Al Gharaffa Life Guide

About Al Gharaffa

Education City, lead by Qatar Foundation, is one of the more prominent masterpieces of Al Gharaffa – quality education and research focused on human, social, and economic development. Shopping includes Mall of Qatar –  the latest and biggest mall in the country to date. It’s home to The Cheesecake Factory and other memorable restaurants in Al Gharaffa.

Life in Al Gharaffa

Life in Al Gharaffa is more family oriented than other areas like the Pearl. It’s a mostly residential district close to Education City and home to Al Gharaffa Stadium. Schools in Al Gharaffa are plenty and there’s no shortage of high end hotels. If you’ve landed a job at Qatar Foundation or Qatar University, Al Gharaffa is the perfect district in Doha to settle into.

Al Gharaffa Hotels

Staying in Gharaffa is perfect for families and solo travellers. Soak in the city during the day and rest easy throughout the night at these fine Doha hotels.

Warwick Doha

At Warwick, it’s all in the details – rooms are fit for royalty with gold encrusted trims and beds that insist on a good night’s sleep. Choose from three restaurants to dine and visit the outdoor pool for a swim with a magical panoramic view of Doha – the rooftop terrace is enchanting. Close to Al Rumaila Park, Souq Waqif, and Mushereib Museums.

Fraser Suites Doha

As of January 2018, Fraser underwent a facelift you have to see to believe. Close to the beach, The Gate Mall, City Centre Shopping Mall, and Doha Exhibition & Convention centre. If you’re a sports fan, Qatar SC Stadium and Khalifa International Tennis Complex are a short drive away. Fraser offers three distinct restaurants, an outdoor pool, poolside bar, and twenty four hour health club.

Sapphire Plaza Hotel

A modern touch to elegance describes this traveller favorite in the heart of Doha. With only one restaurant on site, you’ll be glad to hear the location is close to major areas with tons of options to eat in Doha close by. Fairly new, Sapphire was built in 2014, with an indoor pool, fitness center, and complimentary valet parking.

Restaurants in Al Gharaffa

Home to Mall of Qatar, Al Gharaffa serves up more delicious eats than you can fit on your plate. Turkish cuisine, Lebanese persuasion, Seafood bests, to highlight a few.

Ocean Basket

Doha is well known for its delectable Seafood, and this restaurant inside The Mall of Qatar, offers just that, in a casual dining setting. Their portions are generous and sushi is fresh. Start with Fresh Oysters and Grilled Prawn Salad, then work your way towards the sushi. Some favorites include the Crunchy Athena Roll and Lemon Salmon Roll. Delish!

Hasan Kolcuoğlu

Turkish cuisine inside The Mall of Qatar. The comfy aqua chairs and impeccable service is everything you would expect on a trip to Turkey, not to mention the authentic cuisine! Try the Gavurdagi Salad, Cig Kofte, and Hunkar Begendi, on your first trip, because we know you’ll  be back for an encore.

The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory

The Mall of Qatar has what seems as an endless list of Doha restaurants, and The Cheesecake factory tops that list by far. Don’t let the name fool you, this worldwide phenomenon offers up a lot more on their menu than their one of a kind list of cheesecakes. Try the Almond Crusted Salmon Salad…you’ll thank us.


Al Gharaffa is home to the largest mall in Doha, so, there’s not much down time! Enjoy the neighbourhood and read on about Doha on our blog. We cover everything you’ll need to know to for life in Qatar.

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