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04 Apr 2018

BY Madeleine Barber

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Discover Qatar’s top four attractions

From shopping in souqs to desert safaris and boat trips, these are Qatar’s most sought-after activities

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In case you missed the handy postcards printed in the March 8 and April 5 editions of TTG, here’s a round-up of Qatar’s top selling points and essential facts. Plus, there’s the chance to win a three-night holiday for two to Qatar.

 

1. Shop in the souq

1. Shop in the souq

What? Souq Waqif

Where? Dhow harbour

Why? It’s a treasure trove of Arabic spices, handicrafts and entertainment. The market’s authentic architecture comes alive with Arab street life, especially after sunset. Suggest your customers head here for a traditional meal.

2. Admire an art collection

2. Admire an art collection

What? Museum of Islamic Art

Where? Doha port

Why? This collection of art and artefacts spans 14 centuries. Guided tours are available, or visitors can explore the five-floor building independently. On the top floor, they can dine at Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasses’ IDAM restaurant.

3. Drive over the dunes

3. Drive over the dunes

What? Desert experiences and Khor Al Adaid

Where? Southwest of Doha

Why? High sand dunes and expansive skies are perfect for jeep safaris, parachuting and, at night, stargazing. Khor Al Adaid, the Unesco-listed “Inland Sea”, lies to the south – it’s one of the only places in the world where the sea encroaches into the desert.

4. Board a Dhow boat

4. Board a Dhow boat

What? Dhow boat cruise

Where? Dhow harbour

Why? The country’s seafaring
heritage is epitomised during a traditional wooden Qatari dhow boat cruise from the harbour. Full-day, half-day and evening sightseeing excursions, including a meal, can be arranged in advance for your clients.

Essential facts

Capital city: Doha

Language: Arabic and English

Currency: Qatari Riyal

Time zone: GMT +3

Climate: Warm weather all year round

Visas: Free 30-day visa waiver on arrival for UK nationals

UK to Doha flight time: 7 hours

Competition

Win a three-night holiday for two to Qatar, flying with Qatar Airways and staying at The Ritz-Carlton with breakfast included. Plus, 10 runners up will win a Polaroid camera! Click here to find out more

Go to tawashqatar.com to take the newly revamped Qatar training programme.

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