Machboos, Souqs and Camel Races in Doha, Qatar

Doha is the most developed city of Qatar, where you can find a mixture of new wonders and ancient traditions. The arrival of a glittering skyline that perfectly reflects the country’s wealth has seen Doha grow into a world capital, despite being a low-key fishing and pearl diving town. .

Doha, the capital of Qatar

Not many people know where Qatar is, but now… everyone knows the lucky host of this year’s FIFA World Cup! Especially with it coming in a few months! Excitement is building and travel plans are being made for this special event, which starts on 20 November 2022 and ends on 18 December – almost a whole month of professional football for us all to spoil!

According to a local Qatari I met recently, Qataris are very aware of global change, but they are very careful not to lose their culture and traditions and instead nurture their character. independent. Therefore, they find themselves with the ideal combination of West and East.

A good example of this is the constant use of falconry. Although there is very little need for it in Qatar now, the tradition of owning a beautiful and healthy falcon is still alive. So don’t be surprised to see men and boys around town carrying their treasured falcons in their hands.

Katara Cultural Village is Qatar’s home for culture and development, designed in a way to bring back traditional life with its maze of alleys and Pigeon Towers.

If you want to go back in history and see the amazing architecture and the large collection of pictures and artefacts, then the Museum of Islamic Art is the best place to visit. Here you can be transported back in time from 14 centuries ago to the present day looking at ceramics, manuscripts, metalworks, textiles and other fine art pieces of the Islamic world.

Although it is known as a desert, the country is full of greenery, tall palm trees adorn many streets and there is also a large sparkling ocean. In fact, La Corniche is a beautiful promenade, which runs for 7 km along the Doha canal, offering amazing views of the sea and the skyline of Doha.

What is your favorite Qatari dessert?

If you have time, all tourists should try some Qatari dishes such as machboos, a spicy yellow rice dish, often served with lamb or goat. Another favorite third, which is lamb stew with vegetables wrapped in crispy bread. Snacks, legaymat (or legaimat) a traditional Arabic dessert served with dibs (date syrup) or sugar syrup. The dumplings in this recipe are a family favorite, especially during the month of Ramadan.

Which market will you visit?

Souq Wagif, a lively perennial market, is a must-visit in Doha. This old market is filled with traditional shops from perfumes such as Dihn ilOud (in Arabian ‘oudh’) which is highly appreciated by perfumers for its sweet, woody, aromatic and complex aroma. Also, in the Souq you will find traditional Qatari food sold in stalls. It’s a great place to find antiques like carpets, jewelry and rugs. Be sure to spoil yourself with winter, hand-woven.

Is the 360 ​​degree view better?

Visit the Sixty Three Restaurant at the 300 meter high Torch Tower for the best view of the city!

Fun things?

If in Doha during the winter months, take part in our traditional sports of camel racing and flying. Camel racing is a great way to see young Qatari men preparing their camels for the races – you’d be surprised how big this sport is. Falconry is an important pastime in Qatar. Leading up to the winter months, don’t be surprised to see many Qataris in the desert training their falcons to hunt. If you see them, please stop because they will be happy to show you how the falcons search for their prey.

How many days will you stay here (necessarily)?

Although Qatar is small in size, it is best to spend at least a week in Doha during the winter months.

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