We asked Shadi Suleman, Director of Rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Doha, to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions he could find—not just his own, but also those of the local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Hotel. Doha is a high-powered business and cultural centre. The nearby desert presents numerous recreational possibilities.
Graze on Arabic meze, a selection of appetiser-sized delights that typically include delicious dips like hummus (a velvety blend of chickpeas and tahini) and moutabal (smoky aubergine purée), and tangy salads such as fattoush (lettuce, tomato and cucumber tossed with fried pita bread chips and sumac). The Qatari kabasa, a dish of steamed basmati rice and varied meats commonly prepared using ancient techniques of mandi (burying and barbecuing the dish) or mathbi (whereby the meat is grilled atop flat heated stones), is a delicious regional delight flavoured with a variety of exotic spices and garnished with a mixture of nuts, onions or tomato sauce.
A genuine traditional coffee experience can be found at the Eshariq Coffee, where guests and Qataris alike enjoy the best Arabic coffee and shisha. Guests can appreciate a dense, dark Turkish coffee at Seasons Tea Lounge in the Four Seasons Hotel Doha, or indulge in a caffè latte at the Après Spa Café.
The Al Tawash, its name meaning “the man who buys and sells pearls,” is an idyllic Middle Eastern eatery set in the heart of the Souq Waqif offering guests an experience in authentic regional dining. A true Middle Eastern pearl, the venue serves steak, seafood, Arabian figs and—of course—coffee.
Nusantao: Sea Kitchens, located within the Four Seasons Hotel, brings the culinary and sensory excitement of the Far East to the heart of urban Doha. A multicultural culinary team produces authentic pan-Asian dishes with theatrical flair that can be best described as a complete sensory experience.
Head out to the desert to ride camels across Champagne-coloured sand dunes, dine around a blazing bonfire and enjoy some stargazing before retiring to your fully furnished tent. If you’re looking to do more than loll around a Bedouin camp, then tackle the dunes on a quad bike or sandboard. Water-lovers can stick to the coast where snorkelling, diving, jet skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing and parasailing are all possible. Ask the Concierge for recommendations of tours and other activities.
For less active outdoor activities, visit the Pearl at Porto Arabia, the renowned man-made island offering indoor and outdoor designer retail shopping and enchanting views of luxury yachts sailing the Arabian Gulf.
Still more, the cultural village of Karta invites guests to take part in the mores and traditions of Qatar as they visit the Opera House, Drama Theatre and stunning Islamic Amphitheatre overlooking the sea. Temporal art and handcraft exhibitions are found throughout this cultural city.