Go shopping – the country’s number one pastime! New malls are opening all the time – try Gulf Mall opposite Landmark Mall. In Al Dafna, visit City Center for a mix of Western and local stores, while at The Gate you can gaze longingly at the luxury trinkets.

Sporty types can keep fit by playing a round of golf at Doha Golf Club A3 or walking around Aspire Zone near Al Waab, which includes Aspire Park and Khalifa Stadium – a safe environment for children to play and where adults can relax among the baobab trees.

Doha’s Corniche has plenty of things to keep you occupied: take a walk, use the fitness equipment and go on a short dhow trip (pictured) around the bay for just a few riyals. Make sure you take a picture of yourself in front of the pearl water feature.

Also on the Corniche are the stunning Museum of Islamic Art and ALRIWAQ DOHA showcasing the best of Qatar’s exhibits. The MIA Park boasts expansive landscaping and Richard Serra’s vertical steel sculpture.

Eat, shop and visit the art gallery at Souq Waqif. Don’t forget to haggle! The nearby Gold Souq has all manner of jewellery items – why not get your own design made up?

Spend a lazy few hours at Katara: perfect for admiring the architecture, visiting the galleries, grabbing a karak (sweet, milky tea) or cupcake, or enjoying watersports at the beach.

Venture further afield to Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, part of Qatar Foundation, for one of their regular exhibitions.

Tired of taking in the sights on land? Take to the skies and get a bird’s eye view in and around Doha with a helicopter tour organised by Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) through the project Samana which translates into ‘Our Skies’. samana.qa

Heed the call of the past and transport yourself back in time at the numerous fortresses and ruins throughout Qatar. And no day out is complete without a trip to the quirky film sets at Bir Zekreet.

And finally, refuel after a busy day of sightseeing – Qatar has everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to cheap and cheerful local treats.

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