10 Free and Fun things to do in Qatar 

10 Free and Fun things to do in Qatar 

One of the things I get asked a lot about living in Doha Qatar is is it expensive? And the truth is it can be expensive especially if you spend time in the beautiful 5* hotels. But in truth there are some great free and fun things to do in Qatar if you know where to look. Here I have rounded up my 10 favorite free and fun things to do in Qatar. 10 Free and Fun things to do in Qatar

Visit Souq Waqif Doha

No visit to Qatar is complete without a visit to Souq Waqif Doha! There is nothing quite like strolling round the alleyways of the souq to really feel like you are in the Middle East! It costs nothing to have a browse but be warned the souq is full of delicious restaurants and shops selling amazing gifts so it might be hard to walk away empty handed!

Visit the Public Beaches in Doha

Now while I love visiting the 5* hotels for a relaxing beach and pool day, Qatar has lots of public beaches. While these aren’t great for swimming and sunbathing due to the cultural sensibilities of Qatar they are great if you fancy seeing something new, birdwatching or fancy trying something like dune bashing!

Visit the Katara Cultural Village

Katara cultural village is located minutes from West Bay. An architectural triumph with great restaurants and a plethora of public art Katara is well worth a visit. There is also a pretty packed events calendar at Katara so be sure to check for what exhibitions, events and theatre shows are on during your visit!

Do a tour of public art

From public art on the corniche, at Katara and even in the desert! Public art can be found all over Doha. From big names like Richard Serra to more regionally based artists there is something for everyone!

Visit one of many free museums

I love visiting the museums in Doha from the famed museum of Islamic art to the contemporary art museum Mathaf. Even their special exhibition are free of charge. Where else can you visiting touring exhibitions like Damien Hurst and terracotta warriors for grew!

Take a stroll around one of Doha’s fabulous park

Surprisingly for a desert country there are many public green spaces. I love visiting the parks in Doha from he modern and innovative oxygen park education city to the museum of Islamic art park with its unrivalled views of the West Bay skyline.

Walk the Doha Corniche

Definitely a winter activity but one I love. It takes less than an hour to walk but you get a great view of many of Doha’s sites from the corniche!

Go to a UNESCO World Heritage Site 

The Zubarah Fort is one of the hidden gems of Qatar. The only UNESCO site in the country. Dating from the 1930s Zubarah fort let’s you see why Qatar was like in days gone by!

Visit one of Qatar’s many malls

While free this could get expensive depending on your shopping Compulsions! From the largest mall in Qatar – festival city, to the new malls of Qatar mall and al hazm, you can’t come to Doha without experiencing one of their mega malls!

Go to the Pearl

A lovely place for a stroll in winter or on a summers night! The pearl has shopping, restaurants and views of some mega yachts and beautiful marina views!

Further Reading on Qatar:

Preparing For Your Trip:
Ultimate Guide of Where to Stay in Doha
What to Wear in Doha

What to see in Doha Qatar:
Flying From Qatar 

26 Comments

  1. April 26, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    It’s always good to find free things to do in more expensive cities and I’m really impressed with the fantastic variety of places you’ve featured here from parks and deserts to Unesco sites and museums. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  2. April 26, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    Great post. I went to Qatar recently on the whim and a bit unexpectedly. I had NO idea what there was to do there. I wish I would have seen something like this list. Would have saved me A LOT of walking around haha. The architecture of that museum is amazing! #farawayfiles

  3. April 27, 2018 / 2:12 am

    Thanks for these tips, would love to visit a real souq
    #farawayfiles

  4. April 27, 2018 / 3:04 am

    I’ve been curious about Qatar and I’d love to visit someday. Souq Waqif would definitely be on my list of places to go if I were there!

  5. April 27, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I had no idea the museums here were free – I love it when cities do this, always such an incentive to drop in lots. And there’s nothing like wandering around a souq too.

  6. April 28, 2018 / 3:39 am

    Zubarah Fort looks just like the fort in the Carry On movie ‘Follow That Camel’. I would love to visit this UNESCO site. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  7. April 28, 2018 / 8:06 am

    Such a wonderful list of things to do in Qatar! There’s something for everyone.

  8. April 28, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    wow! The architecture is simply stunning! I would love to visit Qatar someday, coming from the US it seems so far away and more than a little exotic! #farawayfiles

  9. April 28, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    Oh I love this, there looks to be some beautiful things to see there, and lots for free as well! I would love to visit Qatar at some point! 🙂

  10. April 29, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    Free Damien Hirst and terracotta warriors! Now that does sound good. Souks are always great places for a wander, too.

  11. April 29, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    There are some fab tips here the park looks incredible and its always great to see the less touristy areas of a region x

  12. April 29, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Always good to have some free activities up your sleeve, especially in a place like Doha. We absolutely loved strolling around the souq and then down along the corniche.

  13. April 29, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    It’s brilliant when cities make museums free, certainly inspires a future generation. Never been to Qatar but certainly on my travel wish list!

  14. April 30, 2018 / 10:42 am

    Not been there so thanks for expanding my world! Would love to visit some day x

  15. April 30, 2018 / 11:05 am

    I love finding free things to do when we visit places – can make family travel that bit more affordable. I’ve not visited this part of the world before but it looks fab!

  16. April 30, 2018 / 11:51 am

    It always strikes me how much green space there is in Qatar when I read your posts. Thanks for the travel inspiration!

  17. April 30, 2018 / 12:11 pm

    Wow those sculptures are incredible, really drew me in!

  18. April 30, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I had no idea there was so much green! The buildings look beautiful too – it’s definitely on the list for a visit one day.

  19. April 30, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Wow it is fab to find things to do that are free with the kids when travelling, it is somewhere I would love to visit and I love the idea of a free museum or park!

  20. May 7, 2018 / 9:54 am

    I have only done the free city tour provided to transfer passengers, so covered a couple of the places above, but can see I have a lot more goodies to experience 🙂 #mondayescapes

  21. May 7, 2018 / 11:01 am

    Wow, I find these kinds of posts fascinating! How do you find the heat with children? xx

    • May 7, 2018 / 11:41 am

      You learn to live with it! Winter is when you go out and lots more indoor activities in summer

  22. May 7, 2018 / 2:43 pm

    Doha’s really been intriguing me recently, seems like an interesting place to explore. Great tips to keep costs down, ta! #MondayEscapes

  23. May 8, 2018 / 4:54 pm

    I hadn’t imagined there’d be so many fun free things to do in Doha, what a useful guide! #Mondayescapes

  24. May 9, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I would love to visit Qatar as there is so much to see and do. I like the fact that there are a lot of things to do that are free.
    #MondayEscapes

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