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Make the most of your layover in the unsurpassed city of Doha and experience two destinations in one journey from the USA.

Turning your transit into a mini-vacation is made easy with Qatar Airways’ affordable stopover.

During your stopover from the USA you can refresh and rejuvenate in luxurious five- or four-star accommodation. You can also experience some of Qatar’s incredible sights, unique cultural experiences and exquisite dining.

Flying from the USA, you will have at least an evening and a morning to explore Qatar during your stopover. To help with your vacation planning, we’ve curated 4 flexible itineraries that will suit any kind of traveler.

Option 1: Discover the sights and sounds of Doha city center

  

MIA arch, Doha.

Evening: Dinner in Doha city
Freshen up at your hotel and get ready for a night amongst the skyscrapers of Doha. Make your way to the largest Nobu restaurant in the world and indulge in a delectable Japanese feast with a view of the city. Take the short walk to W Hotel’s Wahm Lounge afterwards to enjoy a refreshment, relax by the pool and admire the view over the Arabian Gulf.

Morning: The Pearl
Start your day with a stroll on The Pearl to explore Qatar’s only man-made island. Known as the Arabian Riviera, this Mediterranean-style marina is lined with yachts, boutique hotels, luxurious shopping precincts and incredible al fresco dining spots. Indulge in brunch at Yasmine Palace for an extraordinary feast of traditional Arabic delicacies and a divine view of the marina.

If you have more time, we recommend visiting the Corniche, Doha's iconic waterfront which reflects the city's impressive skyline.

 

Option 2: Explore the adventurous side of Qatar's capital city

  

An image of a dhow (fishing boat) sailing across Doha's waterfront against a close-up of the city's skyline at daylight.

Evening: Doha Corniche
After checking-in to your hotel, freshen up after your flight and prepare for an adventurous evening on the Arabian Gulf. Take a car to the Doha Corniche for a glimpse of Doha’s history as a pearl and fishing town. From here you can set sail on a sunset dhow boat cruise, where you can admire the city’s signature landmarks, Doha’s picturesque skyline, and indulge in a barbeque buffet onboard.

Morning: Katara Cultural Village 
Re-fuel after your evening on the water and make your way to Katara Cultural Village for a traditional Canaan breakfast at Ard Canaan Restaurant. Spend the morning on the public beach where you can take part in a multitude of water sports activities such as boating, waterskiing and even jet-levitating.

If you have more time, take a half day desert safari where you can experience dune bashing, camel riding and/ or a traditional Arabic Barbeque.

Option 3: Immerse yourself in Qatar's unique culture and heritage

  

Image of two men dressed in the Qatari national dress strolling on horseback at Souq Waqif, Doha.

Evening: Souq Waqif
Take a car from the hotel to Souq Waqif to immerse yourself in Qatari tradition. Grab a bite to eat at Parisa for a taste of authentic local cuisine. After dinner, take a stroll through the souq’s alleyways to discover a dazzling array of Middle Eastern merchandise, beautiful jewelry, incredible silks and souvenirs.

Morning: National Museum of Qatar
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel, with the option of a buffet or full American breakfast. Once fueled, take a car to the National Museum of Qatar. Also known as the ‘Desert Rose’, this impressive museum is filled with immersive experiences and gorgeous artefacts showcasing Qatar’s rich culture, history and traditions.

If you have more time, we recommend exploring one of Doha's most notable mosques; The State Grand Mosque, Katara Mosque or Education City Mosque.

Option 4: Relax, rejuvenate and experience authentic Qatari hospitality

  

Image of Hamad international Airport Hotel Spa Service

Evening: Spa treatment
Make the most of your five-star accommodation and spend the evening enjoying the incredible facilities. Head to the hotel’s Quan Spa to enjoy a few hours of relaxation and therapy. Post-massage, proceed to the poolside lounge for a refreshment before dining at one of the onsite restaurants. Choose from European, Chinese, steakhouse, Greek or Middle Eastern cuisine.

Morning: Brunch
After a relaxing evening, make your way to the St. Regis Doha for one of Doha’s most famous brunch experiences, available on Fridays only. Or, experience authentic Qatari hospitality and enjoy the last few hours of Arabian sun at one of Doha’s renowned beach clubs such as the Ritz-Carlton, InterContinental or JW Marriot Marquis.

If you have more time, we recommend relaxing on the beach at one of the waterfront hotels.

Make your way back to your hotel to relax before your flight and collect your luggage. Enjoy free transfers to your airport terminal.

   

Guided tours of Doha

 

If you'd prefer to take a guided tour of the city, spend a morning or an evening exploring the most prominent highlights and must-see attractions without having to think about navigating your way there. 

 

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