From layers of aromatic spices in age-old souks to artificial islands, discover one of the wealthiest countries in the world on holidays to Qatar
Drum roll signals the start of a mighty Arabian sword dance and Chanel and Prada boutiques are tucked inside glamorous malls. Your first sight of Doha will be its ambitious skyline with stained glass towers and cylindrical masterpieces that light up gold come evening, the second may be the extraordinary sunset view over West Bay from the Museum of Islamic Art and then a peek at the brightest stars piercing a midnight sky over mooredyachts. Qatar holidays may be more of a stopover than a stay-put, but this super wealthy city of glamour,gold and pearls is the perfect way to break up a journey.
We’ve been to Qatar and can tell you the best places to build up a bank of impressive photographs – try the helipad at Shangri-La for incredible city views, a sunset shot of the sparkling half moons and domed roof of the State Grand Mosque and a glittering restaurant decorated with a thousand tiny Iranian mirrors in the Souk Waqif. Holidays to Qatar are a whimsical blend of old and new taking you dune bashing through the desert, sailing by dhow across the Persian Gulf and kayaking in The Pearl.
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Best time to visit Qatar
Qatar experiences year-round sunshine with average lows of 17ºC in the winter months. Between June and August, the weather averages at 36ºC but it can be very humid with temperatures reaching highs of 40ºC and above.
Qatar holiday highlights
Dive out into the desert on a 4X4 safari for an exhilarating dune bashing adventure, visit the Museum of Islamic Art to discover a huge collection of calligraphy, textiles and jewellery dating back to the 9th century and get lost in a maze of stalls inside Souq WaqifTry surfing, stand-up paddleboarding and foiling around the Pearl-Qatar; visit the opulent State Grand Mosque and the Katara Cultural Village; and for a more modern look at Doha, take a gondola ride down the Italianate-themed Villagio Mall’s indoor canal or shop inside the resplendent multi-billion marble-clad Al Hazam mall.
Urban vibes come in the shape of the Garage Gallery where international artists showcase their work and up and coming designers are busy creating the next magnum opus, children have an Angry Birds theme park and Kidzania and for the more traditional, cinnamon-coloured sandstone Souk Waqif is packed with tiny stalls down minute alleyways where you can pick up saffron, honey and tea leaves, dine at spice-infused restaurants and watch the sun go down at an intoxicating shisha lounge.
Where is Qatar?
In the east of Arabia, Qatar is a small peninsula leaning out onto the Persian Gulf with the United Arab Emirates and Oman to the south. Doha, the capital, is hub of Qatar Airways and has excellent connections to worldwide destinations. Qatar twin-centre holidays are a popular choice. Combine a stopover in Doha with temples in Thailand or shipwrecked luxury in the Maldives; or see more of Arabia with Qatar multi-centre holidays featuring the rugged mountains in Oman.
The most convenient way to get around is by taxi and they are metered and relatively inexpensive. Hotels can call taxis in advance and limousine services are also available. The Karwa Bus Service travels along most city routes and runs every 15-30 minutes and the complimentary West Bay shuttle takes you from one end of the bay to the other.