Doha is the capital of Qatar and its cultural and commercial heart. Peninsula Qatar is an emirate in the Middle East and Western Asia on the northeast coast of the larger Arabian Peninsula. There are about of 400,000 Qatari. Doha is an mixture of old and new, modern architecture next to traditional Arabic Soukhs (bazaars).
When the current Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, came to power he modernised the country. Qatar became the first country in the Persian Gulf where women gained the right to vote and the right to dress as they please in public, although in practice local Qatari women generally don the black abaya. Men are allowed to wear shorts in public. Alcohol is tolerated to a certain extent. However, public bars and nightclubs in Qatar operate only in hotels, much like in the Emirates and Bahrain.
Tourism to Qatar and Doha is getting more popular each year. More hotels & resorts are being built every day. These hotels are the most beautiful and luxurious hotels you will ever visit. Most well known hotel chains have one or two hotels here. Some of those hotels are: The Ritz Carlton Sharq Village and Spa with Fourteen individual courtyard houses, or beits, on 1,000 metres of private coastline around, Four Seasons Hotel Doha located in the middle of Doha Bay, this beautiful man-made island is covered with palm trees and pretty beaches, InterContinental Doha, Ritz Carlton Doha this Exquisite Beachfront Resort is overlooking The Arabian Gulf and The City Skyline, located in The Exclusive West Bay Lagoon District, Moevenpick Tower Doha an impressive 26-storey tower located at the entrance to West Bay with extensive recreation facilities feature an indoor swimming pool and a state-of-the art health and wellness centre overlooking the city and the waters of the Arabian Gulf, Kempinski Residences and Suites Doha, The Torch Doha with its 300 meters high and 360 degrees panoramic views across Doha, Banana Island Resort, W Doha, La Cigale Hotel, Oryx Rotana, Meliα Doha Hotel and Grand Hyatt Doha offers outstanding facilities such as a private beach, a beautiful spa with separated men's and women's departments, a well-equipped gym, six innovative restaurants and lounges and more than 2,200 sq m of function space laid out over two floors for meeting and banquet facilities.
You must visit the souqs or markets in Doha. Each having their own speciality f.e. the gold souq or the wholesale souq, others have everything. The Souq Waqif (Old Souq) fills up a big area of Doha.
The Souq Waqif is open from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 22.00, other souqs from 10.00 to 12.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00.
Various souqs (souks) are:
Souq Al Najada
Souq Al Ahmed
Souq Al Jabr (Souk Al Jabor)
Souq Al Aseeri (Souk Al Asiery)
Souq Al Deerah (Souk Al Dira)
Souk Nasser Bin Saif
Souq Waqif (Wafeq)
Omani Souq on Haloul Street parallel to Salwa Road
Gold Souq on Ali bin Abdullah Street