Qatar holidays offer a taste of wealth and excitement for visitors exploring this small yet prosperous nation. Nestled in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, the country is one of the richest in the world. This is certainly clear as you drive through the gleaming streets of the capital city of Doha.
While Doha was virtually non-existent 50 years ago, it’s now a major world city famous for its looming modern skyline and pristine streets. There’s a more traditional side to the city too. As you explore the older heart of Doha, you’ll discover cultural gems, such as the bustling Souq Waqif marketplace. Originally a place of trade for the Bedouin people, it’s now a holiday highlight for anyone seeking a more established Doha experience. Browse the market to find plenty of local mementoes to take back home.
Holiday in Qatar for a taste of paradise and adventure
The flashy city of Doha isn’t the only reason to visit the ultra-modern nation of Qatar. For a taste of pure paradise, visiting the untouched natural beauty of the country is a must. The famous dunes stretch upwards of 60 metres and an ideal day trip is one where you get to go driving over them, or, if you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can go sandboarding. The serene, crystal-clear waters offer plenty of opportunities too, whether you prefer swimming, kayaking, parasailing or scuba diving. Plus, as you watch the sun as it dips lower and lower into the azure waters it’s arguably the best place in the region to enjoy a sublime sunset.
For an ultimate taste of paradise, fun, and relaxation, head to Banana Island Resort, where you can lounge on the golden beach and swim in the dazzling waters. Even if you aren’t staying at the luxury hotel, visitors are welcome and are able to take part in various activities, including Segway rides, beach diving, bowling ,and flowrider wave riding.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Qatar holidays. Whether you prefer exploring the country’s looming dunes, or are more interested in soaking up the modern architecture of Doha, there’s a Qatar tour itinerary to suit every traveller. With so many options, we recommend you talk to one of our Destination Specialists to make the perfect tailor-made Qatar holiday just for you.
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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
The St. Regis Doha
Even if you have a short stop in Qatar there is plenty to do and explore. This luxurious destination combines historic culture and tradition, mixed with gleaming cities resting on the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. Stroll the corniche, enjoy a luxurious stay in one of many five star hotels, dine in world class restaurants and experience the desert by 4x4.
Delicious Qatari cuisine
Over the years, local specialities have been heavily influenced by the flavours and recipes of India, Iran and North Africa with favourite dishes including machboos, a richly spiced stew of seafood or meat, and ghuzi, a whole roast lamb on a delicious bed of rice and nuts.
Discover fascinating art and culture
Qatar is famed for its thriving arts and culture scene, with a plethora of museums, galleries and theatres to visit during your trip.
While its climate is too hot to handle for many wildlife species, Qatar is still a fascinating place to explore nature and see desert-based wildlife in abundance.
“Doha, Qatar’s capital city, is an airport hub, and the ideal place for a stopover on your way to Asia or relaxing destinations like the Maldives.”
“Souq Waqif is ideal for an authentic Qatari shopping experience. For a modern shopping experience, visit Villaggio, just outside Doha.”
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