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Mature culture seeker

A dedicated itinerary for Indian travellers under 50, seeking new cultural experiences in a new and relaxed environment. During their stay, they can explore the museums and cultural heritage sites, as well as eat local cuisine and attend cultural performances and events. 

Highlights

  • Explore the museums of Qatar
  • Sample the traditional Qatari cuisine
  • Enjoy a cruise with a traditional Dhow boat
  • Visit Al Bidda park 
  • M.F Husain's art exhibition
  • Duration

    3 days

  • Hotels

    4 - 5 star

  • Performances

    Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Day 1

Discovering Doha Corniche and the famous museums

Morning / afternoon

1. Visit the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and MIA Park

Commence the tour at the stunning Museum of Islamic Art, an architectural wonder, covering 14 centuries of Islamic art and artefacts. The museum comprises of four floors of permanent and temporary exhibitions, a gift shop, a café and the haute cuisine restaurant IDAM by renowned chef Alain Ducasse, on the fifth floor. It is also home to a heritage library, with a collection of 21,000 books, including 2000 rare editions in both Arabic and English.

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2. Experience the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)

Be awed by the desert-rose inspired National Museum of Qatar, where interactive displays bring the country’s past to life. Built around Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani’s original palace for 25 years, the National Museum of Qatar helps you learn about Qatar’s ancestors and the formation of its early cities, with the museum charting the country’s history and progress through the centuries. Exhibitions combine historical objects and contemporary influences, opening up a dialogue around the impact of rapid change. 

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3. Traditional Qatari lunch at the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)

Relish an authentic traditional Qatari feast that preserves and displays the key aspects of Arabic hospitality, culture, culinary heritage and more at the restaurants on the premises of the National Museum of Qatar.

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Afternoon / evening

4. Explore the Fire Station art hub

The Fire Station Gallery, built in 1982, had the last fire engine removed in December 2012 and then became a part of the Qatar Museums network. Converted into a contemporary art hub, the galleries showcase international and local art and artists, engages the local community, and nurtures emerging talent through its artist in residence program.  

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4. Walk through Al Bidda Park

Adjacent to the Fire Station, take a walk along the lush Al Bidda Park that consists of three distinct spaces, each of which offers unique panoramic views. The park showcases birds, native trees, including the iconic Sidra tree, and glimpses of Qatar's art, heritage, and architecture. It also houses a wide variety of sports and recreational facilities. 

5. Dhow boat dinner cruise from Corniche

End your day on a high while aboard a traditional wooden dhow boat, where, along with the serene corniche views, you will be treated to a dinner buffet to satisfy your cravings after a long day of sightseeing. Head back to your hotel to relax for the rest of the day. 

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Alternatively

Dine at the hotel or at one of Qatar's upscale restaurants featuring Michelin star chefs.

Qatar is a fascinating destination for food enthusiasts and a country that walks a fine line between modernity and tradition. It presents a rich and diverse culinary scene with a plethora of choices, from Michelin-starred restaurants and experimental cuisine to delicious street food that covers all needs and tastes.

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Day 2

Qatar Foundation and beyond

Morning / afternoon

1. Qatar National Library Heritage Collection Tour

Qatar Foundation is known to have a thriving art scene that is almost impossible to miss if you're an art lover. Wander along the streets of Education city and other significant points of attraction on this tour and be amazed by the artistic descriptions of Qatar's history, culture, and heritage. 

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2. Tour the Education City Mosque and Gallery

Continue your trip to visit The Education City Mosque and the Quranic Botanic Gardens. The mosque is housed within the Minaretein building that gracefully rests on five large columns, representing the five pillars of Islam. Take a tour of the mosque and adjoining gallery to learn about the basic tenants of Islam and how they can be expressed through art and community. 

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3. M.F. Husain's 'Seeroo fi al ardh' exhibition show

Next, get ready to witness the magic of renowned artist M.F. Husain through his masterpiece Seroo Fi al Ardh. This creation, depicting the progress of humanity on land, air, and sea, is part of his extensive project on the Arab civilization and will remain memorable as it was his last artwork. 

4. Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Head to Mathaf to receive a unique Arab perspective on contemporary art in Qatar. The museum’s permanent collection features over 9,000 works by notable artists from the Arab world from the 1840s to the present day. Various landmark artists from countries and regions connected to the Arab Peninsula are represented, encompassing Africa, Asia, and Europe.  

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AFTERNOON/EVENING

5. Tour the Zekreet area

Head to Brouq Nature Reserve for the most dramatic sunset views and stunning backdrop. Nestled between limestone rock formations outside Zekreet, just north of Doha, Richard Serra’s East-West/ West-East installation lies. This magnificent sculpture comprises of four steel plates, each over 14-meters tall. It stands in stark contrast to the soft brown hues of the desert surrounding it and offers a comment on isolation and the passage of time.  

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ALTERNATIVELY

Zubarah Fort, A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Qatar’s renowned pearling industry can be explored at Al Zubarah, once the most significant pearl harvesting and trading centre in Qatar and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just north of Doha. The historic Zubarah Fort has been transformed into a museum displaying diverse exhibits and artworks. Visitors can explore partial excavations dating to the 17th century, with the remains of palaces, courtyard houses, mosques, defensive walls, streets, a canal and cemeteries. 

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Day 3

Msheireb Downtown & Souq Waqif

Morning / afternoon

1. Msheireb Museums 

Visit Msheireb Museums - Four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha examine the history of Doha. Within the refurbished development of Msheireb in the oldest part of the capital, the Msheireb Museums celebrate the history of Qatar. Four heritage houses – Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House – were restored by property developer Msheireb and transformed into museums that explore the milestones in Qatar’s history and evolution.

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2. Doha Design District

Renowned for being Qatar’s brand new hub for creativity and innovation, the Doha Design District is initiated in Msheireb Downtown as part of the country’s national vision for 2030. Check out the district brimming with new art galleries, showrooms, creative services, stores, as well as restaurants and cafes. 

Afternoon / evening

3. Souq Waqif

Continue your tour to the popular Souq Waqif, where you walk through the country’s heritage and indulge in some rich all-around shopping experience. Continue the tour to the Gold Souq across the street, where all that glitters is, in fact, gold. Shoppers can find a rich variety of jewellery, both traditional and contemporary pieces, at competitive prices. Souq Waqif is also home to a Falcon Souq where you can see the majestic birds up close and pose with a falcon perched on your arm.  

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4. Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is Doha’s destination for culture and entertainment. Enjoy the perfect combination of art galleries and workshops, theatres and performances venues, and exceptional coffee shops and restaurants choices. Also, visit the Galeries Lafayette for the ultimate shopping experience; you can also find various local brands.

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5. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra performance at Katara Opera House (schedule dependent)

End your day with a treat to the ears. Enjoy a live performance by The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra at the Katara Opera House, where international music professionals creatively blend and introduce wonderful western and Arabic music. With renowned musicians and artists from across the world, this performance will leave you mesmerized.

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