Qatar has emerged as an iconic tourism, art and cultural hub, blending Arab tradition with modern global trends to share with visitors from across the world.
As a country located between East and West, about 80% of the world’s population lives within a 6-hour flight, and nationals from over 95 countries can enter Qatar without a visa.
Tourism in Qatar
The tourism sector is one of the most important pillars for Qatar’s economic diversification, and is integral to sustaining its economic growth.
Qatar Tourism, Qatar’s official tourism governing body, carries out five core functions to strengthen the country’s status as a gateway to the world:
- Strategic planning and policy development
- The development and implementation of a comprehensive plan to promote investment opportunities in the tourism sector
- Destination marketing and promotion for both leisure and business events
- The enhancement of visitor experience in collaboration with tourist-facing entities
- The management of regulatory affairs, including the swift and efficient execution of all tourism licenses and similar services
Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030
To continue to develop the tourism sector in the State of Qatar, a National Tourism Sector Strategy was developed, aimed to be fully implemented by 2030.
Aiming to attract 6 million visitors per year by 2030, Qatar’s strategy focuses on several key areas that reflect the country’s commitment to strengthening the tourism sector, such as:
- Cultivating a rich collection of museums and cultural highlights.
- Hosting world-class conventions and exhibitions.
- Constructing exceptional urban developments.
- Bringing a plethora of sporting events to the country.
- Promoting outstanding educational opportunities at world-class universities.
- Building new ultramodern airport and one of the world’s most advanced rail transit systems.
National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ)
Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel, NMoQ gives voice to Qatar’s rich heritage through immersive, state-of-the-art exhibits.
Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)
MIA is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Islamic art in the world, spanning over 1,400 years. Designed by the renowned Chinese American architect I.M. Pei, MIA is a globally acclaimed museum.
Qatar National Library (QNL)
QNL cultivates Qatar’s heritage by providing a unique environment for learning and enrichment in a culturally exceptional setting.
Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
Mathaf takes a unique look into contemporary Arab art. With an extensive collection of modern art from across the region, Mathaf aims to promote dialogue and foster creativity.
Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum
The Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum takes visitors on a journey from artefacts collected from the Jurassic age through to the early Islamic period and up to the present day. The museum’s collection was acquired by Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani during his international travels.
3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum
The 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum is considered one of the most innovative and technologically advanced sports museums in the world. It is a member of the Olympic Museum Network, which connects 22 Olympic museums worldwide.
Katara Cultural Village
Katara Cultural Village celebrates the region’s architectural heritage and is considered a platform to introduce the world’s cultures, by hosting concerts, shows, and exhibitions on global, regional and local levels.
Four heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha tell stories about Doha’s history. These houses are Radwani House, Company House, Bin Jalmood House, and Mohammed bin Jassim House.
Souq Waqif is one of the oldest souqs in Qatar and now serves as a popular social and tourist spot. Historically where Bedouin tribes would bring their essential goods for trade and sale, Souq Waqif is now a bustling location where visitors can have authentic, popular dining and shopping experiences.
Al Zubarah Town and Fort
Al Zubarah Town and Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once known as a centre for pearl diving. Al Zubarah Fort is adjacent to the walled coastal city of Al Zubarah, which is considered the most important landmark of Al Zubarah archaeological site.