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.

Getting around

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.

Qatar key facts

Time difference

GMT+3

Capital

Doha

Currency

Qatari Riyal

Flying time to destination

7 hours

Language

Arabic

Passport & visas

A visa is required for all UK passport holders travelling to Qatar. This can be obtained on arrival at the airport.