Qatar is a new destination, with a visa-free entry for some passport-holders, a high level of service and security. And besides, for good funds, you get to see the marvelous art!
Let’s introduce this country in this article to those of you who are unfamiliar.
Doha is a cosmopolitan city where characteristic Arabian features skillfully compliment modernity. From spectacular panoramic views of the West Bay skyscrapers to the expressive architecture of the Museum of Islamic Art, there is a lot to see.
Qatar is a visa-free destination. Guests from more than 80 countries have the right to stay in the country for 30 days without a visa (check with your nearest embassy). In 2019, Qatar entered the top ten safest countries (according to Global Finance). The capital of Qatar, Doha, is ranked first in the world for security. So, it is safe for anyone – including women, to travel solo.
A convenient schedule and 28 weekly direct flights from Europe weekly make the trip to Qatar as fast and comfortable as possible. Qatar Airways is the best airline in the world (according to Skytrax in 2019). And Hamad airport received 5 * and entered the four best airports in the world in 2019.
Hotels in Qatar are modern luxury oases offering guests unrivaled service, great restaurants, swimming pools, spas, and fitness clubs at affordable prices. Among the options available are full-service resort hotels located close to the capital’s main attractions.
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What about the weather in Qatar?
In the desert, I found +47. It was +42 in the city, but no one walks there for more than 15 minutes, and all rooms (even underground passages) have air conditioning. A life hack from the locals – getting out of the house in the evening. Sandstorms often occur in Qatar – you can breathe, but 200-meter skyscrapers at two kilometers are challenging to distinguish. At this moment, the sun looks like the moon – you can look at it without dark glasses, you don’t need to use sunscreen.
What to see in Qatar?
Souk Waqif market. Beautiful traditional Arab bazaar. Here tourists can buy and see interesting goods and animals: exotic birds, carpets made by craftsmen, oriental jewelry, various spices, authentic clothes and furniture, and pleasant souvenirs. Mounted police are patrolling the streets in Arafat’s Arafat’s, and caftans add flavor to the place. In addition, travelers can relax in one of the nearby restaurants to treat themselves to local cuisine or smoke a hookah.
Ethnographic village “Qatar” (Doha). To introduce tourists to the history and cultural heritage of the country, with the assistance of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, an entire ethnographic village was created. This attraction is included in all tourist routes. On the village’s territory, there are exhibition galleries, theatres, shops with local pearls, and a well-maintained beach.
Museum of Islamic Art. It is an outstanding example of modern architecture that fits perfectly into the urban landscape of the capital. The museum is in Doha and has about 10 thousand exhibits, including ancient manuscripts of the Koran, modern creations of Islamic artists, rare books. The museum building was built in 2007 by the American architect Vignola.
Any attraction outside the capital can be reached in a maximum of 1.5 hours by car. There are many transportation methods available:
- City buses.
- Doha Car Rentals.
Doha city. The capital and the central city of Qatar. 50% of the country’s inhabitants live here. In the 19th century, the city was one of the most important ports in the British Empire. After discovering oil and gas fields, Doha turned into a rich and modern metropolis with parks, skyscrapers, shopping centers, prestigious hotels, and manicured waterfront.“Pearl of Qatar”. A new tourist area of the city is located on a beautiful artificial island. Here you can stroll along the lively promenade or visit the many restaurants and shops. The area’s buildings are made in the Venetian and Spanish style, which makes the place even more colorful. In addition, the Pearl of Qatar is home to some of the city’s best hotels.