7 - The Pearl
The city-within-a-city, The Pearl is a luxury man-made island off the coast of the northern side of Doha. The complex shape of the island has created different neighbourhoods for deluxe apartments, marinas and high-end retail.
Take a stroll at the Porto Arabia marina to see impressive boats, and Qanat Quartier has a Venetian feel with an extensive canal system plus a replica of the Rialto Bridge.
The designer shopping is not just clothing stores but also Rolls-Royce, Maserati and Ferrari car showrooms.
This is a wonderful location for dining with a sea view at the variety of international cafes and restaurants.
8 - Katara Cultural Village
Located in the West Bay area, Katara Cultural Village was created to preserve the cultural identity of the country. It is the largest cultural project of Qatar and includes a Roman-style amphitheatre, an opera house, cinema, exhibition galleries and more.
There's also the 1.5km private Katara Beach for gondola rides, water sports or a dip in the sea.
Stay for dinner as there are lots of restaurants overlooking the sea. L'Wzaar Seafood Market is a choose-your-own-fish restaurant and the dishes range from traditional fish soup to sushi, Pad Thai, paella and fish and chips.
9 - Al Zubarah Town And Fort
The walled town of Al Zubarah, Qatar's largest archaeological site, lies on the country's northwest coast about 100km from Doha. It's one of the best-preserved examples of an18th and 19th century Gulf merchant town as a layer of sand blown from the desert has protected the remains of the site's palaces, mosques, streets, courtyard houses, fishermen's huts, etc. In 2013 it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Zubarah Fort was originally built in 1938 to guard and protect Qatar’s north-west coast. Until 1986, the fort was used as a military and police post and has since become a museum and heritage attraction to display archaeological findings.
The fort has a regular square courtyard with one-metre thick walls. Three of the corners have large circular towers with pointed crenelations, and the fourth corner has a rectangular tower with traditional triangular-based ledges with slits to shoot at enemies.
Zubarah Fort is free to visit and is open 7.30am to 5pm daily.
10 - Desert Safari
It's well worth taking a desert safari tour out to the edge of the city in a 4X4 across the golden sand dunes. And the adventure is easily combined with lunch and a swim in the warm inland sea.
The Singing Sand Dunes are a lot of fun too. About 40 km southwest of Doha, this is one of the few places on Earth that has "singing" sand. When the humidity is low and the wind blows along the sand it creates an eerie hum that can be amplified by running across the sand, or by sliding down the dune.
And see if you can combine your day trip to see some camel racing, traditionally known as the sport of the sheikhs, at Al Shahaniya (also Ash Shahaniya). Fiercely competitive, the racing track is an hour's drive into the desert to the north of Doha. There are domestic and international tournaments on Fridays from November to February.