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Surrounded almost entirely by the warm waters of the Persian Gulf (it shares a small land border with Saudi Arabia to the south), the peninsular nation of Qatar mixes an abundance of modern style with the traditions of the past.
Inland, you can visit ancient fort towns or tackle high-octane sports in the desert. It’s to the shore, however, that most holidaymakers flock. And who can blame them? The sun-baked beaches of Qatar are plentiful and stunning. Women are expected to dress conservatively on public beaches, but the private beaches of the many luxury hotels here operate a more relaxed dress code and swimwear is considered acceptable.
The climate in Qatar means that winter holidays are popular here. Between November and March, average daily temperatures of 20-25C are to be expected, while from June to September the mercury often shoots above 40C. Air conditioned-rooms are the norm in Qatar, but do make sure there is this essential feature before you book your accommodation in Qatar.
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Giving glitzy Dubai a run for its vast amounts of money, the hotel scene in Doha is about elegant buildings shaped like palaces, country clubs, seaside mansions and even a torch (you can’t miss the five-star Torch, even on this most striking of skylines). Well, what else would you expect of the world’s richest country? If you want the best of the best of Qatar hotels, it has to be Doha.
Top hotel operators have properties in Doha - think W Hotels, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton. You are guaranteed a great night’s rest in these sumptuous and elegant beacons of extravagance. Swimming pools, fine dining, spas, and a host of other five-star amenities are the norm in these luxury hotels, most of which are located next to the white sands of the city’s beaches.
Cheap hotels in Qatar can be booked too. While you might not get a host of lavish extras, you are still guaranteed a warm Qatari welcome. The very best Doha hotels have snapped up the finest beachfront locations, so those on a budget might need to stay a little further from the shore. However, this might not be a problem if sightseeing is high on the agenda, as attractions such as Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art are easy to reach from anywhere in the city.
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Top five attractions
The vastness of modern Dhow Harbour and Doha Bay, where jagged, high-rise buildings overlook traditional buildings and jetties, can only be fully appreciated from a distance. Clamber aboard a traditional dhow boat for this voyage of contrasts.
The constant buzz of activity around Qatar’s busiest souq never ends with masses of people selling, looking for a bargain, or simply enjoying fresh local food at the many authentic eateries.
Between Doha Sports City and the Hyatt Plaza, you will find the city’s latest shopping mall – the Villaggio. It’s the place to be if you’re on the lookout for luxury brands.
Take part in the popular local sport of dune bashing as you get behind the wheel of a sturdy 4x4 vehicle and drive across the dunes at high speed. Exhilarating stuff!
Horse racing in Doha
Doha’s Racing and Equestrian Club is home to some of the best horse racing to be found anywhere in the world. There are weekly meets between October and May.
Qataris are keen to keep their country modern and evolving, hence the mass of contemporary events...
Qatar Masters Golf; January: Part of the PGA European Tour, this event sees the world’s top golfers descend upon Qatar.
Souq Waqif Spring Festival; January/February: This is a huge family-friendly event with art performances, street parades and concerts.
Qatar International Food Festival; March: The Islamic Art Park in Doha is turned into a stage for this large, free-to-attend event that is hosted by high profile chefs.