Qatar is a hidden gem in the Middle East. With incredible architecture, centuries-old traditions, world-class shopping, incredible cuisine and luxury hotels, Qatar is your new favourite stopover destination on route to Europe or the UK.
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1: Qatar’s landscape is just desert
Contrary to popular belief Qatar has many diverse landscapes.
Along with spectacular desert scapes, there is around 600km of beautiful coastline and private beaches as well as the UNESCO heritage listed Khor Al Adaid (the Inland Sea) one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches into the desert offering some extraordinary experiences for explorers. You can discover the Al Thakira mangrove forest, a green oasis where you can take a kayak and explore this natural wonder where each year the flamingos migrate.
2: You can’t enjoy an alcoholic drink in Qatar
For travellers, there are many options to enjoy a cold beer or your favourite style of wine. Whilst this is not a part of normal life for locals, many restaurants and hotels offer travellers an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing drink. One of our favourite times is enjoying a cocktail whilst watching the sunset over Doha harbour.
3: Qatar is a haven for adventure and sports seekers
Qatar offers a huge range of exciting options and is perfect for sport fans and adventure seekers alike. Qatar is hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, utilising 8 of the countries eye catching football stadiums.
Then there is hot-air ballooning, world class scuba diving, kitesurfing, paragliding, sandboarding and 4WD dune bashing. The options for adrenaline packed activities are endless. Qatar is also fast becoming a golfer’s paradise!
4: Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world
Qatar was ranked the safest country in the world by Numbeo in 2020 and for ease of travel another fact is that 95% of the population of Doha speak English.
5: Qatar has very little culture or history
Qatar is very proud of its rich history and traditions, offering a wide range of cultural experiences for visitors, which stands Qatar apart as one of the most interesting in the region. Travellers can explore world class museums, UNESCO archaeological sites, the Katara cultural village, or cruise on a local Dhow, just to name a few. Although no visit is complete without spending a couple of hours wandering through the alley ways of the Souq Waqif where traders have been peddling for centuries, providing travellers with a real sensory experience and a touch of local life.
6: A stopover in Qatar enables your clients to turn one holiday into two from only $19*!
A perfect option for travellers to enjoy an unforgettable stopover experience when flying Qatar Airways to a further destination. A stopover can be enjoyed in either or both directions and is also a perfect stopover destination to meet up and reunite with overseas family or friends.
With a luxury stay from as low as $19pp*, a Qatar stopover will turn one holiday into two.
- Standard stays in a 4-star hotel starting from only A$19pp per night
- Premium stays in a 5-star hotel from A$27pp per night
- Luxury stays in a 5-star+ hotel from A$71pp per night
To access these exclusive stopover rates for your clients – register today for the Discover Qatar trade booking portal to be booking ready!
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