Qatar is fast becoming one of the most exciting destinations in the Gulf region. Doha is a world-class city with its arts and culinary scene, topped with soaring skyscrapers.
Dhows are a common sight in the Doha Corniche, which overlooks the city.
Not to be missed in Doha is Souq Wakif – one of the world’s last remaining traditional souqs (marketplace). This amazing labyrinth of walkways purvey everything from Qatari cuisine to pet falcons.
Souq Wakif even has a dedicated pet alley, where shoppers can peruse for pet birds like falcons. Falconry is an ancient hunting tradition that still thrives today.
Head south from Doha, and you’ll hit the magnificent Khor Al-Adaid, or the ‘Inland Sea’. The surrounding desert is ideal for dune bashing rides on 4WDs, sandboarding, as well as paragliding.
By nightfall, Bedouin camps are set up and campfire dinners take place. Imagine dining under the stars.
Head northwest of Doha, and you’ll reach the UNESCO fort of Al Zubarah, Qatar’s largest heritage site. Once a thriving pearling town and port, this 18th century fortress is now an important archaeological site. Camel rides optional.
For more on Qatar, visit www.visitqatar.qa.
All images courtesy of Andrew JK Tan (Mentorgraphy).