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Museum of Islamic Art, Doha: Our most recommended tours and activities

Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

1. Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

Commence the day with pickup from your hotel or selected location by the tour guide in an air-conditioned vehicle. Then, head to the Msheireb Museums and observe the four historic heritage houses that show the unique aspects of Qatar's cultural and social development. Next, continue to Dhow Harbor to take photographs and check out the traditional boat cruise through the Arabian Peninsula. Head to the Katara Cultural Village, which hosts festivals, exhibitions and local workshops. After this, proceed to Pearl island, a collection of 200 small islands. Next, head to the Doha Corniche, a palm-bordered promenade facing Doha Bay. Then, continue to Souq Waqif to observe the blends of tradition and culture at this local market.  Your safari guide will pick you up from Souq Waqif and transport you to the desert terrains in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Reach the Sealine Beach and enjoy the panoramic view of the desert and take pictures.  You can take part in a camel-riding session while the vehicle gets ready for dune bashing. Proceed to enjoy the dune bashing experience, where the Land Cruiser rides up and down the mighty dunes. Later on, try out sandboarding, where you slide down the dunes. Then, you will be taken to the Inland Sea of Khor Al Adaid, near the border with Saudi Arabia. You will then be transferred back to your hotel or selected location in Doha.

Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

2. 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

3. 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.

Doha: City Tour with Dinner

4. 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: Guided Tour of 3 Historic Museums

5. Doha: Guided Tour of 3 Historic Museums

Perfect for art and museum enthusiasts, this guided tour in Doha will allow you to explore Qatar’s marvelous museums, featuring the history of Qatar and The Islamic Empire. Choose from hotel, airport, or port pickup and drop-off options. Witness the development of modern Doha and the possibilities of the future Doha by visiting the Msheireb Museums. View old equipment used for pearl hunting, oil refining, and more. See digital illustrations of modern Doha. A stop at the Msheireb Enrichment Center at Doha Corniche will also give you an idea of old Msheireb and Doha. Visit the Museum of Islamic Art to see artifacts from the 7th to 19th century, which were used in various countries such as China, India, Spain, Syria, and more. The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Arts features a permanent collection of artworks from the early 1840s to the present day, and further promotes the understanding of Arab art through talks, lectures, and learning programs. Situated in a former school in Doha’s Education City, the Mathaf is the perfect place to get an idea of the most recent developments in the world of Arab art. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your pickup location.

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What people are saying about Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 107 reviews

Fantastic way to see the city sights in 4 hours

We had a private guide to take us on a 4 hour cultural city tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and provided a lot of background and information about Doha.

Good however the guide was soft spoken and I was in the back of car and didn’t hear him much .

Wonderful tour arround Doha City. Very experimented guide. Very good price. Best Regards