Thursday, November 8, 2012

Discover Qatar with Qatar Stopover program

You can discover Qatar with Qatar Airways Qatar Stopover program. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, Qatar boasts attractive facilities and activities for everyone. So next time instead of jumping over Doha International Airport, you can book a couple of nights and enjoy activities like desert safari, shopping excursion, museum visit, or round of golf on the 18-hole championship course.

What can you do in Qatar? You can take tours like Inland Sea Safari at Qatar's famous Inland Sea,  Arabian Night Safari, Dunes Discovery Tour or Qatar Explorer Tour around the capital city Doha & a comprehensive view of Qatar’s Inland Sea Desert.

Originally a pearling and fishing settlement, Qatar has a long history as an important trade hub in the region. Today it is a dramatic mix of traditional and contemporary culture as seen along the Corniche where traditional dhow boats coast along Gulf waters amid a backdrop of dazzling modern skyscrapers.

You can visit several attractions during Qatar stay. Museum of Islamic Art is located on the Corniche. Designed by renowned architect, I.M. Pei, it houses a unique collection detailing the spirit, intricacy, and variety of Islamic art from the 7th to 19th century. History enthusiasts can delve deep into local history with a special visit to Sheik Faisal’s Museum to view his enviable collection of Arabian antiquities. Meanwhile, modern art lovers will appreciate the newly opened Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art.

Approximately an hour outside of Doha, the Inland Sea, or Khor Al Udaid, is a naturally formed inlet of the Gulf. This remarkable landscape is home to awe-inspiring 40-metre high sand dunes and an abundance of terrestrial and marine plants and animals. Schedule a desert safari or dune bashing trip to traverse this untouched part of Qatar and get in touch with your inner explorer. Adventurers will also appreciate the many water and beach sports available at various resorts and hotels throughout Doha.

Sports enthusiasts will also enjoy a chance to golf on Doha’s championship course or take in a football match or horse race. For a taste of local sporting traditions, attend a camel race held during the late fall through late winter.

Discover Qatar with Qatar Stopover program
Traditionally in Arabian towns, shops were grouped according to goods they sold. In Doha, this custom is still found among the city’s many souqs. Souq Waqif, built in the style of these historical marketplaces, is the place to go for Arabian souvenirs, handicrafts, spices, incense, and perfumes. Locally harvested honey, handmade camel riding equipment, pottery, incense, and flowers can be found at the Omani Souq. The Gold Souq is the best place to browse beautiful gold and silver jewellery or order a specially handcrafted piece.

Fashionistas will appreciate shopping the latest trends at one of Doha’s many grand malls. Located in the heart of Doha’s breathtaking skyline, City Centre mall offers 300,000 sq. m. of shops, restaurants, two ice skating rinks, a climbing wall, a cinema, and bowling alley. Villaggio mall is designed in the style of an Italian village with a 500-metre long Venetian canal and gondolas. In addition to its array of shops and stores, Villaggio mall also houses a cinema, bowling alley, ice skating rink, and family amusement park. Or, stroll through the Pearl-Qatar, a manmade island built on an old pearl diving site off the coast of Qatar. This Arabian Rivera offers an exclusive selection of 5-star restaurants and upscale designer boutiques.

See the details here at Holidays Page.

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