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HOW TO SPEND 2 DAYS IN DOHA!

Once only known as stopover city, the capital state of Qatar, Doha, has now reinvented itself as a desert tourist destination with world-class luxury hotels and restaurants. 

Courtesy of Qatar Airways and Visit Qatar tourism board, I got the opportunity to visit Doha last October and see what it has to offer. And, I was genuinely impressed!

If you are interested to visit Doha too in the near future, here are some interesting things to do: 

1) NATIONAL MUSEUM OF QATAR

Opened in March 2019, the National Museum of Qatar is designed and built in the shape of a 'desert rose'. Inside this museum, there are lots of interesting installations and video projections about Qatar's beginnings and the history of the local culture and traditions from the earliest days to today. Honestly, this is one of the most interactive and immersive exhibitions that I've ever been to! 



2) VISIT THE FALCON SOUQ AT SOUQ WAQIF

In Qatar, falcons have been traditionally used for hunting and the tradition is still pretty much alive! In the Falcon Souq, you can admire these expensive falcons and take photographs of them. 

There's also a Falcon Hospital right beside the Falcon Souq - Yes, the hospital is only for falcons! How interesting!


3) DINE IN PARISA SOUQ WAQIF

Upon entering Parisa Souq Waqif, you will be dazzled by its opulent, bejewelled Persian interior.
Doesn't this place remind you of the song "Arabian Night?" ✧

Apart from the extravagant interior, this restaurant also serves exotic Persian cuisine!




3) SAND DUNES DOHA

A trip to Doha will never be complete without visiting its desert safari! When in Doha, one must enjoy the spectacular views of the desert, take pictures with the camels, and head to a thrilling sand dune bashing adventure!

I was so excited upon seeing the camels (this was probably the first time I see a camel in my life!). Though I didn't ride on them, I managed to take some shots with the very calm and friendly camels!

Sand dune bashing was very fun and thrilling at the same time. Our driver drove us in a Toyota Land Cruiser, and basically he was driving over the steep sand dunes in varied speeds and also in an erratic zig-zag motion! (But of course, we wore our seatbelts for ultimate safety haha!)






4) DHOW CRUISE

There's actually no better way than hopping on a dhow cruise to watch the sunset and admire the beautiful landscape of Doha. It was such a relaxing and memorable experience gazing at the illuminated skylines along the shores of Doha on the cruise. 



5) KATARA CULTURAL VILLAGE

While Doha might be dominated by state-of-the-art hotels and skyscrapers, there's actually this place called Katara Cultural Village where locals and visitors can reconnect with the cultural side of Qatar. This place also serves as a cultural hub for Qatar's cultural activities, film festivals, performances, etc. Besides, it's also a very Instagrammable place so be sure to come in the morning/afternoon (when there's sunlight) to grab your shots! 
(We reached there at night, so we weren't able to get much nice photos ☹️) 



 The Galeries Lafayette Doha, which is just beside Katara Cultural Village, is a nice place to walk around and shop too! It's also an outdoor area with air-conditioning, with over 500 vents on the ground blasting out chilled air - how cool is this outdoor cooling technology?! 

Alright, so that's pretty much what we did in Doha!

Not only was I impressed with Doha's towering and futuristic skyscrapers and modernistic technology, I was also deeply inspired by how they still preserve and keep their notable traditions and culture alive. Not forgetting to mention, their food scene was such a delight, from authentic eateries to upscale restaurants. Be sure to try out their kebabs, bread and hummus, and many more!

Thank you Doha, I hope to see you again soon! 

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