Insider travel tips from Qatar Tourism
Qatar Tourism reveals the best way to experience Qatar on a value budget
With over one million visitors heading to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, fans should rest assured that incredible experiences, local culture, food and flavors are all available at an excellent price. value for money – or even for free.
Qatar Tourism COO Berthold Trenkel said: “Qatar is easy and exciting to explore without breaking the bank. All visitors will find a wealth of inexpensive restaurants, transportation options, activities, and plenty of attractions to enjoy for free or at a bargain price. Qatar is one of the safest destinations in the world, centered on the warm hospitality characteristic of the local culture.
Activities to do for free:
Picnics in the park: Qatar has many green parks, the perfect place for a family walk and a picnic. Aspire Park has lakes, children’s play areas and views of the 300m Torch Tower. Al Bidda Park stretches along the coast and offers many sporting activities, as well as barbecue areas for rent. Adjacent to the Museum of Islamic Art is MIA Park with the best view of the Doha skyline. The small but beautiful Onaiza Park has a lovely garden and a winding walking path.
Public Beaches: Those wishing to venture 1 hour 20 minutes from Doha should seek out Fuwairit Beach for its powdery white sand and crystal clear waters. Fuwairit Beach is a hotspot for kitesurfers and is home to a hatching site for endangered hawksbill turtles. Closer to the capital is Sealine Beach, in the southern desert dunes, or Katara Beach, inside the Katara Cultural Village in Doha itself. For a list of the best public beaches, visit: https://www.visitqatar.qa/intl-en/things-to-do/get-inspired/the-top-public-beaches-in-qatar
Soak up the culture: Katara Cultural Village boasts a stunning beach promenade, an impressive outdoor amphitheater and a network of state-of-the-art exhibition galleries and facilities. Souq Waqif is the country’s bustling traditional market, offering souvenirs, spices and plenty of affordable food options. The newly developed neighborhoods of Msheireb and Education City each offer a free tram service to tour the marvelous avant-garde architecture and discover how past meets present in Qatari design and culture. The latter is also home to the National Library of Qatar with its intriguing paper airplane design, while Msheireb has museums that celebrate the history of four heritage houses.
Eat well for less:
Qatar offers a wide range of local and international dishes and being on a budget doesn’t mean skimping on quality and flavor.
Shay Al Shomous is a restaurant run by a renowned Qatari woman called Shams Al Qassabi, who was the first businesswoman to open a shop in Souq Waqif. All dishes on the menu cost less than seven USD, so it’s easy to sample a wide assortment of authentic Qatari dishes.
Chapati & Karak is an establishment in the Katara Cultural Village, serving local tea for less than two USD. This sweet karak tea is an Indian drink now deeply rooted in Qatari culture. In the heart of the city is Turkey Central, frequented by locals and expats alike for its appetizing menu, generous prices and prompt service. Menu options start from e USD, with plates large enough for two people to share.
In Doha, one of the easiest ways to get around is the new metro system. The state-of-the-art network includes 100 km/h trains, driverless cars and a Gold class for premium passengers. A ride costs as little as two QAR one-way (0.55 USD), after purchasing a reusable travel card for 10 QAR (2.75 USD).
Other transportation options include full bus service, taxis, and ride-sharing apps like Uber and Careem. A typical (non-surge) 30-minute ride on Uber usually costs no more than $7.
The Lusail Tram runs through the city of Lusail, the heart of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Sights include the Lusail stadium, which will host the tournament final, and Place Vendôme, a new giant French-inspired luxury shopping mall with dancing water fountains. Tram tickets cost 2 QAR one way (0.55 USD).