You won’t believe you’ll find this in Doha
This once-sleepy capital has awoken in recent years and offers a surprisingly diverse mix of food, culture and adventure. Whether you’re there for business or just passing through, there’s more to Doha than just The Pearl-Qatar. Throw away the tourist guides, and you’ll discover paddle boarding in Venice-like canals, camel racing and one of the world’s most exotic car collections. Here are a few star picks by Millennium Hotels and Resorts.
A decent meal can do wonders for your jet lag, and Katara boasts an international selection of restaurants alongside its scenic waterfront promenade. Home to several art galleries, an open-air amphitheatre and a public beach, it’s popular among local Qataris and the large expat population.
Amphitheatre at Katara
While food and culture are the preferred leisure activities in Doha, there’s plenty of adventure to be found within the city. If you want a unique photo opportunity (and a little exercise), you can try paddle boarding the pastel-coloured canals at Qanat Quartier, a giant replica of Venice.
Doha's Venice-like canals
On your way back, it’s worth making a stop at the lesser-known Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum. Located about an hour outside of town, this is an old fort housing the Sheikh’s private collection of vintage cars, toys and trinkets. The museum’s 15 halls hold more than 15,000 artefacts, including ancient Qurans and Yemeni daggers. The opening hours are as ad hoc as the collection, but for a fascinating snapshot of local culture it’s unsurpassed and puts more official museums to shame.