Doha, the capital of Qatar, has traditionally been regarded as a dusty layover city for travelers heading to more alluring destinations such as Dubai or Abu Dhabi. But first impressions are only sometimes accurate.
Qatar, one of the smallest countries in the Arabian Gulf, more than makes up for its size with its sophistication and variety of travel opportunities. This country does a masterful job of combining centuries of Middle Eastern culture with the conveniences and experiences of the modern era, making for a vacation that you won't soon forget.
For several reasons, you should include Qatar on your list of locations to visit before age takes the better of you. It doesn't matter what kind of traveler you are—an intrepid explorer, an extravagant beach bum, a sports fanatic, or a beach bum—Qatar has activities that appeal to you.
Because the place is still working to establish itself as a popular tourist attraction, you will have plenty of time to take in everything it offers before the rest of your friends arrive.
In addition, tourists are starting to value the city's regional culture, surprisingly exciting nightlife, and varied food scene.
As Qatar prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022, Doha is undergoing significant building and growth in preparation.
When everything is considered, now is the perfect time to start planning a vacation to Doha.
Incredible things may be said about Doha's culinary scene.
There are restaurants serving everything from traditional thali (a South Indian sharing platter) to Michelin-starred cuisine, little sushi joints, and everything in between. Some of these restaurants are buried away in the center of the souk, while others are situated above the lobbies of museums.
If not for the extravagant gastronomic scene, it ought to be for the adventurous and exhilarating activities or the rich, sumptuous, five-star experiences. Qatar is a leader in buildings that are on the cutting edge of technology.
For such a small desert peninsula, it has an impressive collection of buildings, including symmetrical marvels such as the Museum of Islamic Art designed by IM Pei and the National Museum of Qatar designed by Jean Nouvel, which is breathtaking on the inside as well as the outside. Both of these museums are located in Qatar. It's unlikely that the space age will stick out in your memory.