Essential tips for your memorable Qatar trip
Qatar trip is really to visit the famed city of Doha. International tourism and business magazines have called it a brand new Gulf premier city in making and with its bounty of recreational luxury and budget vacation options; it is indeed a city worth visiting. Here are some tips everyone planning a Qatar holiday must know of:
1. Travelling to Qatar via national airways from several major cities of the world is easy now. You may also opt for British Airways, Emirates and other airways. Reaching Qatar via Dubai stopover is a bit cheaper.
2. Do not bring along pork products, alcohol or narcotics while visiting Qatar as these are banned here.
3. Climate: Qatar’s climate can be hostile but the initial winter month of November is fairly pleasant. The peak season is during spring when the climate is moderate so visiting during winter months or during March-April will be suitable. Summer brings sandstorm and extremely high and dry climate so if you are planning a Qatar trip, stick to the winter season
4. Things you must not forget: On your sightseeing Qatar tour, remember to pack some good sunglasses-hat to save you from the sunlight and a decent sun block to keep the tan at bay. Qatar being a religious country puts a lot of emphasis on the religious culture. The local clothing style has evolved following the religious culture so wear what covers your shoulders and legs. Plunging necklines are a big no-no for women. While covering the head is not a necessity but women should consider wearing scarves when walking inside a religious site. Moreover, men should keep the chest and legs covered too when in public.
5. Make sure that you are carrying travel health insurance. In case of any emergency, you may utilize the insurance to cover the high medical costs. Dial 999 for emergency medical help in Qatar.
6. Do carry photocopies of essential documents such as visas, passport, tickets and traveler’s cheques. Carry enough money in form of credit/debit cards, traveler’s cheques, cash and cash cards. Transactions: You will need to have Qatari Riyal for all transactions within the country but you can also use Saudi Riyals for small purchases.7. If you are sightseeing Qatar or the capital, Doha, then visiting the conventional Corniche is a must. The arched promenade whose view from the Doha Bay and the Clock tower is delightful is a place worth hanging out at if you are in the mood for some urban architect study. You will find most people walking along the pathway as the Corniche offers a grand view of the capital and is among its greatest gems.
8. Another place worth visiting in Doha is the Rumeila park which has everything to amuse the traveler inside you. From grand art galleries, cafeterias to skateboarding space, the park is everything. A must visit whether you are travelling with family or with friends.
9. The Katara Cultural Village is another one of Doha’s classic attraction with its wondrous roman styled architectural and cultural design. If you are a foodie then you will fall in love with the food!
10. Some Museums in Doha may not be open so before you take your sightseeing Doha tour, check with the authorities beforehand. The is renowned for its wide collections sought from distinct continents though and is mostly open during the day.
11. While Doha dictates the Qatari tourism model, Khor Al Udeid is another tourism centric region where the rolling dunes offer an exotic rush of adrenaline. You can get any tourist company to get your a guided tour with racing included along with local cuisine meals and a campfire experience.
12. If Qatar trip amuses you beyond your wildest expectations then you can seek an extension for 14 days.
13. Qatar has a bounty of recreational vacation options and some amazing hotels. Doha has numerous accommodation options that suit all budgets so whether you want a budget hotel or a 5-star, the capital won’t fail to impress you.
14. Qatar’s culture has roots in the Bedouin tribes (nomadic) who are now well known for their exquisite art of weaving. You can get souvenirs with Bedouin styled weaving like saddlebags, Qatari Fabric, golden-silver embroidered clothing, tents, etc from the Souq Waqif and other markets.
15. You might have some trouble getting around since the local administration has recently sponsored the setting up of street numbers. Most addresses don’t contain street numbers but have information on landmarks. So, getting around on your own car get troublesome but you can hire cabs or limousines from the hotels and get a guide to help you navigate.