5 Neighborhoods In Doha, Qatar: Where You Should Stay

These neighborhoods in Doha are close to major landmarks catered to all kinds of travelers. 

Along the Persian Gulf is Doha, Qatar’s capital city wonderfully depicting old and new. There are areas oozing traditional heritage with busy souqs and authentic restaurants. A few minutes away, soaring skyscrapers and stylish hotels showcase this country’s aim to modernization. Here are five neighborhoods in Doha that fit different kinds of travelers, looking for a wide array of activities to complete an eclectic vacation.

How many days? You can stay in Doha anywhere from a day up to three days for a well-rounded vacation.


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West Bay is one of the most prestigious areas in Doha, since it’s home to premium high-rises and beautiful parks. With an alluring waterfront view, this neighborhood also offers The Corniche which makes a lovely promenade where you can admire stunning architectures like the Tornado Tower. If you’re on a business trip, West Bay is also home to Doha Exhibition and Convention Center, headquarters of companies and ministries. For shopping, you can also stop by The Gate Mall and Doha City Center.

West Bay, Doha Qatar neighborhood
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For those who want to be part of the more traditional side of Doha, then stay in the Al Jasra neighborhood where the city’s main attraction, Souq Waqif, is only a few steps away. It features labyrinth of market stalls brimmed with textiles, jewelry, spices and local handicrafts. As one of Qatar’s oldest markets, Souq Waqif was once a busy trading center for the Bedouin who came here to trade camels and essential goods for their nomadic way of life. Also in this area are Sheikh Abdulla bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Center and just a few minutes walk away is the breathtaking Museum of Islamic Art.

Souq Waqif, Doha, Qatar
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For one of the most luxurious areas in Doha, check out The Pearl. The man-made island is full of high-rises, yachts lined along the marina, and endless shops for those who love designer brands. The island sits on four million square meters of real estate that includes 25,000 residences – home to 52,000 residents. It has grown to be one of the biggest developments in the Middle East at $15 billion once completed. The impressive Porto Arabia Towers, for example, houses 4,700 premium apartments. Meanwhile, Viva Bahriya Towers, encompasses 29 state-of-the-art towers. 

The Pearl, Doha, Qatar
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To stay by the water, Doha Port is ideal. In addition to the relaxing MIA Park, this neighborhood also boasts one of the most beautiful vista points of the city’s skyline. But more importantly, you’ll be right in the middle of Mina District which experienced a massive makeover from Old Doha Port to a district of pastel-painted buildings popularized by trendy restaurants and cafés. It is now home to Grand Terminal where massive cruise ships dock along the hustling marina against crystalline waters.

Doha Port, Qatar
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Just north of West Bay is Diplomatic Area, a neighborhood full of restaurants and cute cafés for your delicious cup of Arabian coffee. Here is beloved by expats where a plethora of luxurious hotels are located; from the Four Seasons, W Doha to the Hilton. For sun lovers, there are several beaches to soak up some Vitamin D.

Four Seasons Hotel Doha
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Wendy Hung


As the founder of Jetset Times, Wendy is an avid traveler and fluent in five languages. When she's not traveling, Wendy calls Paris and Taipei home. Her favorite countries so far from her travels have been: Bhutan, Iran, and St. Bart's because they were all so different!

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