Make a leisurely start to the day before heading to Souq Waqif at 10 am when most of the shops open. The market — Doha’s premier traditional shopping spot — was completely rebuilt in 2004, but still carries a ring of authenticity. Browse the tiny streets lined with stalls selling perfumes, herbs, and spices.
During the heat of the day take refuge in the I.M Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art. The striking building displays the world's most comprehensive collection of manuscripts, ceramics, art, and carvings from the Islamic world.
See out the last hours of daylight with an evening walk along Doha's beautiful Corniche. Dine Arabic style at Al Mourjan, a Lebanese restaurant with views over the Gulf and do as the locals do and sample some shisha. Doha is far from a nightlife hub, but there are plenty of convivial spots for socializing. One such venue is The Secret Garden at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski, which offers cool DJ beats and tremendous views of the waterfront.