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:
What to do with Kids in Qatar
Qatar’s Most Beautiful Places
Hidden Gems in Qatar Public Beaches in Qatar