook the Arabian Gulf.
Museum of Islamic Art
The brainchild of renowned architect, I.M. Pei, the Museum of Islamic Art was declared open in 2008 and brings to light a masterful display of Islamic architecture. The Museum’s collection includes metalwork, calligraphy, textiles, ceramics and paintings that spans the length and breadth of 3 continents and 14 centuries. With dedicated themes to discover and embrace, the Museum is well known for various reasons with a 9th century Qur’an manuscript being one of them.