10 destinations for leisure and recreation for families with kids in Doha

As an expatriate who has recently moved to Doha, you would like to explore this beautiful city with your family. Doha has various destinations for leisure and recreation with your family. The top 10 destinations are considered as following.

The Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA)

The Museum of Islamic Arts (MIA) is a fascinating place if you want to give your children a quick dash-and-grab of the Arabic culture. There are some special sections like the “Marvellous Creatures” for the juniors, where they have interactive displays of mythical creatures from the Islamic World. The park attached to the MIA has a wonderful play-area featuring a playhouse, sandpits, swings, slides and a bungee trampoline, while the museum’s café can take care of you and your family’s tummy growls.

Location

The museum is located on the Corniche, which runs along the bay. It is within walking distance from Souq Waqif and only a 15 minutes drive from Hamad International Airport.

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif is a wonderful place for a leisurely coffee or a hearty meal. Your kids will have plenty to choose from the vast selections at each restaurant. You can do shopping for the traditional items and antiques and also enjoy walking around the alleys of the beautiful traditional souq.

Location

The souq is located on the junction of Bank street and Ali Bin Abdullah Street near Corniche.

Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is the popular for arts and culture in Doha and has art galleries, an amphitheater for opera, drama and concerts performance as well as restaurants and a beach and water sports facilities

Location

The cultural village is located off the Lusail Expressway on the eastern coast and is nestled between West Bay and The Pearl.

The Gondolania Theme Park

The Gondolania Theme Park is touted as one of the most popular family destination in Doha, which is situated in the Villaggio Mall. It has an Olympic sized Ice Skating Rink, a Gondola Boat ride, games and attractions for kids of all age groups. It also houses Qatar’s first 4D theatre.

Location

The Villaggio Mall is located on the Al Waab street, right next to the Khalifa International Stadium.

Aqua Park

Aqua Park is the first theme park built in Qatar, it covers an area of 50,000 square meters for water rides and leisure.

Location

The Aqua Park is on Salwa International Road, in the Abu Nakhla district and is about 37 kilometers from the city centre.

Fuwairit Beach

Fuwairit Beach - has calm waters and sandy surfaces so the kids can really splash around safely in low waves.

Location

Fuwairit Beach is on the scenic route of Al Shamal highway towards Al Khor . One needs to take Exit 79, and follow the road to the shore.

Qatar Golf Academy

Qatar Golf Academy offers a Junior Development Programme, which can help your child in understanding and executing the finer nuances of this splendid sport. Junior golf classes are available for children as young as 5 years and are conducted in groups or individually.

Location

The Gold Academy is situated inside the Doha Golf Club in West Bay Lagoon area.

Aspire Park

Aspire Park is great family picnic spot with the touch of nature. It has a long walking track through the beautiful landscape, an artificial duck pond and and small cafés. There are big shopping malls such as Villaggio and Hyatt Plaza malls situated nearby that are considered as the best shopping destinations on Doha

Location

The Aspire Park is located behind the famous Villaggio Mall, which is located in the Aspire Zone, in the Al Waab district.

Circusland

Circusland is situated in the Landmark Shopping Mall. This is the great place if you want to accomplish shopping, dining and entertainment under one roof.

Location

How to reach: The Landmark Shopping Mall is situated in the Al Gharaffa district, on the Al Shamal Road.

Dhow ride

Dhow ride at the Corniche Bay is one of the most popular family attractions in Doha. Many local tour companies organize private cruises on large dhows, where you can enjoy a barbecue, or go swimming, and listen to music.

Location

Most Dhow rides start from the jetty near the Al-Mourjan restaurant on the corniche.