Stretching for miles in front of Doha’s skyline, this quiet promenade is a great place to take a peaceful stroll or a morning jog.
Visit the Doha Corniche to look outward at the Persian Gulf or inland to the West Bay’s eclectic skyline of tall buildings. The walkway along the water extends for 4 miles (7 kilometers). Enjoy a sunrise here before high temperatures later in the day make being out of air conditioning uncomfortable.
The northern end of the corniche starts near the pyramid-shaped five-star Sheraton Hotel, built in the late 1970s and one of the older highlights of the skyline. Walk southwest to the I Park, where grassy lawns and a few shade trees make the space great for family outings, picnics and kite flying. Pass some of the city’s most iconic buildings, such as the Doha Tower, a Pritzker Architecture Prize winner with an aluminum covering resembling mashrabiyya, Islamic screens that provide shade from the sun.
About halfway down the promenade is the Qatar National Theatre, which hosts concerts, plays and movies. Stop nearby at the large Al Bidda Park for bird watching and playground fun for kids.
Look for the huge Pearl Monument, a commemoration of the historic importance of pearl diving to the region. Near the southeastern end of the Doha Corniche is the Museum of Islamic Art. Marvel at its architectural design by I.M. Pei and step inside to see art spanning 14 centuries.
Stroll eastward following the arch of MIA Park, which is a lovely place for a picnic while looking back at the western part of the promenade. Continue to the end of the walkway and gaze at the tall steel sculpture by Richard Serra. Board a dhow here for a leisurely cruise back across the bay. Nighttime views of the West Bay skyline are particularly interesting when buildings are decorated with colorful lights.
Walk to the Doha Corniche from the Souq Waqif. The Pearl Monument is less than 0.5 miles (0.8-kilometers) north of the marketplace. Before or after your visit to the corniche, browse through the souq’s narrow alleys to sample local delicacies and purchase treasures to send home.