It almost seems inevitable that millions of visitors will flock to Qatar in the wake of the World Cup 2022. As soon as the wider public catch a glimpse of its rolling sand dunes, awe-inspiring skyscrapers and vibrant culture, many will be switching up their regular holidays for this Middle Eastern revelation. From traditional falconry and exciting camel racing to the stretching skyscrapers and dynamic dining experiences, Qatar is proudly part of an exciting revolution of cultural activities, business development and fantastic tourism that the Middle East is currently undergoing.
In the capital of Doha, you’ll find everything that you might associate with Dubai, with a much more easily accessible local culture and a vibrant expat community. There are shopping malls of every description, a charming corniche with skyline views and a host of unique museums that reveal so much about this exciting city and the region beyond. There is even an Italian-style mall, the Villaggio Mall, that even features an artificial canal with gondolas.
Outside of Doha, there are several exciting landmarks and attractions that one might not expect to find here. Khor Al Adaid, known locally as ‘Inland Sea’, is an intriguing nature reserve that houses several endangered and rare species of bird and marine life. Here, you’ll find dolphins, turtles and the endangered dugong, all co-existing in this strange natural phenomenon. Also, just over an hour north of Doha, there exists just under 900 rock carvings spread over a 700m area dating back as far as the New Stone Age.
With the wide selection of fantastic five-star hotels in Doha, families are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to stay in this ever-changing city. For those looking to explore the best of the Middle East, or if you’re looking for a new type of Middle Eastern break, you’ll fall in love with Qatar.
Qatar is at its mildest between October and February, and temperatures can range from around 20-30 degrees Celsius. During the Summer months, temperatures can soar to above 40 degrees Celsius so this may get uncomfortable for some. For those who don’t mind the heat, Qatar can be enjoyed 365 days a year.
With so many five-star hotels and a selection of world-class chefs choosing Doha as their culinary playground, you will not be disappointed by the dining here. Gordon Ramsay brings his dining experience to the St. Regis Doha while Alain Ducasse’s IDAM makes itself at home in the Museum of Islamic Art. Spice Market by Jean-Georges brings award-winning Asian fusion dishes to W Doha Hotel & Residences and locally sourced steaks can be savoured at CUT by Wolfgang Puck.
If it’s a true taste of Qatar that you’re looking for, you can find traditional Qatari food throughout the nation’s capital. Here, you’ll find Majboos, stuffed vine leaves, and the deliciously simple Madrouba, a savoury rice porridge with meats and spices.
You can get a free 30-day tourist visa-waiver on arrival in Qatar. Check UK government advice before travelling here: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/qatar