Keeping Doha under the microscope, we bring to you all the things you can do that won’t hit the budget!

Free or Affordable: Things to do That Won’t Break The Bank

Skip the gym and go for an evening walk or run on the beautiful Corniche. Get those muscles working by stopping at the free exercise equipment; who said you need to pay for an expensive membership to stay fit?!

Dune Bashing
Visit Doha’s famous singing sand dunes, then go for a spot of dune bashing on the cool sandy slopes. You have to own a 4×4 or borrow one from a friend if you want to do the latter.

Camping by the Beach
Grab your tent and a couple of friends and make a camping trip out of a visit to the man cool spots and camp-ready areas – make a to-do list and split the things to bring; you’ll never want to go back to the daily hustle!

Doha is full of beautiful parks just waiting for you to lay out that chequered tablecloth and enjoy the serene peacefulness. Pick your favourite spot from Al Rumaila and Aspire to MIA and Landmark Parks, to name but a few places. Package your fave yummy snacks and get ready for quality time!

Besides the unfashionable old school bowling shoes, bowling is the perfect way to escape the heat and enjoy some friendly competition. There are plenty of bowling alleys in Doha where games can start as low as QR15.

Pop over to Villaggio and skate in the Olympic sized Gondolania ice rink for QR45 per public session. Or sign up to weekly classes and save more moolah for long-term skating fun!

The MIA Park offers bike rentals for adults and children for QR30 per hour, perfect for touring the lush green grounds.

Doha Film Institute
Although the film screenings at the institute are not free, they’re definitely not tough on the wallet. Ranging from QR25-QR35, with discounts for students and local residents, keeping an eye on their calendar for upcoming events is well worth it when trying to find something fun and affordable to do in Doha. The annual Ajyal Film Festival 2019 will be held from November 18 to 23. ’Ajyal’, Arabic for ‘generations’, brings people of all ages together through screenings and events that inspire creative interaction and stimulate cinematic dialogue. Details of this year’s film programme will be released in October, so be sure to check out their website at www. for more information.

Souq Al Asiery
With numerous textile shops, if you’re looking for cheap fabrics you’ll definitely land yourself a bargain with prices starting from just QR3 a metre.

Wholesale Market
For the most cost effective shopping you can do head over to the wholesale market, where haggling with vendors is a must and produce is all local.