One day in Doha – the perfect 24 hours in Doha

One day in Doha – the perfect 24 hours in Doha

Doha is increasingly becoming a hub for international travelers to make a quick stopover, especially for those on the Kangaroo Route. With many travellers only having one day in Doha to see all the great things that the capital has to offer we ask is it possible to do Doha in a day? While it is never possible to conquer any city in a day, the compact size of Doha means that you are able to see a lot in 24 hours in Doha!  In this guide we have put together the perfect 24 hours in Doha itinerary to make sure travellers with only one day in Doha see the very best that the city has to offer. So if you are on a short stopover, or maybe you are resident looking for a perfect day out then this is the perfect itinerary for Doha in one day! 

One day in Doha – the perfect 24 hours in Doha Itinerary

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This guide to Doha in 24 hours covers:

  • what to do in Doha for a day
  • where to eat during your Doha for a day itinerary
  • Where to stay if you have more than 12 hours in Doha

How to Start a Day In Doha

There are loads of great restaurants in Doha from local eateries to five star dining! We recommend starting your day at local Qatari eatery Shay Al Shoumous! Finding places that serve traditional Qatari dishes can be difficult in Doha however Shay Al Shoumous is one of the most authentic eateries you can eat at in the whole country and it specialises in amazing breakfasts.

Shay Al Shoumous is located in the Souq but don’t worry about exploring the Souq now we will be back later. So without further ado we are going to head off on our Doha one day tour!

The first stop on our Doha in 1 day is the

Museum of Islamic Art

If you have 1 day in Doha then the museum of Islamic art is a must for any visit to Doha! 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)

2019 Update: Another alternative is the newly opened National Museum of Qatar. The National Museum documents the history of this small country and is again housed in a truly magnificent building!

Take a stroll around the Museum of Islamic Art Park

Our next stop on your one day tour in Doha is the Museums of Islamic Arts Park – locally called MIA park! The grounds of the museum are beautiful. Be sure to 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!

Perfect one day in Doha itinerary afternoon

Why not take a Dhow cruise to get a perfect view of the West Bay Skyline.

Otherwise 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 restraints, Mamig!

Perfect 24 hours in Doha evening!

No visit in Doha for a day is complete without a visit to Doha’s Souq! Souq Waqif, meaning the Standing Market, is the number one Doha tourist attraction!  Evening is a great time to head to the souq to haggle for bargains and have dinner. There are lots of great restaurant in the souq but my personal fave is Parisa!

We have a full list of our favourite Souq Waqif restaurants here!

If you don’t want to eat at the souq and fancy something fancier then check out one of Doha’s five star restaurants!

Where to stay a during your Doha one day itinerary

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!

What to do in Doha on a Friday

If your one day in Qatar  happens to be on a Friday you will need to tweak this itinerary as Friday is the holy day and things are often shut in the morning. I recommend heading to one of the five star hotels for a beach morning and heading to a famous middle eastern brunch!

Doha One Day Tour Packages

Doha is very doable on foot during the Winter months and it is very easy to do all of the above using the very affordable taxis! However if you would prefer to do a Doha Organised Day Tour there is the following tour available:


And if you are looking for some ideas to do a day trip in Doha to see more of Qatar then check out this post! 

Have you done a 1 day layover in Doha? What did you do?

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  1. May 8, 2018 / 8:44 am

    I would really love to visit one day and visit the Bazaars but I am TERRIBLE at haggling! I would just go around saying 5 dolla 5 dolla! haha #CityTripping

  2. May 8, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Whoa – Doha looks so pretty!!! Love the skyline view from the museum park!!! #CityTripping

  3. May 8, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Those skyline views are just something special! I’ve never really thought about visiting Doha, but your photos make it look super appealing #citytripping

  4. May 8, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    Oh I adored the brunches when we visited Dubai, no one brunches like them! I love the hazy views from the beaches its so different form anywhere I have ever been x

  5. May 8, 2018 / 6:55 pm

    Next time I am flying via Doha, I will add time there to my plans. Have done the free city tour only, but would love to take better advantage of the layover. #citytripping

  6. May 9, 2018 / 8:59 am

    I’d love to go on a dhow cruise

  7. May 10, 2018 / 6:55 am

    Great ideas for exploring Doha on a stopover. I’ve never been but I’m in keen to see the city by using it as a stopover to explore places further afield. Love the skyline views! Thanks for linking #citytripping

  8. May 10, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Great little guide for people stopping over here – I’ll save this as I reckon it won’t be too many years before I visit! #citytripping

  9. May 10, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    What lovely photographs! I think I’d love to visit the markets and see what lovely treasures I could bring home with me. #farawayfiles

  10. May 12, 2018 / 2:39 am

    Wow, the view from that coffee shop is stunning! I would love to spend an afternoon there. I don’t know much at all about Doha so thank you for such helpful tips! #farawayfiles

  11. May 13, 2018 / 9:05 pm

    What a beautiful city, and so very different from where I’ve been. I’d love to visit some day and eat at one of your recommended restaurants and stroll the bazaars. Thanks for linking up with #farawayfiles

  12. March 30, 2019 / 9:42 am

    I spent two days in Doha a few years ago. Unfortunately, the Museum was closed but I found everything else quite interesting.

  13. March 30, 2019 / 9:56 am

    Love to do a Dhow boat cruise, I missed out on doing one in Abu Dhabi. Looks like an interesting place

  14. March 30, 2019 / 2:01 pm

    I love this guide! Really good tip about being mindful if you’re traveling through Doha on a Friday. I think from what you listed to do 24 hours is a perfect amount of time!

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