June 18, 2024

Qatar Tour Guide

To visit Qatar, first look at the description of attractions and places where to go and decide on your possible itinerary. Secondly, find a trusted travel professional to arrange your tour.

Climatic features contribute to the outlook of Qatar and help preserve its historical and cultural monuments. The main attraction of the country is its rich history, as evidenced by ever expanding archeological excavations, which reveal traces of ancient civilizations on the Qatari territory. Milder, than in neighboring countries, Islamic traditions, unique culture and magnificent products of local artisans contribute to the positive image of an important tourist destination.

Al-Doura has earned an unenviable reputation as the most depressing city in the world, but it is completely wrong. Located in highly arid climate, a relatively young capital of Qatar has a very picturesque bay. Many houses are built in traditional Arabic style and are originally designed on the basis of maximum adaptation to local climatic conditions. These settlements create a unique urban style. Older neighborhoods are framed with blocks of ultra-modern houses with glass windows, avenues and palm alleys, which have grown over the years of the ‘oil boom’.

The sights of the capital are considered to be numerous. They include the “Old Town”, Fort Doha, the Government House, the City-Center-Doha complex, shopping malls, Corniche quay, the Palm Island entertainment center, the Alladin Kingdom amusement park, the Aquarium, the Zoo, and, of course, the traditional eastern markets and many smaller markets mostly on the outskirts of the city.

Special attention is drawn to the museums of the capital. In recent years, the ancient land of Qatar finally began to open its secrets to the researchers, and this area can truly be called another cradle of the development of humanity in Asia. Qatar National Museum is housed in the palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed. The main exhibition of the museum is a two-level aquarium with local underwater fauna. No less interesting are the materials about the Arab maritime expeditions, and the period of discovering a sea route to India by the Europeans. Here one will find the information about the traditional methods of astronomical navigation, ancient mariners, the history of the formation of Islam, astronomy, industry and the traditions of the people of Qatar.

The Museum of Weapons is based on the collections of Sheikh armory of all time. The Ethnographic Museum of Qatar displays the life of Qatari people before the oil boom and presents some rare exhibits, including a ‘wind tower’, which used to be a traditional form of housing with a unique system of natural ventilation and air conditioning, so indispensable in the hot region. Fort Doha is another museum, largely repeating the exposure of the National Museum, and offering a good exposition of the country’s traditional crafts, including carving, stamping, carpet-making etc.

Fort Umm Salal Mohammed is a small snow-white building with two towers and a small mosque with an old minaret, which has only recently been restored. One of the reasons for visiting this place is a feeling that Umm Salal Mohammed is situated in a different world and in another dimension – so fantastic is the contrast of the azure sea, the sands of the desert and the brick walls of the ancient fort.

Umm Salal Ali is the most famous archaeological sight of the country. The mounds, which are now studied by archaeologists, are very old and probably date back to the third millennium BC. The small town of Al Khor is an open-air museum consisting of many mosques scattered throughout the town, old towers and traditional buildings. One of the reasons for stopping in Al Khor is an extremely picturesque view of the ocean.