Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

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Doha: 24-Hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

1. Doha: 24-Hour Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour

Enjoy the city of Doha at your own pace on this hop-on/hop-off sightseeing tour. The double-deck buses run every 30-40 minutes, with stops at all major city attractions such as Souq Waqif, Katara Cultural Village, and the Pearl Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art, just to name a few. You'll also pass by some of the main hotels in Doha, such as the Marriott, the Sharq Village and Spa, the Sheraton, and the Hilton Hotel. This tour allows you to take your time at each stop as you wish, and is valid for 24 hours once the ticket is redeemed. With unlimited rides around the city, you can hop on at any of the main branded bus stops located at Souq Waqif, Sheraton Park, and the Katara Cultural Village. When you purchase this tour you will also receive free access to the night tour, which is a relaxing 1-hour drive around the city during which you will see the city's beautiful landmarks by night.

Doha: Multi-Museum Cultural Tour

2. Doha: Multi-Museum Cultural Tour

Your cultural adventure begins when you’re picked up from your hotel in Doha and taken to your first stop of the tour, the Museum of Islamic Art. This specialized museum houses a large collection of Islamic manuscripts, textiles, ceramics and other works, the origin of which ranges from Spain to Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia. The museum has emerged as one of the world’s most encyclopedic collections of Islamic Art and was designed by award-winning Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei.  Next, indulge in the depths of Qatari and Islamic Cultur at the Bin Zaid Cultural Centre or, as the locals call it, Al Fanar. Inspired by the Great Mosque of Samarra in Iraq, the centre explains and teaches Islam to non-Muslims. You’ll then continue on to the Msheireb Museum, a celebration of history via four restored heritage houses that reveal unique aspects of Qatar’s cultural and social development.  Last but not least, you’ll head to the National Museum of Qatar to explore its rich, remarkable collection of archaeological and heritage objects: manuscripts, documents, photographs, jewelry and costumes, which together comprise a comprehensive picture of Qatar’s past, present, and future.

Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

3. Doha: City Tour and Desert Safari Combo

Commence the day with pickup from your hotel or selected location by the tour guide in an air-conditioned vehicle. Then, head to the Msheireb Museums and observe the four historic heritage houses that show the unique aspects of Qatar's cultural and social development. Next, continue to Dhow Harbor to take photographs and check out the traditional boat cruise through the Arabian Peninsula. Head to the Katara Cultural Village, which hosts festivals, exhibitions and local workshops. After this, proceed to Pearl island, a collection of 200 small islands. Next, head to the Doha Corniche, a palm-bordered promenade facing Doha Bay. Then, continue to Souq Waqif to observe the blends of tradition and culture at this local market.  Your safari guide will pick you up from Souq Waqif and transport you to the desert terrains in a 4x4 Land Cruiser. Reach the Sealine Beach and enjoy the panoramic view of the desert and take pictures.  You can take part in a camel-riding session while the vehicle gets ready for dune bashing. Proceed to enjoy the dune bashing experience, where the Land Cruiser rides up and down the mighty dunes. Later on, try out sandboarding, where you slide down the dunes. Then, you will be taken to the Inland Sea of Khor Al Adaid, near the border with Saudi Arabia. You will then be transferred back to your hotel or selected location in Doha.

Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

4. Doha: 4-Hour Cultural Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation in Doha and check out the city's most important cultural highlights. Explore Katara Village, a cultural complex built to resemble a traditional Qatari village. Learn about Qatari culture and history in a unique multi-use space named after the historical name used for Qatar prior to the 18th century. Check out a number of Katara's highlights including the open amphitheater, opera house, multipurpose cinema, beach, art gallery, children's cultural center, and theater society. Visit the aptly-named Grand Mosque, a newly-built state mosque opened in 2011. Admire the architectural fusion of traditional Arab style and modern features, including as many as 28 large domes covering the central hall and 65 domes covering the outer quadrangle. Then head to Souq Waqif, the city's largest traditional outdoor market. Peruse the traditional garments, spices, and handicrafts on offer and wander through the traditional falconry market and the gold market. Stop in at some of the dozens of restaurants and shisha lounges that make the market popular with locals and expats alike especially on weekends. Make a stop at Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center and marvel at its characteristic spiral minaret. Learn about the center's social, religious, and educational activities and check out the library onsite. Continue on to the famous Museum of Islamic Art built by the Chinese-American architect I. M. Pei. Choose to enter and view one of the world's most complete collections of Islamic art and artifacts sourced from three continents over 1,400 years. Finally, visit MIA Park, a popular park with locals who come to picnic, walk, and cycle.

Doha: Guided Tour of 3 Historic Museums

5. Doha: Guided Tour of 3 Historic Museums

Perfect for art and museum enthusiasts, this guided tour in Doha will allow you to explore Qatar’s marvelous museums, featuring the history of Qatar and The Islamic Empire. Choose from hotel, airport, or port pickup and drop-off options. Witness the development of modern Doha and the possibilities of the future Doha by visiting the Msheireb Museums. View old equipment used for pearl hunting, oil refining, and more. See digital illustrations of modern Doha. A stop at the Msheireb Enrichment Center at Doha Corniche will also give you an idea of old Msheireb and Doha. Visit the Museum of Islamic Art to see artifacts from the 7th to 19th century, which were used in various countries such as China, India, Spain, Syria, and more. The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Arts features a permanent collection of artworks from the early 1840s to the present day, and further promotes the understanding of Arab art through talks, lectures, and learning programs. Situated in a former school in Doha’s Education City, the Mathaf is the perfect place to get an idea of the most recent developments in the world of Arab art. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your pickup location.

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What people are saying about Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 107 reviews

We had a wonderful afternoon touring the main sights in Doha with Amir, who also gave us interesting and helpful insights into the history and current situation in Qatar. We enjoyed visiting the souq waqif and holding a falcon, seeing the stadiums and learning about the ongoing planning for the 2022 World Cup, and visiting the Villaggio Mall and the Katara Cultural Village.

We had a great afternoon with Shambhu, our friendly tour guide. He was on time to pick us up at our hotel. He showed us all the ineteresting points and explained the history and culture of Qatar/Doha. The tour was well organized by falcon tours. We can recomande falcon tours and Shambhu to every one!!

Javid, my tour guide was awesome! He really showed me the culture of Qatar and went the extra mile to make my trip as enjoyable as possible.

It's a perfect tour where you can get to know several sights of DORAH! And the education of employees is a 10!

Compact information about this small country and Doha. Recommendable.