Doha, pronounced Ad Dawha, is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of Qatar. It’s the most populated city at about 92% of Qatar’s population – so quite obviously, living in Doha is the first choice for those moving to Qatar. In the past 20 years, Doha has flourished from a mainly Pearl fishery and pearling port, to the tourist attraction and expat hub you see today. Here are a few neighbourhoods that best portray the Doha Lifestyle. Got any you’d like to add? Leave a comment for our readers!
Doha Corniche spreads 7km along the Doha Bay. If you take a look around, you’ll notice the beauty of Qatar’s West Bay skyline. Corniche is made up of several beautiful parks with notable landmarks like the Museum of Islamic art and Qatar National Theatre. Sheraton Doha is located on the Corniche, with private beach access with the expected luxury accommodations. Near the Museum of Islamic Art, at Doha Port, you’ll find a beautiful walkway with tons of greenery. If you stroll to the near end you’ll find yourself at MIA Park Coffee Shop, Cafe Musee, and Crepe. Enjoy a snack with the national favourite Chai Karak and view the stunning West Bay skyline mentioned earlier. The Doha lifestyle begins at the Corniche, it’s where we all arrive at Hamad International Airport and features some of the best views of the city.
If you’re looking to sightsee Doha, hop on a dhow to Palm Tree Island. Visit this escape for swimming, water sports, cafes, and a family friendly atmosphere.
A family favourite, Al Saad is home to the football team of the same name and Al Saad Sports Complex. Health care is always nearby at Hamad Medical Corporation, making this region a favourite among both local and expat families. A great thing about Al Sadd is location, location, location. It’s at the centre of the Doha lifestyle – expressways, Doha malls, sports complexes, the best of Qatar healthcare facilities, you name it.
Katara Cultural Village is at the center point between two of the most luxurious regions in Doha – West Bay and The Pearl. This is the hub for all that is fascinating about life in Doha, you can book private tour of the city through Katara here. In four hours, you’ll visit The Pearl, Katara Cultural Village, The Equestrian Club/Royal Stable, the Museum of Islamic Art, and end the day at Souq Waqif. Katara beach hosts events throughout the year, including the recent Drone Show at last year’s National Day – a big hit!. Restaurants at Katara are known for their authentic tastes and the stroll along the beach is more than calming. Find out more about their events and happenings here. If you’re living in Doha, or just visiting, do yourself a service and visit the Katara Cultural Village.
The epitome of Doha lifestyle. This man made Island is close to four million square meters, and used to a biggest pearl diving sites in Qatar; hence the name. Some of Qatar’s most extravagant neighbourhoods such as Viva Bahriya, Qanat Quartier, Medina Centrale, and Porto Arabia. An expat favorite is Qanat Quartier, with a beautiful canal system and stroll friendly community. Visit the Pearl for high end shopping, delicious Doha restaurants with stunning views, and Qatar nightlife.
You could assume West Bay as the unofficial symbol of Qatar. It lights up the night with skyscrapers and modern buildings. Home to City Center Mall, Doha Convention Center Tower, Al Fardan Residences, Tornado Tower, and the list goes on. The Doha lifestyle in West Bay is mostly professional as the financial district, and home to the finest Doha hotels. The Sheraton Doha, Movenpick, Shangri-La Hotel, W Doha, among others are located in West Bay Doha. An expat favourite, featuring the iconic residential Zigzag Towers – a great choice if you’re thinking of living in Doha.
These are just a few neighbourhoods in the city, and life in Doha continues to boom. The Doha lifestyle has so much to offer – professional and leisurely. For more on what to expect in Doha, visit us here.