An evening at MIA park
In a country like Qatar that is home to a number of parks, one is always surrounded by lush green views that soothes the mind. One such park that will leave you jaw-dropped at every glance you take is the Museum of Islamic Arts Park. Despite the numerous times you’ve been to this park, it always feels like you’ve missed out on something the last time. This park never fails to surprise you. It is located close to the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha that overlooks the waterfront promenade.
As you enter the park, you are greeted by a vast variety of trees, flora and lush green views leading you to an enthralling view of the Doha Skyline.
Here are some of the activities awaiting you at MIA Park:
1) Cycles for rent
On your way to the entrance, you will spot bicycles for rent. Grab one and enjoy a lovely ride through the park with your friends and family. All you have to do is scan the QR code on the board and just pick and ride.
2) Soak in some Vitamin D
Select a seat from any of the innovative seating arrangements built all over the park that range from unique benches, the green grass, beside the promenade or the restaurants and cafés. Soak in the sun and enjoy the fresh air this place has to offer. You will notice all your worries melting away. This is exactly the kind of effect this place has on its visitors.
3) Enjoy a fun picnic with your dear ones
The park is full of open spaces where you and your family or friends can have a picnic. Bring along some snacks, a picnic sheet, a football or a frisbee and spend quality time with your loved ones. A scrumptious brunch or supper is an awesome idea to plan.
4) Take a peaceful stroll along the MIA promenade
Tap in some steps for the day by taking a relaxing stroll along the promenade. Some fresh air, a great view and exercise – seems like a win-win situation, don’t you think?
5) A play area for your kids
Children are always bustling with energy. Play areas in a park are undoubtedly one of the best and safest places to take your kids to. The playgrounds are for children aged 2-16. Children under the age of 10 must be supervised by an adult. No bikes are permitted inside the playground. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the playground.
There’s also a trampoline that is open during the weekends. To ride you must be less than 90kg, and the harness must fit. One person is allowed on the bungee at any time. Footwear and loose items are to be removed. No food or drinks are permitted on trampolines.
6) A couple more bicycles for hire
Adjacent the serene waters are bicycles lined up for rent. Select your favorite one and pedal away. It is QAR 50 per hour. Quite a neat way to keep fit. Age is never a constraint; just make a choice and hop on!
7) Click some fancy pictures for the gram
If you are wondering about where to get those Instagram worthy pictures; head over to MIA Park and you will find unique photo props set up for some clicks.
8) Gaze at the Doha Skyline across the promenade
After a having a tired day at work, staring at the Doha skyline is one of the most calming things to do here at Mia park. The serene blue waters have a way of relaxing your nerves and soothing your mind. This is also one of the best spots in Qatar where you can enjoy an unobstructed view of the Doha skyline.
9) Boats docked up
While strolling through the promenade and across the hill, you will notice ancient boats docked up against the edge of the rocks. You can always enjoy a good read here or take a walk with a friend while you feast your eyes at this stunning view.
10) There’s always time for some Karak
After all that walking, riding and playing, you will definitely crave some warm Karak that will elevate your evening even more. There are many food trucks and cafés that you can choose from, namely Chapati Coffee Karak, Moon Café, Park café and so on.
11) Watch the sun go down
In the heart of the city, you will witness one of the most mesmerizing sunsets ever at MIA park. The sight of the sun melting into the glistening waters is ever so calming and absolutely breath-taking. If you are a sunset lover, this is the place for you. You can never get enough of this natural phenomenon. It’s a sight for sore eyes.
12) The 7 sculpture by Richard Serra
A huge sculpture stands tall at the end of the MIA Park pier. This nearly 80-foot high steel artwork, known as the '7' sculpture, was designed by American artist Richard Serra.
It was unveiled in 2011 and is Serra's largest artwork to date. It is made up of seven steel plates, each measuring 78 feet tall and 8 feet broad and assembled in a heptagonal or seven-sided configuration. It honors the number 7's spiritual and scientific significance in Islamic culture.
A minaret in Afghanistan served as inspiration for the piece. The sculpture's geometric pattern and plate stability were both considered.
13) Visit the MIA museum
The Museum of Islamic Arts is influenced by ancient Islamic architecture yet has a uniquely modern design involving geometric patterns. It is the first of its kind to feature over 14 centuries of Islamic art in the Arab States of the Persian Gulf.
The museum hosts the restaurant IDAM led by the head chef Alain Ducasse. The restaurant is inspired by French Mediterranean cuisine. IDAM also offers master classes in cooking artisanal bread and raw foods. The museum has workshops for schools and the general public, and a library that provides information about Islamic Arts in both English and Arabic. The library also has nine study rooms.
Let us know in the comments below, what your favorite activity to do at MIA park is.
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