Doha Port of Call
Doha skyline © Francisco Anzola
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 (Hamad 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 has for several years been repurposing and expanding the port into a state-of-the-art cruise terminal. This new facility opened partially in 2015 and is scheduled for completion and full operation in 2017, but extensions are a possibility.
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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, one of the country's most celebrated cultural attractions, is 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 the traditional market of Souq Waqif offers passengers a host of souvenirs and shopping opportunities. Other popular attractions around the city include trips to the National Museum, Doha Fort, the Ethnographic Museum and the Weaponry Museum.
Al Hamra - A fusion of Middle-Eastern and European cuisine.
Isaan - Serving some of the best Thai food in the Arabian Gulf, tapas style!
Bukhara - This top Indian 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 branded goods. The largest mall in Doha is the recently completed Mall of Qatar, with other mammoth malls including 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.
Saffron and textiles.
Stroll the picturesque Doha Corniche to get a feel for the city.
Explore the many museums of Doha, including the Museum of Islamic Art and the Doha Fort.
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.