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Off the Beaten Track

When exploring Souq Waqif and the Gold Souq in downtown Doha, take the time to visit the Falcon Souq, an area devoted to these magnificent hunting birds and all things to do with falconry. On a visit to the Museum of Islamic Art, be sure to make time to take in the view outside, as well as inside, the galleries. Its waterfront site offers great vistas of the Doha skyline, especially when the lights come on at sunset. In the western outskirts of Doha is Al Shaqab, a magnificent Qatar Foundation facility devoted to the breeding and promotion of the Arabian horse – progenitor of the world’s thoroughbred race horses. Some 20 km west of Doha at Al Shahaniya, we find the Camel Race Track, where you can join the large enthusiastic crowds during the winter racing season, and also the Oryx Farm, a facility dedicated to the breeding of Qatar’s national animal, the Arabian oryx, which had become extinct in the wild by the 1970s. When taking a 4x4 safari trip to the south of Doha, be sure to ask your driver to take you to the ‘Singing Dunes’, a tract of desert where, in certain conditions, the movement of sand grains can create a low murmur, or singing sound. While this occurs naturally, it can be triggered by sliding down the face of the dune or running along its crest. How about getting really close to nature? Explore the expanse of mangroves at Al Thakhira by kayak. The area, which lies just north of the town of Al Khor, is a major sanctuary for resident and migratory bird life. Travel back to Neolithic times with a visit to the rock carvings at Al Jassasiya, the most impressive of several ‘petroglyph’ sites in Qatar. Located on low limestone hills on the north east coast of Qatar around one hour’s drive from Doha, the 874 rock-carvings consist of various designs and patterns such as cups in rows (believed to have been used for an ancient type of board game), rosettes, ships and foot marks.
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Sports

Qatar’s climate, abundant marine life and crystal clear waters make it a perfect destination for water sport enthusiasts. Fishing trips can be arranged and sailing, water skiing, canoeing, jet skiing and windsurfing are all available through beach clubs, resorts and hotels. Dive sites are easily accessible and include wreck, deep water and reef dives. Sports facilities are excellent on land too. Golf is popular with many visitors, who have the chance to play a round in the footsteps of the top international players at Doha Golf Club, venue for the annual Commercial Bank Qatar Masters tournament, a ranking event on the European PGA Tour.
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Tour Operators

Qatar’s leading tour operators offer a full range of services, including arrangements for any of the sightseeing tours, safaris, dhow cruises and other activities listed above. Arabian Adventures Address: Al Asmakh Street, Doha Phone: +974 4436 1461 Internet: www.arabianadventureqatar.net Email: info@arabianadventureqatar.net Discover Qatar (Qatar Airways) Address: Qatar Airways Tower 1 Ground Floor, Airport Road, Doha Phone: +974 4022 3711/2 Internet: www.discoverqatar.qatarairways.com Email: discoverqatar@qatarairways.com.qa Gulf Adventures Address: 29 Aspire Zone Street, Aspire Zone, Al Ryyan Phone: +974 4422 1888 Internet: www.gulf-adventures.com Email: info@gulf-adventures.com More Info: +974 4422 1888 (international); +974 4422 1868 (local) Qatar International Adventures Address: Al-Rawabi Street - Al Muntazah Building 16, Doha Phone: +974 4455 3954 Internet: www.qia-qatar.com Email: info@qia-qatar.com Regency Holidays Address: Suhaim Bin Hamad Street, P.O.Box 9012, Doha Phone: +974 4434 4444 Internet: www.regencyholidays.com Email: bookings@regencyholidays.com DohaBus (‘hop-on, hop off’ double-decker city tours) Phone: +974 4442 2444 Internet: www.dohabus.com Email: admin@dohabus.com
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