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A quintessential Arabian pastime - and a fun alternative for western visitors to Qatar who are missing their regular nightlife options - shisha bars are where friends gather to sit, chat and share a smoke of a water-pipe together. The design of the shisha pipe ensures that even non-smokers should find the experience smooth and comparatively gentle on their lungs, and the tobacco you use comes in a variety of delicious flavours such as grape, pineapple and vanilla.
Visitors should keep in mind that since this is a very traditional recreational activity, women are not allowed into many of the shisha bars in Doha. However, there are some more foreigner-friendly venues which happily allow women in - it is just best not to assume women will be welcome and to ask before entering. A highly recommended tourist activity in Doha, a visit to a traditional shisha bar for some tea and a smoke makes for a great cultural experience, and presents a fantastic opportunity to engage with locals in a relaxed and convivial setting.