As you might recall from last week’s post World Cup Travel Guide: Five Fast Facts About Qatar, we’re newly obsessed with the Arab emirate and we’re on a mission to learn everything there is to know about the 2022 World Cup host nation.
Known as the most tourist-friendly of all the United Arab Emirates, there’s no shortage of things to do and sights to see in Qatar.
Go Sand Skiing: Snow Skiing is so 2010. We’re predicting that, as the popularity of sand skiing continues to increase, Qatar will become the new Aspen. Hit the dunes an hour south of Doha and you’ll have a breathtaking view of the Persian Gulf keeping you company along the way.
Take a Dhow Cruise to Palm Tree Island: Dhow cruise is to Qatar what a catamaran sail is to the Caribbean – your trip wouldn’t be complete without one. Hop on one of these cozy wooden sail boats and coast along Corniche Bay, where the lush gardens in Al Bida Park and Al-Rumaila Park provide a welcome visual oasis from the developed city skyline. Or, pop over to Palm Tree Island for an afternoon of camel riding, jet skiing or swimming.
Stroll through the Souk: Morocco may have the outdoor market game on lock, but the souks of Qatar are soon to takeover. Travelers who have visited Qatar rave about the vast array of outdoor markets, of both the covered, open-air and enclosed, air-conditioned variety. Here, you’ll find everything from live fowl and other animals to rugs and fine jewels on sale.
Admire the architecture: New wealth + new city = amazing, modern buildings juxtaposed against historic ruins. With extensive construction planned for the 2022 World Cup, Doha’s skyline will soon rival that of some of the world’s largest cities. Meanwhile, older structures like the Al Zubara and Doha Forts remain standing throughout the region.
View Islamic Art: Islam forbids idolatry. So, unlike Rome and Athens, Qatar’s cities don’t boast large statues or intricate paintings of various historic personalities. Instead ornate ceramics, woven oriental rugs and calligraphy works can be found in Qatar’s museums. Visit to the Ethnographic Museum and Qatar National Museum are musts!