Qatar, a small but bustling nation nestled on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, offers a captivating blend of modernity and tradition. Its capital city, Doha, stands as a shining example of a metropolis that has rapidly evolved while still cherishing its rich heritage. The heart of Qatari culture is undoubtedly its cuisine, a delectable fusion of flavours deeply rooted in the traditions of the Arabian Gulf. From succulent grilled meats to aromatic rice dishes, Qatar’s culinary landscape reflects the country’s diverse influences, making it a destination where the past and present harmoniously come together on a plate.


A classic Arabian stew that’s often cooked as a daily/frequent home meal or as a family dinner, the Saloona is meant to be prepared with whatever you’ve got on hand – meats such as beef or lamb, plus seasonal veggies and the further addition of garlic and ginger. It’s also combined with generous amounts of bread to soak up the stew’s broth for a great finishing touch.

Warak Enab

Warak Enab | Image via Wikimedia Commons

The stuffed vine leaf is a common part of a lot of Middle Eastern cuisines, but the Qatari variants of the same could be considered the most flavourful of the lot. This dish, the Warak Enab, contains a heap of minced beef or lamb, followed by rice seasoned with garlic, pepper, and coriander to start with. Coupled with the green, airy surroundings of Doha, you’ll find yourself lulled into a state of complete relaxation, perhaps in the embrace of accommodations provided by Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli.


The national dish of Qatar, Majboos, is a dish that shouldn’t be missed as long as you’re visiting town! Made with either lamb or chicken as the source of protein, the meat is notably slow-cooked to enhance the flavours, served on top of a bed of beautiful rice, accompanied by a salad of choice. This dish is universally available at many of the best restaurants in Doha, and for good reason – it’s a staple!


This dish is a unique and yet beloved dessert of the Qatari locale. They are sweet dumplings flavoured with cardamom and saffron to provide unique and exotic flavours, then deep-fried like a doughnut and drenched with a bit of sugar syrup at the end – making the textures crispy on the outside and soft and delectable on the inside.