With the 2022 World Cup catapulting it to prominence, Qatar has a lot going for it right now. But there’s far more than a glitzy skyline and a booming economy here. As it prepares to open its doors to the world, we discover why Arabia’s newest gem is the holiday destination of the future.
Not only is this museum home to the largest collection of Islamic art in the world, it also occupies a waterfront position and enjoys one of the greatest views of the Doha skyline. The collections include Islamic manuscripts, textiles and ceramics gathered from across the world since the 1980s.
Doha’s souqs offer an insight into traditional Qatar, where locals haggle over everything from silk to livestock and spices to perfumes. Souq Waquf is the largest of the bunch, where you can pick up all sorts of traditional knick knacks, explore art galleries, partake in workshops and stretch out on a divan in the shisha bars when your legs tire.
In preparation for the World Cup and other international sporting events, Qatar has invested bundles in new hotels, taking luxury to a whole new level. Competing against each other for the world’s most lavish hotel award, resorts such as the St. Regis and the Four Seasons occupy private stretches of beach and have their own exclusive marinas.
Jutting out in the Arabian Gulf, Doha’s man-made Pearl Island houses Qatar’s elite. Built on a former pearl diving site, the island, when complete, will resemble a string of pearls, each bejewelled with high-end shops, private marinas and stunning beaches.
With desert infiltrating its inner core, head off into the dunes for your dose of adventure. Navigate the desert on a camel trek and spend a night in a traditional Bedouin tent, or zoom over the undulating terrain in a 4x4 for the ultimate dune bashing thrill ride.