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The Art of the Stopover in Qatar

Sep 05, 2019


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 modern luxury are the backdrop to a culture-filled, memorable stay, where the modes of living are raised to new heights of elegance. Immerse yourself in the heritage of Qatar by visiting the bustling Souq Waqif, a legendary traditional market 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. 

After relaxing in your luxury hotel, spice up your stay with some adventure on a desert safari experience, complete with dune bashing, camel riding and a Bedouin dinner on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Be sure to include a stop at Qatar’s UNESCO-recognized Inland Sea, the Khor Al Adaid, for a stunning desert wonder.

Copyright Iwan Baan – Visit Qatar 

To soak in the rich culture of Qatar, marvel the Jean Nouvel’s iconic design and spend a couple of hours strolling the halls of the National Museum of Qatar. Alternatively, discover centuries of creative ingenuity at the Museum of Islamic Art – home to over 14 centuries of Islamic artifacts. Designed by I.M. Pei, the outside of the building was inspired by the eyes of a veiled woman and is as stunning as the pieces within.

Finally, wrap up your unforgettable stopover in Qatar with an evening cruise on deck of a traditional Arabian dhow. Enjoy a world class meal and breathtaking views of the Doha skyline lit up at night. 

Your stopover in Qatar will leave 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.