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Qatar

Qatar is a small but wealthy country located in the Middle East, on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordered by the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia. It is renowned for its vast reserves of oil and natural gas, which have made it one of the richest countries in the world per capita.

Qatar is also known for its ambitious skyline in the capital city, Doha, and for hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, showcasing its significant investments in infrastructure and cultural institutions.

Places to visit

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Doha

morning:Start your day with a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art to marvel at its stunning collection. Then head to Souq Waqif for a traditional Arabic breakfast at Parisa Restaurant.

afternoon:Explore Katara Cultural Village and enjoy a delightful lunch at Mamig Armenian Restaurant, offering spectacular views of the sea.

evening:Indulge in a luxurious dining experience at IDAM by Alain Ducasse, followed by a nighttime stroll along the Corniche.

day 2

Nature and Heritage

morning:Embark on a desert safari to explore the stunning inland sea and make a stop at Al Janoub Stadium, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, before having a traditional Qatari breakfast at L'wzaar Seafood Market.

afternoon:Visit the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum to discover a fascinating private collection. Enjoy a light lunch at Al Canteen, known for its picturesque setting.

evening:Unwind and dine at the picturesque Al Sultan Brahim, offering a blend of Lebanese and Qatari cuisine.

day 3

Cultural Delights

morning:Explore the grandeur of the Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site, followed by a visit to the Al Zubarah Archeological Site and a delightful breakfast at Damasca One Restaurant.

afternoon:Discover traditional Qatari architecture and historic artifacts at Msheireb Museums. Enjoy a lunch at Argan Restaurant, known for its delightful Moroccan cuisine.

evening:Experience an enchanting traditional Qatari dinner at Alain Ducasse's IDAM, followed by a walk through the enchanting MIA Park.

day 4

Relax and Rejuvenate

morning:Start your day with a scenic walk along the picturesque West Bay Corniche, followed by a rejuvenating spa experience at the renowned Spa by Clarins at Marsa Malaz Kempinski.

afternoon:Indulge in a sumptuous lunch at the enchanting Al Mourjan Restaurant, offering mesmerizing views of the Doha skyline.

evening:Savor an exquisite culinary journey at the gastronomic paradise of La Mar by Gastón Acurio, followed by a leisurely stroll at Katara Cultural Village.

Qatar Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Machboos

A fragrant rice dish with meat (usually chicken, lamb, or fish) and a blend of spices including cardamom, saffron, and cinnamon. It's a staple dish in Qatari cuisine and can be found in many local restaurants and homes.

Must-Try!

Harees

A hearty dish made from wheat and meat (often chicken or lamb) cooked together until it reaches a porridge-like consistency. It is often enjoyed during Ramadan and special occasions.

Balaleet

A sweet and savory dish consisting of vermicelli noodles, eggs, and sometimes saffron. It's commonly eaten for breakfast or as a dessert in Qatar.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Souq Waqif

One of the most popular traditional souqs in Doha, Souq Waqif offers a wide range of street food options including shawarma, kebabs, and traditional Qatari snacks like harees and balaleet.

Al Sailiya Market

A bustling market known for its fresh produce, spices, and local snacks. Visitors can sample various street foods such as sambousek (filled pastries) and chebab (Qatari pancakes).

Dietary Restrictions

Navigating dietary restrictions locally

Vegetarian and Vegan Options

While Qatari cuisine traditionally features a lot of meat and seafood, many restaurants in Qatar offer vegetarian and vegan options. Dishes like falafel, hummus, and grilled vegetables are commonly available.

Vegetarian, Vegan

Gluten-Free Options

In recent years, the availability of gluten-free options has increased in Doha. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free versions of traditional dishes and gluten-free alternatives for bread and pastries.

Gluten-Free

Restaurants & Cafés

Best places to eat and drink in Qatar

Al Tawash Restaurant

Known for its traditional Qatari cuisine, Al Tawash offers an authentic dining experience with dishes like machboos, harees, and grilled meats. The restaurant has a charming Arabian ambiance.

IDAM by Alain Ducasse

Located at the Museum of Islamic Art, IDAM offers a unique blend of Qatari and Mediterranean flavors with a contemporary twist. It's an excellent choice for a fine dining experience in Doha.

Flat White Specialty Coffee

A trendy cafe known for its specialty coffee, refreshing beverages, and delectable pastries. They also offer a variety of vegetarian and vegan options.

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