Doha is increasingly becoming a hub of for international travelers with many people deciding to stay in the city to do a long layover in Doha. Doha has many great things to see so if you are looking to make the most out of a stopover in Doha then this itinerary will make sure you make the most of your time in the city! This itinerary is perfect for those who have a long layover in Doha of about 48 hours.
Where to stay a during a long layover in Doha
if your one day in Doha includes an overnight stay then check out our definitive guide of where to stay in Doha to pick the best hotel for you!
How to have the perfect stopover in Doha: Day One!
Long Layover in Doha Morning One – Visit Museum of Islamic Art
The museum of Islamic art is a must for any visit to Doha no matter how short! The museum is an iconic piece of architecture that plays with light and shadows and resembles a woman in a batoola (a traditional gulf face cover for females). And the collection inside is just as Stunning!
The museum is also a great place to get those perfect holiday instagram snaps!
Please note: Closed on Tuesdays. A good replacement – take a stroll around Katara or around the corniche (winter weather)
Take a stroll around the Museum of Islamic Art Park
Once you have finished in the museum, be sure to stroll the beautiful park grounds it is set it. Marvel in awe at the Richard Serra sculpture by the sea or have a cup of coffee and cake at the most beautiful coffee shop in Doha. What could rival this view!
Long Layover in Doha Day One Afternoon itinerary
Why not take a Dhow cruise to get a perfect view of the West Bay Skyline.
What to Do in Doha in the evening! Day one of long layover in Doha
Head to the souq to haggle for bargains and have dinner – check out our guide on what to buy in Qatar here before heading out shopping. The souq is a great place to shop for presents and get a real authentic feel of Middle Eastern culture.
The souq is also a great place for dinner with lots of great restaurant but my personal fave is Parisa!
Day Two of your Long Layover in Doha
Jump in a cab and head to Katara, Qatar’s cultural village! This is the perfect place to wile away an afternoon looking at the great public art or having a Bite to eat at one of my favourite restaurants, Mamig!
Stopover In Doha Afternoon Day Two
No visit to Qatar is complete without venturing out into the desert! Book an excursion through one of the reputable Qatar companies to hit the dunes.
After an afternoon in the desert treat yourself to an evening of luxury by visiting one of Doha’s many five star restaurants!
What to do in Doha on a Friday
If your day in Doha happens to be on a Friday you will need to tweak this itinerary as Friday is the holy day and things are often shut on a morning. I recommend heading to one of the five star hotels for a beach morning and heading to a famous middle eastern brunch!
Further Reading on Qatar:
For Booking Your Trip:
Ultimate Guide of Where to Stay in Doha
What to see in Doha Qatar:
Flying From Qatar