If you wish to tee off during your stay in Doha, the Doha Golf Club at the northern end of West Bay is the answer. This Peter Harradine-designed 18-hole (par 72 Championship) has hosted the Qatar Masters, a PGA European Tour event, and is the first golf course built in the Middle East. The Doha Golf Club also features a 9-hole Academy Course for novices.
Known as the Cultural Village, the one-million-square-metre Katara is the venue for Doha’s international, regional and local and arts and cultural events. With its heritage centres, beach, opera house, art galleries, handicrafts souq, Katara is where you can immerse yourself in multiple cultures, enjoy live performances and take a break from shopping. The village also contains a selection of international restaurants and cafés.
Formerly one of Qatar’s major pearl diving sites, this remarkable man-made island lies off the coast of West Bay, spanning nearly 400 hectares. Recognized as one of the Middle East’s most glamorous addresses, luxury residences and towering buildings share the landscape with colourful, Mediterranean-inspired townhouses and high end boutiques and designer stores. The Croisette at The Pearl-Qatar also makes for a great spot to enjoy al fresco dining.
Qatar National Theatre
The Qatar National Theatre just off Corniche Street plays a significant role in supporting the performing arts and local talents. It is also known for artistic and cultural shows, including performances from both Qatar-based and international troupes, along with lectures, exhibitions and symposia.
The Al Koot Fort, most commonly known as the Doha Fort, is a historical military fortress located in the Al Bida district. Built during the Turkish occupation in the 19th century, this Moorish-styled fortress has been used as a prison and is now an ethnographic museum offering a vivid display of Qatari traditions via handicrafts and photos of daily life. Doha Fort is now used as a backdrop for events based in Souq Waqif. Note that entrance is free and that the Fort is closed on Saturdays.
Souq Waqif is simply a magical place to shop, dine, go exploring, or sit at one of the many attractive restaurants and cafés to watch the world go by. Despite its recent remodelling and popularity, Doha’s original marketplace still retains its enchanting atmosphere, and is laden with traditional garments and intricately woven textiles, perfumes, spices, Shisha, and oud, to name just a few items. There’s also an arts centre that exhibits artistic masterpieces pertaining to Qatar's culture and history. Souq Waqif is reached within 20 minutes from the hotel.
The Museum of Islamic Art
Located just off the portside of Al-Corniche, The Museum of Islamic Art is on its own purpose-built island. The museum was designed by IM Pei, the architect of Paris’ Louvre, and houses the largest collection of Islamic Art in the world, including exquisite textiles and paintings, manuscripts, ceramics, enamel work, glass, and artefacts whose history can be traced back to the 7th century. Ideal for art and history enthusiasts, the museum is 20 minutes from the hotel by road.
One of Doha’s most popular spots, the 7-kilometre palm-fringed Corniche is right at your doorstep, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Perfect for a calm stroll under shaded footpaths, a jog or cycling, the Corniche transforms at night as West Bay lights up, and also makes for a great place from where to enjoy sunsets. The Corniche also offers a wide choice of dining opportunities. For a fun day out with the family, Palm Island, 10 minutes from the hotel by road, offers entertainment galore such as camel rides and water sports.
When it comes to shopping in Doha, the experience would not be complete without a visit to Souq Waqif. At its busiest and most enchanting in the evening, Souq Waqif is a maze of winding alleyways waiting for you to explore, or you can simply sit at one of the many attractive restaurants and cafés – you’ll be spoilt for choice. The Pearl-Qatar is a glamorous area boasting high-end boutiques and designer stores, alongside luxury residences. Other highlights include the Venetian-themed Villaggio, a one-stop shopping destination where you will find luxury shops and restaurants. The Lagoona Mall, the Landmark Shopping Mall and the City Centre Doha are all moments away from the hotel and offer over 300 shops, an ice-skating rink, bowling alleys, climbing walls and even a water park.
Racing & Equestrian Club
If you want to catch a glimpse of local traditions, consider attending one of the weekly pure-bred Arabian races that are organised from October through to May at the Racing & Equestrian Club every Thursday afternoon.