Qatar Travel Guide

A Quick Intro to Qatar

Not to be confused with the United Arab Emirates, Qatar is its own independent country in the Persian Gulf region of the Middle East.

Since the country’s flag carrier Qatar Airways operates routes to destinations throughout the world, Qatar makes for a popular stopover spot. Many people plan to spend two or three days in Doha en route to destinations in Africa, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia and Australia.

Qatar’s capital city Doha is known for its futuristic skyscrapers, chic hotels and contemporary buildings inspired by Islamic architecture. A highlight is the Museum of Islamic Art, which sits along the Corniche and has a distinct geometric design.

Other notable attractions in Doha include Souq Waqif – Qatar’s oldest bazaar – and Katara Cultural village – a purpose built cultural center with lots of performance venues and restaurants.

Outside of the capital there are actually some unique things to do too. Visitors can go kayaking in the Al Thakira Mangroves or visit a real working dairy farm that supplies dairy to Qatar’s 2.6 million people. Qatar boasts several sandy beaches as well as a desert-like landscape where you can enjoy activities such as dune bashing and sandboarding.

I really loved Doha and actually preferred it to Dubai. I thought Qatar was very chic with some beautiful architecture and great restaurants. In this Qatar travel guide you’ll find plenty of info to help you plan your trip, including a perfect 2 day itinerary and some practical tips for your first visit.

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