On the grounds of the Museum of Islamic Art, this archway perfectly frames the West Bay of Doha. For art lovers and photographers alike, this location should be at the top of your bucket list when you're in Qatar!
Telephoto lens (90mm)
Neutral Density filter
How to get there
N25° 17' 43.944"E51° 32' 19.2192"
This image was taken on the property of the Museum of Islamic Art with a view of the West Bay of Doha. It's easiest to take a taxi or car to this place. Just tell the driver to drop you off at the entrance of the MIA (Museum of Islamic Art). Taxis can also be hailed on the Corniche, outside the museum's front gate.
Once you're in the museum, make your way to the West Courtyard, which offers great views of the West Bay. You will see several arches, all offering great vantage points. Walk northward and you'll see a set of three arches perfectly framing the West Bay and skyline.
There is an ample amount of free parking that's available for those with cars under the MIA and in the MIA park, which is next to MIA. There are also complimentary golf carts that will shuttle visitors from and around the MIA park to MIA.
When to go
No matter the time of year, you can visit the Museum of Islamic Art to capture this view of the West Bay.
At midday, you'll get a beautiful bright light for your skyline shots.
So you can best photograph the West Bay, I recommend using a long focal length (70mm and above) to both zoom into and compress the image.
I wanted my model to stand in the middle of the frame for a sense of symmetry.
I don't suggest having your model move from the center, but experiment with their posing. You can even tell them to sit on the platform to change it up.
Bring along a neutral density filter if you encounter any harsh lighting.
Relax at the huge grass patch outside of MIA! Lots of things to do, picnic and enjoy the day/sunset as you gaze onto the Doha skyline.
The Museum Café is an ideal spot to relax, enjoy gourmet food and free wireless internet.