Qatar Travel Guide
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Qatar Travel Guide
Qatar is a rich Arab state occupying a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf to the north of Saudi Arabia, east of Bahrain and west of the United Arab Emirates shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art. The museum sits on the city’s Corniche waterfront promenade. Many come to the Middle East seeking the mystic, traditional life of the Bedouins, wandering the desert with their life’s belongings on a camel’s back. Although tradition is still an important part of the Qatari ethos, the country has well and truly moved into the twenty-first century with the piercing glass skyscrapers of Doha, a booming trade sector and a new-found place in international diplomacy.
Doha’s other sites include the Souq Waqif and its stalls offering traditional weaving and jewelry, and the Aspire Zone, a sports complex with running tracks and playing fields that hosts soccer games and other events. Beyond the capital, Arabian horses and camels race at tracks in small towns such as Al Shahaniyah. There are public beaches along most of the coast, including at the oil towns of Dukhan and Fuwayrit, as well as at the Inland Sea, a protected lagoon surrounded by massive dunes.
A great activity for tourists is simply to experience the nation’s tradition. The traditional Qatari way of life was simple: Bedouin nomads wandering the desert with their camels, and fisherman scouring the ocean floor for pearls to trade. While these two lifestyles are mostly extinct on the peninsula, the government has taken some measures to preserve their traditions for future generations to experience.
Many tour companies run desert expeditions by both four-wheel drive and camel. Some may just be for the day, while others can go for up to a week with trekkers camping overnight in a Bedouin tent. The one day “dune-bashing” tours simply involve speeding over the desert’s endless dunes in a Landcruiser.
The pearling tradition has existed as far back as 2000 BCE, when Mesopotamian records speak of shining “fish eyes” imported from the Gulf region. While the industry went bust after the discovery of oil, a large festival is held each year to celebrate the tradition. The Qatar Marine Festival in Doha often includes a huge sea expedition by various dhow boats to find oyster beds on the ocean floor. Other activities at the festival include a musical performance, a seal show, a sandsculptor’s expedition and a water, light and sound show.
Many companies offer shipwreck diving for tourists, which can be organised from Doha. Popular diving sites include the man-made Old Club Reef and New Club Reef just out of Messaied, Qapco Reef, the M.O. Shipwreck and the Al Sharque Shipwreck.
Other popular watersports include kite-surfing, driving jet-skis, surfing and chartered fishing expeditions.
Best time to visit Qatar
Peak travel is Dec–May, when the weather’s warm and dry. In summer (Jun–Sep), rainfall is rare and temperatures hit extreme highs. Religious holidays including Eid Al Fitr (end of Ramadan, varies) and Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice, varies) are celebrated nationwide. The Doha International Book Fair (Jan) includes events for publishers and visitors. The Qatar International Food Festival (Mar) is a gastronomic event centered on Doha‘s Corniche. Qatar National Day (Dec 18) is celebrated with fireworks and cultural events.
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