Qatar is a tiny peninsula in the Persian Gulf that now has the glamorous title of being the richest country in the world. It can’t be that good though…can it?
Most people I’ve spoken with said there’s nothing to do in Qatar and that I’d be bored. Were they right?
What to see in 36 hours in Qatar…
Qatar’ rapidly expanding capital city, Doha is fast becoming the place to visit in the Middle East. Seen as a safe destination, it’s not difficult to see why tourism increased 7% in 2015. With 40,000 Brits visiting annually and this number only set to increase, it’s time to take a look at why you should visit Doha.
- Souq Waqif (traditional old market)
- The Pearl
- Villagio Mall
- Gold Souk
What Doha lacks in reputation, Qatar certainly has the money to ensure this city is put on the map. They are spending huge sums of money on securing top worldwide events including the controversial World Cup in 2022.
As Qatar is a relatively new country, this fort was only built-in 1938 as a military outpost, mostly to be used as a Coast Guard station. It was once a thriving pearl fishing and trading port but has since been turned into a museum.
Sadly for me, I visited on a weekend and therefore the museum was closed so I didn’t see a huge point in travelling 105km just to see it without being able to go in. However, if you get the opportunity definitely add it to your itinerary.
Khawr al Udayd/Khor Al Udeid (Inland Sea)
Situated next to the Qatari border with Saudi Arabia, this isolated corner of Qatar features one of the country’s premier tourist attractions. No, there aren’t any high-rise skyscrapers here. Just simply an inland sea.
You’ll only be able to reach this place by four-wheel drive, it is strongly advised to hire a guide in this uninhabited area.
Key Facts to know when visiting Qatar
- As a strict Islamic country you must dress appropriately (i.e. no shorts/bikinis)
- Alcohol is banned unless you are at 5* hotel or have an import license
- Timing is key, as Qatar is a desert country temperatures can reach 50C
- The weekend falls on a Friday and Saturday
- If you love McDonalds you’ll find the McArabia burger sold nowhere else but in the Middle East, or you could try something more local i.e. roast camel
- Speaking of McDonalds, it is more expensive to buy a meal than fill up your car
Entry Requirements for UK citizens
Thankfully Qatar has a relatively easy visa entry system that allows UK citizens to purchase a visa on arrival, this can be paid by credit card or cash (from specific windows only) and costs 100 QAR/ £20 approximately.
Visit Qatar for yourself
I highly recommend a visit, to book your stay go to Booking.com and search for Qatar properties.
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