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The Art of the Stopover in Qatar

Sep 05, 2018

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Geographically situated as the ideal stopover to Asia, Africa and Australia, Doha – the capital of Qatar – is the perfect middle-ground on your journey – and it just might steal the show.

Though it might be the stopover on your trip, Doha could only be considered a major stop – where luxury teems alongside natural beauty, and a number of things to do will leave your short stay jam-packed with activity.

Unrivaled hospitality and luxury spas are the backdrop to a memorably rejuvenating stay, where the modes of living are raised to new heights of elegance. Immerse yourself in the culture by visiting the bustling Souq Waqif, a legendary shopping center that goes back centuries, originally acting as a souq for the Bedouins.

Revitalized in 2004, this fascinating historical landmark is fully restored and more vibrant than ever, featuring stunning Qatari architecture, cafés, shops, spices, fresh vegetables, and delectable high-class restaurants. This is one quaint alleyway after another into Qatar’s past and luminously bright future.

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Shop till you drop onto your plush bed back in your luxury high-rise hotel. A true Qatari pastime, shopping and visiting local markets goes back centuries. The Villaggio Mall, also in Doha, is another fantastic shopping experience, and on a grand scale. Home to about 50,000 visitors a day, this is where you’ll find true luxury for sale – with brand names like Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Gucci, Valentino, and Dolce & Gabbana all utilizing space here.

Venetian style architecture hangs over it all, with equally impressive dining options and entertainment at just about every turn. Plus, the mall features literal gondola rides, a Cheesecake Factory, Shake Shack, IMAX theater, and ice-skating rink.

Then there’s natural beauty like you’ve never seen before. Unique locations are mesmerizing to see in person. Get up early and take in breathtaking looks out into the smooth desert wilderness and ride a dhow boat into the glistening Arabian Gulf, soaking in sights almost made of magic. Come back to world-class hotels and spas blending traditional Middle Eastern culture with modern luxury.

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A stopover in Qatar will be an unforgettable experience on your way towards your destination, leaving you awe-inspired and rejuvenated to continue along the path on your expedition.

Contact a Travel Advisor to make sure your next stopover is as good as the vacation itself.