Goway has launched travel products to Qatar, the Arabian destination that’s ready to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup this fall. But there’s much more for travellers to do in Qatar than sit in an air-conditioned football stadium. It’s an oasis on the gulf, with cultural highlights in the capital, Doha, and natural highlights throughout the desert and along the shoreline.
Your clients won’t have to look far to find something exciting to do in Qatar. But to make it easy for you, we’ve highlighted five key ways your clients can explore Qatar with Goway.
1. Explore Doha’s Cultural Scene
The capital Doha is the largest city in Qatar and is home to over 80 percent of the nation’s population. Thus, it’s the centre of the action in this Arabian destination. Luckily, it’s got a great emerging cultural scene to fascinate travellers. For modern wonders, travellers can explore the 4km-long man-made island of The Pearl-Qatar, where they’ll find some of the ritziest commercial and residential developments, including towering skyscrapers. Just to the southwest of The Pearl-Qatar lies the Katara Cultural Village, which promotes cultural and arts exchange and has several state-of-the-art galleries, restaurants, and attractions all in one place. To experience the city’s traditions, travellers can head to Souq Waqif, the central market, to barter for textiles, spices, and jewelry. Travellers can even take part in a coffee experience, which sheds light on the important place coffee holds in Qatari culture. Goway’s Doha in Depth is a great way to experience these cultural flavours of the Qatari capital.
2. Delve into Qatari History at World-Class Museums
Beyond its restaurants and cultural attractions, Doha also has great museums that stand toe-to-toe with the best in the entire Middle East. Your clients that want to learn about Qatari history or see some treasured artifacts of the Islamic Empire will find a lot to engage them. The Museum of Islamic Art is the most stunning museum in the country. The white-washed pyramid-style exterior and geometrically ornate interior, with its glass walls and weaving staircases, will take your breath away. The museum has artifacts dating back 1,300 years as well as one of the world’s best collections of Islamic manuscripts. The National Museum of Qatar offers a broader view of Qatari history. It traces the nation’s political, economic, and natural history over the past few centuries, showing how rapidly it has grown over this time.
3. Explore the Desert on a Safari
Your clients don’t have to stick to the city in Qatar. They can head into the desert on a dune safari, which explores the rolling sand dunes and rocky valleys of this Arabian nation. There’s an overwhelming beauty to sunrise or sunset over the sand dunes, where the wind makes the sand dance in the slanted light. But travellers with a taste for adventure can also get a rush riding over the sand dunes or booking a dune buggy experience. There’s also always the option of a camel ride for those travellers who want to cross the dunes like people from centuries’ past. Most trips into the Qatari desert culminate at Khar al Adaid, the Inland Sea. This UNESCO-listed nature reserve is in the southeast of the country and offers a great spot for an afternoon swim or even an overnight camping experience. Highlights of Doha and the Desert combines time in Doha with a desert safari experience.
4. Relax at the Beach
All you need to do is look at a map to realize that Qatar is surrounded by water on three sides. That means your clients will never be far from a beach when exploring the nation. There are beaches in and around Doha where your clients can go for an afternoon dip, but we think the best beaches are in the country’s southwest near the settlement of Abu Samra. They’ll find resorts lining the pristine beachline, which offer luxury accommodations and easy access to the sandy beaches and warm waters of the gulf. Furthermore, there are some great water parks in the area, including the Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park, one of the biggest water parks in the Middle East. Your clients can enjoy admission to Desert Falls during their beach resort stay near Abu Samra with our Qatar City and Beach Escape.
5. Take Advantage of Stopover Options
Qatar Airways is one the world’s leading airlines. Thus, Qatar is a great stopover destination with Qatar Airways. Travellers can take advantage of the multitude of stopover options in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to check out Doha and surrounds for a few nights before continuing on to their final destination. Goway’s stopover options to Qatar include a trip to Jordan to explore Petra and Wadi Rum, a Tanzanian safari in the Serengeti, and a Cape Town and safari vacation in South Africa. Of course, there are always more available options than just what you’ll find on the website, so get in touch with a Goway Destination Specialist to discover all the ways your clients can enjoy a stopover in Qatar.