Doha is home to many large grassy areas and parks, offering a fun and relaxing pasttime for families, walkers and joggers. From the perfectly manicured Corniche to the 88 hectare Aspire Park, visitors will find a spot to relax under the shade of trees or by the water.
The landscaped waterfront provides paved and grassed areas that are popular with walkers, joggers and picnickers. Several hotels, government ministries and the Emir’s working palace are located along the route, and opposite the Diwan, traditional wooden boats are moored in the fishing harbor.
At the harbor entrance is an attractive fountain in the shape of a pearl oyster, a reminder of Qatar’s pearling heritage. Also accessed from the Corniche are the Museum of Islamic Art , Souq Waqif , the main souq areas, Al Rumeila Park and the Qatar National Theatre.
There are numerous benches dotted along the Corniche, and the sea wall is also of a convenient height to sit on. The paved areas are wheelchair-friendly. Car parking is available along the entire length of the Corniche, and the car park close to the Sheraton Doha Hotel & Resort has restrooms and a small cafeteria.
This park is one of several in which the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Urban Planning and ICT Qatar introduced free Wi-Fi access in 2007 as part of its ‘iPark’ initiative.
Powerboat championships and sailing regattas are held in Doha Bay and the Corniche is the ideal place to view firework displays on festive occasions.
A landscaped park on Doha Corniche with an outdoor theatre, art gallery, water features, children’s play area and skateboard/rollerblading half-pipe. There are several shops, a cafeteria and public toilets in the park which used to be known as Al Bidda Park.
Heritage Village, resembling a traditional Qatari village, showcases culture and crafts from the pre-oil period; at festival times there are exhibitions about pearling and performances of folksongs.
There is free Wi-Fi access; parking is available on both sides of the park, which is at its busiest in the evenings and weekends. The Gallery is open 9 am – 12 pm and 4 pm – 9 pm daily (entrance is free).
Dahl Al Hammam Park
The park, off Arab League and Al Markhiya Streets in the Medinat Khalifa North area of Doha, is named after the nearby limestone cavern which has a small freshwater lake in the bottom, linked to the sea by a series of underground caves and tunnels. The park has a substantial children’s play area and free Wi-Fi access.
Located behing the Hyatt Plaza, theVillagio Mall and Aspire Zone, this park is a favorite for joggers and families. With the only lake in Qatar, a small hill and various kinds of trees, it is a unique place to relax, whether you stay in the coffee shop or just enjoy the lawn.
Searching for wildlife in Qatar’s deserts can be difficult as the animals blend in so well with the sand and rocks that they are hard to spot.
Home to more than 1,500 animals belonging to 147 species from all over the world, the 42-hectare Doha Zoo on Al Furousiya St represents a miniature animal kingdom, and is a great opportunity to see the region’s desert creatures alongside traditional zoo animals. New species are regularly introduced through a number of international zoo exchange programmes.
There is a children’s play area, a cafeteria, and lush landscaped areas with plenty of shade, making it an ideal spot for a picnic. The Zoo is open 8 am – 12 pm and 2:30 pm – 7:30 pm daily (closed Friday mornings). School groups are welcome in the mornings; Tuesday afternoons are for ladies and children only (boys must be under nine years old); and Wednesday afternoons are reserved for families. Hours may vary throughout the year, so check by calling 468 2610.