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Qatar
Travel Guide

Qatar

Futuristic skylines, a shimmering coast, historic monuments and vast desert oases make this Arab peninsula an exciting destination for young and old.

Qatar is a small and petroleum-rich Arabic nation almost entirely encircled by the waters of the Persian Gulf. Visit this modern center for luxury, shopping and incredible futuristic architecture.

The glittering skyline of the capital, Doha, is the jewel in Qatar’s crown. The view of Doha at night when lights of ultramodern towers reflect in the waters of the Persian Gulf provides great photography opportunities. Take a dhow ride to see the skyline from the water or charter a fishing trip.

Shopping is one of the nation’s great entertainments, with everything from ritzy shopping malls to souk markets where you can find incredible street food from all over the world as well as Arabic lanterns, decorative arts, silks, jewelry and shoes.

Enjoy artworks, both ancient and modern, in the Museum of Islamic Art and the Mathaf - Arab Museum of Modern Art. Tour the Katara Cultural Village where you’ll find museums, galleries and traditional architecture and cultural heritage. Visit the UNESCO-listed archaeological site of Al Zubarah and wander through a historic pearling town and fortress. Drive to Al Jassasiya to see ancient rock carvings.

Travel from Doha to the deep blue waters and golden beaches of Qatar’s coastline. Camp on the sand or spend a few nights at a beach resort. Within Doha, enjoy the private beaches of the hotels and resorts for a fee. Women are expected to keep covered to the shoulders and knees even in the water, especially during Islamic holy days. Arrange to go dune bashing in a four-wheel drive on a desert tour with stops to ride camels and swim in the inland sea.

Visit Qatar in autumn through spring since summer temperatures are very hot. Late afternoons and early evenings are the best times to explore, unless you’re seeking heat on the beaches. Fly to the Hamad International Airport or arrive over land from Saudi Arabia.

Popular cities in Qatar

Doha
Doha
Known for Shopping, Swimming and Spas
A mix of traditional Qatari art and culture and ultra-modern architecture and opportunities make this Middle Eastern city a fascinating destination.

Reasons to visit

  • Doha Corniche
  • Burj Doha
  • Souq Waqif Art Gallery
Madinat ash Shamal
Madinat ash Shamal
Known for Small Town, UNESCO Site and Seafood
Travel as far north as you can in Qatar to reach this town near the Persian Gulf. Nearby, view an ancient fort, an organic farm and a soccer club.

Reasons to visit

  • Al Jumail
  • Al Zubarah Archaeological Site
  • Freiha
Zekreet
Zekreet
Known for Cultural Activities
On Qatar’s western coastline, this town is in one of the area’s most interesting locales, with a nearby fort, beach and environmental reserve.

Reasons to visit

  • East-West / West-East Sculpture
  • Zekreet Beach
  • Zekreet Fort
Al Khor
Al Khor
Known for Tours, Cultural Activities and Ports
With an intriguing mix of old and new, this northern city in Qatar is a great destination for a daytrip from Doha.

Reasons to visit

  • Baladna Farm
  • Al Khor Beach
Ash Shahaniya
Ash Shahaniya
Known for Zoo, Temples and Tours

Reasons to visit

  • Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum

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