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Best Places to See While on a Look-See Trip to Qatar (Plus, Itineraries)

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: For those contemplating a move to Qatar without a specific locale in mind, embarking on a look-see or exploratory journey to explore various expat havens can provide invaluable insights. Here are some top suggestions for places to explore while scouting out Qatar.

Embarking on a Look-See trip to Qatar is an invaluable step for anyone considering a move to this rapidly developing country. Such a trip allows potential expatriates to get a firsthand feel of the local culture, explore residential options, and assess the lifestyle and amenities available. It's an opportunity to visit schools, healthcare facilities, and to network with other expats, which can be crucial in making an informed decision about relocating to a new country.

Recommended Itineraries

For a comprehensive Look-See trip in Qatar, it's important to tailor your itinerary based on the length of your stay. A 10-day trip could focus on the major urban centers, while a 20-day trip allows for a deeper exploration of the country's diverse regions. For the shorter trip, consider starting in Doha, then moving on to Al Wakrah, Al Khor, and concluding in The Pearl-Qatar. For a longer stay, add visits to the northern town of Al Ruwais, the western city of Dukhan, and the southern city of Mesaieed, ensuring a well-rounded view of what life in Qatar can offer.


Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is a bustling metropolis with a population of over 2 million people. It's the economic heart of the country and offers a cosmopolitan lifestyle with a blend of modern conveniences and traditional charm. Expats and digital nomads are drawn to Doha for its vibrant expat community, high-quality healthcare, and numerous entertainment options. The cost of living can be high, but the tax-free salaries often offset this.

Travel Tip: While in Doha, make sure to visit the stunning Museum of Islamic Art and dine at IDAM, a high-end restaurant offering contemporary Mediterranean cuisine with a view of the Doha skyline.

Al Wakrah

Al Wakrah is a city that has seen significant growth and development in recent years. Located just south of Doha, it offers a quieter lifestyle with easy access to the capital's amenities. The city has a growing expat population, attracted by its more affordable cost of living and the Al Wakrah Souq, which provides a traditional shopping experience.

Travel Tip: Check out the Al Wakrah Public Garden for a peaceful retreat and sample local Qatari dishes at the Al Wakrah Heritage Village.

Al Khor

Al Khor is a coastal city to the north of Doha known for its historical significance and natural beauty. It's popular among expats who prefer a slower pace of life and a close-knit community. The cost of living is lower than in Doha, and the city offers good schools and recreational facilities, making it family-friendly.

Travel Tip: Visit the Al Khor Museum to learn about the region's history and archaeology, and enjoy fresh seafood at the Al Khor Fish Market.

The Pearl-Qatar

The Pearl-Qatar is an artificial island off the coast of Doha, known for its luxurious lifestyle. It's a hub for expats who enjoy high-end shopping, dining, and waterfront living. The area is self-contained with excellent amenities, though the cost of living is on the higher end.

Travel Tip: Explore the numerous retail and dining options at Porto Arabia or relax at one of the island's pristine beaches.

Al Ruwais

For those considering a longer trip, Al Ruwais is a small town in the northern part of Qatar that offers a glimpse into the country's more traditional lifestyle. It's a quiet place with a tight-knit community, suitable for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

Travel Tip: Visit the nearby Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to get a sense of Qatar's historical landscape.


Dukhan is a city on the western coast known for its oil industry. It's less populated and offers a serene environment with beautiful beaches. The cost of living is reasonable, and the community is welcoming to newcomers.

Travel Tip: Spend a day at the Dukhan Beach for some sunbathing and water sports.


Mesaieed is an industrial city in the southern part of Qatar, with a focus on the petrochemical sector. It has a diverse expat community and offers affordable housing options. The city is also known for its sandy dunes and beach resorts.

Travel Tip: Experience the thrill of dune bashing at the nearby Sealine Beach and enjoy a desert safari adventure.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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