Perfect docking in Qatar: how to spend time properly and profitably

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Perfect docking in Qatar: how to spend time properly and profitably

When making plans for winter holidays in hot countries, you have to take into account that many destinations are closed, it is inconvenient and too expensive to fly somewhere, but you want to make your vacation richer and more interesting. Starting January 1, 2023, when flying via Doha with Qatar Airways — the world's best airline according to Skytrax, travelers will be able to take advantage of a special stopover program; for 24, 48 and 72 hours from $14 per person per night.

With the opening of Orchard Terminal at Hamad International Airport with a lush garden and water fountains, Oryx Garden Hotel and boutiques of international brands, you can not go out into the city at all during the docking. And this is option #1.

Even a short transfer in Doha is recommended to be planned in advance. Book a lounge with a seating area or a sleep pod, book a health and fitness center with a pool or a spa treatment, make a shopping list or choose a restaurant. For those interested in cultural life, the airport presents an impressive set of public art from Urs Fischer to Jean Michel Ottoniel, special areas are equipped for business travelers, and for children — unique playground. 

If the transplant in Qatar is long, you should definitely take the opportunity to get to know the country better. Over the past few months, many global chain hotels and new tourist infrastructure, concept restaurants with Michelin chefs and new shopping centers have opened. By the way, goods in Qatar are not subject to VAT. Doha has all the opportunities for outdoor activities, modern art exhibitions and street art installations from world-famous artists and architects.

Qatar Tourism has compiled a short guide to attractions that this season attract the attention of millions of travelers from around of the world.

Where to stay?

Qatar has a large selection of affordable hotels and apartments, many of which opened just a few months ago. Most of the world's famous chains of hotels and resorts operate in the country for every taste and budget.

You can retire to a luxurious villa Katara Hills LXR Hotels with a private pool and a butler in the heart of Katara Cultural Village or experience the grandeur of the Mughal Empire at The Chedi Katara Hotel & Resort— guests are offered a luxury yacht cruise or a tour of Qatar's hidden cultural gems. The Ned Doha is located in the former building of the Ministry of the Interior on the famous Corniche. The hotel is finished in a unique 1970s glamorous design with natural wood floors, oak headboards and marble bathrooms. Architecture aficionados will appreciate the newly opened hotels of two iconic chains Raffles Doha and Fairmont Dohain the Katara Towers. Among the more affordable options, we note the new DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Downtown, where you can arrange evening gatherings in the garden accompanied by local musicians.

Where to relax?< /p>

Numerous beach clubs will allow you to relax your body and head without leaving the center of Doha. Sandy West Bay Beach in the heart of the business district on the baywith soft sun loungers and hammocks, playgrounds and food trucks offering various snacks. Next door is the B12 Beach Club Doha with great music and cocktails. Here you can rent a private gazebo, have plenty of fun on an inflatable floating water park or do sports activities on the beach. Another trendy place — La Mar Beach Club owned by Intercontinental Doha Beach & Spawhere exquisite cuisine is harmoniously combined with the high standards of a beach holiday. On the coast next to the stadium “974” 974 Beach Club is open with relaxation areas, water sports, various eateries and souvenir shops. For a lively party on the beach with sets, we advise you to look into the newly opened Makani Beach Club at the Four Seasons Doha hotel. Here “the ball is ruled” iconic DJs, sumptuous appetizers and signature drinks, as you'd expect from Four Seasons.

Where to go for a thrill?

Lusail Winter Wonderland with  With 50 world-class attractions for the whole family, the world famous Nammos beach club with an exciting atmosphere and gourmet cuisine, as well as music festivals and concerts by local and international pop stars, Al Maha is one of a kind island. Here you can taste Asian, Turkish, Lebanese and European cuisines in such famous world restaurants as Zuma, LPM, Pura Vida, Billionaire, Moka Caffe.

< p>You can relax after a busy walk during the day in the park near the Museum of Islamic Art. Bicycles are available for rent so guests can ride along the winding paths and the Corniche, seeing the work of Yayoi Kusama and Richard Serra, and then  enjoy a cup of coffee with a panoramic view of Doha. In the evening, take a stroll along Lusail Boulevard, where street performances, parades and live music concerts are regularly held.

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