The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be played in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.
Eight world-class stadiums are in the pipeline :Lusail, Al Bayt, Al Rayyan, Al Thumama, Al Wakrah, Khalifa International, Education City, and Ras Abu Aboud are being prepared before the games start.
If you are landing for the first time or even otherwise, you would probably like to visit some famous place or explore the surroundings amidst all the hustle and bustle.
Whether it is the Museum of Islamic Art, the Qatar Cultural Village, the dazzling Souq Waqif area, or the luxury shops in downtown Doha, there is something for everyone.
And when it comes to luxurious indulgence, Qatar is one of the most stylish and vibrant countries in the world, with plenty of places to stay and eat.
From luxurious five-star hotels and resorts to phenomenal restaurants, you can indulge not only in the capital, Doha but everywhere you go.
Here are some popular things to do in Qatar during the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Visit the Museum of Islamic Art
This is one place that is considered the crown jewel of Qatar to be on the list of all tourists visiting the country. It is located on an island bordering the Doha Corniche, which was built specifically for this purpose.
Pritzker-winning architect I.M. Designed by Pei, the museum is an architectural marvel spread over four floors. It has a heritage library with 21,000 books, including 2,000 rare publications in both Arabic and English.
The Museum of Islamic Art also has permanent and temporary exhibitions, as well as a gift shop and cafe. The fifth floor also houses the elegant French cuisine restaurant IDAM, run by famous chef Alain Ducasse.
Head to the Cultural Village of Qatar
Located at the crossroads of the Middle East and Asia, Qatar is known as a center of various cultures and traditions originating from different parts of Europe. in the world Such an essence can be seen in the village of Katara, which takes its name from the old script of the country.
While here, visit the Qatar Mosque, a mosque decorated with Persian and Turkish tiles and enameled in blue and gold. It was designed by Zeynep Fadilloglu of Turkey, who is believed to be the first female architect to specialize in mosques. Near the Qatar Mosque is the Golden Mosque, which lives up to its name and is a golden vision under the sun.
You must also visit the amphitheater. It is 3,275 square meters in size and can hold approximately 5,000 spectators. This classical Greek-style amphitheater absorbs Islamic influences, as seen in its arched entrances.
Explore the many art galleries in Katara Village and the Al Thuraya Planetarium. You can also satisfy your hunger in any of the many restaurants here. In addition to the many restaurants serving dishes from around the world, such as Egyptian and Mediterranean cuisine, Tasty Street also has food stalls that you can enjoy along the way.
Relaxing at The Pearl Visit this incredible destination located in the West Bay near the Qatar Cultural Village and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Mediterranean. With yacht-lined marinas, lavish villas, stunning towers, luxury hotels, exotic restaurants, and shopping malls, it’s the best place for spectacular views and lots of fun.
It is easily accessible by taxi, and Hamad International Airport is approximately 10 minutes away.
Al Zubarah Fort
This 20th-century fort is the newest and most prominent site of the Al Zubarah archaeological site, located near the walled seaside town of Al Zubarah. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
Located approximately 105 kilometers northwest of Doha, the fort has 1 meter thick walls that helped repel enemies and kept the region cool during the scorching summer when it was built. The fortress complex consists of residential palaces, mosques, courtyard houses, fishermen’s huts, streets, double defensive walls, a port, a canal, cemeteries, and a museum overlooking the ruins of a once prosperous village.
Dahl Al Misfir
Qatar also has amazing natural resources, and Dahl Al Misfir is a must-visit. Located west of Doha, the 40-meter deep cave is considered the largest, deepest, and most accessible cave in all of Qatar.
It is said to have been formed between 3,25,000 and 5,00,000 years ago, in the middle of the Pleistocene.
Visitors should wear hiking boots and dress appropriately to enter the cave, as the temperature tends to drop further. The main attraction here is the faint moon-like glow that the cave emits during the day. It is a safe haven for bird lovers as it is easy to spot nightingales.
Walk Souq Waqif
Located on the edge of the Wadi Musheireb area, Souq Waqif is one of Doha’s most popular, dynamic, and lively shopping markets. There is plenty to do in Souq Waqif, from tasting local delicacies to shopping or simply experiencing the local swagger.
Walk through the Gold Souq and see an incredible collection of gold jewelry and other gold items, a very important part of Middle Eastern culture. Qatar is also known for its exotic wildlife, and falconry is the country’s main sport. You can try to hold a falcon, pose with it, and even see how falcon hospitals care for these royal birds. From here, you can go to Camel Street to see these incredible animals up close.
Here you can also buy local products such as antiques, textiles, carpets, wooden furniture and more.
Enjoy your stay in Qatar while you are there to take in the spirit of the FIFA World Cup 2022.