We recently visited Doha as a couple, but I had my parenting eye out while we were there to see what would appeal to children, if we were looking to return as a family. I’ve picked out my best 5 things to do in Doha with the kids to share with you.
The Doha Bus
The Doha Bus is a great way to get to know the city. If you sit in the air conditioned section, you can escape the heat too, plus free bottled water is provided. Kids will enjoy using the headphones and listening to the commentary (new inside ear headphones are provided, but if you ones that sit on the ears bring your own along). You can read my review of the Doha Bus here.
A boat trip is usually a family favourite and getting out on the water is the perfect way to escape the city heat and dust for a little while. Dhows are traditional fishing boats, but these ones have been kitted out to keep tourists comfortable.
The Souk in Doha is a curious mix of old and new. They knocked the old souk down and rebuilt it. To a large extent they have kept the quirky market atmosphere, but it’s good to know that there are nice, modern toilets available. There are undoubtedly bargains to be had and haggling is expected. Children might enjoy seeing the various pet stalls with animals for sale. All the animals we saw looked to be in condition and were kept in clean accommodation, but some of their quarters were rather cramped, so I hope they weren’t there for long. There are plenty of places to eat in the souk from very traditional local food to South American cuisine.
This sounds a strange one for such a hot country, but if you are looking to cool off you could go skating in the City Center Mall. The rink forms the bottom storey of the mall.
Walking along the corniche is very pleasant as long as you avoid the worst of the heat of the day. It’s a safe traffic free place where children can run along or even scoot or ride bikes. Dotted along the way are stations with exercise equipment, but also other things (we saw one place that you could charge your phone up for free – I guess when you have next to no rainfall it’s ok to leave those charging cable out). The views are fantastic and many of the sights of the city are situated along the waterfront.