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Take a direct flight to Qatar and in around seven hours you will feel like you’ve been transported to another world. Located on a peninsular that sticks out like a thumb into the Persian Gulf, modern Qatar has been built on the back of vast riches from natural oil and gas reserves. Skyscrapers of mind-boggling design reach high into the blue above while, a little closer to the earth, marinas house multi-million-pound yachts and man-made islands welcome guests at five-star hotels.
Most visitors to Qatar arrive on flights to Doha, the capital of the nation and the undisputed hub of tourism, finance, leisure and everything else that makes Qatar tick. English is widely spoken in Doha, in fact almost everywhere in Qatar, though it will be appreciated if you try a few phrases in Arabic. Visitors should dress conservatively in public places, though swimwear is completely acceptable at hotel beaches.
Qatar flights are popular year round as the sun never fails to shine in this part of the world. The summer months experience very high temperatures and high levels of humidity; many visitors prefer to fly here for a dose of winter sun, or for hot days during spring and autumn, when the humidity levels are a little more bearable.
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Qatar Airways operates daily non-stop flights to Doha from several UK airports, making this an accessible country...
Along with its oneworld partner British Airways, Qatar Airways has multiple daily services from London Heathrow including one business class-only flight. Qatar also operates daily non-stop services from Manchester and Edinburgh.
Turkish Airlines also flies to Doha via Istanbul from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. KLM flies via Amsterdam from many UK departure points, as does Lufthansa via Frankfurt.
Additional connections include Emirates, Etihad and Gulf Air flying through their Middle Eastern bases. Connecting flights take at least two hours longer than non-stop flights.
Qatar is geared up well for tourism and you’ll have no problems journeying between the airport and your destination...
Visitors are most likely to arrive at Doha’s Hamad International Airport, which opened in 2014.
Qatar has a wonderful line up of luxury hotels and five-star resorts, most of which will provide private or shared transport to and from the airport.
If this isn’t an option, you can jump in a taxi at the airport. Taxis only take cash payments of Qatari riyals so make sure you’ve collected your currency in advance. Chauffeur-driven limousines can also be booked from the airport to any destination – a fine way to begin your stylish sojourn in the sun.
A couple of bus routes ferry passengers between the airport and central destinations in Doha. You’ll need to purchase a Karwa Smartcard from the driver. It costs only a couple of pounds for a card that entitles you to two trips within a 24-hour period, or a little extra for unlimited bus travel for 24 hours.
Many visitors book car hire in Qatar and collect the vehicle at the airport to save on the cost of hotel transfers. Having a car is a good investment in Qatar as there’s plenty to see and do around the country.
Doha is the undoubted darling of the tourism scene in Qatar. Use our handy guide and find out what to expect of Doha’s hotels...
Marble-clad floors, exquisite furnishings, sun-catching chandeliers, deep-pile carpets: oh yes, Doha is the place to be to enjoy nights in the glitziest of five-star hotels where exceptional service is the norm. West Bay houses a great number of these exclusive sanctuaries of luxury. It’s a central location and the perfect base for your holiday in Doha. If you are looking for something a bit more intimate, or a cheaper hotel, take a look around the Souq Waqif area.
The main tourism highlights in Doha include the Museum of Islamic Art, the Katara cultural village, Pearl Island and the gloriously atmospheric Souq Waqif. Shoppers won’t want to stop at the souq, however, as Doha teems with high-end shopping malls and markets that take visitors on a journey in time. For a fun dose of retail therapy, head to the Villaggio Mall and enjoy a Venice-style trip along the indoor canal.
At the beaches of Doha and elsewhere around the Qatari coastline, activities such as kite-surfing, jet-skiing, scuba diving and surfing provide endless hours of enjoyment, while the nation’s interior dishes up thrills on the desert dunes and gentler pleasures on the many golf courses. More electrifying action can be found at Qatar’s horse-racing circuits. Other tourism highlights include the ancient Fort Zubarah, which is a two-hour journey by road from Doha.