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The small nation of Qatar is located on the Persian Gulf at the far eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula. Once a quiet backwater, the discovery of oil here created a boom in business and with it an explosion of culture and growth. Dominated by unique and iconic architecture, the capital Doha is one of the most recognisable skylines in the Middle East. With historic sites and ancient fortresses bounded by sapphire waters and ruby deserts, a hotel in Qatar promises an Arabian adventure that you will not forget in a hurry.
Doha — The capital and most populous city in the State of Qatar, book a hotel in Doha and see its towering skyline surrounds, array of beautiful parks and coastal promenades. The city is also a cultural hub, home to key regional institutions such as the Museum of Islamic Art and the Arab Museum of Modern Art.
Al Wakrah — While Al Wakrah started life as a pearling village, today you are more likely find these gems on sale in the city’s famous Al Wakrah souk. This famous marketplace has over a hundred shops and stalls, boasting traditional handcrafts and several restaurants. You’ll find a modern shopping mall, great hotels and the city’s very own stadium nearby.
Al Khor — The small city of Al Khor offers something a little quieter than the rush of some of Qatar’s larger cities, but still has excellent hotels. With a small but friendly feel, Al Khor is home to the largest park in Qatar, complete with its own mini golf course, several family friendly beaches and Al Khor island – a popular eco-tourism destination, accessible by path from the mainland.
Dukhan — Dukhan’s charm is in its small size. Primarily known for its beaches and beachside resorts, which are some of the most peaceful in Qatar, you’ll discover that windsurfing, sailing and jet skiing are all popular pastimes here. History lovers, meanwhile, will find several Palaeolithic archaeological sites nearby to whet their appetites.
While the coastal capital of Doha is certainly at the top the list for most, this small but wealthy nation has plenty of other things to see. Head to Qatar’s northernmost city, Al Ruwais, to enjoy a more relaxed pace of life as you admire the mysterious ancient carvings inscribed on the rocks here. Also nearby is the huge 18th century Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that rises from the desert like a child’s sandcastle built on an unfathomable scale.
Being located on the Persian Gulf, no trip to Qatar would be complete without a visit to the coast. Book an Inland Sea safari complete with barbecue dinner and you’ll enjoy a nail-biting ride on a 4x4 jeep through the dunes of Qatar to a desert tent on an inlet of the Persian Gulf. Setting out from Doha, snap pictures of the stunning desert scenery and sun-kissed coast before taking a dip in the refreshing waters of the Inland Sea. Once you’ve dried off, tuck into a barbeque dinner and reflect on a memorable day in this unique Arabic nation.