10 Best Famous Buildings In Qatar

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Qatar has always been one of those few countries where cosmopolitan diversity melds with timeless traditions and culture in the most flavorful proportions. A country excelling in almost every area of development, Qatar is praised by the world for the advancements it has made over the years. People from all over the world visit Qatar to have a glimpse of its accomplishments in fields such as technology, architecture, entertainment, etc. The wonderful beach resorts of the country leave tourists in awe as well. The country is admired worldwide most especially for its wonderful city skylines adorned with unique and marvelous skyscrapers. Therefore, in this article, we come to you with the best famous buildings in Qatar.

1. Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center

Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center
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Popular also as Bin Zaid, this cultural center is located in Doha. Its unique minaret design and spiral mosque make it an outstanding curiosity. It offers innumerable things to see and learn, for instance, spoken and written Arabic and knowledge about Islamic culture and visitors get to see the tallest mosque in all of Qatar.

Also, there are members of the cultural organization who familiarize non-muslim visitors with Islam. In addition to everything, it has a department store and an exhibition center to inform keen tourists about Islam. This is also where one can arrange for tours of the mosque. The neatness of the place is also well maintained. All in all, this building is definitely one of the best places to visit if one happens to land in Doha.

Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center

Address: Doha, Qatar

Website: Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center

Opening hours: 5am - 8pm (daily) / (closed on Sat)

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2. Burj Doha

Source: Photo by user Isabell Schulz used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Burj Doha was formerly known as “Burj Qatar”. It is a specimen of exemplary architecture. Everyone who’s seen it would notice that the building’s structure has a “phallic form” - one unique aspect that sets the building apart from others. Besides, its location in the West Bay, with the seaside also present, adds more to the overall impression it leaves on the tourist. Inside the building, one finds top-notch facilities. There are smoke zones and clean restrooms among many other things. Visiting Burj Doha at nighttime is one of the best things to do in Qatar. It is after dark that the unique-looking building lights up the bay in amazing colors.

Burj Doha

Address: 1 Al Corniche St, Doha, Qatar

Website: Burj Doha

Opening hours: 8am - 5pm (daily) / (closed on Fri & Sat)

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3. Doha Exhibition and Convention Center - DECC

Construction of Exhibition and Convention Center in Doha
Source: Photo by user Alex Sergeev used under CC BY-SA 3.0

If international exhibitions interest you, DECC has got to be your next stop. Throughout the year, it conducts great exhibitions of commodities related to fashion, defense, industrial equipment, and many other things. The building has 5 different halls to hold many programs at once, a good, spacious lobby and a cozy coffee corner. It has a game area for kids, auditoriums where concerts are held, and prayer rooms. The toilets and the rest of the places are kept super clean. On the opposite side of the building is a mall if by caprice one decides to go shopping. The center is next to a metro station which is why it’s a lot easier to reach.

Doha Exhibition and Convention Center - DECC

Address: West Bay, Doha، Doha, Qatar

Website: Doha Exhibition and Convention Center

Opening hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm (daily) (closed on Sat & Sun)

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4. Aspire Tower

Source: Photo by user Doha Stadium Plus... used under CC BY 2.0

This tower is also known as the Torch Doha. This tower, standing 300 meters or 328 yards tall, once served as the focal point for the 15th Asian Games hosted by Qatar in December 2006. Its impressive exterior comprises a steel mesh containing a concrete core with a top that looks like a torch. The tower boasts a five-star hotel, a sports museum, and a health club with a cantilevered swimming pool. There is an observation deck from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of the city; and imagine this: the tower features a restaurant that revolves! This is truly one of the greatest attractions in the city and a must-visit for every tourist.

Aspire Tower

Address: Doha, Qatar

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5. National Museum of Qatar

Doha National Museum Qatar
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The desert rose exterior of this museum is absolutely astounding. It has beautiful light-filled spaces and amazing galleries. Organized in three segments - “Beginnings”, “Life in Qatar”, and “The Modern History of Qatar” the museum showcases these themes across the eleven highly individual galleries. It’s a fresh break from the typical theme parks and resorts since fossils, models of planets, birds, animals, and several paleontological specimens are put on display in showcases and on screens. There are amazing games to add to your kids’ fun. One can find souvenirs to buy from the two gift shops in the museum. It also has restaurants on the ground floor. The entry fee is satisfactorily reasonable (50 Qatari Riyals ~ 14USD) and the ticket remains valid for three days. Heartily recommended by the locals, this museum is the best place to go to, especially with family and kids.

National Museum of Qatar

Address: Museum Park St, Doha, Qatar

Website: National Museum of Qatar

Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (daily) / Fri: 1:30pm - 7pm

Price: 14 USD

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6. Museum of Islamic Art

Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar
Source: Photo by user Ralf Steinberger used under CC BY 2.0

The Museum of Islamic Art is built on an island near the dhow harbor. The building is surrounded by a park and two bridges that connect the park with the main peninsula. The museum boasts several ancient manuscripts, ceramics, and textiles but has one of the world’s most complete collections of Islamic artifacts and items like jewelry, rugs, bowls, torch stands, etc. originating from several foreign countries. The museum holds workshops for schools and the general public. It also houses a library with nine study rooms, a coffee shop, and a restaurant from where one can cheer themselves with a pleasant view of the Doha skyline.

Museum of Islamic Art

Address: Doha, Qatar

Website: Museum of Islamic Art

Opening hours: 9am - 7pm (daily) / Fri: 1:30pm - 7pm

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7. Al Zubara Fort

Zubara Fort
Source: Photo by user Rafeek Qatar used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Al Zubara Fort offers an insight into Qatar’s history. One can look at vintage items, collectibles, and artifacts among other information to acquaint themselves with practices of those times in Qatar, like pearl diving and harvesting practices. The fort has a gift shop in it and delicious food items can also be enjoyed. One can easily travel to the fort by road and have a great time here with family.

Al Zubara Fort

Address: Al Zubara Fort, Qatar

Opening hours: 7:30am - 5pm (daily)

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8. Tornado Tower

Tornado Tower in Doha, Qatar.
Source: Photo by user Ralf Steinberger used under CC BY 2.0

It is one of the tallest buildings in Qatar and it features a very unique design that almost looks like a tornado. It definitely portrays architectural excellence. The space around this marvelous edifice is left vacant to add to its beauty. It has a huge parking lot to accommodate over a thousand cars. There are a restaurant and a lounge at the building which offer a panoramic view of the city. The tower looks exceptionally beautiful at night and the entire atmosphere of the area is soothing, serene, and calm.

Tornado Tower

Address: West Bay، Majlis Al Taawon St, Doha, Qatar

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9. Qatar World Trade Center

Qatar world trade center has a building of over fifty floors and another building that houses an auditorium and a business center, besides a low-rise building that has a convention center. Among other things, it includes office spaces, business clubs, floors for conferences, and a parking lot that has ample parking space.

Qatar World Trade Center

Address: Al Corniche St, Doha 2211, Qatar

Website: Qatar World Trade Center

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10. Al Koot Fort

Al Koot Fort Doha
Source: Photo by user StellarD used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Known also as Doha Fort, this fort was earlier a police station, and it also served as a jail. It has now been converted into a museum that exhibits handicrafts, ornaments of gypsum and wood, antique fishing equipment, boats, and oil paintings illustrating the lives of laymen of earlier times.

Al Koot Fort

Address: Ukaz St, Doha, Qatar

Opening hours: 8am - 12am (daily)

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Ready to make your bucket list?

This was our list of the top famous buildings in Qatar. Boasting of modern architecture and a lavish lifestyle, Qatar is one of the richest countries on the planet. Not to mention its luxurious villa rentals and drool-worthy cuisines, including the best biryani. And rightly so, all the famous buildings reek of extravagance. Make sure to visit these buildings and have a great time!

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Faraz Khan is a part-time content writer who loves stargazing, cloud-watching and reading poetry and fiction. He's also a Wonder Woman fan.

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