On the way to Umm Said lies the town of Al Wakrah, boasting all the charm of a seaside village. Located very close to Doha, Al Wakrah has slowly become a sort of suburb of the big city, but it was historically independent and still retains its unique atmosphere. Local livelihood has traditionally depended on pearl diving and fishing, focused around the lovely beach and active harbour. The Al Wakrah Museum is not to be missed while in town, exhibiting traditional diving equipment, local handicrafts and treasured antiques. The local fish market is a good bet for fresh seafood - visitors can select their catch and watch it being cooked and prepared for them.
Address: 10 miles (17km) south of Doha