For centuries, Qatar has been nothing but a rest-stop for travellers passing by. Even ten years ago, Qatar would not have left any impression on you. Fast forward to today, and Qatar is one of the most sought-after locations in the world for travellers and settlers alike. Qatar is a one of a kind country, boasting the world-class city of Doha, the grandest traditional souq of the Gulf state, and the unparalleled Museum of Islamic Art.
Although the country has surpassed its former humble appearance and transformed into one of the most glamorous locations worldwide, Qatar still retains its ancient traditions, such as the time-honoured pursuit of falconry, and old-fashioned dhows dipping up and down in the waters along its coast. Around Doha Bay, you will find a 7 km long waterside boardwalk popularly known as the Corniche. From here, you can soak in the stunning vistas of the city as you stroll down this vehicle-free boulevard full of greenery, beverage in hand.
Follow this walkway through to a labyrinth of small shops promising the ultimate Middle Eastern merchandise shopping experience, full of Arab spices, perfumes, delicacies, clothing, jewellery, handicrafts and souvenirs galore. There will be a host of traditional art, cultural, and musical shows and performances to entertain you to no end. A wide-ranging assortment of traditional and international cafes and restaurants await to delight your palate. At the heart of Doha is the cultural village of Katara, booming with the region’s most striking theatres, performance settings, shows and exhibitions.
Be sure to visit the Museum of Islamic Art to view the magnificent displays of the finest artefacts and art pieces from the ancient and modern Islamic world. The diverse collection of paintings, installations, sculptures and exhibits are bound to be impressive to anyone who visits.
Qatar also proudly boasts its man-made island, christened the Pearl. This island is the venue of Mediterranean-style marinas lined with yachts, hotels, villas and luxury shopping centres. The island is studded with unlimited dining options, and this popular tourist attraction spot is invitingly known as the “Arabian Riviera”. Additionally, a few km from Doha lies the “Inland Sea” of Qatar, known as Khor Al Adaid. This natural reserve is a precious ecosystem, and a rare miraculous spot, where the sea greets the desert.
Another unique feature of exploring Qatar is the option to design your own custom-made tour of the area, cherry-picking the spots you most want to see. Regardless of when you visit, Qatar hosts a number of grand festivals all year round, based on various fun themes, such as the infamous Qatar International Food Festival, pearl diving event, dhow festivals, and the famous spring festival held at Souq Waqif. Beyond entertaining performances, these festivals feature exciting competitions, play areas, shopping opportunities and delectable cuisine stalls.
Qatar’s beaches cannot be overlooked. These pristine coastline spots are well-tended and perfect for family picnics and unwind under the sun. This family-friendly destination is well-equipped with play areas and babysitting services for children in most hotels. Qatar is surely among the most welcoming, relaxing, and enjoyable vacation getaways, this side of the Gulf.
The Exquisite Qatar Tour
Day 1 – Arrival in Doha
Day 2 – Tour of Museum of Islamic Art and Corniche
Day 3 – Visit shopping mall and musical shows and performances
Day 4 – village of Katara Tour
Day 5 – Visit Manmade Island, Christened the Pearl and Pristine Coastline