If you ever find yourself in Qatar, remember that the country has a primarily Bedouin culture with tradition cemented in its modern face. The country has enough interesting sites to keep you occupied for some days. Qatar peninsula is surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches that stretch along its more than 650 km coastline. Inland, there are golden sand dunes that have acted for the past 15 years as a sports park for the adrenaline lovers. If you wish to relax inland, I recommend you to spend the weekend fishing or sunbathing at Al Mohanadi Camp (Inland Sea) or on Fuwairit beach, both locations being at a 45 min driving distance from Doha. Or you can just explore the Al Zubara and Al Koot forts. Any place you choose, you will be given the opportunity to enjoy sports activities like scuba-diving, dune-bashing, sand-skiing, camel or horse riding. Actually, if you are into sports, in Doha there are daily games at different sports clubs. So no matter if you are a man or a woman, you can attend and watch basketball, volleyball, handball or soccer games played at Gharafa, Al Rayan, Al Arabi or Qatar Sports Clubs.
Doha is one of the fastest developing capital in the Middle East, where you can enjoy a visit to the Grand Mosque, the Qatar National Museum, Doha Fort museum and the Ethnographic museum (in a restored traditional Qatari house including one of the Gulf’s few original wind towers).
Explore the shopping centers located in Pearl Island or in different parts of the city (City Center, Landmark, Villagio, The Mall, Royal Plaza) and you will notice that the inhabitants of this rich country prefer branded items.Later on visit the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum and his huge collection of Islamic Art, including metal articles, manuscripts, wood works, currencies, textile, ceramics, weapons, and cars. Then head to the most touristic point, the main souq. Every time I walked through the Souk Waqif, I felt like traveling back in Qatar history. It is full of shops selling traditional clothes, handmade articles and aromas and people that make you feel welcomed among them. The souk was rebuild on the old downtown and its new walls are the result of a renovation program, using old plans and maps of how the old souk used to be. While admiring its architecture, you will feel like being reintroduced to a lost heritage. During evening time, the restaurant’s area will be a mix of the Orient and Western world, where women in modern dresses and ladies wearing abayas will be seen next to the men, enjoying a typical Middle Eastern dinner (like camel meat). If you wish to try the mix of food, there so many other places where you can enjoy the food, an apple flavored shisha and a relaxing walk afterwards: Nobu cuisine, seafood in Katara, Arabic food on the Cornish, snacks near Aspire park, Indian delicacies at Bukhara, pancakes at Crepaway, honey cake at Bateel and European cuisine at any 4 or 5 stars restaurants or on the Pearl Island. During night time have a sip of your favorite alcoholic drink at Piano Bar, Traders Vic’s, Crystal, A1 or enjoy some jazz at Oryx Rotana bar.
Among the events organized in Doha are the opera concerts, live performances from international artists, top world sports competitions, cultural events and other forms of leisure where you will feel like being back in Europe.
Qatar is a Muslim country, who entered a new era of political freedom and democracy development, while at the same time keeping in touch with the traditional cultural values. So in order not to hurt anyone feelings, while enjoying your stay in the peninsula, behave politely, be decent and be aware of the cold air conditioning that is working inside any venue.