THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOHA

P.O. Box 23400, Doha, West Bay Lagoon Qatar
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Explore a world of quaint Arabian charm and wonder, steeped in centuries of grand Qatari tradition. From the beautiful palm-fringed shores of Corniche Bay on the Gulf, to the golden, rugged sands surrounding the Inland Sea, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha is the perfect place to discover all that this desert paradise has to offer.


Attractions

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Oryx Farm
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The nature reserve in Al Sheehaniya is home to the largest herd of Arabian Oryx in the world. Visitors can see at first hand the graceful creature that some say is the origin of the legend of the unicorn. The Arabian Oryx was once threatened by extinction; these graceful creatures now live and breed as protected herds in Qatar. The Arabian Oryx is Qatar's national symbol.
The Pearl Qatar
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The Pearl-Qatar is a unique development in a relaxed, friendly and exclusive environment with marina, a wide array of restaurant choices and luxury shopping opportunities. This is the Middle East's most glamorous address where Pearlesque names, crafted from an intriguing mix of Italian, French, Spanish and Arabic, summon up the charm of the old world, and the spirit of the new.
Katara Cultural Village
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Open 24 hours
Distance from HIA: 30 minutes

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Katara Cultural Village is the focal point for arts and culture in Doha and has art galleries, an amphitheater for opera, drama and concerts performance as well as restaurants and a beach and water sports facilities.
Doha Corniche
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The palm tree-lined Doha Corniche is one of the most famous waterfronts in the Middle East. It sweeps about 7.5km along the coast in a smooth curve, finishing at the newly-built Museum of Islamic Arts. In the early evening, the Corniche is full of atmosphere, with people picnicking in the gardens, exercising on the waterfront or enjoying the cool evening breeze and views of the dazzling city skyline.
Fort Zubarah
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Distance from HIA: 1.5-2 hours
A trip to the ancient 18th century Fort Zubarah in the North of the country is a must for visitors wanting to explore Qatar’s historical landmarks.
Barzan Tower
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Distance from HIA: 40-45 minutes
Located in Umm Salal, this building was previously built as a watchtower in the 19th century.
Khor Al Udaid
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Khor Al Udaid is considered as the desert marvel of Qatar and is located in a strategic location 80 km away in the south-east of Doha. The Khor Al Udaid Beach is very famous for its relaxing and tranquil environment where visitors can break away from the daily hassles of everyday life, and can simply exile themselves and go aboard on a soul searching journey.
Aqua Park Qatar
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Aqua Park Qatar, the first ever theme park in Qatar is built on an area of 50,000 sq. meters of action-packed water fun. Featuring a mammoth play area, the giant 2,000 galloon tipping bucket, enormous 4 storey high water slides, the full-sized wave pool, and a 200m long lazy river, the Aqua Park has all the ingredients that would allow you to set the tempo for your day out
The Singing Sand Dunes (40 km southwest of Doha)
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Distance from HIA: 50 minutes
There are certain conditions in which the movement of sand grains can create a low murmur or ‘singing’ – a phenomenon often reported by desert explorers. Qatar is fortunate in having sand with the right abrasive qualities in an area that also experiences the necessary wind and moisture conditions to create this wonderful, if weird effect. While the ‘singing’ occurs naturally, it can be triggered by sliding down the face of the dune or running along its crest, whereupon each footstep creates a humming that cannot only be heard but also felt as a vibration through the feet.
Ras Abrouq Natural Reserves
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Distance from HIA: 1 hour 5 minutes
Ras Abrouq or Bir Zekreet, a favorite spot for weekend campers, is at the very tip of a peninsula northeast of Dukhan (four-wheel-drive is required). Follow the main Doha-Dukhan road, and several kilometres past the turnoff for Al Jumailiya (about 5 km before the flyover) is a fork where the old Dukhan road veers off to the right – look out for this as there is only one sign, in Arabic. After 1.5 km, turn right onto the road that heads up the northeastern side of the Ras Abrouq peninsula, follow for about 21 km and then branch off to the left, heading up and onto the top of the jebel (hills). The track passes the wild deer reserve set up by the Ministry of Environment and through an area that looks like a deserted village but was actually built as a film set. Notice the trees: the lower branches are ‘cropped’ in a straight line where the camels have eaten them!
Bird watching
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Museums

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Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
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25 minutes
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The story of Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art begins more than twenty years ago, when the founder H.E. Sheikh Hassan bin Mohamed bin Ali Al Thani first began to imagine what an Arab Museum of Modern Art might look like. He started to build a collection that could serve artists and public as a rich and representative treasure-house of modern Arab art. And he saw this collection as a starting point, to create more opportunities for artists and for art-lovers in Doha and around the world.
Museum of Islamic Art
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25 minutes 

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The Museum of Islamic Art houses a magnificent collection of artworks dating from the 7th to the 19th century, representing the full scope of Islamic art. It includes manuscripts, ceramics, metal, glass, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones from the three continents. The building, an architectural masterpiece, was designed by Pritzker Prize laureate, I.M. Pei.
Ethnographical Museum
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40 km / 20 minutes
This museum pays homage to the daily lifestyle of Qatari families. Situated on Grand Hamad Street, this building is the last remaining construction of its kind in Doha. The museum is open Sunday - Tuesday from 9 a.m. - Noon and from 3 - 6 p.m. and closes on Saturdays. On Fridays it is open from 3 - 6 p.m. only. Admission is free.
Weaponry Museum
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40 km / 20 minutes
Located in the Al Lagta area of the Doha suburbs, this Gulf region museum is unique both in its specialization and the variety of its displays, currently numbering more than 2,315 items. The collection contains rare samples of swords, daggers, Gulf and Arab guns and miscellaneous firearms and their accessories.

Parks

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Museum of Islamic Art Park
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Open Daily from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Distance from HIA: 12 minutes

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The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) is one of Qatar’s most distinct landmarks. As you pull into the museum’s parking lot, the adjoining piece of land covered in lush green date palms and grass will not fail to entice. That is the Museum of Islamic Art Park for you. The community-friendly park’s neatly lined concrete walkways will lead you to a play area for children complete with a monkey bars, swings, slides and even trampolines on a sandpit. For those seeking a few contemplative hours away from the traffic and noise of the city, follow the walkway towards the end of the park.
Aspire Park
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Open Daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Cafés and restrooms)
Distance from HIA: 35 minutes

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The park at Aspire Zone offers not just a space for long walks and picnics. A large lake with ducks and geese add a further touch of nature that visitors can enjoy with small-scale cafés, and a variety of trees adding to the aesthetic appeal of the landscape. The park has a family-only rule. Aspire Park can be a good getaway after a long day of shopping at the neighbouring Villaggio and Hyatt Plaza malls. It is also an excellent option for runners since the park has a 1.6km jogging track. Parking is freely available around the area too. The park has 24/7 security patrolling including a network of CCTV cameras, and a visitor information center.
Dahl Al Hammam Park
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Open Daily – 7:30 a.m.-midnight (Cafeteria opens at 5 p.m.)
Distance from HIA: 28-30 minutes
Dahl Al Hamam Family Park is located in Madinat Khalifa, Doha adjacent to the intersection of Al Markhiya Street and Arab League Street. The park has an area of 93,297m2, and is well equipped. Dahl Al Hamam is a family only park. Facilities and services at the park include sports activity areas for football, basketball and skateboarding, an open air theater, a children play area which is shaded along with a small open playground, a restaurant and food court. Parking is also available with free Wi-Fi as an added advantage.
Al Rumailah Park (Al Bidda Park)
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Open Daily from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Distance from HIA: 20 minutes
The park’s location opposite the Corniche is favorable for all people – families with kids, individuals who just want to take a walk or go rollerblading on the multipurpose track. The absence of walls or a fence gives the park a pleasant sense of openness. This, along with the park’s unlimited treasures and strategic location make it one of the most popular parks in the country. Food, not just snacks, is available in abundance in the form of restaurants such as Thai Smile dishing out affordably delectable Thai cuisine. There is also an unused amphitheater and a row of little shops that sell traditional knick-knacks.
Al Wakrah Public Park
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Open Daily from 10:30 a.m. -11 p.m.
Distance from HIA: 18 minutes
Located just a stone’s throw away from Al Wakrah Beach, this park is great for a day out with family, friends and kids.
Barzan Olympic Park
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Open Daily from 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
Distance from HIA: 18 minutes
Inaugurated in 2012, Barzan Olympic Park is the first Olympic-style park in Qatar. It offers more than just a playground, trees and benches. Two swimming pools for adults and children, a table tennis court, fountains, football grounds, two tennis courts, a walking path, cycling track and a chess court are but a few of the facilities that this park offers.

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Shopping Mall

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Blue Salon
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For over 30 years, Blue Salon has become Qatar's leader in fashion, watches, jewelry, perfumes, cosmetics, home fashion, home décor & travel gear. It specializes as exclusive “Retail Luxury Goods” and “Fashion Brand” store.
The Pearl – Qatar
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Distance from HIA: 28-30 minutes
The Pearl is home to a number of luxury and upscale designer brand boutiques. Specializing in a variety of high-end brand boutiques such as Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli, Diptyque, Alfardan jewelry, Chloe, Bottega Veneta, Charriol, Stella McCartney as well as many others. There are a few boutiques by independent designers as well such as The Vanity Room. In addition to shopping, the Pearl also offers a plethora of dining options with a number of cuisines including Indian, Mexican, Italian, French, and American etc.
Emporium
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Distance from HIA: 19-22 minutes
Open Saturday-Thursday – 10 a.m.-1 p.m./4:30 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday – 4:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

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This shopping Centre houses a selection of high fashion and exclusive brands such as Kenzo, MaxMara, Betty Barclay, and Ciel (featuring eco-friendly clothing and accessories from Love Moschino and M Missoni) on two levels. It is not as large as most malls and does not have any food outlets, but is located right next to a Chili’s outlet as well as a number of other restaurants, coffee shops and fast food outlets.
Ezdan Mall
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Distance from HIA: 27-31 minutes
This is the latest addition to Qatar’s existing mallscape. It brings many new global favorite stores to Qatar such as Aeropostale, WH Smith Books, Canadian coffee shop Tim Horton’s as well as many entertainment options for kids. Although the mall is currently operational, most stores are set to officially open in May 2013.
Hyatt Plaza
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Distance from HIA: 31-35 minutes
Open Saturday – Wednesday – 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday – 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday – 2 p.m.-11 p.m.

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This single-level mall has approximately 74 retail outlets and 20 kiosks. It is the oldest mall in the area and has a large shopping cart at its entrance. After going through multiple facelifts, Hyatt Plaza currently has a Johnny Rockets with outdoor seating for those who like dining alfresco. In addition to this, other stores such as Highland, The Body Shop, Daiso, Mr. Price etc. are among the most visited stores in the mall. Jungle Zone, an indoor theme park for kids, is popular among kids and their parents. A short walk from Jungle Zone is the mall’s large food court with a wide selection of food options to choose from.
Lagoona Mall
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Distance from HIA: 27 minutes
Open Saturday-Wednesday – 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday – 10 a.m.-midnight, Friday – 2 p.m.-midnight

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Lagoona Mall is an elegant boutique mall located in close proximity to hotels such as Ritz Carlton and Grand Hyatt Doha. Its offerings comprise of a careful selection of lifestyle stores. Sixteen internationally renowned restaurants including Wagamama, Outback Steakhouse, and Saladbar – Green is Better, Sugar n Spice, and Marrakesh are part of this mall, in addition to some classic Doha favorites such as Paul. Other international and regional brand names such as Bang & Olufsen, Pandora, Bose, iSpace (retailer of Apple products in Qatar), and US Polo Association are also housed here.
The Gate Mall
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Distance from HIA: 21-23 minutes
Open Saturday-Thursday – 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday – 3 p.m.-10 p.m.

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Dubbed as ‘Qatar’s Ultimate Fashion and Lifestyle Destination’, the Gate Mall offers a shopping experience for those seeking upscale brands and products. Over 30 luxury brands including international designer brands such as Temperley London, Elie Tahari, Matthew Williamson, and Paul Smith are housed at the mall that are completed by excellent F&B outlets such as Vapiano, jones the grocer, MBCo., and Farggi offering unique dining experiences. Salam Stores is the mall’s anchor tenant, which is also one of Qatar’s earliest department stores offering a wide range of international fashion designer brands.
Centrepoint (Al Asmakh Mall)
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Distance from HIA: 22-23 minutes
Open Saturday-Wednesday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday 1 p.m.-11 p.m.

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Centrepoint Mall mainly depends on its anchor tenants City Lifestyle, E-Max, Splash, baby shop, and Shoe mart as well as a number of other stores. Visitors can enjoy the street side café-style alfresco seating in addition to indoor seating at Costa Coffee on the mall’s lowest level during the cooler months of the year. The mall seems to place a greater emphasis on the shopping options than the food options as only a few fast food outlets serve the mall visitors. No dine-in restaurants are present.
Royal Plaza
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Distance from HIA: 20-26 minutes
Open Saturday-Thursday - 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday – 3:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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Located in the heart of Al Sadd, one of Doha’s liveliest and busiest areas, Royal Plaza Mall offers its patrons not just a variety of shopping options in the form of 101 boutiques and kiosks, but also an interesting cinema theater with 1920s-inspire three screen movie theatre. The mall ensures care for all of its visitors, including visitors with disabilities whom it refers to as its ‘Royal Customers’. They can call ahead to arrange with the concierge for special facilities in the restroom as well as wheelchairs on arrival. Ray’s Reef, an underwater-themed play area offers children between the ages of 6 months and 14 years a unique experience.
City Center Doha
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Distance to HIA: 18-22 minutes
Open Saturday – Wednesday – 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday – 10 a.m.-midnight, Friday – 3 p.m.-midnight

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With five levels and over 370 stores, City Center is Doha’s largest mall. 2,000 parking spaces are available in its large basement parking facility. The mall’s location in West Bay along with its proximity to the Corniche and many commercial buildings in the area attract the office crowd around the area to its food court and other restaurants. The mall offers almost everything that people might require – laundry services, an express photo studio, a grocery store in the form of Carrefour, an ice skating rink, banking services, currency exchange services, a 14-screen cinema, kiosks providing government services as well as global gymnasium chain Fitness First. The only drawback is that parking is not free, however shopping at some of the stores or watching a movie may entitle visitors to free or discounted parking depending on the amount spent.
The Mall
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Distance from HIA: 22 minutes
Open Saturday – Thursday – 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday – 4 p.m.-10 p.m.

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The Mall was the very first mall to open doors in Qatar in 1998. Since then this mall has expanded considerably. It currently has two levels with 74 stores. A three-screen cinema, restaurants such as Opera Café, Biella, Chili’s etc., a play area for kids, and many stand-alone kiosks are the prominent features of this mall.
Landmark Mall
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Distance from HIA: 24-30 minutes
Open Saturday-Wednesday – 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday – 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday – 1:30 p.m.-11 p.m.

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One of the next busiest malls after City Center and Villaggio, Landmark is built in the style of a Qatari castle. With many large international stores such as Marks & Spencer, BHS, Carrefour, Zara, H&M, and Virgin Megastore, the mall also has a large food court, a three-screen cinema as well as CircusLand, a play area for kids, and hairdressers for kids & men. There are also many other restaurants that serve a variety of cuisines ranging from global fast food chains to independent local restaurants. Maya La Chocolaterie, Wafi Gourmet (Lebanese cuisine), Pizza Express and TGIFriday’s offer some of the dining options.
Villaggio
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Distance from HIA: 30-35 minutesOpen Sunday – Wednesday – 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Thursday & Saturday – 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday – 1 p.m.-11 p.m.

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Villaggio is one of Qatar’s largest malls with over 220 stores including a large food court with a variety of restaurants and cafés serving different cuisines. There is also Via Domo, a special section for luxury brands. The mall is themed to resemble the city of Venice, completed with a 150-metre long canal and a gondola boat ride. A 13-screen IMAX cinema shows movies in 3D. Gondolania, a theme park for kids offers rides and games for children of all ages along with an ice rink and Qatar’s first 4D theatre. French grocery store chain, Carrefour maintains a presence here too.

Souqs

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Gold Souq
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Distance from HIA: 20 minutes
The Gold Souq is a maze of shops specializing in local and imported jewelry made from gold or silver. Pieces including diamonds, pearls and other stones are widely available. All gold jewelry sold in Qatar has a government stamp ensuring its purity. Jewelry can usually be engraved on the spot. Many of the jewelers are highly skilled and can make a piece of jewelry to order; repairs and resizing can be done. Qatari, European and Indian styles are all available. Most shops are happy for people to look around without making a purchase. Most items are priced by weight, depending on the value of gold that day. The souq is particularly lively in the evening.
Omani Souq
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Distance from HIA: 11 minutes
Located just behind the Salwa Central Market, the Omani Souq sells a variety of merchandise some of which include incense, plants, pottery, camel sticks, nuts, perfumes, and the like.
Souq Al Jabor
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Distance from HIA: 11 minutes
like most souqs, Souq Al Jabor takes ‘more is more’ approach to stocking it’s shops, although most seem to include a range of clothing and kids items, from clothing to toys. But, next to nightgowns and kids backpacks, you can also find perfume, electronics, and more, all of it cheaply priced. Dig through to find some real treasures!
Souq Al Dira
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Distance from HIA: 10-15 minutes
Lantern lights, smooth floors, stained glass windows and arches invite visitors into this souq. Most of the stores in this souq specialize in high-end ‘designer’ fabric. Accessories, shoes, and Arabian perfume are also retailed here.
Souq Asiery
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Distance from HIA: 10-15 minutes
This souq specializes in inexpensive fabric retail, a lot of it. You can find all kinds of fabric here right from delicate lace to tough denim.
Souq Waqif
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Distance from HIA: 15 minutes
At any time of day, Souq Waqif is always bustling with people walking around the alleys window-shopping or enjoying their shisha with friends and family at restaurants. It provides an excellent place for people to gather, shop for traditional knick-knacks, spices or just enjoy a good meal. It has a number of boutique hotels located around its premises that are part of the Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels. There are also stables for horses and camels at the Souq. Restaurants specializing in cuisines from different parts of the MENA region are located all along the souq with international cuisines such as Malaysian, French, and Indian. Souq Waqif being an Ooredoo hotspot also allows visitors to log onto the web with free wireless internet. Live performances and seasonal festivals with street artists and traditional folk troupes make it a one-of-a-kind cultural bazaar in Qatar.

Sports

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Aspire
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Tel: (+974) 44136000
Website: www.aspire.qa
This impressive sports facility incorporates ASPIRE Dome ,the Academy for sports excellence, Khalifa international stadium, Hamad Aquatic Center, Aspire park and the ladies sports Hall . Aspire active fitness programmers are run thought the year, with summer camps in July and August.
Doha Golf Club
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Tel: (+974) 4496 0777
Website: www.dohagolfclub.com
Doha Golf Club boasts an 18 hole Championship Course, a 9 hole Academy Course, an enormous driving range and putting green, 8 artificial lakes, graceful landscaping and a beautiful clubhouse designed in old traditional Arabic style, which has been located at one of the highest points on the course giving it a magnificent prominence.
Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club
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Tel: (+974) 44808122
Website: www.qrec.gov.qa
Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex
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Tel: (+974) 4440 9666
Losail International Circuit
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The Losail International Circuit is one of the largest venues in Doha and one of the best in the Middle East. The circuit is the only circuit in the region with both FIA and FIM homologation licenses.

One of the most attractive aspects of our circuit is that it is available 24 hours a day, thanks to the new flood lighting system.
West end park stadium
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West End Park is a visionary project in existence through the collaboration of Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Bin Thani Social Welfare Foundation (JBM) and Qatar Property Management to deliver variety of multi-cultural exposure with unique entertainment programs on a life style platform.

Located at Mesaimeer, at the end of Barwa Commercial Avenue, close to Al Watan Roundabout and just before the Industrial Area, and it covers an approximate area of 671,000 ㎡ of land.