13 November 2019
Qatar is the place to uncover an expertly curated selection of experiences to create memories that will last a lifetime. Join the celebrations, watch in awe, feast on delicious cuisine, relax in beautiful surroundings and get active however you choose. There are so many possibilities in this Middle Eastern jewel.
Qatar has a calendar full of events and festivals so no matter when you visit your trip will likely coincide with a special event which will add a bit of extra magic to your stay.
A few of our favourite events to keep an eye out for include the Qatar International Food Festival - an outdoor culinary extravaganza featuring the best food from across Qatar - and Eid al-Fitr Festival, also known as the “Festival of breaking the fast”, Eid al-Fitr is held at the end of Ramadan and is marked by celebrations and feasting across Qatar.
Another exciting day in the Qatari calendar is National Day on December 18th, when a series of events will take place across the country to mark the unification of the nation. These include fireworks displays and a parade through the streets of Doha.
In 2022, Qatar will be the proud host of the first-ever FIFA World Cup to be held in the Middle East. The tournament will see all the top names in football converge on Qatar for what is sure to be a memorable tournament and an exciting new experience for fans.
Qatar plays host to a series of sporting events that are held annually across a broad range of sports including golf (Qatar Masters), cycling (Tour of Qatar), motorcycle racing (Qatar MotoGP) and tennis (Qatar Open).
As well as enjoying the international sports events that are held in Qatar, guests can also get a flavour of local culture by watching Qatari sports such as traditional fishing and pearl diving, which are showcased at the four-day Senyar Festival.
The tradition of hospitality runs deep in Qatar and is evident in the presenting of Arabic coffee and dates to welcome visitors. It is still common in Qatar, especially at times of celebration, for people to dine communally and share conversation over the delicious shared feast.
Despite its limited size, Qatari cuisine is quite varied. It contains a lot of fresh seafood caught from the Arabian Gulf and is heavily influenced by the flavours of other countries in the region such as Iran and India.
A common Qatari dish is Machboos, a richly spiced stew of rice and seafood or meat served with yoghurt. It is typical to round off a meal with locally grown dates or fresh fruit. One of the best places to experience this traditional Qatari dining is in Katara Cultural Village and The Pearl-Qatar, where many restaurants offer the flavours of Qatar that will enchant you and keep you coming back for more.
Thanks to Qatar’s year-round warm weather, it’s the perfect place to lounge by a pool and bask in the sun. The immaculate swathes of golden beaches that line the coast are great spots to soak in the sun and take a dip in the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf so if you can pry yourself away from the luxury of your hotel, you will be greatly rewarded.
When you think you’ve had enough vitamin D, it’s time to unwind in one of Qatar’s luxury spas. Allow yourself to be pampered by the expert staff within opulent surroundings, with any number of soothing treatments to revitalise your body and leave you raring to go.
If you like to get active on your holiday, Qatar has plenty to keep you busy. Visiting golf enthusiasts are welcome to play at Doha Golf Club and Education City Gold Club and enjoy the ultimate golfing experience and state of the art facilities.
If you prefer to get active in and around the water, then Qatar’s crystal-clear seas provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy a whole host of motorised and non-motorised water sports. For keen divers, the excellent dive sites are easily accessible and include wrecks, deep water and reef dives.
"One option if you have time during your stay is to enjoy a day out in the sand dunes; 'dune bashing' is an exhilarating ride through the desert of Qatar."
Sandra, Travel Counsellor
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