It’s a surprising fact that many people don’t know where is Qatar or Doha. Despite its young age and “S” size, Qatar is a country that has very appealing places perfect for producing stunning images. If you are traveling to Doha, then you’ve probably already looked for the best places to enrich your Instagram feed. You might even have some idea of what to visit in Doha. Look no further! In this post, you will find the list of the most instagrammable places in Doha, Qatar!
Katara Cultural Village
In my previous post, I listed Katara as one of the must-visit places when you are in Doha. And for a reason. Besides the magnificent Greek-style amphitheater built for concerts and musical performances, there are several magnificent sculptures such as “The Force of Nature” by artist Lorenzo Aquino.
Walking down the Katara, you will see romantic seaside restaurants, Katara public beach and “Pigeon Hall”. Benches under the trees will provide needed shade from the burning August sun.
This place exudes a relaxing, peaceful atmosphere, very different from the rest of the city bustle. That is why it’s one of my favorite places in Doha that I recommend visiting.
The best time to Visit: Late in the afternoon when the Sun setting down colors Katara with a beautiful orange-red color.
Museum of Islamic Art
If you are a fan of clean, modern architecture then head directly to the Museum of Islamic Art. Set in the MIA Park on the Doha waterfront, the building stands out as a real gem both inside and outside.
The artifacts on the three floors range from early navigation, horology, and astronomy, to armor, pottery, and jeweled daggers. There are exquisitely patterned rugs and lamps from mosques to help you experience some true Middle Eastern history ambiance.
The best location here to take photos is the balcony on the ground floor. This spot offers a phenomenal view of the Doha skyline.
When to visit: During the opening time which is 9 AM on weekdays. There will be no tourists entering your frame or asking you to take pictures of them. I’ll suggest you bring extra batteries or power banks as a fully-charged device won’t surely last once you attempt to marvel into the inside exhibition.
National Museum of Qatar
Not far from the Souq Waqif and Corniche Promenade, there is another architectural masterpiece – the National Museum of Qatar.
Built by model … well, I’d say a bunch of mushrooms (well, it looks like mushrooms to me, LOL) the museum is outstanding in every way. Architecturally, in terms of the artifacts, the collection, and the presentation. The exhibition offers huge screens with thoughtful scenes depicting the history of Qatar, from pearl diving to their culture and the discovery of oil which made this country extremely rich. As the museum spreads over the large area outside, you will find plenty of places to capture yourself and boost your Insta-follow feed.
As recently opened, there are not as many visitors as elsewhere. You can come anytime during working hours and take great photos that people will envy you. Cool, right?
Obviously, umbrella street photos have become a very effective way to make Instagram feed more appealing. Just like in many cities around the world, the arch with umbrellas in various colors was recently built in Doha, right between the Corniche Metro Station to the Corniche Road.
“Corniche” itself is very picturesque…It is a long street by the sea, surrounded by a series of palm trees and small cafes where you can have some wonderful mango frappe. Walking down Corniche is another must thing to do in Doha and by the way, do not miss the Sunset there!
The best time to visit: If possible, i recommend this place to be visited early in the morning as the streets ain’t that busy, and climate-wise, it will not be that hot. You don’t want your makeup to melt in the sun while you’re taking pictures, do you? In the night, Corniche is lit up with colorful lights and buildings look awesome all around the city.
If you like luxury places and rich neighborhoods, then strolling around The Pearl and having lunch in one of the many beautifully decorated restaurants such as Yasmine Palace is definitely one of the must-do things in Doha.
I can freely say the Pearl is a “city in the city” as it breaths out completely different atmosphere than the rest of Doha. Here you will find everything luxury: yachts featuring Mediterranean-marina style, residential towers, villas, and hotels, as well as luxury boutiques and “Rolls-Royce” showrooms. When you come to this place, you will understand why it was popularly named as “Arabian Riviera” and why it’s perfect for “high-lifestyle” photos.
When’s the best time to visit?: Anytime, because even though this is a residential area, you won’t find many people, which is a bit strange. I’d say during the “magic hours” of either the rising or setting sun!