Doha is one of the fastest growing cities in the Middle East and the capital of Qatar. This business and finance hub is also attracting an increasing number of discerning visitors looking for a 5-star destination.
Flights to Doha are now available from most international departure points, making it easier than ever to visit this gem in the Gulf. Book a flight to Doha with Qatar Airways to discover one of the most vibrant and fast-moving cities on earth.
Doha is a relatively young and evolving city, but it still has a wealth of culture on display for visitors to enjoy. Much of this is contained in its selection of museums throughout the city. The Museum of Islamic Art is not only a journey through 1,400 years of Islamic culture from three continents, but is also one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. The equally fascinating Sheikh Faisal collection is a private collection of more than 3,000 pieces including ancient Islamic manuscripts, textiles and antiquities.
The Doha Heritage Village is based on a traditional Qatari village and is located along the Corniche in Al Rumeilia Park. Here you can see demonstrations of activities such as pearl trading and weaving. The village often puts on festivals and activities to show visitors the richness of Qatari culture. The Katara Cultural Village also captures the essence of Qatar, bringing to life the past, present and future of this thriving nation in a rich blend of restaurants, art galleries and cultural displays.
To discover life beyond the city’s boundaries, try a desert safari, which can include an overnight camping experience in the desert and excursions to historical sites.
A trip to Doha wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art Park. Situated next to the museum itself, this beautifully manicured park is full of activities for all ages, such as paddleboats and bicycle hire, as well as a selection of events all year round.
Doha is an up-and-coming sports venue, and there are several stadiums at various locations in the city. Football is incredibly popular here, and golf lovers will want to make sure they’re in town for the Qatar Masters and Qatar Open, held every year. The F1 World Powerboat Championship is also a key sporting event, and it’s well worth finding a good vantage point to watch the action on the water.
Doha has attracted some of the world’s finest chefs, and the quality of food in Doha is exceptional. The cuisine is of an international flavour, from Turkish and Indian, to French and Western dishes, which are particularly popular in the more exclusive 5-star hotel restaurants. However, if you travel to Doha, it’s worth indulging in the local dishes too.
Seafood is a key component of traditional Qatari food, and some of the best is served at local restaurants close to the harbour.
Shopping is a common pastime for anyone travelling to Doha, and the city is full of exclusive malls, shopping centres and boutiques. Look out for shops selling exclusive perfumes, jewellery and branded clothing.
For a more authentic taste of the Arabian shopping experience, head to the souqs or bazaars. The Souq Waqif is a great place to pick up a memento of your travels to Doha, and you’ll even see falcons and birds for sale here.
Flights to Doha arrive at the newly opened Hamad International Airport.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Doha please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Qatari Riyal (QAR)
Voltage: 240 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type D / G
International dialing code: +974
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