Discover Doha: Experience the lavish life on an elevated escape in the Qatari capital

From fine dining to world-class accommodations, sensational shopping and more — Doha has everything you need for the ultimate getaway. | By Laura Burkehart | September 1, 2022

A diamond set seaside on the Persian Gulf, Doha has expanded by leaps and bounds over the last two decades. Discover everything this flourishing city has to offer, including world-class accommodations and access to premium events, through:

  • Commendable comestibles: Doha is quickly becoming an internationally acclaimed dining destination

  • Exceptional experiences: Visit a beach like none you’ve ever seen at Khor Al-Adaid

  • Stellar shopping: You’ll find everything from spices to precious gems in Souq Waqif, Doha’s old market

Fit for a king

Dining options in Doha are practically limitless. There’s something to tempt every palate. Treat yourself to local cuisine by sampling traditional dishes like matchboos, the national dish. Rice, aromatic spices and a choice of meats make up this smoky, flavorful favorite.

Cuisine from every region of the world can be found in abundance at establishments throughout the city. Within Waldorf Astoria Lusail Doha (opening at the end of October), you’ll find restaurants ranging from Bywater, a New Orleans-inspired brasserie, to Sushisamba, featuring Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine at the brand’s first beach club. Sumptuous decor and a warm atmosphere, seen in both the restaurants and the rooms (should you partake in room service) create a feast for all your senses.

Visit Yasmine Palace multiple times and have completely different, yet equally exquisite, experiences. The truly palatial property located on The Pearl-Qatar comprises three separate themed restaurants and multiple spaces for dining. Andalusia, which offers divine Asian cuisine, hosted Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad alThani in 2019. Take your pick from the extravagant sensory options on offer and enjoy 360-degree views. For a menu that will take you around the world, dine at La Luce. Choose from diverse breakfast options including shakshuka, eggs Benedict or balaleet with French vanilla sauce. Try regional dishes such as hot or cold fusion mezzeh, or lamb majboos. Find inspiration for exploration in each meal.

Also opening soon, Waldorf Astoria Doha West Bay and Qamara Doha, LXR Hotels & Resorts will bring even more elegance to the capital city. Situated in remarkable locations around the bay, each property provides bespoke service and all the delectable delights you’d expect at a world-class retreat.

Sensational shopping

The Arabian Riviera offers some of the world’s most lavish shopping experiences. Everything in Doha is best-in-class, and the retail options are certainly no exception. Elite fashion houses and fine jewelry boutiques comprise indoor malls. Wander through old markets in search of spices and authentic textiles and handcrafts. No matter what you’re shopping for — gold jewelry, international designer clothing, luxury cars or local goods — you’ll find it here.

Prefer to stay closer to home while you shop? Place Vendome is a mere three-minute walk from Waldorf Astoria Lusail. Simply strolling through the vast property is a thrill — you’ll be transported to Paris’ Rue de la Paix by the architecture. A waterway inspired by Canal Saint-Martin runs through the interior and outside spaces. Shop the biggest names in high-end fashion and stay for the stunning laser light show in the evening.

Shopping in The Pearl-Qatar is truly next level. The last word in elegance, this otherworldly oasis offers everything from chocolate to luxury automobiles. Take a water taxi or limo between the districts and consult retail concierge desks, located in the shopping precinct, for advice and assistance. Don’t miss Qanat Quartier, the Venetian-inspired community complete with a replica of the Rialto Bridge.

For a time-honored cultural experience, head to Souq Waqif. The marketplace was constructed more than a century ago and was frequented by locals and the Bedouins. This bazaar is an adventure — meander through the warren of covered passageways and browse shops selling everything from fabric and spices to falcons and diamonds. Just steps away, your spectacular shopping adventure continues at Souq Gold, where purveyors sell exquisite pieces of gold jewelry.

Elevated atmosphere

Discover the unparalleled and unique experiences that make Doha so wondrous. This corner of the world offers exclusive sights and activities that can’t be replicated. Explore the park at the Museum of Islamic Art, perched on a peninsula in the bay. Admire the skyline views across the water, and gaze at the sky through Richard Serra’s installation, 7. Commissioned by the Qatar Museums Authority, the 80-foot (24.3meters) sculpture comprises seven steel plates celebrating the sacred number seven in Islamic culture.

Your expert concierge can also book tours and transportation to myriad adventures in the area. See the mystical area of Khor Al-Adaid, where shimmering white dunes give way to an azure tidal inland sea or get even closer to the history of this ancient land with a nighttime safari. Ride a camel through the desert dunes under a canopy of stars and galaxies in the cool night air. Expansive views reveal endless waves of sand stretching to the horizon. Caught up in football fever? Waldorf Astoria Lusail is conveniently located near the stadium, putting you in the center of all the 2022 FIFA World Cup action.

Once you’ve had your fill of sightseeing, indulge in restorative treatments at ESPA Life spa, a soothing haven within Waldorf Astoria Lusail, or simply relax while gazing over the bay from the property’s private beach.

The pride of Qatar, Doha’s skyline sparkles on the coast of the Persian Gulf, creating a breathtaking backdrop from any angle. Modern towers replete with lavish amenities line streets both old and new. There’s a particularly magical aura to this city, where the very latest in tech and fashion thrive alongside ancient culture. Every day is an exploration, even if you never venture far from your hotel.

Be one of the lucky few who have the chance to experience the deeply interesting and often breathtakingly beautiful sites, views and flavors that make Doha so special — the opportunities for cultural immersion and adventure are endless.

Laura Burkehart is an editor and writer who loves travel as much as she loves writing about it. She splits her time between North Carolina and Northern California.

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Waldorf Astoria Lusail, Doha

Situated on a private beach along the Arabian Gulf, our villas, apartments, guestrooms, and suites are an indulgent oasis. Resort-style amenities include family friendly and adult only pools, a waterpark, cabanas, kids’ and teenagers’ clubs, and a full-service spa. Dine onsite, enjoy drinks at Peacock lounge, or sweet treats at Chocolatier.

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