Best Places to Visit in Qatar with Family

Doha Corniche
Doha Corniche

Discover the beautiful and best places to Visit in Qatar with family. Explore the thrilling theme parks and museums full of discoveries, adventure parks, and attractive beaches. Learn more about Qatar’s rich cultural legacy, fascinating history, and spectacular natural beauty in this comprehensive tourist guide.

About Qatar

Qatar is an attractive destination for tourists, lovers, and adventure enthusiasts. It is a small country located on the Arabian peninsula’s northeastern coast. Qatar has an amalgamation of different civilizations as multiple civilizations left their remanents in Qatar at different times. Traditional marketplaces or “Souqs” in Qatar, such as the Souq waqif, provide an insight into the country’s history. Qatar offers a variety of attractions and activities for families, making it a great destination for those travelling with children. The official currency of Qatar is the Qatari riyal (Qar). Upon arrival at the airport or local banks and exchange offices, you should exchange your currency for Qatari riyals. Visa requirements for Qatar can vary depending on your nationality and the purpose of your visit. Qatar offers various types of visas, including tourist visas, business visas, and transit visas. It is essential to check the most up-to-date visa requirements and application procedures through the official website of the Qatar Ministry of Interior or consult the nearest Qatari embassy or consulate in your home country before your trip.

Qatar is a conservative country with strict Islamic traditions. Dress modestly, especially in public places, and respect local customs and traditions. Qatar is generally considered safe for travellers. Qatar has a desert climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. Due to the hot desert climate, stay hydrated, especially during summer. So, you must carry water with you when exploring outdoor attractions. Beware when crossing roads, as traffic in Qatar can be hectic. Familiarize yourself with the emergency contact numbers in Qatar, including 999 for police. For more information, let us explore the best places to Visit in Qatar with family in detail. 

Places to visit

1. Desert falls water and adventure park

Desert falls water and adventure park
Desert falls water and adventure park : image credit

The Desert Falls water and adventure park is located at the heart of Salwa Beach Resort in the southern region of Qatar, near the Saudi Arabian border. It has 18 attractions and 56 rides and slides, including its iconic ride, “the King Cobra.” Bring the whole family for 57,000 square meters of the World’s best fun, thrills, and excitement. Your stay at this luxurious resort guarantees full access to the adventure park, tastefully decorated guest rooms, generously sized suites, or a luxury beach house with gardens, amazing sea views, and an outdoor courtyard with beach access. Discover amazing moments in the desert that have been particularly crafted for you. 

Bring sunblock, towels, and a water bottle when you visit the water park. They are also available for buy in Sea Caves souk. The retail stores sell swimwear, towels, toys, souvenirs, and other items. Desert Falls Park announced special offer tickets are available at 150 and 100 riyals for visitors. Parks provide complimentary self-parking. So, remember to visit this amazing park if you visit Qatar with your family.  

Visiting hours:

  • Thursday till Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday lady’s night: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

2. The Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art

On one end of Doha’s 7-kilometre corniche, a museum called the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) can be found. One of Qatar’s most distinctive buildings is the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), which is renowned around the World for its extensive collection of Islamic artifacts. Every year, thousands of tourists enter to experience the beauty and glory of the Islamic World through artifacts that have been carefully preserved and amassed through the years so that visitors may understand Islamic traditions, culture, and legacy over the decades. It is a must-see destination for adults and children who enjoy and learn about Islamic culture via its many art displays. The other things to visit include restaurants, gift shops, music, the park, and the bazaar. 

Visitors should follow some preventive measures to visit such places as purchasing tickets in advance, being on time, dressing modestly (you may be restricted from entering if your clothing is deemed unsuitable), having no food or drink in the galleries, and having no cameras or other devices are allowed. 

The visiting hours:

  • Saturday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 1.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

3. National Museum of Qatar

National Museum of Qatar
National Museum of Qatar

The National Museum of Qatar is a well-known monument located at Museum Park Street at the south end of Doha. A visit to this museum carries you from millions of years ago to the edge of tomorrow. 

A wide park surrounds the museum, with a broad and long artificial lake and gardens with extensive green spaces and walkways. The museum also has several family-friendly cafes and eateries that provide fresh, delicious cuisine. The Jiwan restaurant (Qatari phrase for “perfect pearl), located on the museum’s fourth level, boasts a patio with breathtaking views of Doha Bay. 

The National Museum of Qatar is particularly attractive because it is open yearly. The National Museum of Qatar is free for children under 16 and nationals of Qatar and neighbouring Gulf nations. Otherwise, it will set you back about $14. While there is no formal dress requirement at the museum, it is located in a nation with significant traditions and customs. Visitors should wear modestly, with shoulders and knees covered.

The visiting hours:

  • Saturday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday: 1.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Entry Fee : 50 QAR

4. Fuwairit Beach

 Fuwairit Beach
Fuwairit Beach

Fuwairit Beach is situated northeast of Qatar’s city, Al Ghariya, and is a crystal-clear sandy beach with a blue sea. Its relaxing attitude and beautiful scenery in the background make it an ideal spot to spend quality time with family or your spouse. Take long walks with your beloved, let your children play on the sand, sunbathe on the beach, or swim in the warmth of this national gem.

Doha’s driving directions make it easy for visitors to reach Fuwairit Beach. Drive north out of Doha on the al Shamal road, and after 44 kilometres, turn right at the Fuwairit sign. Travellers must next travel the path that leads to the Fuwairit village. Before entering the hamlet, turn onto the gravel road and proceed for another 1.5 kilometres until you reach unusual stone formations or hills on the right side. Qatar’s al Fuwairit beach is situated in front of the hills. 

Visitors must come prepared because no services such as bathrooms, shopping, or restaurants near the beach exist. Remember there are no local conveniences, so pack your beverages and other requirements. Wear comfortable shoes because the beach is rocky with limestones and small rocks. No covered areas exist, so bring your own to maximize your enjoyment. Early morning is the best time to visit Fuwairit Beach since it is less crowded and the sunrise is stunning. 

The visiting hours:

You can visit anytime, but please note that the beach may be closed for visitors from April to July to protect the turtles who lay their eggs there.

5. Sealine Beach

Sealine Beach
Sealine Beach

An oasis of tranquillity nestled among the romantic dunes of the Arabian deserts, lapped by the Arabian Sea in the southern portion of Qatar, around 40 minutes from the international airport through messed and about 50 minutes from the city center. The beach, with its groomed lawns and various plants, trees, and bushes, is one of the most enchanting places where sand meets water. Tourists may enjoy quad-riding over the country’s dunes just 5 minutes from the Sealine Resort Qatar. The quad bikes are available for hourly rental. People will be required to wear helmets and take a few additional precautions for their safety. In short, Sealine beach weather is ideal for various beach activities. Visitors should note no public transportation goes from Doha to Sealine. You must take private transport, like a car from Uber or any other vehicle. 

The visiting hours:

You can visit the beach from 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. whole week. 

The beach may be closed to visitors during certain times of the year due to weather conditions or special events. You can check their website or call them before visiting.

6. Aspire Park

Aspire Park,Doha
Aspire Park
Aspire Park

Aspire Park is located in the southern area of Baaya in Doha, Qatar. Aspire Park is about 16 km from Doha International Airport and takes only 20 minutes. The best method to get to the park from the airport is to take a cab. The park is conveniently located behind the Villaggio Mall and Hyatt Plaza, so guests may also indulge in some retail therapy at one of Qatar’s greatest malls. 

Aspire Park in Doha is a terrific spot to come in the mornings and evenings when the weather is excellent for enjoyable activities. This park has everything, from eateries to children’s play areas, jogging trails, and football fields. Aspire Park also has the only artificial manufactured lake in the entire country. The torch tower, located within the park, is one of the primary attractions here. It was a big torch during the extremely renowned Asian Games in 2006. 

There is no entry fee for Aspire Park. Some tips to remember when visiting the park are decent clothing covering knees, shoulders, and midriffs. Single men and women are not required to wear sports clothing. Some of the best facilities that can be enjoyed at Aspire Park are cycling tracks, restrooms, a cafe, seating areas with shade, and sports facilities. The park’s toilets and eateries are only available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

The visiting hours:

  • You can visit the park anytime within 24 hours.
  • Entry Fee : Free

The park may not be pet friendly, and some activities, such as skateboarding, bicycling, and tree climbing, may not be allowed. To park your car, a parking facility is available outside the park. 

7. Katara Park

Katara Park
Katara Park

Katara Park is in the Katara Cultural Village, Al Moasses Street, Doha, Qatar. The unique public park offers breathtaking views of Katara Cultural Village, Katara Beach, and the surrounding area. This distinguishes Katara Hills from other city parks. Walking along the hills, you’ll see landmarks like Katara Mosque, Galleries Lafayette, Pigeon Towers, and the Children’s Mall (shaped like a gift box).

There are some excellent caf├ęs and restaurants where you can dine with your family. These restaurants serve the greatest Qatari delicacies and fine food worldwide. Restaurants to visit in Katara Village Doha include Khan Farouk Tarab Cafe, Chapati & Karak, Al Jazeera Cafe, and Novikov. Because Katara Cultural Village is frequently jammed with tourists, certain basic services, including restaurants, restrooms, ATMs, and worship sites, are provided for guests.

The visiting hours:

  • You can visit the park anytime, 24 hours a day. 
  • Entry Fee : Free

Please note that there is no entrance fee for the park, but guests are not allowed to consume food in the landscaped areas.

8. Al Khor Park

Al Khor Park
Al Khor Park : image credit

Al Khor Park is located on Shamal Road towards Al Khor City. The zoo has a waterfall, museum, golf area, restaurants for refreshments, and an area for kids to play games. Parking is easy in the park’s 700 parking areas, thirteen designated for people with disabilities.

The park is open to all visitors for a fee of 15 qar for adults and ten qar for children aged ten and under. The train ride to the zoo costs an additional five qar. The best time to visit is Thursday at 6 p.m. (usually pretty busy). Public buses and even private cabs will take 10 minutes from Al Khor. For visitors, there is an excellent parking facility.

The visiting hours:

You can visit the park from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday to Sunday. 

Ticket sales stop at 8:00 p.m. The park may be closed for visitors during certain times of the year due to weather conditions or special events. You should contact them before visiting the park.

9. Al Maroona beach

Al Maroona beach
Al Maroona beach

Al Maroona Beach, Qatar, is located in Qatar’s northeastern region. It is about 80 km from Doha and almost 70 min’ drive from Al Shamal Road. The best part of the beach is the soft golden gravel and the warm shallow sea, which is as clear and transparent as a teardrop. 

Visitors enjoy visiting Al Maroona to spend quality time with their family or friends. The most popular time for the visit is Thursday, and you are advised to come on weekdays to avoid crowds. 

Visitors can drive to the beach due to the soft soil road that leads up to the destination. There are no nearby restaurants or cafes, nor are there any shops. There are no shaded areas in Al Maroona beach; visitors are advised to bring an umbrella to protect themselves from the sun’s rays. Also, remember to bring sunscreen. The beach, while beautiful, needs to be better equipped. Pack your bags as you would for a picnic, carrying your chairs, tables, barbeque facilities (if you want to have a barbeque), drinking water, and food. It is an excellent choice to connect with nature and create memories with family.

The visiting hours:

Al Maroona Beach is open 24 hours a day, every week. 

From April until June, the beach is primarily inaccessible to visitors due to the nesting season of the Hawksbill Sea turtle species.

10. Doha Quest

Doha Quest
Doha Quest image credit

 Doha Quest is the first ever park near Al Khaleej Street in Doha Oasis, GATE 2, Msheireb Qatar. It is a luxurious mixed-use development and a one-stop destination in Qatar. Quest has over 30 rides and attractions; the EpiQ Coaster, the World’s tallest indoor roller coaster, and the Magma Blast, the World’s tallest indoor drop tower, are two of Quest’s signature rides.

The admission fee for persons aged 13 and above is 235 QAR. At the same time, the admission fee for a person 4 to 12 years old is 160 QAR. Doha Quest offers rental Cars. Quest, the first of its kind, is a themed, story-based concept that appeals to people of all ages. There are some precautionary measures that visitors should read before visiting Doha Quest:

  • Food, drinks, and illicit items are not allowed.
  • The opening can be changed without prior notice.
  • All guests must be careful about safety measures and the health of the park, etc.

The visiting hours:

Doha Quest’s opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Final Analysis

This guide covers the best places to Visit in Qatar with family. Qatar, a melting pot of cultures and Iconic landmarks, showcases the blend of old and new. Qatar combines tradition and modernity in a way that is uncommon elsewhere. Every exciting tourist destination in Qatar is present in the neighbourhood, including museums, galleries, malls, and more. In conclusion, taking your family to Qatar will provide an unforgettable fusion of cultural diversity, scenic beauty, family-friendly activities, and educational opportunities. It’s where you create lifelong memories while discovering this dynamic nation’s traditional and modern sides. 

Ajmal Sheikh

A Travel Blogger

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