Qatar has established itself as one of the region’s cultural capitals, hosting major international events.
Qatar is also home to the finest cultural landmarks, some even dating back to thousands of years demonstrating the nation’s rich history and culture. In addition, Qatar has a series of world-class museums that house some of the world’s finest art collections.
Museum of Islamic Art
Distance to HIA: ~15 minutes
Open Sunday/Monday/Wednesday 10.30am-5.30pm, Thursday & Saturday 12pm – 8pm, Friday 2pm – 8 pm. (closed Tuesday)
The stunning Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei, famed for his modern wing of the Louvre in Paris, is an icon for art, culture and heritage, housing precious works from more than 200 years of Islamic civilization.
Visit Website: http://www.mia.org.qa/en/
Distance from HIA: ~33 minutes
Open Sunday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Saturday – 11am-6pm; Friday – 3pm-9pm; closed Monday
The Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art opened in Education City in 2010 and hosts regular exhibitions of contemporary art with a permanent collection of regional art and design.
Visit Website: http://www.mathaf.org.qa/
Katara Cultural Village
Open 24 hours
Distance from HIA: ~30 minutes
Katara Cultural Village is the focal point for arts and culture in Doha and has art galleries, an amphitheater for opera, drama and concerts performance as well as restaurants and a beach and water sports facilities.
Visit Website: http://www.katara.net/
Distance from HIA: ~1.5-2 hours
A trip to the ancient 18th century Fort Zubarah in the North of the country is a must for visitors wanting to explore Qatar’s historical landmarks.
Distance from HIA: ~15 minutes
Souq Waqif offers the bustle and vitality of old traditional souq with perfectly replicated buildings featuring traditional architecture. There you will find handicrafts on display as well as traditional foods and spices, perfumes, fabrics and art. Young Qataris are being encouraged to set up businesses promoting old crafts and traditional wares.
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
Distance from HIA: ~15 minutes
Open Monday to Wednesday – 9am-6pm, Thursday – 9am-8pm, closed Sunday and Monday
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani has built his own museum at his farm in Al Sheehaniya located 20km west of Doha. This private museum comprises of more than 15,000 pieces, collected during his worldwide travels. The museum has a varied collection of artifacts including fossils, manuscripts, textiles, weapons, ceramics, woodwork, contemporary art, pre- and Islamic coins and foreign currency. There is also a section devoted to Qatari and Bedouin heritage, including fishing boats and traditional Qatari houses. The facility also has an attached farm housing more than 1,000 Arabian onyx, gazelles, and peacocks. Entrance is free.
Distance from HIA: ~40-45 minutes
Located in Umm Salal, this building was previously built as a watchtower in the 19th century.
Two tourists buses were recently introduced. One is the hop-on bus run by a private company Dohabus and the other is the bus operated by Qatar Museums Authority as a shuttle between Museum of Islamic Art and Mathaf. The buses will operate from Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 5pm.