With Qatar’s extraordinary developments in anticipation of the FIFA World Cup 2022, the country designed its cultural capital into a modern metropolis mixed with an ancient Arabian heritage, making it one of the world’s best stopover destinations.
Travelers with a stopover in Qatar can enjoy two holidays in one journey, starting at $14 with the destination’s stopover offerings. Choose from a range of standard, premium and luxury offers, featuring stays in 4– and 5-star hotels. Curate your dream itinerary with arts, adventure sports, culinary options, shopping and more. Keep reading for sample itineraries for travelers staying for just 24–48 hours.
A day in Doha is plenty of time to take in the wonders of the city. Start by visiting the Museum of Islamic Art. The museum features Islamic art from across three continents and showcases a collection of artifacts, metalwork, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, textiles and glass dating back to the seventh century. Next, visit Souq Waqif to explore the alleyways and stalls, enjoy traditional Qatari delicacies, art galleries and live performances. Before heading back, stop by Doha Corniche to catch a glimpse of the city’s beautiful skyline.
For travelers who have an extra night in the city, stay at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas. Situated more than 50 miles from downtown Doha, the property boasts the largest waterpark in the area and offers a luxurious getaway, featuring more than 2 miles of stunning private beaches. Guests can expect the best in Arabian hospitality at the hotel’s spa and wide range of dining experiences.
If you have two days in the destination, visit Place Vendôme Mall for some shopping. The mall also features a water canal running through the interior and exterior and features a must-see dancing water fountain. Afterward, explore the city by water on the traditional wooden dhow boat or jet ski around the marina for stunning views of The Pearl-Qatar against the city’s backdrop. Enjoy a delicious meal at restaurants like Shay Al Shoomos or Nobu, The Four Seasons Hotel Doha.
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