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Enjoy an early round of golf at the Doha Golf Club which boasts an 18 hole championship course.
Explore the galleries of the Museum of Islamic Art which preserves, studies and exhibits masterpieces spanning three continents and 13 centuries.
Enjoy a sunset over Arabic Coffee along Dohaâ€™s famous 8km long Corniche that offers panoramic views of the capital.
Cruise into the sunset on a dhow, the traditional Arab fishing vessel, around Doha Bay.
Tackle a sand dune on sand-skis, a quad-bike or simply walk in the dunes south of Doha.
Have a relaxing lunch at Katara.
Watch the exiting Camel Racing at the Al Shahaniya racetrack.
Take a walk in one of the malls.
10:00 Search for perfume and handicrafts in the traditional Souq Waqif that evokes the feeling of ancient Arabic heritage and community.
Gain an insight into the history of Qatar at the 18th-century ZUBARA Fort.
A traditional arabic dinner at one of the many award-winning restaurants in Qatar.
Return via the Pearl Merchantâ€™s House in the Al-Wakra.
Escape the heat with a refreshing Swim at the hotel pool.
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48 hours in Qatar Qatar has become a world class destination for doing business as well as for hosting international conferences, meetings and incentive travel. More than 90% of visitors to Doha come here for business. Adding just 48 hours to your business trip, enjoy Qatar’s unique city offerings or venture out on the sand dunes, a visit to the ancient Zubara Fort, shop at Souq Waqif, and take in a concert at Katara Cultural Village, visit the Museum of Islamic Art or enjoy two hours at the golf course. All these experiences will encourage you to visit Qatar again. With Qatar now a gateway between continents and with more than 100 Qatar Airways flights around the world, many long haul flights and a lot of passengers transiting through Doha, we are encouraging travelers and visitors to stopover for 48 hours and explore the country. For information in planning your trip to Qatar, please contact Qatar Tourism Authority.
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With world class hotels, amazing shopping malls, intriguing cultural highlights and the beauty of the desert at your doorstep, Qatar offers traditional Arabian hospitality in the heart of a modern and vibrant country.
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Qatar has a wealth of leisure activities for all ages. A stroll along the Corniche is a must during your stay. This seven-kilometer stretch of coastline runs parallel to the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf and is used by walkers and runners, as well as the more adventurous rollerbladers. From the large shopping complexes, such as City Centre, Villaggio and Landmark, to the tiny stalls of the souqs, eager shoppers will find everything they need and more. Souq Waqif is the oldest of Doha’s traditional markets, originally used by traders as a place to buy and sell meat, wool, milk, and other staples. Today it is a maze of alleyways packed with everything from traditional clothing and incense to camping equipment and hardware. The major hotels offer a variety of facilities including tennis and squash courts, swimming pools, and fitness equipment, as well as health and spa facilities offering massages and other treatments. A trip to the inland sea, in the middle of the desert, can be arranged by experienced tour operators. Add to the adventure by expertly steering their fourwheel drive vehicles up and down 60 metre sand dunes along the way. Just south of Qatar, Sealine Beach Resort with a hotel, two swimming pools and landscaped grounds, has villas and chalets for overnight, weekend and holiday hire, and is also open to day visitors.
Under the leadership of His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Qatar has emerged on the world stage as a country that is a leader in progression and innovation in education. Through the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) which is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Qatar is preparing its citizens to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. QF’s home is Education City which houses branches of the seven prestigious international universities is now an international leader in innovative education and research. Qatar boasts two top research centres: the Qatar Science and Technology Park, which is an incubator for technology and research and is home to 21 companies, and the Sidra Medical and Research Centre which when it opens in 2012 will focus on women and children’s health. Qatar University is the country’s largest and oldest university and currently has nearly 10,000 students studying a range of disciplines. Doha annually hosts the World Innovation Summit for Education – WISE – a global forum that brings together education stakeholders, opinion leaders and decision makers from all over the world to discuss educational issues.
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Qatar has established itself as one of the region’s cultural capitals, hosting major international events. The Museum of Islamic Art, design by IM Pei, is the pearl of the country’s cultural jewelry box, housing some of the most precious works from more than 200 years of Islamic civilization. The Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art opened on the grounds of Education City in 2010 and hosts not only exhibitions but a permanent collection of regional art and design. Katara Cultural Village is the epicenter of arts and culture in Doha and has galleries, performance spaces as well as restaurants and theatres. The Doha Tribeca International Film Festival is held in Qatar every October and is a celebration of film and community. Many films make their international debut at this festival. The Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, formed in 2009, hold regular concerts at the Opera House at Katara Cultural Village. The Qatar Marine Festival, held every March, celebrates the country’s marine and pearl diving heritage with musical and theatre performances and other family activities. A visit to ancient Fort Zubara in the North of the country will relocate you in the late 18th Century.
Fast becoming one of the world’s leading places to enjoy sports, Qatar has invested US$2.8 billion in infrastructure over the last several years to support athletic competition. Having successfully hosted the 2011 Asian Cup, Qatar has also been selected as hosts of the 2022 FIFA World Cup after. Qatar is also home to the Qatar Sports City – ASPIRE Zone – a premier complex for athletics, entertainment, recreation and wellness. Qatar has a well-deserved reputation in horse and camel racing. The Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club carries on this long and distinguished tradition with a commitment to the pure breeding of Arabian horses. Camel racing continues today in the small town of Al Shahaniya, where Qatar’s main camel racetrack is located. The Qatari National League (football) is one of the best in the Middle East and has a large and loyal following. Many international events are held in Qatar including the PGA European Tour Qatar Masters, ATP Qatar Open (tennis) and racing of all kinds, including motorcycle, cycling, and powerboat. More than 500kms of beautiful coastline make watersports such as sailing, jet-skiing, kayaking, diving and water-skiing a pleasure. Golfers can challenge their game on the championship course at the Doha Golf Club a 18-hole Championship Course and 9-hole Academy Course.
Qatar has the aim to develop into a leading worldclass events destination for the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE). Qatar offers a perfect environment for businesstourism combined with leisure, just a hop away from the European market, yet offering a very different experience, with Arabian traditions and all luxury facilities. As part of its five-year plan, Qatar is investing into tourism infrastructure, including the construction of luxury hotels, resorts and meeting facilities. To meet forecasted demand, hotel capacity will increase exponentially. Located near the InterContinental Hotel, near West Bay Lagoon, the purpose-built 45,000 sqm Doha Exhibition Center has 15,000 sqm of exhibition space, along with a business centre, meeting and VIP rooms, a bank and a coffee shop. The Doha Exhibitions and Convention Center to open in 2013 and will provide 47,000 sqm of exhibition and convention space, which is certain to become an important regional and international convention and exhibition space. The Qatar National Convention Centre, opened in late 2011, features more than 40,000 sqm of exhibition space. The flexibility of the building offers the capacity for a conference or gala dinner for 10,000 guests.
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Qatar has become a world class destination fordoing business as well as for hosting international conferences, meetings and incentive travel...