Jump to It. Start your day with an invigorating workout without leaving The Ritz-Carlton, Doha. The state-of-the-art fitness center offers several fitness classes including Zumba, Spinning and Pilates. If you prefer to move at your own pace, the open gym and Junior Olympic-sized, indoor lap pool are great alternatives.
Fuel Up. Head down to the Lobby Lounge for a light breakfast and specialty coffee before you set out to explore the city. The warmth of Arabic hospitality will set the perfect tone for the rest of your day.
State of the Art. Begin your day at the Museum of Islamic Art. With hundreds of works spanning three continents and 1,400 years, it is safe to say this is the most expansive and thorough collection in the world. In fact, the museum itself is a masterpiece. The renowned architect I.M. Pei came out of retirement to design this building on an island that offers an unmatched view of the harbor and the skyline.
Pier Evaluation. Take a stroll along the water to appreciate the 80-foot-tall steel sculpture by American artist Richard Serra. The piece is titled “7,” in reference to the spiritual and scientific significance the number seven has in Islamic culture.
Market Days. Head to Souq Waqif for an authentic Bedouin shopping experience where you can browse countless stalls of rich embroidered fabrics, exotic perfumes and appetizing snacks. For a truly unique experience, explore the Falcon Souq and Arabian horse stables to discover the important role horses and falcons play in Qatari culture.
Persian Dinner. Built in the traditional Islamic style, the Parisa restaurant inside the Souq Waqif serves mouthwatering Persian cuisine among a brightly colored, hand-painted décor. Since everything on the menu is delicious, order a variety of mezze plates to share — but be sure to save room for their signature saffron ice cream.
Stroll Along the Corniche. Take in the ultramodern skyline at night along Doha’s waterfront promenade. With over 4 miles of pedestrian walkways, it’s the perfect place to get a little exercise and some fresh air.