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Best Places to visit in Qatar 2016
Doha is the heart and capital of Qatar, some may first heard of Qatar when it was approved to hold the FIFA 2022 World Cup, others may still have no clue where this little country is, some natives call it "the palm of the hand" because the shape of the country comes as a palm of hand, others in political venues refer to it as a small country with high influence, and it holds one of the biggest TV network in the world (beIN Sports).
Apart from politics and sports Qatar has some astonishing and miraculous sights to visit and take pictures to share with the world your unique journey to this adorable little country, without further due, I leave you with the top favorite sensational places.
Qatar State is located in the south east of Asia, overlooking the Persian gulf, while it has a land border with only one country which is KSA
Souq Waqif is one of the most famous markets in Qatar, literally translated to "the standing market", also it is considered a landmark of Qatar, this Souq was renovated recently and in that processes the main idea was to keep the old vintage and traditional market style and bring it to present.
Whether you are looking for a shopping destination, a place where you can hang out, have a meal or smoke Shisha, Souq Waqif is the place where you want to be.
Souq Waqif provides an excellent place for people to gather, you can find here a different types of restaurants and cuisines, serving traditional meals, beside dozens of restaurants serving cuisines from all over the world, alongside with being a hot spot for art galleries and workshops, hosting several art galleries and events, it also hosts local concerts during the holidays, and also you can buy traditional goods as souvenirs and handicrafts, from vendors in shops or at the corner of some parts of the alley.
In Souq Waqif you will find the pace of mind because you don't have to deal with vendors who tries to force you to buy things you don't want, if you like a product you can explore it and even wear it, if it is wearable and change from size to size to see which one suits you better, and end up not buying the product for any reason, it's all good here, no worries in this welcoming community, thanks to "Baladiya" the authority responsible for protecting buyers from vendors, this includes anything sell-able from restaurants, shops, malls... except one on one purchases for example buying a car from a person and not a company or dealer.
Learn more about the prices of cafe's and Shisha in Qatar from the blog Qatar Survival Guide
The Pearl, is an artificial man made island developed in a symbolic environment in the west bay of Doha.
At your first glance when you enter the Pearl, you will feel the presence of the Italian architecture dominating the atmosphere, to be exact it's like Venice town.
Here one can enjoy shopping in many high-end retail shops, and have some dinner or coffee with a wide selection of international cafes and restaurants, such as Palestinian, Lebanese, Egyptian, South African, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian and Thai cuisines.
Walking besides the canal separating the colorful homes is really fascinating, along with the beautiful boardwalk overlooking the marina and its yachts, there is plenty of space for a long walk, and there are some cool showrooms too, with a smile in your face people would be glad to see you meet you have you in their stores and facilities.
Overall, the Pearl offers residents and visitors the ultimate luxury and lifestyle experience, some people finds it materialism at its most extreme, even though the Pearl project is not completely done yet, it will be sometime around 2018, still you don't want to miss it, because the majority of buildings and facilities are done, and it's Doha's most glamorous and luxurious address to be known.
Sealine is about 45 minutes drive from city center or Doha's International Airport, and it's just couple Kilometers out of Mesaieed town.
Once you are here you will forget about the outside world, you can walk on the poetical sand dunes of the Arabian desert, where you can ride camels, rent buggies or quads, and go for a swim in blue water, or if you managed to get some connections with locals, you can camp with them and play many of beach style sports such as volleyball, and football.
Almost everyday, especially on weekends and in school holidays, you will see some wild locals, sometimes too many SUVs to counted, driving over sand dunes and making a highly dangerous maneuvers, if the driver was inexperienced the SUV may flip in a blink of an eye, I tried it once with my friend, I was screaming so loud, not that I was scared, maybe just a little bit, but when you are close to be flipped on 135 degree angle, adrenaline starts to play a different sound of music, fun times and I would do it again, but only with a driver that I trustworthy and experienced like my friend.
If you're looking for a place to relax and chill out, a place to merge between the sand and sea, and still have access to the pool with water slide for the kids, restaurant, children daycare, with family or friends, Sealine Beach Resort may be the affectionate place for you, I have been there and I liked it, even TripAdvisor has a good reviews about it, and it's somehow affordable and close to the sand dunes.
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General Info and Facts
- Currency: QAR (Qatari Riyal) 1 US Dollar equals approximately 3.65 Qatari Rial.
- 1QR can buy you a small bottle of water, 1.5 QR can buy you a Pepsi cane.
- Doha is a city crowded with cars, there are more vehicles than population.
- Doha is the safest place I have ever been to, you can ask anyone who been here and they will confirm it to you, whether it's day or night.
- No drugs allowed in this country, no matter who you are.
- Alcoholic beverages are allowed only on cubes and bars.
- Sometimes it can be tricky to find a cab that easy, I encourage you to rent a car if you have more days with you, only make sure that it comes with full insurance, it can cost 70 QR per day or more, depending on your style of riding.
- Finally, if you have any questions about Traffic rules or security, or anything don't hesitate to ask me.