A world in a few days you can experience sun, sand and skyscrappers all in Qatar! Located on the north east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, this sovereign Arab state occupies the smaller Qatar Peninsula of the region. It has one land border to the south with Saudi Arabia. The rest of its borders being the waters of the Persian Gulf which seperates it from the nearby island state of Bahrain.
This former fishing and pearling village is now an oil rich metropolis and is staging the first desert world cup in 2022! Although it’s a wealthy place the capital of Doha retains an authentic feel – there is a tradtional souk with an Arab atmosphere, exotic perfumes and spices, and a wander down the corniche offers miles of waterfront to enjoy. Take a trip to the camel racing track for a modern version of a traditional Bedouin pursuit or view the work in the Museum of Islamic Art. There is fresh and tasty food on offer everywhere.
Bear in mind that Doha is very, very hot. Between May to September the average daytime temperature is around 38C. This is also a conservative place so carefully consider your dress and behaviour. There is no alcohol served anywhere other than bars and restaurants in the five star hotels.
The national carrier, Qatar Airways, offers business and economy classes from London and the Doha international airport is set to be re-opened in December with a flashy new design. There are five flights a day linking Heathrow to Doha and connections to all over the Middle East and onwards to the Asia-Pacific and Africa regions. Doha makes a great city stop over on the way to Bali, Bangkok, Colombo, Goa, Hanoi, Hong Kong, the Maldives, Seychelles or Singapore.
Contact me for a tailor made holiday to Qatar or city break to Doha.