EXPLOREFind out what makes Qatar unique by experiencing the culture, admiring the natural and man-made beauty. From Ancient cities to high tech buildings, Qatar offers sights and experiences like no other country. Dohabus offers sightseeing trips, as well as tailor-made tours to meet any special interest. Outside Doha, there are excursions to Al Zubarah, the west coast, camel racing track and other points of interest. DohaBus also runs day-long ‘hop-on, hop off’ double-decker tours around Doha. For greater independence, hiring a self-drive car or car with driver are two possibilities. Qatar’s roads are generally of a high standard with well-signposted directions.
ARCHITECTUREQatar is home to an eclectic mix of architecture with building designs ranging from traditional to modern. Doha, the capital city, is filled with amazing architectural feats including Souq Waqif, The Pearl, Qatar University, and more. It was not, however, until the 1970s that the city became modernized. The architectural landscape of Qatar is constantly changing as world famous architects design new landmarks. Below is information on some of the interesting architectural building styles found around Qatar.
Tornado Tower is a 52 story high rise building located in Qatar. The building design incorporates column free, flexible floor plates and a helipad on the roof for emergency escapes. The exterior of the building uses LED lighting technology.
Doha tower or in Arabic word, known as Burj Doha, is located on the Chornice in the center of Doha city. It has unique design as the first skyscraper and depict of local culture. It modern style is connect with ancient Islamic design.
The Pearl Qatar
The Pearl Qatar is an artificial island built off the coast of Doha that spans almost four million square meters. The island is home to many residential towers including the Porto Arabia Towers, and the Viva Bahriya Towers. The Pearl is also home to a community modeled after Venice called the Qanat Quartier.
Qatar Islamic Culture Center
The Qatar Islamic Culture Center is a prominent landmark in the city of Doha. It features an interesting minaret designed to look like a lighthouse.
The Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art, located in Doha on a man-made island. The museum is connected to shore by three bridges, one of which carries cars, while the other two act as pedestrian crossings.
In January 1940, with the discovery of the onshore Dukhan oil field, Qatar joined the Middle East’s oil club. In 1960, Qatar’s first offshore field was discovered. In 1916, Qatar became a British protectorate and Abdullah Al Thani signed a treaty stipulating that he could only cede territory to the British in return for protection from all aggression by sea and support in case of a land attack. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. What makes Qatar such a beautiful country to visit is the visible history all around which uncovers the struggle and passion to create such a powerful nation. The most popular locations include Al Jemail ‘Ghost’ Town, Barzan Towers, Al Wajba Fort, Al Koot Fort and Al Jassasiya rock carvings.
Al Jassasiya rock carvings
Al Wajba Fort
Al Jemail ‘Ghost’ Town
Designs to Inspire
Since ancient times, traders and merchants have congregated in traditional markets to provide for the daily needs of the local community. These souqs are still very much part of modern life in Qatar. Some specialize in a particular product area, such as fish or fruit and vegetables. Others cover a vast and varied range of different items though, even here, certain areas of the market are often devoted to groups of adjacent shops all selling related products, such as clothing and fabric, gold and jewellery, spices or kitchen wares.
You will find hotspots all-round the country, especially in the capital, Doha, where a mix of tradional culture and modern architecture come together perfectly. Locations include the Corniche, Souq Waqif, Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village, The Pearl-Qatar and the Inland Sea.
Aqua Park Qatar, Museum of Islamic Art Park, Aspire Park, Al Wakrah Park, Sheraton Park, Oxygen park, Al Rayyan Park, Al Khor Park, Al Waab Family Park, Al Khulaifat Park, Barzan Park, Abu Dhalouf Park.
Each shopping mall in Doha has its own individual architecture and comprises of various shops and services from around the world. The top ten malls to visit are Villaggio Mall, City Center Mall, Mall of Qatar, Ezdan Mall, Lagoona Mall, Gulf Mall, The Gate Mall, Festival City Mall, The Mall (The first mall in Qatar) and Dar Al Salam Mall.
We warmly invite you visit our country. You will discover a land of contrasts, dynamic and exciting, yet with a sense of timeless serenity and tradition.
Experience the beautiful view of the city whilst enjoying a nice cup of karak, on board our double Decker bus. This 90 minute ride will pass by some the most iconic landmarks in Doha. With any Hop on Hop off ticket this service is free.
HOP ON HOP OFF 48 HOURS
The hop on hop off 48 hour services allows you to discover the city at your pace. Take all the time you need and simply get back on and continue the tour. From 9am to 7pm you can visit up to 21 iconic locations over 2 days and explore with ease. This tour is a great way to get introduced to some of Doha’s main attraction in an effective and efficient manner.
HOP ON HOP OFF 24 HOURS
The hop on hop off 24 hour services allows you to discover the city at your pace. Take all the time you need and simply get back on and continue the tour. From 9am to 7pm you can visit up to 21 iconic locations for a full day and explore with ease. This tour is a great way to get introduced to some of Doha’s main attraction in an effective and efficient manner.
DO AND DONT’S
With every package, it’s important to keep in mind what you can and cannot do for you to make most of the trip. Below you will find a list of things that we advise you to follow:
WHAT TO DO
- Use greetings and formalities as they are particularly important when dealing with the Locals.
- Dress modestly, Qatar is a Muslim country with conservative dress codes.
- Use a high-factor sunblock on all exposed skin year-round.
WHAT NOT TO DO
- Look or stare at people closely no matter how fascinating their dress is.
- Ask an Arab lady for information or directions if you are a man. Take a photograph without permission of people, particularly locals and police/armies.
- Drink too much alcohol.