Al Rayyan is the third largest municipality in the Islamic state of Qatar. This city is known for its great historical sites and remarkable landscapes! Not only that, Al Rayyan is where various kinds of artistic interpretations are spread all over the city. If you are interested in getting to know more about Qatar’s art, culture, and history, Al Rayyan is the perfect place for you to visit!
Admire the brilliant historical architecture of Qatar by visiting the Barzan Towers, the Al Wajbah Fort, and Film City! The Barzan Towers was a watchtower built in the late 19th century made to protect the “rawdat”—Doha’s important water source. The tower’s beautiful structure is known for its iconic layered roof and wooden gutters called “marazims”. As for the Wajbah Fort, it was a remnant of the battle of Qatari forces against the Ottoman Empire in 1893. It is also recognized as one of the oldest forts built in Qatar! It is surrounded by stunning landscapes just outside of the great walls of the fort. Lastly, the Film City, where various movies and shows were filmed on this very site. Most people might not find many things to do at Film City, but the breathtaking panorama of the forest and desert provides many visitors the opportunity to take pictures at one of Qatar’s iconic landmarks!
Al Rayyan is not just buildings and forts! The natural sceneries are magnificent attractions Qatar has to offer. The Musfur Sinkhole is Qatar’s deepest accessible cave which gives shelter from the heat for people as well as birds and small animals. Visitors often climb its boulders or seek isolated spaces in the caves for exercise or relaxing activity. Another tranquil place is the Zekreet Beach! Clear blue waters, a beautiful landscape, and a quiet atmosphere will guarantee utmost serenity… or if you are looking into something more exhilarating, swim and snorkel in the ocean waters! Adjacent to the beach is the Mystery Village—a thrilling archaeological site that was once a settlement built in the classical era.
Though there are plenty of tourist attractions in Al Rayyan, this city still has plenty to offer its locals. Go to Villagio Mall, Dar Al Salam Mall, and the Mall of Qatar! Where boutiques, souvenir shops, and other entertainment options are available! Visit Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art to witness various modern and contemporary art displays. For all scholars, Qatar National Library and Education City are accessible for a visit! Not only is it filled with books and knowledge, but there are also plenty of cafes within the Education City where you can relax.
The Doha International Airport is the nearest airport to Al Rayyan—approximately 20 km. Taxis, buses, and trains are available from the airport to the city. If you want to take the train, you can board it from Msheireb to Education City which would take about 30 minutes. Taxis should be available at the airport’s vicinities.
Finding Muslim-friendly restaurants should be the least of your worries in Al Rayyan! Just Falafel, Al Rayyan Indian Restaurant, and Meesh Me-Time Cafe are one of the many that are recommended for visitors to try!
The Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani Mosque—more commonly known as the Al Rayyan Mosque—is the second largest mosque in Qatar located in Al Rayyan. It is able to accommodate as many as 2,500 jamaah within its 9,000 square meters area. Bookshelves containing copies of the Quran and Islamic materials are available in the pillars and walls of the mosque. Visitors can also find other mosques in the city. Don’t hesitate to ask the locals about their location!