Already well-known as a business travel destination, Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, has emerged in recent years as a rapidly developing leisure tourism destination as well. A dynamic modern country built on the deep cultural roots of its Bedouin heritage, Qatar presents visitors with a kaleidoscope of fascinating contrasts and experiences, from tranquility of desert to lively alleys of souq, the impressive coastal fortresses to dramatic high-rise towers, deserted sandy beaches and mangrove lagoons to elegant residential districts, green parks and luxury hotels.
QatarThe often overlooked Qatar is a burgeoning spot for world-class tourism, and its traditional Bedouin roots contrast perfectly with its modern cutting-edge skyscrapers. Located on a small peninsula that stretches out into the Persian Gulf, the tiny country of Qatar prides itself on its particular blend of tradition and modern life. Gawk in amazement at the skyline of Doha from the city’s waterfront promenade, admire the 14 centuries-worth collection of artistic creations at the Museum of Islamic Art or take a stroll around one of the traditional Qatari markets called ‘souqs’. Alternatively, you can feed your need for adrenaline by going on an off-road desert safari across the mighty sand dunes that can be found just south of Doha. If that’s a bit too much, how about heading down to check out The Pearl, a man-made island that snakes out into the sea, complete with luxury villas, themed residential areas, a port and some very particular homes almost entirely surrounded by water.