Qatar Holidays

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

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Holidays in Qatar

Qatar might be small but it has global ambitions and stupendous wealth to back them – petrol here is famously cheaper than bottled water. Qatar beach and sun holidays range from the capital's seriously well facilitated coastline to remote and deserted spots elsewhere around the island. Capital Doha is hurriedly developing its arts and culture infrastructure – for now museums are the primary medium to learning local history and traditions (notably Msheireb Enrichment Centre and The Museum of Islamic Art). The desert is the best place to get a real read on the place, the landscapes and emptiness so evocative of the bedouin lifestyle. Less than an hour outside of Doha are the eerie ‘singing dunes' that generate a low frequency hum. You can also find the Arabian Oryx (once extinct in the wild) and gazelle out in the sands, dugong in beach-hugging mangrove swamps and the ancient village of Al Mafjar on the north coast. Walk the walls of the Al Zubarah Fort (UNESCO) and town built as a pearling and fishing post in the 1700’s. 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.

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Then and Now

Qatar has taken massive strides to modernise of late but it’s not left it’s past 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.

Gulf Beaches

Qatar juts out into the belly of the Persian Gulf and so is beset on all sides by coast. It’s an ideal beach-break destination, especially in Doha where facilities and activities are on hand. Spend early mornings barefoot watching the sun rise along the coast, the azan (call to prayer) distantly audible over the waves. Breakfast in waterfront eateries before trying windsurfing or paddle boarding (major hotel beaches have water bouncy castles and pools for kids). Come afternoon, retreat to the air-conditioned city sites and sit out the hottest part of the day. Although hotels may have lax dress codes (most Doha beaches are on hotel property), public beaches are strict: women are to be covered to the elbows and knees and alcohol is prohibited. Hire a four wheel drive to reach the empty sands outside of Doha, more popular with campers and with less complicated rules.

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.

Best Time to Visit Qatar

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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Why Travelbag?

Travelbag has been tailor making holidays since 1979. The professional relationships we have built over the years enable us to pass on great value to our customers. Our customisable service can include flights, hotels and touring services, enabling you to arrange the key components to your holiday in once place.

Use this page to find cheap Qatar holiday packages using either the current deals above or the control panel at the top of the page. Found a cheaper package holiday elsewhere? Contact us and we promise to beat the price.

Call our customer services team on 0203 139 7074 or visit us at one of our branches to book your Qatar getaway today. Our phone lines are open from 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 6pm on Saturday and 10am until 5pm on Sundays.

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