Doha Culture & history

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Doha: Private Trip of North Qatar, Zubara Fort, & Mangroves

1. Doha: Private Trip of North Qatar, Zubara Fort, & Mangroves

This special tour will take you to the past of Qatar. From where it all began. The northern part of Qatar, which plays a great role in the country’s rich cultural history. Starting the tour with Al Khor’s harbor, the country's center for pearl diving & fishing in the old times. And old ship repairing and renovating yard. After that you will visit Al-Thakira mangroves. Which is one of the hidden gem of Qatar. Al-Thakhira mangroves forest is among Qatar’s oldest and largest forests. And then you will visit Al Zubara Fort. This 20th century fort is the youngest and most prominent feature of the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A pristine example of a typical Arab fort, its one-meter-thick walls warded off invaders and helped keep rooms cool during the hot summer. Originally built by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani in 1938 to serve as a Coast Guard station, the Zubara Fort now serves as a museum displaying a varied collection of exhibits and artworks, with a focus on contemporary topical archaeological findings. The fort, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in recognition for its preservation and as a unique example of a formative period, is the perfect place for fans of Middle Eastern history to learn more about military life in Qatar in the 18th and 19th centuries. After all this, you will also be able to see an old traditional Qatari village.

Doha: Full-Day Combo City Tour and Desert Safari

2. Doha: Full-Day Combo City Tour and Desert Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in Doha, and drive along the magnificent Corniche to see the old Dhow Harbor. Visit the cultural village of Katara and admire the artificial island of Pearl Qatar. Visit the traditional Souq Waqif bazaar to marvel at vendors selling spices, perfumes, traditional handicrafts, camels, and horses! Make your way south of the city, where the driver will deflate the tires to make the vehicle ready for the off-road dune bashing. Venture into the majestic desert, where you can go for a camel ride like an ancient nomad. Get an adrenaline rush as you drive across the dunes. Make your way to the magnificent Inland Sea to look across the border to Saudi Arabia.

Doha: Private City Tour

3. Doha: Private City Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and then drive along the Corniche to view the old Dhow Harbor and the west bay area. Next, head to the gold souq and be dazzled by the glittering items on display in all the different shops. Head next to Katara Culture Village, which hosts many seminars and cultural events promoting artists and their artwork. Continue to the Souq Waqif, noted for its traditional architecture and spice and perfume shops. Browse the traditional handicraft shops and discover areas dedicated to animals such as horses, and camels and an area reserved for falconing.

Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

4. Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Doha and check out the city's most important cultural highlights. Explore Katara Village, a cultural complex built to resemble a traditional Qatari village. Learn about Qatari culture and history in a unique multi-use space named after the historical name used for Qatar prior to the 18th century. Check out a number of Katara's highlights including the open amphitheater, opera house, multipurpose cinema, beach, art gallery, children's cultural center, and theater society. Visit the aptly-named Grand Mosque, a newly-built state mosque opened in 2011. Admire the architectural fusion of traditional Arab style and modern features, including as many as 28 large domes covering the central hall and 65 domes covering the outer quadrangle. Then head to Souq Waqif, the city's largest traditional outdoor market. Peruse the traditional garments, spices, and handicrafts on offer and wander through the traditional falconry market and the gold market. Stop in at some of the dozens of restaurants and shisha lounges that make the market popular with locals and expats alike especially on weekends. Make a stop at Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center and marvel at its characteristic spiral minaret. Learn about the center's social, religious, and educational activities and check out the library onsite. Continue on to the famous Museum of Islamic Art built by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. Choose to enter and view one of the world's most complete collections of Islamic art and artifacts sourced from three continents over 1,400 years. Finally, visit MIA Park, a popular park with locals who come to picnic, walk, and cycle.

Doha: Guided Tour of 3 Historic Museums

5. Doha: Guided Tour of 3 Historic Museums

Perfect for art and museum enthusiasts, this guided tour in Doha will allow you to explore Qatar’s marvelous museums, featuring the history of Qatar and The Islamic Empire. Choose from hotel, airport, or port pickup and drop-off options. Witness the development of modern Doha and the possibilities of the future Doha by visiting the Msheireb Museums. View old equipment used for pearl hunting, oil refining, and more. See digital illustrations of modern Doha. A stop at the Msheireb Enrichment Center at Doha Corniche will also give you an idea of old Msheireb and Doha. Visit the Museum of Islamic Art to see artifacts from the 7th to 19th century, which were used in various countries such as China, India, Spain, Syria, and more. The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Arts features a permanent collection of artworks from the early 1840s to the present day, and further promotes the understanding of Arab art through talks, lectures, and learning programs. Situated in a former school in Doha’s Education City, the Mathaf is the perfect place to get an idea of the most recent developments in the world of Arab art. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your pickup location.

Doha North Tour:Olafur Eliasson, Zubara Fort, Jumail Village

6. Doha North Tour:Olafur Eliasson, Zubara Fort, Jumail Village

Explore northern Qatar on a guided day tour from Doha. See Eliasson's installation "Shadows Travelling on the Sea of the Day," explore the abanded fishing village, Al-Jumail, and discover the 20th-century Al Zubara fort. Begin your day with a hotel pickup in Doha. Head to Al Zubara fort in the Al Zubara Archaeological Site. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site and learn about Middle Eastern history and military life in Qatar in the 18th and 19th centuries. Next, drive into the desert, passing Ain Mohammed village, to reach Olafur Eliasson's latest public art installation, Shadows Travelling on the Sea of the Day. The desert, dotted with traces of animals, desert plants, and rock formations, expands around the installation for miles, encouraging viewers to come in contact with themselves and their surroundings. Look up to see the ceilings fitted with large mirrors reflecting the sandy ground below. The artist wants viewers to realize that when they look up, they actually look back down. Connect with your surroundings and the ground as you explore the installation. Continue to Al-Jumail Village, an abandoned pearling and fishing village. Explore this 19th-century village and learn why people left for the big cities in the 20th century. Finish your tour with a trip to the northernmost point of Qatar before returning to Doha.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 119 reviews

Mr Zeenatullah arrived early to take my husband & I on our 4 hour tour of Doha. Our relaxing drive in his spacious, pleasantly air conditioned car was a delight as we sipped hot Chai bought by Mr Z. We were shown off the beaten track wonders that are a photographer's dream. Mr Z is a courteous, honorable man who gives 100% to his guests. He is knowledgeable & takes great care to explain the sights. As we had left something behind at our motel, Mr Z offered to drop us back at the motel after our tour & then dropped us at our shopping destination in his own time. He is a most generous man. We had a wonderful day with Mr Z & we highly recommend him. John & Sue.

We had a wonderful afternoon touring the main sights in Doha with Amir, who also gave us interesting and helpful insights into the history and current situation in Qatar. We enjoyed visiting the souq waqif and holding a falcon, seeing the stadiums and learning about the ongoing planning for the 2022 World Cup, and visiting the Villaggio Mall and the Katara Cultural Village.

We really enjoyed the tour with our guide Mehti, he was very communicative and was able to tell us a lot about the history. He listened to and fulfilled all of our requests. Cool drinks were available and the car was clean. Mehti is a very pleasant person and I would have liked to have done all the tours with him. :)

Great driver, great car, great tour! Adham was attentive, spoke excellent English and very informative. Learned a lot about Qatar history and showed us more than he had to! Excellent

Javid, my tour guide was awesome! He really showed me the culture of Qatar and went the extra mile to make my trip as enjoyable as possible.