Qatar is known first and foremost as a desert adventure vacation destination, where you can ride a camel and drive an all-terrain vehicle all in the same day. It`s well-known for its Bedouin cultural traditions, which are on display at the Katara Cultural Village and other places around the emirate. It`s known for its great shopping opportunities, from traditional souqs to elaborate Western-style luxury shopping malls. Qatar is known for its lively food scene, with dozens of cuisines being consumed in a country known for its large expatriate community. Finally, an image of Qatar is incomplete without picturing the traditional dhow boats in Doha Harbor.
Travelers must see the capital, modern and gleaming Doha. From here you can take day trips to explore the rest of the emirate.
The best time to visit Qatar is during the less humid dry season, which starts in November and continues through April. The heat, humidity, and precipitation can be oppressive during the summer months, hampering sightseeing opportunities in the emirate.
We recommend approximately 3-7 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Doha.
You can see Qatar by air and by car. Qatar is roughly the size of Connecticut, so distances in the country are small and an advanced road network connects all corners of the emirate. International arrivals land at Hamad International Airport, south of Doha.
The currency of Qatar is the Qatari riyal (QR), of which there are 100 dirhams. Have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for riyals upon arrival. Currency exchange desks are available at the airport, most high-end hotels and resorts, and many other places around the country.
The majority of people in Qatar can speak English, due to its history as a British protectorate and its longstanding place in Qatari schools and in the business community. It will not be difficult to locate English speakers in cities and tourist areas. Arabic is the official language, however; be prepared to learn basic Arabic phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, and the numbers from 1-10, 50, 100, and 1,000. To say `How do you speak English`, say `Hal tatahadath al'injilizia?`