One of the most photographed areas in Qatar, the Qanat Quartier precinct at The Pearl is a picturesque community with pastel-colored buildings, intricate canals and pedestrian-friendly piazzas. The area is known as Qatar’s very own Venice, transporting visitors in the Middle East right to Europe!
Wide-angle lens (12mm)
Model (dressed appropriately in conservative clothes)
How to get there
N25° 22' 07.5864"E51° 33' 08.6904"
This photo was taken in between buildings in the Qanat Quartier. Once you arrive at the area, look for the colorful buildings and you'll find this view.
The easiest way to reach Qanat Quartier at The Pearl is via car or booking a taxi, such as Uber, Karwa or Careem.
The nearest metro station is Legtaifiya (Red line). From the metro station, the M110 Metrolink bus will take you directly to The Pearl.
Allowing for greater accessibility around the Island, convenient complimentary limousines are available daily from 10am to 11pm. The limo can be used throughout Medina Centrale, Porto Arabia, Qanat Quartier and Viva Bahriya. For bookings contact +974 8008883 ten minutes before you want to be picked up.
If you have your own vehicle, there is an ample amount of free parking spaces and free parking garages in Qanat Quartier. Paid valet parking is available, too.
When to go
Morning, Mid-day, Late afternoon
The colorful buildings in the Qanat Quartier can be visited and photographed year round—the environmental conditions do not change.
Visit when the lighting conditions are bright, which will help bring out the colors of the surrounding buildings.
A wide-angle lens (12mm) will allow you to photograph more of the surrounding building's architecture.
Implement the "Rule of Thirds" by using the grid feature on your camera so you can have a photo that's proportional. My bottom third is comprised of greenery and a subject, the middle third highlighting the architecture, and the top third the sky.
I think it looks best if your model is in motion. Have them walk and then snap photos while they're taking a stroll. This will ensure their stance is more natural and less posed.
Don't limit yourself to this one perspective! Explore the area because there are so many spots to photograph.
Charming cafes line the 1.6km of canals in the Qanat Quartier, while boutique stores offer a great shopping experience. The district also boasts a beach front that features regular art exhibitions and events.
Next to the Rialto Bridge is the popular Volume Café. On the upper floor, there are plush leather sofas and a private cozy library. It's the best spot to sip on a latte and complimentary churro.
Discover the art of pottery at Clay Encounters. Besides offering classes, the cute store is filled with adorable pots and great gifts.
Tour Qanat Quartier on an e-scooter. @ride_falcon has launched e-scooters around The Pearl. Download the app and scan your ID or drivers license.
The famous Piano staircase overlooks Qanat Quartier’s retail area, producing melodic tones with blinking lights every step of the way.