Doha is an amazing city, filled with fantastic sights, unique culture, and incredible things to do, regardless of your budget. Despite Doha’s well-deserved reputation for luxury, a day out in the city doesn’t have to break the bank.
Using the always handy Uber fare estimator, we’ve created two day-long itineraries that will allow you enjoy the sights, sounds, and vibrant atmosphere of the city for a travel budget of just QR 60.
Uber’s dynamic pricing model means your travel costs might fluctuate a little compared to our estimations, but wherever possible we’ve chosen the most cost-effective travel plan. So, you can forget worrying about the cost of the journey and just sit back and enjoy it.
Starting Point: Doha Tower to the Market for Breakfast
Our day begins, fittingly, under the iconic Doha Tower. Since you’ve got a long and exciting day ahead of your, you’ll need to fuel up and there is no better place to get breakfast in Doha than at a local favorite, the Market by Jean-Georges (QR10).
This “casual family kitchen” styled eatery offers an excellent value breakfast buffet that combines local staples with American and international breakfast foods, such as fruits, salads, cheeses, yoghurt and pastries fresh from their bakery.
Your juice and coffee are entirely free, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a morning coffee with your smooth Doha day out already planned.
Itinerary Option One: Colour and Culture
After breakfast, it’s a short hop down to the world-renowned Doha Museum of Islamic Art (QR16). The museum is built on an island overlooking the traditional Dhow Harbour and is filled with an Islamic art collection that spans over 1,400 years and three continents.
Combining amazing artwork with a cutting edge architectural style, it’s easy to see why the museum is consistently recommended as one of the top 10 things to do in Doha.
Once you’re done enjoying the beautiful art, it’s just a short walk to down to MIA park, where you can enjoy a surprisingly large expanse of green in the middle of Doha and grab a refreshing fruit juice and mint cocktail to take the edge off the heat.
When you feel you’ve soaked up enough sun, request a ride to the National Museum of Qatar (QR9). Built around the center of the Qatari national identity, Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s Palace, the museum’s three related galleries represent a trip through Qatari history, from the natural history of the Persian Gulf and artefacts from Bedouin people, through to the establishment of the modern Qatari state.
Itinerary Option Two: Island in the Sun
Starting at Market by Jean-Georges, it’s time to soak up some sun and take advantage of the beautiful waters of the Persian Gulf by heading down to the quaint surrounds of Katara Beach (QR14).
If the heat starts to get a little too much, you can either retreat to the cool of the Katara Cultural Village and enjoy a show at the amphitheater or head out on the waves of the gulf on board one of the many rentable boats available in the area.
Across the bay, you’ll be able to see the glittering magnificence of the Pearl-Qatar, a $15 billion artificial island, and that’s our next stop. After a quick Uber trip (QR16) you’ll be able to explore the Pearl’s twelve districts, each designed with a particular architectural style in mind.
The Qanat Quartier is Qatar’s answer to the city of Venice, with its buildings incorporating Venetian architectural elements and several canals running through the district, while Floresta Gardens has been built in the shape of the Colosseum in Rome, making it one of the places to see in Doha!
To the Souk for Supper
When the sun starts to dip, it’s time to grab an Uber ride over to the Souq Waqif for dinner (QR19 from the Pearl-Qatar or QR10 from the National Museum). As a melting pot of different cultures that has been around since Bedouin times, it should come as no surprise that the Souk has a massive range of culinary options.
The winding alleys are full of street food vendors offering everything from shawarma to pizza, interspersed with shops selling a huge range of exotic goods, from spices by the pound to a brand-new hunting falcon!
Head over to Tajine for the best combination of authentic Moroccan cuisine and open-air people watching opportunities. Their specialty, a delicious roast camel stew served cardamom-scented rice makes an excellent end to an amazing day in Doha.
After dinner, it’s time to explore the narrow, winding passages of the Souk and maybe indulge your sweet tooth at one of the many ice cream stalls. If your legs are tired by the end of the day, don’t worry, Uber will be there to get you back home, safe and sound.
For just QR59 to go see the stunning Pearl-Qatar or QR45 for an amazing culture trip, you can have a fantastic time in Doha, soaking up everything the city has to offer.