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Already well-known as a business travel destination, Doha, the capital of the State of Qatar, has emerged in recent years as a rapidly developing tourist destination as well. A modern country built on the deep cultural roots of its Bedouin heritage, Qatar presents visitors with a kaleidoscope of fascinating contrasts and experiences; from the tranquillity of the desert to the lively alleys of the souq, from the impressive coastal fortresses to the dramatic high-rise towers, and from the deserted sandy beaches and mangrove lagoons to the elegant residential districts and green parks.

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Doha Corniche
Al Corniche Street, Doha

This showpiece waterfront promenade, which strentches the length of the semi-circular Doha Bay, offers spectacular vistas from the dramatic high rise towers of the central business district to bold shapes of the Museum of Islamic Art, as well as traditional wooden dhows lining the Bay. The Corniche provides a vehicle-free recreational space in the heart of the city, ideal for a jog in the cool of the morning or leisurely evening stroll.

Museum of Islamic Art
Ad Dawha, Doha

The museum’s magnificent collection covers 14 centuries of the finest art and artefacts across the Islamic World. Housed in a dramatic IM Pei-designed building, jutting into Doha Bay at the southern end of the Corniche, it ranks internationally among the world's leading cultural landmarks.

La Piazza
Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel, Doha

In the atrium of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel you can get a fresh taste of Italy. While the cuisine focuses on homemade pasta specials, you will also find all your favourite antipasti and pizza classics. Enjoy the lovely décor and don’t forget to finish your visit with some delicious gelati.

Al Sultan Brahim
The St. Regis Doha, West Bay, Doha

Al Sultan Brahim serves you the delights of sea. The restaurant is well-known for fresh fish and seafood plates like crab salad, grilled and fried fish and you can always find some new favourites among their wide selection of Lebanese dishes like mezze.

Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif, Doha

Souq Waqif is the place to go for Qatari and Middle Eastern souvenirs, with its array of handicrafts, spices, incense and perfumes. There are also a number of working jewellers to be seen here. Historic, but recently renovated in authentic architectural style, this vibrant bazaar also houses multiple restaurants.

Falcon Souq
Falcon Souq, Doha

Do not miss this special souq dedicated to the ancient practice of hunting with falcons, especially if you visit Doha during the falconry season (October to March). Observing owners showing off the birds and browsing through falconry paraphernalia is a memorable, one-of-a-kind experience.

Passport / Visa

Visitors from all around the world can enter Qatar either visa free, or by filling out simple online applications, depending on the passport they carry. Nationals of more than 80 countries are eligible for visa-free entry into the State of Qatar, with varying allowable lengths of stay. With a valid passport of a minimum validity of six months and a confirmed return ticket, people from the eligible countries can obtain a visa waiver upon arrival to Qatar without any prior visa arrangements.

Best Time to Visit

The best months to visit Qatar are November to early April as the milder weather conditions allow for sightseeing and outdoor activities. The summer months from June to September are very hot with minimum rainfall, so these can be difficult, especially so if you're sensitive to high temperatures.

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