Katara Cultural Village Culture & history

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Doha: Full-Day Combo City Tour and Desert Safari

1. Doha: Full-Day Combo City Tour and Desert Safari

Benefit from pickup at your hotel or the airport in Doha, and drive along the magnificent Corniche to see the old Dhow Harbor. Visit the cultural village of Katara and admire the artificial island of Pearl Qatar. Visit the traditional Souq Waqif bazaar to marvel at vendors selling spices, perfumes, traditional handicrafts, camels, and horses! Make your way south of the city, where the driver will deflate the tires to make the vehicle ready for the off-road dune bashing. Venture into the majestic desert, where you can go for a camel ride like an ancient nomad. Get an adrenaline rush as you drive across the dunes. Make your way to the magnificent Inland Sea to look across the border to Saudi Arabia.

Doha: Private City Tour

2. Doha: Private City Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and then drive along the Corniche to view the old Dhow Harbor and the west bay area. Next, head to the gold souq and be dazzled by the glittering items on display in all the different shops. Head next to Katara Culture Village, which hosts many seminars and cultural events promoting artists and their artwork. Continue to the Souq Waqif, noted for its traditional architecture and spice and perfume shops. Browse the traditional handicraft shops and discover areas dedicated to animals such as horses, and camels and an area reserved for falconing.

Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

3. 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.

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Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 42 reviews

My tour guide Shambhu was extremely knowledgeable of Doha and Qatari history down to the fine detail. He has fantastic English that helps with the experience. He messaged me well before pick up to make it go as smoothly as possible. The tour of Doha was eye-opening and fantastic. I highly recommend it for everyone. The food that Shambhu introduced me to was next level. I look forward to coming back.

We had a wonderful afternoon touring the main sights in Doha with Amir, who also gave us interesting and helpful insights into the history and current situation in Qatar. We enjoyed visiting the souq waqif and holding a falcon, seeing the stadiums and learning about the ongoing planning for the 2022 World Cup, and visiting the Villaggio Mall and the Katara Cultural Village.

We had a great afternoon with Shambhu, our friendly tour guide. He was on time to pick us up at our hotel. He showed us all the ineteresting points and explained the history and culture of Qatar/Doha. The tour was well organized by falcon tours. We can recomande falcon tours and Shambhu to every one!!

Javid, my tour guide was awesome! He really showed me the culture of Qatar and went the extra mile to make my trip as enjoyable as possible.

We had a very nice day in Doha. Thank you so much Amir and Clare.