The FIFA World Cup in Qatar is here, and we are excited about it.
Qatar has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Middle East and the world, and it is safe to say that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has renewed its status as one of the topmost places to visit this year. Despite Qatar being such a small country, it has a lot of amazing tourist attractions that may spoil you for choice.
If you find yourself in Qatar and you are wondering what to do with all the free time on your hands since most of the matches will be played in the second part of the day, some as late as 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Well, don’t worry.
Here are 5 places you can explore in Qatar and make the most of your FIFA World Cup 2022 trip.
National Museum of Qatar
The National Museum of Qatar was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel, and the structure is meant to symbolize the combination of desert and modernity, which is embodied incredibly well. Even before you step inside the National Museum, its stunning design will blow you away. Apart from its extraordinary structure, the museum exhibits historic, rare, and contemporary works of art. The museum has an audio guide available in multiple languages, so you’ll have an easier run navigating your way around, no matter your country.
The Khor Al Udaid Beach
Khor Al Udaid Beach is less than a hundred kilometers to the southeast of Doha and is the perfect place to relax and escape from the hectic and fast-paced city life. The word unique was created for this remarkable destination, where the landscape and opposing elements of nature, desert, and sea magically meet in harmony. In the morning, when water tides crawl towards the desert and form the inland sea, it carries various types of fishes and turtles to the shore. Bird watchers get to see birds that wander by. In the afternoon, the sand changes color and the golden sunsets sit over the sea creating a stunning image.
The Souq Waqif remains one of the most popular places to visit Qatar for tourists. Souq Waqif is a marketplace that sells traditional garments, spices, and handicrafts, and It is also home to restaurants and shisha lounges. Aside from getting souvenirs to share your wonderful trip experience with friends and family, there are a couple of activities you can enjoy. Talk of watching street performances and people-watching while enjoying your coffee or dinner. You can request to have a falcon perch on your arms under supervision or check out the local art center.
Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque
There is no way one can talk about an Islamist country and turn a blind eye to this striking mosque – Imam Abdul Wahhab Mosque, also known as the State Grand Mosque of Qatar, is a must-see for tourists. The State Grand Mosque represents a perfect blend of traditional and modern architecture with gleaming patterns. At night under the dim lights from different angles, the gleaming patterns come to life along with the minaret and the glowing front yard.
Katara Cultural Village
The Katara Cultural Village is full of many architectural jewels that demonstrate the combination of culture, religion, and modernity. The self-styled cultural village is huge, and one or two days may not be enough to explore, as it is set to host several Worl-Cup side events. Three top things to do when exploring the cultural village; visit the golden mosque, which glints in the sun; check out the Katara Art Center, the home to contemporary art and trans-disciplinary creative endeavors, and if you are an astronomy enthusiast, you can explore Al Thuraya Planetarium.
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