The traditional Souq Waqif is a mesmerizing place to explore. There's been a market here for centuries, though the original one was destroyed in a fire in 2003. Today, the area has been redeveloped to resemble a 19th-century market, with mud-rendered shops and beautifully restored Qatari buildings.
The extraordinary building of the Museum of Islamic Art is located on a purpose-built island. Marvel at the largest collection of Islamic art in the world — you'll see everything from traditional Persian rugs and ancient jewelry to astrolabes, an astronomer's tool used in medieval times — and admire the splendid views across the water.