Doha, Qatar is not a very touristic place in comparison to it's upscale neighbors in the UAE. However, if you happen to be in the area for business or for a layover while waiting for your connecting flight with Qatar Airways, I highly encourage you to check out the Museum of Islamic arts. The building itself is the most iconic structure in the area with the IM Pei, designer of the Louvre in Paris as its creator no less. The Museum of Islamic arts offers displays mainly from the ancient civilizations of India and Persia. While they have a lot of gold plated Quran pages on display, the focus of the museum is not limited to the religious relics of the Muslim world. There's a cafe inside the museum for a quick refreshment and the best 5 star restaurant in the city also happens to be on its top floor (IDAM by Alain Ducasse is a must try). If fancy dinners is not your thing, you may stroll down the MIA park just a few meters away. If you're lucky you may catch a free exhibit at the nearby exhibition center. The MIA Park have the best view of the doha skyline. It's just amazing on a cool winter day or night. Take a book and some light snacks for a light picnic. (No alcohol allowed obviously). You may also go a short dhow boat cruise from the nearby port for approx 50qr for 30min. The summer months of May-October are best spent indoors though. With the outside temperature rising up to 40-60 degrees Celsius you don't really wanna be caught up AC deprived.
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