Top Qatar Events & New Openings
Qatar has exciting new events and openings for travellers looking to get away for an autumn retreat in the winter sun. For those who are planning to visit the country this autumn, Qatar Tourism has prepared a list of the most anticipated hotel openings, entertainment spots, and events.
As shared by Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “From tasting the local cuisine to visiting our iconic museums, from exhilarating dune walks to relaxing at the spa or on the beach, all guests planning to visit Qatar this autumn are in for an unforgettable experience. There is something for all ages in Qatar to suit every type of traveller and every budget.”
If Qatar is a destination you’ve long desire to visit, then let this autumn be the season to circle your calendar for visiting experiencing Qatar, a world beyond. Read on for a listing of must-see Qatar events, sights, and accomodations.
Qatar Museums cultural programme
A series of large-scale cultural initiatives and exhibitions in Qatari museums and galleries is scheduled for autumn 2022. An anchor of the programme will be the reopening of the legendary Museum of Islamic Art (MIA), designed by I M Pei, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect behind the glass pyramid entrance of the Louvre in Paris. The celebrated landmark in the heart of Doha will re-open in October with a unique collection of completely new thematic interpretations, as well as a new exhibition, Baghdad: Eye’s Delight, about one of the greatest cities of the Islamic world.
The list of must-see events includes the Forever Valentino exhibition, Maison Valentino’s biggest show to date and its first show in the Middle East. And the cultural programme will also include the opening of the Art Mill Museum 2030 exhibition dedicated to the future international museum of contemporary art, designed by the world-famous architect Alejandro Aravena. The museum will house an interdisciplinary collection formed over the past 40 years.
At the same time, the Al Riwaq Gallery will open a new exhibition that prefigures a new Lusail Museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which is currently under development. The gallery’s first-class collection will include Orientalist art and archaeological artifacts from prehistoric times to the present day.
New resort hotels
Located in the heart of the country’s future city, Lusail is the recently opened Le Méridien Doha hotel, featuring striking neo-classical architecture. The hotel introduces travellers to the brand’s chic design and distinctly European spirit. And coming up is the pioneer of Qatar’s all-inclusive system, the Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha, as well as the luxury complex The St. Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl Qatar, which includes hotel apartments and exclusive residences.
New gourmet concepts and destinations
Set to redefine Qatar’s gastronomical scene, guests can experience the new ADRIFT ANDA restaurant by the “Gypsy Chef” David Myers. Gourmet highlights include Chotto Matte, which will introduce Qatar to Peruvian cuisine Nikkei, and the recently opened Harrods Tea Rooms, where you can sample legendary sandwiches and freshly baked pastries over a cup of excellent English tea among Art Deco interiors.
New beaches and entertainment spots
The West Bay North Beach project, a 40,000 square meter premium complex in the heart of Doha’s business district, will include six public and private areas with a variety of leisure options, including city beaches, restaurants, and outdoor entertainment. The ultra-modern beach resort Fuwairit Kite Beach will pleasantly surprise all lovers of water sports with its service and perfect atmosphere for kiting.
New shopping locations
Place Vendôme, a luxury shopping centre with boutiques, a five-star hotel, and entertainment areas, opened in Qatar at the beginning of the year and now attracts shoppers from all over the world. The must-see shop list includes Louis Vuitton, Dior, Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Valentino, Sephora and more than 500 luxury and affordable brands located in a French-style building with a total area of 1,150,000 square meters. For those guests who prefer an exclusively personal approach, the first department store of the French chain Printemps will open in September, where a reserve service is available for the rarest branded goods. Also added to the brand portfolio at Hamad International Airport (HIA) is Burberry’s first-of-its-kind travel boutique with a luxury shopping concept.