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What to do on a Long Layover in Doha

What to do on a Long Layover in Doha

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

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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!

There are several options for getting around Doha either via public transport or taxi – click here for our full getting around Doha transport guide! 

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.ƒ

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.

Evening Two

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:

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

Qatar During Ramadan
Ramadan in Qatar
Eid Escapes from Qatar 

Food and Drink in Qatar
A-Z of Best Restaurants in Doha 
Drinking in Doha

Flying From Qatar 

Best Holiday Destinations from Qatar
Using Al Maha at Hamad International Airport Doha


Thursday 14th of June 2018

I don't know what I would be doing on a layover in Doha, but I'm definitely in for the Museum of Islamic Art. I would love to learn more about the role it has played in Islamic history! #Citytripping

Lins @ Boo & Maddie

Wednesday 13th of June 2018

This is such a useful post, we quite often head out to Asia and have been looking at places to stop en route, thank you for sharing X #citytripping


Tuesday 12th of June 2018

It is not somewhere I have ever thought about visiting but looks beautiful! #citytripping

Cathy (Mummytravels)

Tuesday 12th of June 2018

I love the idea of making the most of having to change ones by having a long stopover like this - it seems perfect to get a taste of the country and see some of the highlights. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping


Tuesday 12th of June 2018

I really want to go shopping in a souk #citytripping