Where to go, what to do: David Beckham’s ultimate tourist guide to Qatar – Doha News
Football superstar David Beckham has appeared in a new campaign to promote tourism in Qatar, just months before the Gulf state is set to host the world’s biggest sporting event.
The former footballer-turned-coach, recently named FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ambassador, takes center stage in the new Visit Qatar campaign, which aims to promote a range of venues in Qatar for those stopping over .
Qatar is expected to welcome more than 1.2 million visitors for the month-long World Cup in November and has invested heavily in boosting its tourism nationwide.
“We have something for everyone at an incredible price, whether it’s sun, sea, sand, rich heritage and culture, or a fun, modern city break” , said Akbar Al Baker, Chairman of Qatar Tourism and CEO of Qatar Airways Group, noting the idea is to encourage anyone passing through Doha to follow in Beckham’s footsteps.
From meeting the country’s most talented artists to motorcycling the streets of Pearl Island, here’s a quick checklist of where to go and what to do for anyone with 48 hours to spend in Qatar.
Built on the site of Doha’s century-old commercial market, Souq Waqif stands like a traditional site against the backdrop of Doha’s dramatic modernist skyline.
With its mud-smeared buildings, the market is reminiscent of a bygone era while still being a hub of activity, where commerce and street life collide.
The winding lanes of Souq Waqif offer various options for those looking to shop, including herbs and spices, traditional dresses and clothes and more.
Known as the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project, Msheireb Downtown brings Doha’s former commercial district to life with a new architectural touch.
The area has around 100 buildings with commercial and residential properties as well as commercial and cultural offerings that surround the magnificent Barahat Courtyard.
The neighborhood is also home to the Msheireb Museums, a project that celebrates Qatar’s history through four heritage houses.
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, the National Museum of Qatar draws inspiration from and recreates the natural crystal formations known as the desert rose.
Built around the original palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani and the seat of government for 25 years, the National Museum of Qatar offers an in-depth look at Qatar’s heritage, present and future.
Arguably one of Qatar’s most iconic attractions, the Doha Corniche is a seven-kilometre promenade overlooking the waterfront.
With a crescent-shaped walkway around Doha Bay, the Corniche offers the best views of the city’s modern skyline. For an even more special experience, hop on a traditional wooden dhow just before sunset to catch the golden hour as the skyscrapers light up for the night.
Katara is a self-proclaimed cultural village nestled between the gleaming financial district of West Bay and the half-moon towers of residential The Pearl.
Bordered by an expansive beach on one side and the twin hills of Katara on the other, Katara is Doha’s go-to destination for art, culture and cuisine.
Home to a public beach, a beautiful Turkish-style mosque, a classic Greek-style amphitheater and winding lanes lined with cultural houses and cafes, Katara is perfect for a family day out.
The Pearl Qatar is a man-made island located near the West Bay district in Doha. With marinas lined with Mediterranean-style yachts, residential towers, villas and hotels, the area also offers a luxury shopping experience.
The island is also home to modern dining venues – from refreshing ice cream to five-star dining experiences, and is notable for its plazas and pedestrian plazas as well as its wide array of landscaped gardens.
Qatar’s “inland sea” or Khor Al Adaid is a UNESCO-recognized site located in the south of the country. The Inland Sea is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches on the desert.
For an authentic desert experience, nothing beats a camel ride over the gentle dunes, before embarking on an exhilarating desert safari over the dunes to Khor Al Adaid, accessible only by 4×4 vehicles .
A range of desert activities are also scattered across the desert including sandboarding, quad biking, paragliding, kitesurfing and more.