Destination guide & Things to do Doha

Attractions, Sightseeing & Shopping in Qatar

Located in the Doha Sports City Complex near the Qatar National Convention Centre and Villagio shopping mall, THE TORCH DOHA offers unmatched access to the best things to do, tourist attractions, sights and shopping in Doha. 

Qatar is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has the highest per capita income, thanks to its large energy reserves. Within a few decades, Qatar has developed into a regional economic powerhouse and a world leader in gas-to-liquid production (GTL). Qatar is also diversifying its economy by emphasizing development in industry, education, health, sports and tourism.

The current laws allow up to 100 percent foreign investment in agricultural, industrial, leisure, tourism, health and educational projects. With many multinational organisations based in Doha, Qatar has become an exciting and diverse multicultural and international community. Major projects include Doha's new airport and Lusail City, which is the host of 2022 FIFA World Cup.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Time zone: GMT +3 hours

Currency: Qatari Riyal (QAR)

Working Hours

Sunday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Government offices are open Sunday through Thursday 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Weather

Doha enjoys sunshine almost every day of the year. In the summer (May to September), temperatures can reach up to 45ºC (104ºF). Winter is cooler with occasional rainfall. The spring and autumn months are warm and pleasant.

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  • Eating and Drinking

    A must try dining experience in Qatar with our Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant where you can enjoy the amazing views of Doha!

    The city offers European, Asian and Western restaurants as well as excellent Middle Eastern cuisine that include Lebanese and Persian. Bars are limited to large international hotels as alcohol is forbidden in public areas.

    A must try dining experience in Qatar with our Three Sixty Revolving Restaurant where you can enjoy the amazing views of Doha!

    The city offers European, Asian and Western restaurants as well as excellent Middle Eastern cuisine that include Lebanese and Persian. Bars are limited to large international hotels as alcohol is forbidden in public areas.

  • Language and Religion

    Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country and Sharia is the principal source of legislation.

    Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country and Sharia is the principal source of legislation.

  • Free Time

    Take time to explore Doha, where modern architecture sits side by side with traditional Arabic souks (bazaars) and hundreds of mosques, the largest of which is the Grande Mosque. Popular sports include jet-skiing and safari tours in the desert.

    Aspire Park is an eighty-eight hectare oasis located within the Aspire Zone precinct. It includes running tracks, large open green spaces, an internal lake, restaurants and cafés, which makes it a perfect rendezvous to combine sports and leisure.

    Take time to explore Doha, where modern architecture sits side by side with traditional Arabic souks (bazaars) and hundreds of mosques, the largest of which is the Grande Mosque. Popular sports include jet-skiing and safari tours in the desert.

    Aspire Park is an eighty-eight hectare oasis located within the Aspire Zone precinct. It includes running tracks, large open green spaces, an internal lake, restaurants and cafés, which makes it a perfect rendezvous to combine sports and leisure.

  • Shopping

    Enjoy shopping in Qatar during your stay at THE TORCH DOHA! Guests have private access to Villaggio shopping mall through an air-conditioned walkway. Shoppers will find famous brands at malls like Villaggio, Hyatt Plaza, City Centre, Landmark and Mall of Qatar. 

    Set within Aspire Zone, Villaggio Shopping Mall has set the benchmark for retail shopping in Qatar. A unique concept of the Venetian shopping experience complete with gondolas and balcony interior settings, this mall offers the best in entertainment and international retail brands, including themed retail areas, cinemas, an ice rink and a fashionable line of restaurants for a perfect gastronomic experience.

    Do not miss a visit to an authentic souk (bazaar) like Doha's Souq Waqif (The Standing Souk). Please bear in mind that during the hot summer months many businesses close for a "siesta" from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Shopping Hours
    Saturday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with malls open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Friday: some shops remain closed all day and others open at 4:00 p.m.
    Most malls and supermarkets offer extended shopping hours on Friday.

    Enjoy shopping in Qatar during your stay at THE TORCH DOHA! Guests have private access to Villaggio shopping mall through an air-conditioned walkway. Shoppers will find famous brands at malls like Villaggio, Hyatt Plaza, City Centre, Landmark and Mall of Qatar. 

    Set within Aspire Zone, Villaggio Shopping Mall has set the benchmark for retail shopping in Qatar. A unique concept of the Venetian shopping experience complete with gondolas and balcony interior settings, this mall offers the best in entertainment and international retail brands, including themed retail areas, cinemas, an ice rink and a fashionable line of restaurants for a perfect gastronomic experience.

    Do not miss a visit to an authentic souk (bazaar) like Doha's Souq Waqif (The Standing Souk). Please bear in mind that during the hot summer months many businesses close for a "siesta" from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Shopping Hours
    Saturday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with malls open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

    Friday: some shops remain closed all day and others open at 4:00 p.m.
    Most malls and supermarkets offer extended shopping hours on Friday.

The Torch Doha

THE TORCH DOHA
Al Waab Street, Aspire Zone,
Doha, QATAR
P.O. Box 23833

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