Steeped in tradition, Qatar allows you to watch camels race across the desert, learn about the ancient pursuits of falconry, admire traditional dhows (wooden cargo boats) bobbing on the water, witness spectacular modern skyline, and watch the crimson sunset over sand dunes springing from a fairy tale!
‘Time; although momentary, continues to flow. It passes yet its shadow lingers.’ This stands true for the emirate landscape, which is a beautiful amalgamation of deep-rooted history and the contemporary lifestyle. Drawing its traditions from a nomadic past as well as practices that are centuries old—from handwoven products to falconry, daily life in Qatar is thoroughly modern. A mesmerizing country both in beauty and size, it perfectly blends its proud past and bright future.
With its wheelchair-friendly infrastructure, world-class public transport, and a bouquet of easy-to-access attractions, discovering Qatar is now easier than ever. The shimmering country has evolved like no other emirate on the Arabian Peninsula and offers you endless views of panoramic landscapes while the endless beauty of the vistas creates a sense of timelessness.
On the Map
The state of Qatar occupies a small desert peninsula that extends in north from the large Arabian Peninsula. The region has been continuously but sparsely populated since the times known. It has one of the world’s largest petroleum and natural gas reserves wherein a large number of foreign workers are employed in the production process. Qataris enjoy a high standard of living and a well-established system of social services owing to the country’s oil wealth. The eastern coastal city of Doha (Al – Dawhah) is its capital. It also has an unparalleled wonder of nature—where the desert meets the sea.
From the Archives
The Ottoman Empire occupied the country in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Before the Al Thani (Thani dynasty) took over in the 19th century, the state of Qatar was ruled by several local and foreign dynasties. The Al Thani sought patronage from the British against competing for tribal groups as well as the Ottoman Empire. In exchange, the UK controlled the country’s foreign policy until its independence in 1971.
Experience to be Nurtured
Whether you are looking for an array of exclusive shopping options or want a soothing freshwater getaway or need an adrenaline rush, Qatar has it all!
- Freshwater Getaway
The Al Thakira Mangroves is a serene and tranquil haven to enjoy the lush greenery through Qatar’s pristine waters. It is a treasured freshwater getaway where one can spot herons, flamingos, and fauna occasionally.
- Shopping Boutiques
Qatar’s malls are designed around unrivalled glimpses of global wander and universal experiences, taking you on unforgettable trips and unique journeys. These malls provide a host of exclusive shopping options with plenty of pleasurable ambiences.
- Beachside Lounging
The Pearl-Qatar’s Porto Arabia Marina offers breathtaking views of the bright blue sea, a distinctive beachfront, a hub for water sports enthusiasts, an extensive boardwalk, and a wide array of exclusive boutiques. You can soothe yourself by delving in the breezy winds or by basking at the sun-soaked beach days in a pleasant neighbourhood. It is home to a lot of family-friendly beaches. The marina is an ideal weekend getaway for unforgettable night outs, high-end hotels, and Venetian-inspired architecture. This magnificent island has numerous hidden gems yet to be explored!
An altogether different side of Qatar can be experienced at the fishing village in Al Wakrah. It is one of the best-kept secrets of the emirate country that offers a mix of contemporary flavours and classic seafood, surrounded by fishing boats docked in the harbour.
- Adventure Sports
Watching the astounding view of crimson sunset is an experience that cannot be expressed in words. Then there’s nothing like charging over dunes on ‘your’ quad bike—one of Qatar’s adventurous activities over the captivating landscape, it offers a memorable thrill! Or else, setting off a jet ski on the gleaming beaches of West Bay gives you a whole new angle for sightseeing in a thrilling way.
Qatar has a special place for astrophotographers as well as stargazers to soak in the magic of ancients—the trail around Zekreet is home to some of the large escarpments with pillars and limestone formations.
From smart transportation systems to connected infrastructure and sustainability throughout, Msheireb Downtown Doha focuses on developing a community-centric city. It provides a glimpse into the future city wherein forward-thinking businesses offer a platform for young professionals to thrive in.
Running Into the Wild
Home to an incredible array of wildlife, The Arabian Oryx Sanctuary in Qatar takes pride in the magnificent habitats that allow the travellers to see indescribable creatures from up, close, and personal. The wildlife creatures can be found in every nook and corner of the country.
Indulge in a Culinary Journey
Now when you are done with shopping, fun, and adventures, you definitely need food! So, delve into a gastronomical journey of infinite flavours served with sensational views of the beautiful country. The state-of-Qatar brings in assorted culinary facets with authentic and fusion twists. While you satiate the tastebuds, you can also hear about the traditions as well as the cultural nuances of the locals.
Qatar is renowned for its exclusive Michelin-Star dining experience and thriving food scenes. Satiate your appetite with real flavours when it comes to food and drinks. Or simply embark on a culinary journey flavoured by chef’s travel across the globe and inspired by local cuisines, coupled with panoramic vistas of the city skyline and live entertainment.
Immerse in Enriching Arabian Hospitality
Dive deep into the relaxing hospitality spaces and revel in fine indulgence at the state-of-the-art spa experiences. What’s the best part? You get to choose from the neoteric, novel, and award-winning contemporary settings. Guests can choose from the elite hospitality of the world’s best-known brands including Mondrian, Mandarin Oriental, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, Four Seasons Hotel, and so on.
Fact check: As the country gears up to host the FIFA World Cup from November next year, the Qatar government has announced that it will add 105 new hotels and apartment hotels to its tourism portfolio.
Time Travel through History
Art influences an individual in ways that are beyond imagination. You can discover spaces filled with artefacts, ancient relics, and sculptures that take a cue from nature. Showcasing artistic prestige with vibrant cultural frames and majestic interiors is Souq Waqif Art Center. As an explorer, you time travel through the history of the country to understand its heritage, culture, and tradition better. Its shaded walkways, wind towers, and textured facades are a landmark for traditional Islamic and Middle Eastern art fundamental embracing Qatari heritage with distinguished presentations in a nostalgic scheme. Get an authentic Arabian shopping experience through one of the many souqs to get your hands on a selection of Qatar-inspired keepsakes and souvenirs.
Plan your Trip
Following proper COVID-19 guidelines, Qatar has made the citizens of over 87 countries eligible for visa-free entry. It is welcoming fully vaccinated travellers through air, land, and seaports without quarantine. The tourists must submit their negative test reports and vaccine certificate to Ehteraz Website. However, the allowable lengths of stay vary from country to country. Also, visitors are advised to check with an authorized entity for the terms and conditions that are applicable.
Qatar is strategically located at the crossroads of East and West. The country is an average of 6-7 hours away from major international hubs. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and set out on a trip towards the culturally rich and thoroughly modern country. Elevate your holiday plans and soak in an iconic skyline that never fails to leave you awestruck!
- Hamad International Airport situated in Qatar is the third-best Airport in the world.
- Qataris pride themselves on their tolerance for the cultures and beliefs of others. The country has the largest expatriate community which means that Qataris are at the minority.
- The Arabian Oryx is Qatar’s national animal. If you remember, an Oryx named Orry (very original) was the mascot for the 2006 Asian Games held in Doha.
- Khor Al Adaid or the Inland Sea is one of the only places where the sea meets the desert. Efforts are being made to get this area named as a UNESCO world heritage site.