The capital of Qatar, Doha is not only the headquarters of the country’s government, it’s also one of the Persian Gulf’s great centres of culture. The Pearl-Qatar, the Aspire Tower and the Souq Waqif are three of the more famous sights to explore while you’re here. But if you’re like us, you enjoy going off-the-beaten track to discover the true culture of the city. Here are three ways to make your visit to Qatar more authentic.
Art and Music in Abundance: Doha Cultural Festival
Held every March, the Doha Cultural Festival is the largest cultural event in the country, with an abundant array of theatre performances, poetry readings, art exhibitions and concerts from some of the most talented artists in Qatar. There’s a very welcoming atmosphere at this colourful festival and a visit here is the best way to come to a better understanding of the country’s incredibly rich cultural history. The festival is a feast for the eyes and ears. You’ll find it difficult not to get swept up in the excitement.
Wonderful Wildlife: Al Maha Sanctuary
If you’re a nature lover, you won’t want to pass up a visit to the Al Maha Sanctuary, where you can get in touch with the beautiful desert landscape and all the remarkable wildlife that call it home. Most prominent here are the Oryx, a large horned animal that is the national symbol of Qatar. Al Maha is a breeding ground for these beautiful creatures, so you’ll see dozens of them roaming around. Be sure to take your camera, as the setting is beautiful and the animals are unique.
A Closer Look at Local Culture: Katara Cultural Village
Doha is a crossroads of culture. The best way to learn more about this aspect of the city is to visit the Katara Cultural Village, one of the most unique attractions in Qatar. The project was envisioned as a place that would showcase the region’s diverse multiculturalism. This is a village that doubles as a museum, complete with a Roman Amphitheater, mosques, and much more. There’s something for everyone here, from poetry readings to origami workshops. It’s an extraordinary destination that’s sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.