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5 Family-Friendly Things To Do At Doha Al Corniche, Qatar

Published Apr 19, 2016

In Doha, the capital city of the country of Qatar, you’ll find the Doha Corniche, with beautiful views of the waterfront promenade, stretching for several kilometers along Doha Bay.

Visitors will see a green grassy park with the sea view on one side and a very hectic business street on the other side. This place is popular for family gatherings, people strolling, and joggers, especially during the evenings when the weather is not really hot.

The Doha Corniche is lined by hotels, cafes, a beautiful park with a children’s play area, and a skating area, and it is surrounded by magnificent skyscrapers and stunning landmarks, such as the Museum of Islamic Art, the Qatar National Theatre and Emir White Palace. Read on for 5 family-friendly things to do here!

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1. Embark on a Dhow Cruise

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Along Al Corniche Street, there is Doha Port area, where a large number of traditional dhows (Arabian ships), fishing boats, and working boats are moored. Visitors can buy fresh fish directly from fishermen in the morning, with cheaper prices than in the market.

From the afternoon until midnight, you can cruise Doha Bay in a dhow for about 30 minutes and it costs around 25 QAR (approximately 6.86 USD) per person. The interesting thing about a dhow cruise is that the dhow captain decorates his dhow with colorful small lamps and turns on Indian or Arabic music to accompany you along the 30-minute cruise.

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2. Visit the Museum Of Islamic Art


The Museum of Islamic Art has become one of the most famous landmarks in Qatar. In the building, you can not only visit the museum, but you can also attend the art exhibition with works from local and international artists.

Inside, you can see collections from Egypt, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, other parts of the Middle East, and other countries that are connected to Qatar and have Islamic histories. You’ll see things such as artifacts, ceramics, calligraphy, and a lot more. After visiting the Museum of Islamic Art, you can take a rest at the restaurant inside the building while enjoying the views of Doha Corniche and Doha Bay.

The Museum of Islamic Art is closed every Tuesday. It opens on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday at 10.30 AM to 5.30 PM, Friday at 2 PM to 8 PM, and Saturday at 12 noon to 8 PM.

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3. Play in Al Rumaila Park

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Al Rumaila Park, also known as Al Bidda Park, is a long rectangular-shaped park on Corniche Street and it is one of the oldest parks in Doha. This park provides a place for friends and families to relax on green grass around the park. At the center of the park is a water canal and several small shops selling local crafts.

The facilities of the park include a half-pipe for skating, skateboarding, a play area for toddlers, equipment for older children, such as swings, plastic slides, and a sandy surface. There are also two kiosks that sell a variety of snacks, burgers, sandwiches, soft drinks, tea, coffee and ice cream.

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4. Stroll and jog along the walkway


Beautiful views and a long walkway near the sea make Doha Corniche a comfortable place to refresh your body and mind. Green grass on the other side, complete with date trees, gives you another perspective other than the sea. You can exercise, jog or just stroll along the wide walkway in the morning or afternoon, when the weather is not really hot.

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5. Having lunch or dinner at a restaurant visited by royalty, celebrities and diplomats

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One of the best spots at Doha Corniche for the finest Arabic and Lebanese cuisine is Al Mourjan. You and your family or friends can celebrate a special event, or you can just have a romantic dinner with your loved one. Since its opening in 2008, this restaurant has been visited by royalty, celebrities and diplomats from all over the world.

Al Mourjan located under the Oryx statue and it is easy to find. A specialty of this location is that Al Mourjan has an outdoor seating area near the water, and in winter visitors can feel ocean breezes.

The menu is fairly extensive; they offer mostly Lebanese and Arabic cuisine but also have international dishes, such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Tagliatelle Alfredo, French Fries, Mozzarella Sticks, and so on.

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Choose the right time to enjoy the Doha Corniche

As a subtropical country, Qatar has times when the weather is not so friendly for hanging out outside of the house. The months of January, February, March, November and December have a nice average temperature (20-26 degrees Celsius / 68-78 degrees Fahrenheit) and it becomes colder in January and February (about 15 degrees Celsius / 59 degrees Fahrenheit) on average).

Summer is in April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November. Sometimes in July and August, the temperature reaches 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit).

Note the Doha weather, so you can choose the best time for you and your family or friends to hangout on Doha Corniche.

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Riana is a mother of three girls. She loves to take her daughters out to visit various local and international tourism destinations. She believes that the outdoor activities in every destination...Read more

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