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Katara Cultural Village: Our most recommended tours and activities

Doha: Private Night City Tour

1. Doha: Private Night City Tour

This tour is ideal forthose who are in Doha city for a short visit as well as travelers who have a flight stop at Doha Airport and don't want to waste time waiting at the airport for their next flight. Travel with your expert tour guide through some of the city's top attractions, making stops for photos. Visit the Pearl, which is an artificial, man-made island located offshore of Doha's West Bay Lagoon area, known as the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign nationals. Later you will visit Katara Cultural Village, located at the eastern coast between West Bay and the Pearl. Katara was born out of a vision to position the State of Qatar as a cultural beacon of art. The last stop will be at the traditional old supermarket (Souq Waqif). Here you will enjoy visiting the falcon shops and you can admire the spices, materials, perfumes and traditional handcraft shops.

Doha: City Tour with Dinner

2. Doha: City Tour with Dinner

We will pick you up from the airport/hotel or any location within the city of Doha and drive you through Corniche, where you will witness the new vibrant look of Doha with its modern towers and traditional Dhow boats decorated with colourful lights. Your first stop will be at the old Dhow Harbour. This spot offers a 180 degree view of the West Bay skyline with its glittering buildings at night. Next you will visit the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by Chinese-American architect I.M Pei, this geometrical-shaped structure boasts of its large collection of Islamic Art. Thereafter you will head straight to Souq Waqif, a heritage market with many shops for souvenirs, spices, fabric, perfume and traditional handicrafts products. Here you may also find a stable for Arabian horses and camels as well as a falcon souq and hospital. Next stop is Katara Cultural Village, it’s located in a beautiful beachfront at the heart of Doha with an amphitheatre, planetarium, art galleries and restaurants. Thereafter you will head straight to Pearl Qatar, which will be your last stop before dinner. Here you can find stunning marinas, luxury branded shops, restaurants and upscale residential apartments.

Doha: City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise

3. Doha: City Tour and Dhow Boat Cruise

Discover the charm of Doha city on this guided tour. Visit the main attractions and experience the modern and the traditional mix in this fascinating city.  Start your tour with a pickup from your accommodation. Jump in the car, sit back and relax and enjoy the panoramic drive along Doha Corniche, with time for a photo stop. Then, explore the West Bay area, and see the Pearl-Qatar artificial island and Katara Culture Village.  Visit the Souq Waqif market, enjoy a stroll around the colorful alleys, window-shop or enjoy shisha with friends and family, if you like. Need to get souvenirs? No worries, you can buy traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs. Finally, finish your tour with a cruise on board a traditional dhow boat. See the glitz and glamour of Doha city from the water.

From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

4. From Doha Airport: Qatar Transit Tour

Make good use of a transit through Hamad International Airport and get the perfect introduction to the beautiful city of Doha. Drive along the 7-kilometer Corniche road to admire the old part of the city and the unique buildings of West Bay. Next, visit an extraordinary artificial island created in the shape of an oyster, representing Qatar’s roots. Move on to the cultural center of the Katara, home to an amphitheater, opera house, galleries, and restaurants from different countries on the Arabian Peninsula. Learn more about the heritage and traditions of Qatar, and hear about the international, regional, and local festivals, workshops, performances, and exhibitions held at the heritage site. Fall in love with the lively Souq Waqif bazaar, a showpiece of the nation's traditional architecture, handicrafts, and folk art. Get dropped off at the airport in time for your onward flight.

Doha: Katara Cultural Village Tour

5. Doha: Katara Cultural Village Tour

Start your day of cultural exploration with a visit to three of the city's most famous projects: The Pearl-Qatar, Porto Arabia Boardwalk and Marina. These three major landmarks are a must-see when visiting the city of Doha, and your informative guide will provide you with interesting information about the origin and history of these locations.  Continue on your tour to the Katara Culture and Heritage Village. This major landmark was built to epitomise Qatar's rich and long held tradition of architecture. The entire Katara complex is built in a fusion of oriental and retro-romantic style, providing a beautiful contrast from most of Doha’s charming new cultural buildings, elsewhere in the city. Labeled as the Valley of Cultures, Katara Cultural Village is an exciting place to visit for everyone, especially for those fascinated with traditions, theatre, art and architecture.

Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

6. Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Doha and check out the city's most important cultural highlights. Explore Katara Village, a cultural complex built to resemble a traditional Qatari village. Learn about Qatari culture and history in a unique multi-use space named after the historical name used for Qatar prior to the 18th century. Check out a number of Katara's highlights including the open amphitheater, opera house, multipurpose cinema, beach, art gallery, children's cultural center, and theater society. Visit the aptly-named Grand Mosque, a newly-built state mosque opened in 2011. Admire the architectural fusion of traditional Arab style and modern features, including as many as 28 large domes covering the central hall and 65 domes covering the outer quadrangle. Then head to Souq Waqif, the city's largest traditional outdoor market. Peruse the traditional garments, spices, and handicrafts on offer and wander through the traditional falconry market and the gold market. Stop in at some of the dozens of restaurants and shisha lounges that make the market popular with locals and expats alike especially on weekends. Make a stop at Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center and marvel at its characteristic spiral minaret. Learn about the center's social, religious, and educational activities and check out the library onsite. Continue on to the famous Museum of Islamic Art built by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. Choose to enter and view one of the world's most complete collections of Islamic art and artifacts sourced from three continents over 1,400 years. Finally, visit MIA Park, a popular park with locals who come to picnic, walk, and cycle.

Doha Half Day City Tour

7. Doha Half Day City Tour

Our chauffer guide will pick you up from any pick up point within Doha. Visit the most iconic attractions and cultural monuments found in Doha, Qatar. Take pictures of the beautiful West Bay skyline from Dhow Harbor and explore Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl Qatar. Experience the culture and history from Souq Waqif, a heritage market and buy items from traditional handicrafts, jewelry, and spices to souvenirs. Here you will find lots of shops selling spices, fabric, perfume, traditional handicrafts products and souvenirs as well as a stable for Arabian horses and camels. Afterwards, your driver will drop you back to your location within Doha.

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What people are saying about Katara Cultural Village

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 246 reviews

We had a great time with Jawith (I hope that's the correct spelling). Obviously, we had an opportunity to see all of the sites in Doha. But what was particularly impressive was Jawith's knowledge and openness about the country and city. He went the extra mile and arranged a place where we could get some takeaway food before catching our onward flight. A great experience and a great person!

Excellent tour of Doha-perfect for a quick layover, saw a little bit of everything. Our tour guide Javid was very friendly, knowledgeable, on time and attentive to us. We enjoyed it all but the Dhow cruise was the best part.

Fantastic tour, ask for Amir. Air-conditioned vehicle, exceptional service, he adjusted the booking to our circumstances, showed us all the best places and was just a top bloke! 11/10

I enjoyed my tour with Faisal. He’s a knowledgeable guide, good driver, and a pleasant personality. He was a good adviser at the souq

Golphin was an excellent tour guide! He was very friendly and knowledgeable about Doha / Qatar. Really enjoyed this tour!