Scour the scores of cluttered shops at atmospheric Souq Waqif for quality keepsakes, including polished prayer beads, colourful cone-shaped Yemeni baskets, boldly striped Bedouin cushions and camel blankets, traditional water pipes known as “hookahs,” or a gem-encrusted kaftan-like abaya (the national dress of Qatari women). The timeless handmade pearl jewellery is not to be missed.
Learn about the Islamic world’s rich artistic heritage as you browse the dazzling collection of textiles, carpets, calligraphy, manuscripts, ceramics, glass and precious stones at the Museum of Islamic Art. Make sure you take in the striking building too—designed by celebrated architect I.M. Pei and stunningly set on the waterfront, it has quickly become a monument of global significance.
Looking for a deeper understanding of Islam and its traditions? Visit FANAR, the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, inspired by the oldest lighthouse in Alexandria, where you will be invited to discover and learn the meaning and diffusion of the culture, ethical values and principles of Islam.
The Way of Wellness
Spoil yourself with luxuriant scrubs, wraps and aromatherapy treatments at Four Seasons Doha’s Spa & Wellness Center, or simply unwind as you soak in a steamy plunge pool, lie back on a heated laconium bed or balance your chakra in the colour therapy room. Not relaxed enough? Chill out with an exotic cocktail to a soundtrack of laid-back lounge music on the Spa terrace, which transforms into the Hip India lounge on Thursday and Friday evenings, except during the coldest part of the winter and the hottest part of the summer.
For the ultimate indulgence, pamper yourself with the Royal Arabian Asrar, a Qatari-inspired treatment incorporating locally sourced ingredients such as dates in the date scrub and frankincense drops in the massage oil. The 105-minute treatment celebrates pure sensuality and Arabian beauty. Begin with an exfoliating body polish containing date seeds to eliminate dry, dull and flaky skin, revealing even, smooth and more radiant skin below. The journey continues with a wonderfully refreshing body mask that cocoons you in milk and honey to rejuvenate and hydrate tired skin, followed by the timeless luxury of a milk bath. The treatment concludes with a traditional foot mint ritual and an application of moisturiser.