Destination guide & Things to do Doha

Attractions, Sightseeing & Shopping in Qatar

Located in the Doha Sports City Complex near the Qatar National Convention Centre and Villagio shopping mall, THE TORCH DOHA offers unmatched access to the best things to do, tourist attractions, sights and shopping in Doha. 

Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has the highest per capita income, thanks to its large energy reserves. Within a few decades, Qatar has developed into a regional economic powerhouse and a world leader in gas-to-liquid production (GTL). Qatar is also diversifying its economy by emphasizing development in industry, education, health, sports and tourism.

The current laws allow up to 100 percent foreign investment in agricultural, industrial, leisure, tourism, health and educational projects. With many multinational organisations based in Doha, Qatar has become an exciting and diverse multicultural and international community. Major projects include Doha's new airport and Lusail City, which is the host of 2022 FIFA World Cup.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Time zone: GMT +3 hours

Currency: Qatari Riyal (QAR)

Working Hours

Sunday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Government offices are open Sunday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Weather

Doha enjoys sunshine almost every day of the year. In the summer (May to September), temperatures can reach up to 45ºC (104ºF). Winter is cooler with occasional rainfall. The spring and autumn months are warm and pleasant.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    A must try dining experience in Qatar with our Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant where you can enjoy the amazing views of Doha!

    The city offers European, Asian and Western restaurants as well as excellent Middle Eastern cuisine that include Lebanese and Persian. Bars are limited to large international hotels as alcohol is forbidden in public areas.

    A must try dining experience in Qatar with our Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant where you can enjoy the amazing views of Doha!

    The city offers European, Asian and Western restaurants as well as excellent Middle Eastern cuisine that include Lebanese and Persian. Bars are limited to large international hotels as alcohol is forbidden in public areas.

  • Language and Religion

    Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country and Sharia is the principal source of legislation.

    Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country and Sharia is the principal source of legislation.

  • Free Time

    Take time to explore Doha, where modern architecture sits side by side with traditional Arabic souks (bazaars) and hundreds of mosques, the largest of which is the Grande Mosque. Popular sports include jet-skiing and safari tours in the desert.

    Aspire Park is an eighty-eight hectare oasis located within the Aspire Zone precinct. It includes running tracks, large open green spaces, an internal lake, restaurants and cafés, which makes it a perfect rendezvous to combine sports and leisure.

    Marvel the new national museum

    Jutting out at the start of the Corniche is Qatar’s extraordinary, new national museum. It is symbolically placed as the starting point of your journey into the heartbeat of downtown Doha and as the previous historic home to the son of the founder of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in the early 20th century. The museum opened its doors to the public last year and it’s already been named as one of the 100 best places in the world. 

    Stroll the streets of Souq Waqif

    For a truly authentic local experience, haggle through the streets of Souq Waqif. Busy, bustling and vibrant, this is one of the most authentic experiences to be had in the city. Although Souq Waqif was rebuilt a decade or so ago, it sits on the original site of a Bedouin market, so the stone and wooden shops are still original and atmospheric. \Most of the squares have food carts selling traditional snacks from across the Arab world. It’s easily one of Doha's favourite spots and just walking around is an experience in itself.

    Chill at MIA Park

    Lush green landscapes and beautiful skyline views, Mia Park is home to some of Qatar’s greenest patches. It’s a great spot to get fantastic views of the Museum of Islamic Art.

    Wander through Venice

    Get a taste of Venice without spending thousands of riyals on a ticket. Qanat Quartier, the Venetian-style section of The Pearl is a real visual treat. It features intricate canals and stylish bridges with colourful houses on either side. Walk around and soak up some afternoon sun at the pedestrian friendly squares and plazas. 

    Hang out at Katara

    This cultural hub has plenty of exciting things to explore including its very own Corniche, a Greek-style amphitheatre and loads of cafés and restaurants. There are plenty of events always taking place here from art exhibits and dhow festivals to musical concerts and plays. They’re almost always free, so watch this space for updates. 

    The new zone in Katara, 21 High St, is perfect all year round. Its outdoor cooling technology enables chilled walks in peak summer and in winter, you can just stroll around, window shop and try some interesting food. The attractive architecture with wide, open spaces in a unique, ancient European style setting is very appealing, making it an ideal destination for the whole family. 

    Drive up to Zubarah

    The Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO Heritage Site, was built back in 1938 and was used by the armed forces until around 30 years ago. Now, it’s a museum that showcases a vast collection of pottery and archaeology exhibits. You’ll also find workshops and other cultural activities that you can partake in. It’s the building that’s the main attraction, though, as are the striking views from the battlements. 

    Experience camel races

    Camel races are a privilege. While thousands of horses gallop around the world in classy equestrian events, you can experience a local camel race instead. Exit the city limits to Dukhan Highway and you’ll reach the camel village after you’ve driven between 40km to 50km.

    Take time to explore Doha, where modern architecture sits side by side with traditional Arabic souks (bazaars) and hundreds of mosques, the largest of which is the Grande Mosque. Popular sports include jet-skiing and safari tours in the desert.

    Aspire Park is an eighty-eight hectare oasis located within the Aspire Zone precinct. It includes running tracks, large open green spaces, an internal lake, restaurants and cafés, which makes it a perfect rendezvous to combine sports and leisure.

    Marvel the new national museum

    Jutting out at the start of the Corniche is Qatar’s extraordinary, new national museum. It is symbolically placed as the starting point of your journey into the heartbeat of downtown Doha and as the previous historic home to the son of the founder of Qatar, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in the early 20th century. The museum opened its doors to the public last year and it’s already been named as one of the 100 best places in the world. 

    Stroll the streets of Souq Waqif

    For a truly authentic local experience, haggle through the streets of Souq Waqif. Busy, bustling and vibrant, this is one of the most authentic experiences to be had in the city. Although Souq Waqif was rebuilt a decade or so ago, it sits on the original site of a Bedouin market, so the stone and wooden shops are still original and atmospheric. \Most of the squares have food carts selling traditional snacks from across the Arab world. It’s easily one of Doha's favourite spots and just walking around is an experience in itself.

    Chill at MIA Park

    Lush green landscapes and beautiful skyline views, Mia Park is home to some of Qatar’s greenest patches. It’s a great spot to get fantastic views of the Museum of Islamic Art.

    Wander through Venice

    Get a taste of Venice without spending thousands of riyals on a ticket. Qanat Quartier, the Venetian-style section of The Pearl is a real visual treat. It features intricate canals and stylish bridges with colourful houses on either side. Walk around and soak up some afternoon sun at the pedestrian friendly squares and plazas. 

    Hang out at Katara

    This cultural hub has plenty of exciting things to explore including its very own Corniche, a Greek-style amphitheatre and loads of cafés and restaurants. There are plenty of events always taking place here from art exhibits and dhow festivals to musical concerts and plays. They’re almost always free, so watch this space for updates. 

    The new zone in Katara, 21 High St, is perfect all year round. Its outdoor cooling technology enables chilled walks in peak summer and in winter, you can just stroll around, window shop and try some interesting food. The attractive architecture with wide, open spaces in a unique, ancient European style setting is very appealing, making it an ideal destination for the whole family. 

    Drive up to Zubarah

    The Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO Heritage Site, was built back in 1938 and was used by the armed forces until around 30 years ago. Now, it’s a museum that showcases a vast collection of pottery and archaeology exhibits. You’ll also find workshops and other cultural activities that you can partake in. It’s the building that’s the main attraction, though, as are the striking views from the battlements. 

    Experience camel races

    Camel races are a privilege. While thousands of horses gallop around the world in classy equestrian events, you can experience a local camel race instead. Exit the city limits to Dukhan Highway and you’ll reach the camel village after you’ve driven between 40km to 50km.

  • Shopping

    Qatar has come a long way from the vibrant souqs to the bustling shopping malls, offering far more than retail therapy with indoor theme parks, food courts and play areas for children and much more. All the shopping complexes of the county are fully air-conditioned, brightly lit and cleaned round the clock, have their own mix of branded shops and showrooms as well as convenient car parking system. 

    Guests at THE TORCH DOHA have private access to Villaggio shopping mall through an air-conditioned walkway. 

    Happy shopping! 

    Villaggio Mall

    Set within Aspire Zone, it has set the benchmark for retail shopping in Qatar. A unique concept of the Venetian shopping experience complete with gondolas and balcony interior settings, this mall offers the best in entertainment and international retail brands, including themed retail areas, cinemas, an ice rink and a fashionable line of restaurants for a perfect gastronomic experience.

    Alhazm Mall

    Alhazm mall offers the world’s most exclusive brands and contemporary luxuries in a fashionably refined setting. The mall provides the ideal blend of high-end fashion boutiques, trendy restaurants and cafés and memorable events. If you want to experience an environment of classical European style in the heart of modern Arabia, Alhazm is the perfect place to go.

    City Center Doha

    City Center is in the heart of the economic district of Doha in West Bay. The shopping mall provides a wide variety of international, regional and local retail brands and services, spread across five floors. It also features a range of family-oriented offerings which include a 14 screen cinema complex, a bowling alley, and an ice rink, 38 restaurants, and a family entertainment Center. You can also have the chance to witness a range of spectacular functions, a variety of shows, and seasonal events and activities targeting different age groups.

    Doha Festival City

    From morning to night, entertainment and relaxation choices are at Doha Festival City, providing an array of exciting experiences for the whole family. Over 100 restaurants are at the Doha Festival City and the world’s largest Monoprix Hypermarket is also there. Family fun can be found across the mall, from VOX Cinemas to awe-inspiring theme parks, from Angry Birds World to Snow Dunes, Juniverse, and Virtuocity. 

    Gulf Mall 

    Gulf Mall is an impressive 90,000 sq. metres mall with its spectacular fortress-like embellishments. The Gulf Mall symbolizes the six countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council. It has six arches incorporated into its architectural design, with every arch leading to a fascinating interior that embodies the tradition and heritage of the country it represents. 

    Lagoona Mall

    Lagoona Mall offers pristine, picture-perfect surroundings and an attractive client base. Located in Doha’s affluent West Bay, Lagoona Mall is an oasis of exclusivity and enchantment dedicated to luxury and style. Boasting spectacular views of sparkling sapphire waters, the airy Piazza radiates warmth and a cosmopolitan verve that makes it an ideal place to meet. 

    Mall of Qatar

    Mall of Qatar is just not a mall, it's a place to get excited, thrilled, engaged and unwind. From coffee breaks, dinners to shopping –it’s a perfect destination that is truly refreshing. But more than that, the mall has a nice stage with waterfront around, which has been designed to invoke excitement and with a performance troop trained to mesmerise.

    Apart from shopping malls, do not miss a visit to an authentic souq (bazaar) like Doha's Souq Waqif (The Standing Souk) or Al Wakrah Souq. Please bear in mind that during the hot summer months many businesses close for a "siesta" from 12pm to 4pm.

    Friday: some shops remain closed all day and others open at 4pm
    Most malls and supermarkets offer extended shopping hours on Friday.

    Qatar has come a long way from the vibrant souqs to the bustling shopping malls, offering far more than retail therapy with indoor theme parks, food courts and play areas for children and much more. All the shopping complexes of the county are fully air-conditioned, brightly lit and cleaned round the clock, have their own mix of branded shops and showrooms as well as convenient car parking system. 

    Guests at THE TORCH DOHA have private access to Villaggio shopping mall through an air-conditioned walkway. 

    Happy shopping! 

    Villaggio Mall

    Set within Aspire Zone, it has set the benchmark for retail shopping in Qatar. A unique concept of the Venetian shopping experience complete with gondolas and balcony interior settings, this mall offers the best in entertainment and international retail brands, including themed retail areas, cinemas, an ice rink and a fashionable line of restaurants for a perfect gastronomic experience.

    Alhazm Mall

    Alhazm mall offers the world’s most exclusive brands and contemporary luxuries in a fashionably refined setting. The mall provides the ideal blend of high-end fashion boutiques, trendy restaurants and cafés and memorable events. If you want to experience an environment of classical European style in the heart of modern Arabia, Alhazm is the perfect place to go.

    City Center Doha

    City Center is in the heart of the economic district of Doha in West Bay. The shopping mall provides a wide variety of international, regional and local retail brands and services, spread across five floors. It also features a range of family-oriented offerings which include a 14 screen cinema complex, a bowling alley, and an ice rink, 38 restaurants, and a family entertainment Center. You can also have the chance to witness a range of spectacular functions, a variety of shows, and seasonal events and activities targeting different age groups.

    Doha Festival City

    From morning to night, entertainment and relaxation choices are at Doha Festival City, providing an array of exciting experiences for the whole family. Over 100 restaurants are at the Doha Festival City and the world’s largest Monoprix Hypermarket is also there. Family fun can be found across the mall, from VOX Cinemas to awe-inspiring theme parks, from Angry Birds World to Snow Dunes, Juniverse, and Virtuocity. 

    Gulf Mall 

    Gulf Mall is an impressive 90,000 sq. metres mall with its spectacular fortress-like embellishments. The Gulf Mall symbolizes the six countries that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council. It has six arches incorporated into its architectural design, with every arch leading to a fascinating interior that embodies the tradition and heritage of the country it represents. 

    Lagoona Mall

    Lagoona Mall offers pristine, picture-perfect surroundings and an attractive client base. Located in Doha’s affluent West Bay, Lagoona Mall is an oasis of exclusivity and enchantment dedicated to luxury and style. Boasting spectacular views of sparkling sapphire waters, the airy Piazza radiates warmth and a cosmopolitan verve that makes it an ideal place to meet. 

    Mall of Qatar

    Mall of Qatar is just not a mall, it's a place to get excited, thrilled, engaged and unwind. From coffee breaks, dinners to shopping –it’s a perfect destination that is truly refreshing. But more than that, the mall has a nice stage with waterfront around, which has been designed to invoke excitement and with a performance troop trained to mesmerise.

    Apart from shopping malls, do not miss a visit to an authentic souq (bazaar) like Doha's Souq Waqif (The Standing Souk) or Al Wakrah Souq. Please bear in mind that during the hot summer months many businesses close for a "siesta" from 12pm to 4pm.

    Friday: some shops remain closed all day and others open at 4pm
    Most malls and supermarkets offer extended shopping hours on Friday.

The Torch Doha

THE TORCH DOHA
Al Waab Street, Aspire Zone,
Doha, QATAR
P.O. Box 23833

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