FIFA World Cup 2022: 5 places to visit when you come to Qatar

With the 2022 FIFA World Cup taking place from November 21 to December 18, here are five places to visit if you’re heading to Qatar for the occasion.

football and tourism. For fans who intend to travel to Qatar to follow the 2022 FIFA World Cup, from November 21 to December 18, it will be a good opportunity to enjoy and discover this small emirate.

Souk Vakif

In Doha, in this modern setting, immersing yourself in the Souq Waqif market is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the origins of Qatar, when the capital of the small emirate was a village whose inhabitants gathered on the banks of the wadi to buy and sell goods.

In the middle of the small streets, there are many merchants (jewellery, traditional clothes) and restaurants. There are also stands dedicated to animals, the opportunity to hold a falcon.

Note that in the past, Qatar was the center of the pearl industry. This market also has a special shop. Talking to the owner, a former pearl fisherman, we learn a lot about the history of these.

Museums of Doha

In the capital of Qatar, between two football matches, there is a great opportunity to visit local museums. And there are three that should be visited in priority: the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar and the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum.

The first, the work of the Chinese-American architect Ieo Ming Pei, brings together the largest collection of Islamic art in the world: paintings, ceramics, glassware, textiles and manuscripts. The exhibited works come from different countries and eras. For photos from the terrace of the museum, you can admire the beautiful panorama of Doha. Especially at sunset.

The second, the work of the French architect Jean Nouvel, is primarily an elevated structure in the shape of a sand rose. On an area of ​​52,000 m2, there are eleven galleries that tell about the evolution of the country since its inception. Opened two years ago, it hosts on the fourth floor Jiwan, a restaurant signed by Alain Ducasse and director Philippe Duc.

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Finally, the last, as the name suggests, the Sports Museum allows you to immerse yourself in the history and heritage of sports in Qatar. Located next to the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, this incredible building consists of seven galleries that house artefacts from around the world. It is both innovative in its approach to the presentation of historical sports facts and extremely informative.

Desert in Khor al-Adaid

This is by far the most beautiful place in Qatar. Khor al-Adaid, which is located in the southern part of the emirate, is also called the Inland Sea or the Inland Sea in French. This place offers a luxurious setting with a desert of sand and dunes as far as the eye can see. But above all, these dunes see the sea sinking for miles. Admiring the sunrise there is highly recommended.

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Eaves

The Corniche is one of the most famous sights of Doha. Seven kilometers long, it overlooks the seafront embankment, the best view of the city’s modern landscape. Several events are celebrated there, such as a national holiday and a national sports day.

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Take the opportunity to board a dhow (traditional dhow) for a timeless sunset cruise on Doha Bay.

Giant shopping centers

Qatar offers a wide variety of shopping options, especially in Doha with luxury shopping malls that feature some of the most famous brands in the fashion world. Thus, you can spend a whole day in such large shopping centers as the Mall of Qatar, whose hundreds of stores occupy about 500,000 m² of shopping and entertainment areas. There are cinemas, restaurants… everything is there to spend a perfect day.

Photo: Said El-Abadi

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