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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.

Destination Highlights

  • Discover opaque waters, tropical plants and greenery, and an 800 metre golden sand beach at the luxurious Banana Island Resort
  • Learn all about Islamic calligraphy, patterns, jewellery, and textiles at the striking Museum of Islamic Art
  • Unearth Qatar’s fascinating cultural history at the restored Al Zubarah Fort and its surrounding archaeological works
  • Admire views of the deserted town of Al Zubarah that saw ships from China to Britain visit 200 years ago

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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Doha and Maldives Multi Centre

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £3,999 PP
For an unforgettable authentic Middle Eastern experience, then look no further than Qatar. Where the old meets new in a...
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Doha and Bali Multi Centre

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £1,999 PP
The world’s two best resorts. Well, maybe not officially but we think this Multi Centre is a perfect pairing! The...
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Qatar Dessert Safari Qatar

Doha and Zanzibar Multi Centre

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £2,199 PP
Traditional dhow boats, the enchanting Souq Waqif blend seamlessly with the modern skyline of the thriving capital of Qatar, Doha....
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Doha and Seychelles Multi Centre

  • 11 Days
  • Guide Price £3,199 PP
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Our favorite hotels


Discover our favourite hotels in Doha, which feature everything from sky high city views to dreamy spas for ultimate relaxation.

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Doha

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

25 minutes from the heart of Qatar’s vibrant capital, a luxury catamaran ferry crosses crystal clear water to reach a...
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Guide Price £1,229
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Doha

The St. Regis Doha

Located in the heart of the West Bay Area and adjacent to the Pearl Island, The St Regis Doha is...
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Guide Price £939
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Doha

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Doha

As soon as you walk into the lobby of The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa the attention to detail is immeadiatley...
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Guide Price £909
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Explore Qatar

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. 7 hours. Direct flights are available from London.

Currency

QAR - Qatari Riyal

Visa Information

British passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival which is only payable by credit card.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Info

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Qatar.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wonderful wildlife

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.

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“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.”

Sheryl
Destination Manager
Emma, Destination Specialist

“Souq Waqif is ideal for an authentic Qatari shopping experience. For a modern shopping experience, visit Villaggio, just outside Doha.”

Emma
Destination Specialist

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