The Pearl of Doha

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Looking for a spot to luxuriate in? The Pearl-Qatar is an excellent choice for tourists aiming to see all the best locations in the world. This man-made island is situated in the capital city of Doha, and it certainly will stun you with its amenities and seascape. The island occupies 12 districts embodying appealing residential complexes as well as breathtaking gardens and villas with a span of 4 square kilometers. The pearl is truly one of a kind!

The Pearl Qatar History

The name of the island “The Pearl” was chosen due to the history of the location where it was constructed upon. Back then, this specific site was used as a major pearl diving site since Qatar was one of the main pearl traders in Asia.

The pearl of doha
The pearl of Doha

This unique island depicts the background of Qatar’s hidden treasures. The land formation of the island shows a string of pearls.

Built by the DEME Group, this artificial island was completed just before the start of the Asian Olympic Games in July 2006. Throughout the process, the project was carried out with the support of reputable architects.

The Pearl-Qatar Directions

Accessing the island is very handy. You can arrive at The Pearl by bus, Doha Metro, or taxi. The bus line stopping near the pearl is 777. The M1 is the train you need to take, and first metro train to take you to the pearl is from 6:05 am, and the last one stopping by is at 11:24 pm.

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It is an artificial island

It is possible to take several routes to gain access to this beautiful place. From the Hamad International Airport, follow the Doha/West Bay sign and continue along the expressway and the Corniche at the end of the street, turn left to Omar Al Mukhtar St, then follow the signs to The Pearl and enter the island.

Public Transits inside The Pearl

Methods of transportation differ between precincts. In Porto Arabia, Medina Centrale, Qanat Quartier, and Viva Bahriya, you can ride Limousines. Golf carts are also commonly used to get around in Medina Centrale and Porto Arabia, but you can also get a cab at Qanat Quartier and Porto Arabia.

The Pearl-Qatar Entry fee

The best time to visit this beautiful peninsula is from 3 pm to 8 pm. What makes this place even more impressive is the free entrance fee.

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The Pearl-Qatar Entry fee

The island is free of charge for all its visitors to make the best use of it while strolling around its shopping malls, gardens, residential areas, and many more.

Amenities and Leisure (Things to do in The Pearl Qatar)

Medina Centrale

Megapolis and Minipolis

An all-inclusive indoor entertainment destination, rending a multitude of facilities with a radiant interior. From tech games, arcades, and other attractions to giant cartoon characters entertaining the guests.

Kiddy Zone

Kiddy Zone is located in Porto Arabia and Medina Centrale. A toy store that offers countless educational and electronic toys for children to play with and have so much fun with.

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Kiddy Zone in Doha | Image source:

Novo Cinemas

Experience the exclusive screens in the Novo Cinemas in Medina Central. This place will excite you with its high-quality display, a perfect spot for movie lovers. This top-notch cinema has over 1,500 seating capacity with 12 state-of-the-art screens to create the best viewing impression.

Porto Arabia


The fantastic Broadwalk in Porto Arabia allows you to walk or jog along its path while encountering the spectacular waterfall. Shops, cafes, and restaurants are along the pathway for you to stop by and benefit from the scenic view.

Water Taxis

Ride the first water taxi service in Doha that will give you a modern sense of Venice. It will surely be thrilling for you to hop on from one spot to another with just one boat and see the glowing lights of the city along the way.

Restaurants and Cafes

The Pearl Qatar has made sure to bring about restaurants and dining destinations that suit everyone’s taste. There is a multitude of restaurants and cafes serving both local and international cuisines.

Some of the best The Pearl Qatar restaurants with American cuisines you can try are Texas Chicken, Papa John’s, Chicken pop, and Build it Burger.

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Levantine Restaurant in The Pearl

If you are looking for oriental cuisine, you must dine at Le Vendome Pearl, Tava Restaurant, Shawarma Grill, Sazeli Qatar, and Al Qudsi Restaurant.

Not to forget, the best pearl Qatar cafes recommended are Mikel Coffee, The Guilt-Free Company, Il Gelato Di Bruno, Special ladies café, Moka Caffa, and vital café. There is a dozen more cafes and restaurants for you to relish.

Papa Johns – The Pearl Qatar

Are you a fan of American-style pizza? Then you must try Papa John’s in The Pearl Qatar. This popular dining destination offers many mouth-watering pizzas that will make you lick your fingers.

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Papa Johns Doha

From beef and pepperoni pizzas to vegan pizzas are available on their menu. What’s more, is that if you order for the first time, you will get a free pizza! Don’t miss out on their incredible promotions.


With an infinite number of facilities made accessible for tourists and visitors, The pearl has constructed the most luxurious properties.

The Marsa Malaz Kempinski is located just steps away from numerous entertainment and dining destinations at Porto Arabia and Medina Centrale districts of The Pearl and a 10-minute drive from the central business district of West Bay.

The Marsa Malaz Kempinski
The Marsa Malaz Kempinski

At the Qanat Quartier, you can rent villas and apartments that vary in size and price. A splendid recommendation for the pearl Qatar apartment is The Home Luxury Apartment in Doha, with gardens, pools, a children’s playground, and restaurants.

The renowned Hilton Hotel is also another perfect option for comfortable accommodation.

Final Words

Undoubtedly, the exceptional artificial peninsula of Qatar is a place you shouldn’t overlook. Being a small island, The Pearl has provided travelers with the finest and most luxurious properties and facilities. The pearl island is where you will come across an absolute utopia.

Are you planning to travel to Qatar? Please read things to do in Qatar article & Check out our Qatar tours, and Qatar transit tours.


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