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Explore the best of Qatar during your layover!

Monday, 16 July 2018
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Are you hoping to catch a glimpse of Qatar during your transit at the luxurious Hamad International Airport?

Welcome to the Arabian fairy-tale then!

Be fascinated by the evocative art and culture, colourful souqs, falconry, dhow ferries, desert camel rides, splendid skyscrapers, stunning coastline with opulent palms and the spectacular sunset over the sand dunes in Qatar.

24 hours in Qatar

After your immigration and customs formalities, make sure you get sufficient foreign exchange at the airport. Jump into the turquoise taxi outside the airport and explore Doha on your own, like a local. Here are the list of places you could visit based on your time availability.

Lose yourself at the colourful Souqs

Souq Waqif (20 minutes from the airport) is the historical heart of Doha and the only traditional souq that’s left in the Gulf. At the Bird Souq, it is indeed an awesome sight to find exotic falcons perched magnificently with sentry hoods, where falcons, accessories, GPS guidance systems and landing pads are sold. As you explore the alleys, you’ll find spices, honey, dates, jewels, carpets, bags, clothing and souvenir shops.

Check out cafes and restaurants in this souq area to gorge down scrumptious Shawarma (meat rolls with with Tahini and Hummus sauce), Fatayer (meat pie) and the best of Qatari nibbles and refreshments.

Relish the Qatari Art & Culture

The Museum of Islamic Art (10 minutes from Souq Waqif) is one of the most iconic architectures in Qatar, located in the Corniche area. It houses art collections such as Arabic calligraphy, early Islamic literature, ceramics, glass, ivory, jewellery, metalwork, miniatures, textiles, and woodwork some of which are as old as 1,300 years!

Dine at the Corniche

The Corniche area houses multi-cuisine restaurants that cater to your gluttony. If you are a fan of Lebanese, Mediterranean or Middle-Eastern food, try the Al Mourjan restaurant that has an amazing view of the city. For mouth-watering South East Asian food, try the Spice Market restaurant for a delectable dining experience. Italian food connoisseurs can check out La Spiga by Paper Moon, known for its authentic taste. Ipanema restaurant offers the best of South American cuisine.

Explore Villagio

After a brief 25-minute drive from the Corniche area, get ready for exciting gondola rides, go-karting, bowling, ice-skating, movie and luxury shopping experience at the Venetian styled Villagio mall.

However don’t forget to keep your flight timing in mind. It would take around 30 minutes by taxi to reach the Hamad International Airport. Hence set a timer to atleast 4 hours before your scheduled flight time. This will enable you to get back to your connecting flight with no hassle or delay.

Now pack your bags and enjoy the best of Qatar in just few hours!

Last modified on Monday, 16 July 2018 10:22

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