Doha Zoo is located 20 km from the capital of Qatar. Positive emotions are guaranteed in this zoo, because there are so many interesting, beautiful, unusual animals from all over the planet! Absolute serenity and a relaxed atmosphere with lots of green unspoiled areas and amazing sights makes Doha Zoo unique.
The zoo has guides who will tell you about the history of the zoo, about the lifestyle, interesting facts of animals.
What to see in Doha Zoo?
Doha Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the country. About 1,500 animals from 150 species live here. The zoo is divided into four climatic zones, each of which represents certain living conditions. During its existence in the nature reserve, it was possible to collect and preserve a huge collection of threatened plants and animals. A creative team of zoologists and gardeners made every corner of the park cozy for the inhabitants and amazing for visitors.
Giraffes, elephants, baboons, zebras and many other animals live in the zoo. The main pride of the Doha Zoo is Oryx, which is currently endangered by animals. Oryx is the national animal of Qatar.
According to many guests, the most fascinating place in the zoo is the pavilion with anthropoid apes. Still would! It is so interesting to watch our little brothers. Here live ordinary and pygmy chimpanzees, gorillas, gibbons and orangutans.
All animals live in enclosures, enclosed by barely noticeable ditches, which creates the impression of being close to animals. The zoo has a large family of tigers and lions, several elephants, deer.
For children there is also plenty of entertainment. For example, a train with trailers in which you can ride and get a lot of pleasure slowly drives through the park. You cannot feed animals in the zoo.
Not far from the zoo there is an amusement park where you can have a great day and relax.
Along the way, you should go to Palm Island, where there are many interesting attractions, playgrounds and relaxation areas.
Doha Zoo is a member of the international program for the protection and breeding of animals. A special achievement in this direction is the breeding of Daurian cranes, blunt-crocodile crocodiles, as well as Celebes buffalos and maned wolves.
Opening hours: The zoo is open to visitors from 9.00 to 18.00.
Ticket price: adult-5 riyals, children-2 riyals.
Doha is an ancient city. The first permanent settlement on this site appeared in the XVII century. The coast was known for its skillful pearl hunters, as well as craftsmen who made woolen fabrics and clothes. Doha acquired the capital's functions in the middle of the 19th century, due to its advantageous geographical position, by decision of the first emir of the Al-Thani dynasty.
Today, Doha is the capital of Qatar, a small country that covers an area of 11 571 km². It conducts large-scale oil production, and each resident receives his share of the profits. Without exception, Qatari people are rich because their social expenses are fully covered by the state. Interestingly, only 20% of the people living in Qatar have citizenship. The remaining 80% are emigrants and employees from other countries, mostly from South and Southeast Asia. They build the Qatari capital.
Doha is a modern and beautiful city. Rows of skyscrapers rise above the surface of the Persian Gulf in Downtown. In the capital there is the residence of the first person of the country - the emir of Qatar, administrative bodies, ministries, diplomatic missions of other states, banks, insurance companies, travel agencies and numerous shopping centers.
Travelers come to Doha to see the modern Middle Eastern city, as well as its historical sights and monuments. Many are attracted to shopping in markets and large shopping centers, metropolitan amusement parks, desert safaris, getting to know the life of the Bedouins, camel racing and falconry. The best time to visit Doha is the period from April to May and from September to October, when there is no sweltering heat in the city.
Location and climate
Doha was built in the east of the Qatar Peninsula. It occupies a flat area, only slightly rising above sea level. The vast majority of Doha's districts and the territory of the international airport lie on land that has been reclaimed, and around them are barren deserts.
In the center of Doha Bay, there is an artificial bulk island - The Pearl-Qatar, where an elite area with modern houses is located. Besides him, in the bay, opposite the city, there are several small-sized natural islands.
The climate of Doha is not much different from the climate that prevails throughout the Qatar Peninsula. It is almost always hot and dry. In the summer months, the thermometer often rises above + 45 ° C, and from December to February the average air temperature is +18. + 20 ° C. Precipitation in Doha is very small - only 76 mm per year. There were years when no rain spilled over the Qatari capital.
History of Doha
According to archaeological research, semi-settled settlements on the site of present Doha existed from the second half of the 5th millennium BC. In 1686, the Arab village of Al-Bida appeared here, where people lived permanently.
Al-Bida in 1823, Doha in 1904
From 1847, Doha received the status of the capital, and until 1913 sheikhs from the Al-Thani clan were at the head of it. Then, for three years, the independent sheikh of Qatar ruled here until the Arab lands fell under the protectorate of Great Britain. Since September 1971, Doha has been the main city of the independent state of Qatar.
Doha in the 1980s Doha in 2015
Most travelers arriving in Doha try to visit the Corniche promenade. A beautifully decorated walking area stretches for almost 8 km along the picturesque Doha Bay. The embankment starts from Emiri Divan in the south and leads to the Sheraton hotel in the north. The symbol of prosperity of modern Qatar - skyscrapers - from here appear in all its glory. Along the city promenade, walking and rollerblading, but cycling is prohibited here.
El Cornish Fountain in front of the Spiral Mosque
The historical part of the city looks completely updated. In the 1980-1990s, most of the old buildings were demolished to make way for modern quarters. In Doha, several public organizations and movements were even born that urged the authorities not to do this and preserve the old buildings.
The ancient fortress Al-Samria, visible from afar, rises on a hill, which is surrounded by a wall 6 meters high. Previously, it housed the residence of the Qatari rulers. Now the fortress houses a rich museum collection, founded by Sheikh Faisal. Nearby you can see the tall clock tower. The clock mechanism beats every half hour, and this signal notifies everyone around that a palace guard is changing.
Al Samria Fortress (Sheikh Faisal Museum) Doha Grand Mosque
Doha is a Muslim city where many mosques are built. The largest of them is the beautiful Muslim temple of Al Ahmet, and the highest minaret rises above the Shuyukh mosque.
Aladdin’s Kingdom, the only amusement park in Qatar, is open in the West Bay Area. On its territory there are 18 attractions designed for both children and adults. An artificial lagoon has been created for visitors, a theater and two mosques have been opened - for men and for women.
Many people like the large zoo, which is located 20 km from Doha. Get to him along the Salwa road. The zoo contains a large collection of animals, reptiles and birds, and Luna Park is open specifically for children.
Aladdin’s Kingdom Amusement Park Doha Zoo
The largest museum collections telling the history of the Arab state are collected at the National Museum of Qatar. It occupies a beautiful palace, which from 1913 to 1951 housed the residence of the ruler of Qatar - Sheikh Abdullah Bin-Mohammed. The museum exhibits a large-sized two-story aquarium, where you can see almost all the inhabitants of the Persian Gulf. There are even rare species of sea turtles, which these days are almost impossible to find in their natural habitat. Of particular interest are the traditional single-masted Arab vessels - dhows.
Museum of Islamic Art
Travelers who find themselves on an artificial island in Doha Bay can visit the luxurious Museum of Islamic Art, which is often called the symbol of modern Qatar. From the city embankment, they get to it through two automobile and one pedestrian bridge. The unusual museum building is stylized as traditional Arabian houses. Huge cubes are piled one on top of the other and decorated with window openings typical of Arabian architecture. One of the walls of the museum is made completely glass, and through it opens a picturesque view of the Persian Gulf. In the halls of the museum you can see ancient manuscripts, ancient ceramics, textiles and metal objects collected from three continents and spanning the period from the 7th to the 19th centuries. Entrance to this museum is free, tickets need to be bought only for visiting temporary exhibitions.
Inside the Museum of Islamic Art Wind Tower at the Museum of Ethnography of Qatar
Doha has an interesting museum based on the personal collections of Sheikh Feisal. It occupies the ancient fortress of Al Samria. Today, antique weapons, more than 30 historical cars, jewelry, Islamic art, carpets, antique furniture and exquisite embroideries are exhibited here.
The history of Qatar before the start of the oil boom is presented in the city Museum of Ethnography. It is located in a traditional Qatari house. Perhaps the most interesting museum exhibit is the “wind tower”. This is the name given to the typical Qatari dwelling with unique ventilation and air conditioning systems, without which it is impossible to do in a hot climate.
Since 2010, the capital opened the Cultural Village of Qatar (Katara Cultural Village). This is a large educational and entertainment complex with its own galleries, concert halls and restaurants serving national cuisine.
Qatar Cultural Village
According to the customs of Muslim culture, you will not find pork dishes in Doha restaurants. But Arabs are very fond of meat cuisine, so in the city you can try a lot of well-prepared treats from lamb, goat, beef and poultry. Interestingly, according to the traditions of Arabic cuisine, most meat dishes are prepared without the use of oil or fat.
Street cafe in the historical part of Doha. The line for apples
The warm climate contributes to the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. Freshly squeezed juices in the Qatari capital are popular all year round. Well, and of course, in Doha's restaurants, as in the entire Arab world, they use a large number of spices and spices. It should be noted that it is customary for all institutions to leave 10-15% of the bill as a tip.
Club sandwich beef steak Turkish cuisine Indian cuisine
Shopping and souvenirs
In any Arab country, shopping in markets and in stores turns into a real adventure. They love and bargain here, for the sake of a profitable buyer, they are ready for good discounts. Doha is no exception. There are many small traditional markets in this city where you can buy fresh fish, Arabic perfumes, spices and spices, beautiful ceramics, delicious dates and oriental sweets.
For products from gold, silver and pearls, it is better to go to the Souk Gould. This market sells 18 and 22 carat gold, which has a characteristic yellow luster. In addition to jewelry, they sell candlesticks, lamps, antique coins and glasses.
Those who want to sit in colorful coffee houses, eateries and restaurants, as well as buy incense, national costumes and handicrafts come to the Suk Vagif market. Its history begins from the time when a small village stood on the site of Doha, and the Bedouins came to trade in it. Local restaurants do not sell alcohol, but almost everywhere guests are offered to smoke a hookah. On Sundays, in addition to trade, “Suk Vagif” becomes a place where musicians and dancers perform.
Those who like modern ways of trading can spend time pleasantly and profitably at the large Land Mark and Hyatt Plaza centers. Definitely noteworthy is the shopping center “Vilagio”, which is made in the style of Venice. The fame of the largest shopping complex in the city belongs to the City Center of Doha. This megamall is considered the largest not only in the Qatari capital, but also in the entire Middle East. Inside it housed not only hundreds of shops, cafes and restaurants, but also a water park, two large skating rinks and two bowling centers, a ballroom and spas. It is noteworthy that for women, local ice rinks are open only on Monday and Wednesday.
City Center Doha Mall Villaggio Mall
Last Minute Hotels in Doha
The central areas of the city and the remote corners of the Qatari capital are connected by a network of bus routes. Especially for Doha guests, tourist buses run around the city. Tickets for them cost 50 euros per day.
It is convenient to get around the city by taxi. You just need to keep in mind that at night the tariff doubles. Official taxi cars are blue and are equipped with counters.
Often travelers who come to Doha rent a car. This is convenient, as it is inexpensive, and for the first 10 days, drivers are allowed to ride under the rights granted at home. If there is a desire to drive a car for a longer period, then it will be necessary to formalize the temporary rights of this country in Qatar.
Useful information for tourists
- The work week in the country begins on Sunday, and Friday and Saturday are declared holidays. However, shopping malls and boutiques in Doha are not closing these days.
- Most of the population is fluent in English.
- ATMs are located in every corner of the city, but currency exchange points are concentrated mainly in the south of the Qatari capital.
- Relaxing in Doha, you should reckon with Muslim traditions. It is not customary to walk the streets with bare shoulders and knees. In addition, many entertainment venues, centers and clubs have separate schedules for women and unmarried men.
Fun for kids in Doha
If you are traveling to Qatar with your children, you will immediately plan to visit two places - a zoo and a huge amusement park Aladdin’s Kingdom.
The zoo will never leave children indifferent - especially since in Doha you can see many really rare animals that are in danger of extinction. For example, Oryx - the national animal of Qatar, is the main pride of the zoo. It is also worth looking into the pavilion with anthropoid apes, as well as watching Daurian cranes, blunt crocodiles, Celebes buffalos and maned wolves - which are a special pride of the zoo in the framework of protection and breeding of wild animals.
The zoo for children provides a lot of entertainment, and not far from it there is an amusement park, so it will not be boring.
Address: Furousiya St, Doha 820, Qatar
Opening hours: from 09:00 to 18:00.
Prices: adult ticket - 5 riyals, children - 2 riyals.
Mall City Center Mall
If you want to spend an interesting and eventful day with children in Doha so that everyone has fun, feel free to go to the City Center Mall - the largest shopping and entertainment center in Doha.In addition to shops and cafes, there are entertainment for children, a water park, a bowling alley, an ice rink, a children's playroom and many other leisure options.