A year ago, I was honoured to be given the opportunity to write a guest post for one of my favourite travel bloggers, Big World Small Me on why I think Qatar is the perfect holiday destination. From the architecture and landscapes, to the facilities and sunshine, I waxed lyrical about why I think my little adopted country is the perfect place for any intrepid tourist to visit.
However, there is one place which I briefly touch on in this post which I think is deserving of a post all of its own: The Museum of Islamic Art Park.
Sitting parallel to the iconic Museum of Islamic Art, this park is a green haven on the edge of our city, and the perfect place to take in some of the most beautiful sights that Doha has to offer. Shaped in a curve, which gradually tapers out into the Arabian Gulf, it gives you the opportunity to view an important feature in Qatar’s history as the sea-edge path takes you past a number of traditional Dhow boats moored in the shallows.
The park is arguably the most family-friendly space in the city. Children’s playground areas and trampolines provide a fun and safe space to play, and numerous events are held in the park on a regular basis, including the MIA Park Bazaar, which runs every Saturday during the comfortable Spring and Autumn months, and showcases around 150 stalls; a modern take on the Qatari Souq tradition.
My favourite part of the park however, comes into view only when you reach the very end of your walk. Just as the curved park begins to come to a point at the end and you think there is nothing more to see, a jaw-dropping sight spreads out before you. Across the waters of the Corniche sits the skyline of the city of Doha.
The park cafe provides comfortable seating at the water’s edge, and a comforting Shawarma, Turkish Pizza or Crépe will help you to replenish the energy you expelled on your walk as you take in the view in front of you.
This little tucked away spot is my favourite place in the whole of Doha. It’s the perfect place for a tourist to capture some sneaky shots of the city’s skyscrapers, and to watch the sun go down as Qatar residents from all cultures and backgrounds mingle together, united in mutual enjoyment of the space, sights and sounds of this magical place at the edge of the city.
As my friend Rosalyn (Dream Days Blog), who is currently visiting from Valencia aptly put it, “I need to go there this week; it’s the best place in Doha to get the perfect Instagram!”