#7 Doha, Qatar

Back in 2016 I did a small trip to the Persian Gulf to see what the fuss was about. Truth be told, I wasn’t particularly impressed with any of countries I visited but… I quite liked Qatar. Doha, the capital, has a different vibe from the other cities in the gulf and somehow feels less artificial. One thing I particularly enjoyed was the amount of museums, and good ones at that!

The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha’s flagship museum, is by far the most impressive. It features an interesting collection of Islamic art throughout the centuries housed in a gorgeous modern building designed by I. M. Pei (the same guy who designed the iconic Louvre Pyramid!). The main hall is its most striking feature, especially this ginormous window overlooking the Doha skyline at the opposite end of the Corniche. It’s a beautiful museum, and better yet: free!