Colourful textiles on show at a shop in Souq Waqif market, Doha, Qatar
The traditional Souq Waqif is a mesmerizing place to explore. There's been a market here for centuries, though the original one was destroyed in a fire in 2003. Today, the area has been redeveloped to resemble a 19th-century market, with mud-rendered shops and beautifully restored Qatari buildings.
The geometric architecture of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar
The extraordinary building of the Museum of Islamic Art is located on a purpose-built island. Marvel at the largest collection of Islamic art in the world — you'll see everything from traditional Persian rugs and ancient jewelry to astrolabes, an astronomer's tool used in medieval times — and admire the splendid views across the water.
Join the Qataris and the large number of expats for a stroll along the corniche, a manmade waterfront promenade built to form an attractive crescent. Cruise to Doha to admire the spectacular view of traditional wooden boats in the foreground and the futuristic skyscrapers of West Bay that lie across the water on land reclaimed from the sea.
The diverse people who built Doha also brought with them their home cuisines, which means you can sample food from anywhere in the world. For the most distinctive bites, try simple, traditional Qatari dishes like kabsa, which pairs chicken marinated in tomatoes and spices with fried almonds and raisins over rice, or thareed, a hearty stew of carrots, beans and potatoes with chicken or lamb.
Browse the shops in the traditional Souq Waqif for perfumes, textiles, carpets and handicrafts. Visit the Falcon Souq, the Gold Souq, and the Bird Souq too. Doha cruises give you access to countless shopping malls, like City Center Doha, Landmark and the Venetia-themed Villaggio, offer a mix of dining, shopping and entertainment.
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