Doha City Tour

Duration : 4 Hours
Minimum : 2pax
Vehicle : Air-conditioned coaches/ cars & 4 wheels


Though Qataris traditionally sought their living from the sea, Oil, discovered in 1930 and now gas, has turned Qatar into one of the richest countries in the world on a per head population basis. However, despite its modern outlook and high-rise structures, Doha is still drenched in tradition. Depart from the Port and drive past the 7 km long Cornice Bay, the highlight of Doha sightseeing. The most picturesque part of the Arabian Gulf, it also houses the port of Doha. A belt of prestigious administrative, cultural and commercial facilities and parks line the Corniche road and opposite these facilities is the parking place for a large number of traditional dhows. It’s well worth a walk around the dhow harbour, looking at the traditional fishing traps and admiring the wooden boats. Continue on to the souqs which by contrast, are a wonderful mixture of scents and sights, where items are not labeled with a price and good-natured haggling is the order of the day. Souq Waqif is the oldest of Doha’s traditional markets, originally used by Bedouin traders as a place to buy and sell meat, wool, milk and other staples. Although renovated it has retained its old charm. A fascinating maze of alleyways, they are packed with everything you can conceive. What it’s famous for (in Qatar, anyway) is its dried herbs and spices.

A very interesting place is the falcon market, located in the same souq. Breeding and training falcons is an ancient Qatari pastime and one of the numerous shops and you may get lucky if the owner lets you hold the birds. You will find the birds in rows, eyes blinkered with ornate hoods, perched on wood above spotless sands. Whilst you won’t want to but a falcon, other souvenirs may interest you. At the falcon shops, you can buy small and ornate falcon hoods, pictures, the colourful leashes used to tether the falcons and the catapults used to train the birds. Lastly visit the Doha Racing & Equestrian Club (National Stables), which has a floodlit grass track and is the home of horse racing in Qatar. With years of handling thoroughbred horses, the Club was the obvious choice as a venue for equestrian events at the 15th Asian Games held in Doha in 2006.



Corniche, Old Souq & Museum of Islamic Art


Duration : 3 Hours 30 Minutes
Minimum : 2pax
Vehicle : Air-conditioned coaches/ cars & 4 wheels


Depart from the designated drive past the 7 km long Cornice Bay, the highlight of Doha sightseeing. The most picturesque part of the Arabian Gulf, it also houses the port of Doha. A belt of prestigious administrative, cultural and commercial facilities and parks line the Corniche road and opposite these facilities is the parking place for a large number of traditional dhows. It’s well worth a walk around the dhow harbour, looking at the traditional fishing traps and admiring the wooden boats. Continue on to the souqs which by contrast, are a wonderful mixture of scents and sights, where items are not labeled with a price and good-natured haggling is the order of the day. Souq Waqif is the oldest of Doha’s traditional markets, originally used by Bedouin traders as a place to buy and sell meat, wool, milk and other staples. Although renovated it has retained its old charm. A fascinating maze of alleyways, they are packed with everything you can conceive. What it’s famous for (in Qatar, anyway) is its dried herbs and spices.

A very interesting place is the falcon market, located in the same souq. Breeding and training falcons is an ancient Qatari pastime and one of the numerous shops and you may get lucky if the owner lets you hold the birds. You will find the birds in rows, eyes blinkered with ornate hoods, perched on wood above spotless sands. Whilst you won’t want to but a falcon, other souvenirs may interest you. At the falcon shops, you can buy small and ornate falcon hoods, pictures, the colourful leashes used to tether the falcons and the catapults used to train the birds.
The next visit is a tour of the Museum of Islamic Art. Designed by the world renowned architect, I. M. Pei, it is an architectural masterpiece rising majestically out of the waters off Doha’s corniche. A great moment of triumph for the State of Qatar and Qatar Museum Authority, it is one of the most significant museums in the region.
The museum houses a magnificient collection of artworks dating from the 7th to the 19th century. There are two floors of permanent galleries which include manuscripts, ceramics, metal, glass, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones. These priceless relics have been collected from across the Middle East and as far as from Spain and India.



Heritage tour

Duration : 4Hours
Minimum : 2pax
Vehicle : Air –conditioned coaches/ cars & 4WDS

Horses and Camels are two words that will conjure images of Arabia. A tour which showcases the ‘ship of the desert’ and the ‘Arabian Horses’, is a tour worth taking. The Racing & Equestrian Club situated at Al Rayyan has been the centre of equestrian activity for generations with a basic race course on the site from as early as the 1960s. Horse racing is an extremely popular sport in Qatar, and each season offers an exciting programme that includes around 40 race meetings. Purebred Arabian and thoroughbred horses race for huge prize money and prestigious trophies such as the Emir’s Cup and the Qatar International Cup. Races take place 4 pm – 7:30 pm throughout the season,

After seeing some of the prized stallions, proceed to the camel race tracks in Shahaniya, approx 30 kms away. In Qatar today, the camel is a prized animal but it is the racing camels, which draw most attention. The races have drawn a lot of attention to the plight of young children used as jockeys, as a result of which Qatar has banned their use. Robots specially created for this sport have now replaced the jockeys and the law is enforced strictly.
The camel race season is usually from Oct – May each year and although there may not be a race on this particular day, you may still be lucky enough to see these beasts in action with their jockeys and trainers. The vehicles permitted to drive alongside the track to urge the animals on! It is there that you can see trainers driving alongside their protégés, shouting instructions to the jockeys through megaphones, or using hand signs to indicate a required change of pace.
Continues we can see the Oryx in its natural surroundings at the Oryx Farm you come back from Shahaniya. The national animal of Qatar, the Oryx isn´t found anywhere else in the world in such large numbers. These rare and elegant antelopes now live and breed as protected herds under the direct care and protection of the Qatari
government



North of Qatar (Sight Seeing)

Timing : 09:00-15:30
Days of Operation : Daily
Refreshment : Mineral water and cold drinks
Minimum Pax : 2 no’s

The north trip will take you on a discovery of old Qatar. First stop will be the city of Umm Salal Mohammed (about 25 km from Doha) The solid structure with large impermeable walls was designed as a residential Fort, dominated by the ruins of a nineteenth century fortress. Inside the fort, you will find several examples of architectural and decorative elements.

Next stop will be a visit to Al Zubara, about 100 km northwest of Doha, which was the capital of Qatar until the late 19 century. This is an important archeological site famous for its old fort. This fort-turned-museum (constructed 1938) is open for the public daily except on Fridays and Saturdays, and entrance is free. The fact that Al Zubarah fort was built as late as 1936 is testimony to the turbulent relations it had with its neighbour and one time master, Bahrain. Until relatively recently, it was still used as a police post, with prisoners held in the top rooms of the towers. These rooms could be reached only by a rickety ladder. Now only one of these top rooms is accessible - still by ladder

Then you will proceed on to Al Ruwais to visit the picturesque harbour. Al Ruwais is an ideal getaway if you want to escape from the crowds of the city. The place is a perfect destination to come and spend long weekends with your close friends.

On the return trip, we come across Al Khor, the second biggest town famous for it’s harbour. The beaches at Al Khor are some of the most beautiful tourist attractions that provide an ambience of relaxation and tranquility to visitors. The warm and pristine waters of the Gulf will make your outing all the more memorable.






Explore Qatar
This trip will take around ten hours you will visit Qatar’s most attractive places & the evening desert safari with camel ride. Lunch will be provided in a Traditional Arabic restaurant in a traditional way.



Historical tour
MIA, Located along the Doha’s port, housed in a building designed by I.M. Pei, the museum houses artefacts from muslim dynasties all over Europe, Africa and Asia and from Al-Thani dynasty and from all parts of Middle East

Sheikh Faizal Bin Qassim Museum is magnificent private collection were given to H.H. Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani by his father, Sheikh Qassim bin Faisal. The 5000sqm building features more than 3000 unique pieces, including Islamic manuscripts, metal objects, major archaeological findings, embroidery, textiles, carpets, and antique furniture. The museum also displays an interesting collection of historic cars and 19th century steam vehicle.

Al-Wajbah Fort was the place of a famous battle, and with its high towers and thick walls, constructed during 1893 AD, it is one of the oldest forts in the country