What are customs and traditions in Qatar

10 highlights for a visit to Qatar

Cornelia Schürch, July 16, 2018

Qatar, once better known as a business travel destination or stopover, is now attracting a growing number of international visitors. The high-quality hotels, numerous leisure and recreational opportunities, the year-round sunny climate and the Arab culture ensure a varied holiday experience.

Tourist Attractions

Qatar's capital Doha offers many sights and photo opportunities: mosques, museums, traditional buildings, modern shopping centers, green parks, the lively alleys of the souks or the dhows (wooden sailing ships) in the bay in front of Doha. The seven-kilometer-long Corniche promenade and its parks attract locals and visitors alike. Especially at sunset, a dhow ride is recommended to admire the panorama of the illuminated skyline from the water.

Dhows in the bay in front of Doha

Culture

The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) shows in its exhibition some of the most beautiful Islamic works of art and objects from all over the world. The museum is located in an unmistakable building designed by the American star architect I.M. Pei designed building on the Corniche.

Museum of Islamic Art (MIA)

Further collections await visitors in the Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, in the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani Museum, in the Al Markhiya Gallery, in the Al Riwaq Doha in the newly opened Fire Station and in the Souq Waqif Arts Center. The cultural village of Katara offers venues for cultural events such as theater and opera performances, concerts and film festivals. But Katara is also worth a visit because of the numerous entertainment offers, the beautiful beach and culinary offerings.

Katara cultural village

Living cultural heritage

Tradition and culture are very much alive in Qatar. Much emphasis is placed on traditional values ​​such as hospitality and courtesy. In Souq Waqif, visitors can expect a lively atmosphere with a variety of colors, sounds and flavors of a traditional Bedouin market, countless shops, restaurants and entertainment options. The wooden dhows sail in front of the Corniche and are a reminder of Qatar's history as a great seafaring and trading nation. Traditional pastimes such as camel races and falconry are very popular. The arts and crafts as well as music and dance are omnipresent.

nature

In Chaur al-Udaid, the inland sea, the sea penetrates deep into the desert. This water landscape in the extreme southeast of the country can only be reached in an off-road vehicle across the country across the dunes. Other natural beauties of Qatar include the imposing, 40-meter-deep fiber gypsum caves at Dahl Al Misfir and the mangrove forests of Al Thakira.

Chaur al-Udaid inland sea

Due to the dry climate and sparse vegetation, the diversity of flora and fauna is limited. The typical national animal, the oryx, was exterminated in the wild in the 1970s. Since 1980, thanks to a breeding program on the Oryx Farm, slowly growing stocks have been recorded again. Even so, it is still a rare sight today. In the wild you can also meet foxes, jerboas, reptiles and a number of migratory birds, such as. B. Flamingos.

Typical land animals oryx antelopes

Historic sites and walled city

Al Zubarah is about 100 kilometers northeast of Doha. The fort has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013. Excavations are still taking place today to uncover the building that was once a thriving pearl and trading port. Other imposing defensive structures include Fort Al Wajbah, where the Ottomans were defeated in 1893, Fort Umm Salal Mohammad about 15 kilometers north of Doha and the nearby Barzan Tower. In the capital itself, visitors can visit Doha Fort in Al Bidda and Al Koot Fort in the city center.

Al Zubarah fort

Desert safaris

An adrenaline-charged ride in an off-road vehicle over the dunes is simply part of a visit to Qatar. Several qualified tour providers on site offer half-day or full-day trips into the desert or longer tours with overnight stays. But not only a roller coaster ride over the dunes, also a camel ride, sandboarding or quad excursions are on the desert program. Guests enjoy an unforgettable sunset and end the day with a barbecue under the stars.

Luxurious hotels

Very upscale hotels with predominantly four- and five-star hotels from the brands Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Kempinski and many more .. They convince with a lot of comfort, first-class service and an abundance of amenities. Many of the leading properties also offer luxury spas with a wide range of treatments.

Qatar is an extremely family-friendly destination. Children's pools, safe, well-equipped playgrounds, babysitting services, children's menus and other facilities and services are standard in many hotels.