Qatar Holiday Deals

Qatar, despite a reputation of backwardness, is only moving in one direction; forwards. But the past and future are being knitted together; there’s restored buildings of cultural heritage and modern designs that house ancient relics and a surprising quantity of reserve of protected land.

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Then and Now

Qatar has taken massive strides to modernise of late but it’s not left it’s pasts behind. In fact, it’s in the forefront; The Museum of Islamic Art, a defining feature of Doha’s skyline, with its collection of Arabic relics and regular classical music performances, is spear heading the arts scene only not in Qatar but the entire gulf region. Beaches of the gulf are what attracted people here in the first place and is reason enough to holiday here now. Souq Waqif, restored in 2006 to bygone architectural specifications, isn’t a mere tourist fad but a genuine operating marketplace. You can find Al-Ras drums, musky oud (agarwood incense), pashminas and spice dealers. The main drag is lined with hookah parlours and cafes.

Bedouin Culture

Despite the luxurious changes that oil and natural-gas have brought, the elements of desert lifestyle are still innate to Qatari lifestyle. Welcoming service of coffee and dates and informal communal dining are hallmarks of the hospitable nature of desert culture. Perhaps the whopping eight to one immigrant to citizen ratio best depicts how embracive Qatar is. Poetry is another indicator of Qatar’s nomadic heritage. Story tellers and Nabati (local) poems can be heard on radio stations and social gatherings, they tell of sea folklore; laments of pearl diving, fishermen and boating.

Tunes of Dunes

Petrol here is cheaper than bottled water. Qatar is rich – but not only with money. There’s encouraging signs of movement to protect natural resources and the ecosystems that depend on them. You can now find the Arabian Oryx again, once extinct in the wild, and gazelle in deserts, dugong in mangrove swamps and even the ancient village of Al Mafjar on the north coast. A popular Qatar holiday activity is an hour’s drive south of Doha – the ‘singing dunes’ near Mesaieed – walking is often enough to generate the low frequency hum thought to be caused by spherical quartz grains rubbing together.

Explore Qatar

Qatar might be small but it has global ambitions and stupendous wealth to back them. Doha is hurriedly developing its arts and culture infrastructure – for now museums are the primary medium to exploring Qatar’s culture from the capital (notably Msheireb Enrichment Centre and The Museum of Islamic Art). The desert is the best place to get a real read on the place. Walk the walls of Al Zubarah Fort (UNESCO) and town built as a pearling and fishing post in the 1700’s. Less than an hour outside of capital Doha are the eerie ‘singing dunes’ and don’t miss the East-West/West-East Installation on your Qatar holiday – four Ridley Scott-esque steel sculptures driven into otherwise empty gypsum plateaus.

Best Time to Travel

Qatar has a subtropical desert climate greatly influenced by the Arabian Gulf. This means brutally hot and humid summers (particularly around the coast) and noticeably cooler winters. September to November is the best time to visit when temperatures are between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius in the day, dropping to 15 – 22 at night. Springtime (March – May) is a similarly pleasant time of the year to visit were it not for the dust carrying Shamal winds that can grow into sandstorms. We advise avoiding the June to September summer particularly for beach breaks – low forties is standard but it’s not uncommon for the mercury to hit 50 degrees Celsius.

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