Doha Port of Call
Fort Zubara © Kakashi [Van Wilder]
Nestled in the Persian Gulf, Doha is the capital of Qatar. It is a city that embraces modernity, while still keeping in touch with its Moorish and Bedouin roots. The Doha port is the largest seaport in the country. It is located close to the city and near to the popular Doha Corniche and promenade area.
The Qatari government is currently planning to repurpose the port into state-or-the-art cruise terminal, however there is not yet a timeline for the completion of this project, however a new passenger terminal is scheduled to be in operation by the beginning of 2015.
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Taxis and local buses are available but because Doha is a relatively new cruise destination, it is recommended that passengers make use of the tours offered by their cruise company. The popular Doha Corniche is within walking distance of the port. From the corniche it is easy to hail a taxi or use the cheap and efficient local city buses to navigate your way around the city. Most of the popular city attractions, including the famous souqs (markets) are within walking distance of the corniche. Desert tours require four-wheel drive vehicles and experienced drivers.
Qatar's museum of Islamic Art is directly alongside the port. The scenic Dhow Harbour is a short walk from the Museum and offers a host of great photo opportunities. A stroll along the Doha Corniche is the perfect way to get to know the city and a visit to Souq Waqif (Iranian Souq) offers passengers a host of souvenirs and shopping opportunities. Other popular attractions around the city include trips to Palm Tree Island, the National Museum, Doha Fort, the Ethnographic Museum and the Weaponry Museum.
Al Hamra - A fusion of Middle-eastern and European cuisine. Try the Hamour Kabsa (slices of fish in fragrant yellow rice).
Isaan - Serving some of the best Thai food in the Arabian Gulf, tapas style!
Bukhara Indian Restaurant - This top restaurant serves a selection of aromatic curries and tantalising kebabs.
Machbous, which is a fragrantly spiced rice with meat and/or seafood. This dish is usually served on a platter in the centre of the table.
Visitors to Qatar will find it difficult to choose where to shop. Doha has a selection of top quality malls supplying everything from gifts and mementos to couture wear and name branded goods. The largest mall in Doha is City Centre Mall, which, contrary to its name, is located on the outskirts of the city in Al Dafna. Other popular and well-stocked malls include Villaggio Mall on Al Haab Street, Landmark Mall and Hyatt Plaza. The traditional markets, or souqs, offer a completely different experience. Shoppers will have to don their best poker face and prepare to bargain hard for the items of their choice. Souq Waqif, which is conveniently located just opposite the port, is the best market for souvenirs, textiles and carpets. The Omani souq sells the popular Qatari dates as well as spices and incense. Close to the bus station you will find the gold souq, which sells precious metals and intricately designed gold jewellery.
Saffron and textiles.
Take a dhow to Palm Tree Island.
Visit the Doha Zoo.
See the endangered Arabian Oryx at Al Shahaniya Oryx Farm and Equestrian Club.
Take a desert safari to Khor Al Adaid, the Inland Sea.
Marvel at some of the best Arabian horses in the world at the Emir's Al Shaqab Stud Farm.
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