Got a craving for an exotic destination with plenty of modern touches? Doha, Qatar, is ready for its close up.
Located just above United Arab Emirates, this Persian Gulf country offers glitz and glamour with a side of adventure. Take a 4x4 desert safari, then return to the city for a five-star meal and world-class nightclubs. Wotif’s Doha packages wrap up excitement, pampering and plenty of great stories in one getaway.
You may not recognise names like Moukhtar and Selim, but you’ll never forget the groundbreaking masterpieces at the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art. Your Doha holiday can take you back in time too, at the Qatar Weaponry Museum, west of downtown. Enough gold and silver to satisfy celebrity-sized bling appetites? Check. Khanjar (dagger) belonging to Lawrence of Arabia? Check. Now that’s impressive.
To really explore, rent a dhow boat from the jetty on the Corniche Promenade, which runs the length of Doha Bay. Take an evening cruise to watch the sun set over the buildings of West Bay, or spend an afternoon on the beaches of Al Safliya Island. Prefer to stay on land? Rent a car in Doha and make a day trip to Al Zubarah, a former pearl-trade village and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the country’s most iconic fortress.
The Pearl, an artificial island in Doha Bay, is a destination in its own right. Take in the yachts in the marina and glimpse some of the most expensive real estate in the Gulf region (yes, even more expensive than you’ll see on Dubai holidays). Then get the celebrity experience—or at least window shop like a boss—at Porto Arabia, home to the best upscale shopping. Would you rather get the full, local experience? Souq Waqif, in the city centre, has all the exotic incense, spices and hand-embroidered fabrics you need to impress your friends.
Once you’re stocked up on souvenirs, Souq Waqif is also a great place to get your nosh on you can find everything from Moroccan tagine to Indian dosas. The Al-Mirqab neighbourhood, southwest of downtown, is another option for cheap and delicious eats. Looking for a spot to wear your fancy new threads? With Doha holiday packages near the Port area or farther north near The Pearl, you won’t have to walk too far in those snazzy new shoes to get to the finest cuisine in the city.
Thanks to its increasingly diverse population, there’s plenty going on in the nightlife department. When you’re done dining, check out the West Bay, just south of The Pearl, for a variety of nightlife that’s sure to satisfy. From jazz clubs to rooftop bars and disco-ball dance clubs that go until two o’clock in the morning, Doha holidays may surprise you.
Take a page from sultans and sheikhs (not to mention Lawrence of Arabia) and check out Wotif’s amazing Doha deals. You won’t have to travel by camel and sleep in a desert adobe—but the beauty of Qatar is that you can if you want to!