Qatar is fast becoming a trendy hotspot for lovers of luxury travel and discerning holidaymakers. It is modern and luxurious yet still has a strong air of authenticity and tradition about it and there’s a lot to be proud of. Here you can really enjoy all mod cons of the modern world yet still experience Arabian culture at the heart of your trip to this emerging jewel in the Gulf crown.
If retail therapy is on the cards then you’ve struck gold in Qatar. A trip to Souk Waqif is ideal for buying souvenirs, spices, handicrafts etc., whilst the Villagio Mall offers designer fashion, homewares, jewellery, perfumes and there’s even a Marks & Spencer!
As we said, a real mix of old and new, modern and traditional, Qatar has it all. The cultural riches and action packed adventures you can have in Qatar will leave you wanting more of this dream destination.
Qatar Essential info:
When to go: October – May is generally more pleasant in terms of the heat. The summer months reach the high 40s.
2017 Holy Month of Ramadan: 27th May – 25th June. During Ramadan, many places may close and alcohol restrictions are in place.
Despite it’s modern advances and progressive outlook, Qatar is still very conservative by western standards and local customs and etiquette should be observed. Dress codes in particular.
• Time difference: GMT +3 hrs
• Capital: Doha
• Flying Time: Around 7 hours from the UK
• Currency: Qatari Riyal
• Language: Arabic – English widely spoken
Desert Delights Adventure – Go on a camel safari across the glittering sand dunes or for adrenaline junkies there are superb quad biking adventures and off-road driving experiences.
Arabian Nights Adventure – Spend an evening under the stars with a barbecue around a campfire experience.
Souk up the atmosphere – A visit to Souk Waqif is a must. This charming market sells all manner of goodies such as spices, traditional handicrafts and souvenirs.
The Pearl Qatar – an artificial island shaped like a pearl is a luxury entertainment development with shops, restaurants and hotels amidst some attractive housing.
Katara Cultural Village – a cultural hub of performance venues, galleries and restaurants which blend Qatar’s ancient history and heritage with modern day precision and facilities.
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