Zubara fort is one of many
tourist attractions outside
the capital, Doha.
Qatar Travel Fast Facts
Getting there: regular flights from major cities to Doha International Airport
What to see: Doha, Palm Tree Island, Aladdin's Kingdom, Umm Sala Mohammad, Khor Al Adaid Desert
Currencies: Qatari riyal
Official language(s): Arabic
doors to tourism in 1989, today Qatar is growing as major Mideast
Home to historic
forts and modern luxury hotels, spectacular seascapes and sand dunes,
Qater is also home to the headquarters of Al
Jazeera, the Arab world's answer to CNN.
The bad news
is that the capital city of Doha
has earned its reputation as one of the most sedate (and that's
putting it mildly) places in the Mideast if not on the planet.
The good news? Much more exciting attractions await just outside
Take a boat
ride around the bay, or take the 10-minute shuttle to nearby Palm
Tree Islands offering a popular beach, a variety of swimming pools and a
selection of restaurants.
If you have
a gaggle of kids in tow, take the five-minute drive from Doha to family-friendly
Kingdom, one of the few amusement parks located within the entire Persian
an hour's drive outside the city, also be sure to visit the historic
19th century forts in the Umm Sala Mohammad area as well as Qater's
No. 1 must-see, the Khor Al Adaid Desert featuring unforgettable skyscraper-like sand dunes leading down to the sea.
DID YOU KNOW? Qatar Travel Fun Facts
What goes around? The Three
Sixty Restaurant in Doha.
• .For a bird's-eye view of Doha go to the Torch-Doha Hotel and take the elevator to "Three SIxty", the city's only revolving restaurant located on the 47th floor.
• In oil-rich Qatar, fuel is so cheap that you can spend more for a cup of coffee at Starbucks than a gallon of gasoline at the pump.
• Like most Muslim countries, Qatar's workweek is from Sunday to Thursday and many shops are closed on Friday and Saturday.
• Due to the country's hight temperatures, local shopkeepers take a long lunch break in the afternoon and only open again in the early evening -- when it's cooler.