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QATAR HOLIDAYS   >   MIDDLE EAST   


Holidays in Qatar   -   Tourist information Qatar.

Municipalities in Qatar : Ad Dawhah, Al Ghuwayriyah, Al Jumayliyah, Al Khawr, Al Wakrah, Ar Rayyan, Jarayan al Batnah, Ash Shamal and Umm Salal

Surrounded by water on three sides, Qatar is a peninsula in the Persian Gulf (*) with its only land border existing at the southern end where Qatar meets Saudi Arabia. The entire county is approximately 240 kilometres from north to south, and less than 160 kilometres wide.

Capital City Qatar: Doha


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Pick-Up Station / Return Station : Doha Airport, Doha Downtown

Hotels in Qatar

  Booking  -  Hotels in Qatar   -   Hotels in Doha en Al Khor
Al Muntazah Plaza Hotel, Royal Qatar Hotel, Moevenpick Hotel Doha, Ramada Plaza Doha, Al Sadd Merweb Hotel .

  Ramada Plaza Doha *****, C Ring Road, Doha
The hotel stands in the centre of Doha within easy reach of the Airport, Business and Commercial districts and of course its famous Doha Corniche with the rich waters of the Arabian gulf lapping the shores. With 584 bedrooms and suites all rooms are modern and spacious, fully air conditioned with complimentary high speed internet / WIFI connections.
Our friendly staff, outstanding service and renowned selection of specialty restaurants and bars will make your stay with us both enjoyable and memorable. Ramada Plaza Doha is the place for dining and a fun night out featuring 20 specialty restaurants and bars.

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  British Airways   -   Holidays in Qatar [ Flight & Hotel ] 
Visit archaeological sites at Al-Zubarah or gaze up at high-rises along the coastal Corniche promenade in Doha. Lose yourself looking for bargains to take home from bustling souk markets, then cool off on a boat trip to the islands surrounding the Qatar peninsula.

   -   Create your perfect trip to Qatar
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  Destination Doha And Beyond
A unique, highly-principled and personal service. Thoroughly experienced in arranging holidays of genuine quality, reliability and value, Destination Doha And Beyond caters for discerning clients who are entitled to expect to enjoy every minute of every hour of every day of their leisure experience.
  Tropical Locations   -   specialist travel organiser

Qatar Complete Residents Guide - ISBN 9948442350Travel Guides Qatar / Related Books

Doha Travel Guide [Kindle Edition]
Format: Kindle Edition; File Size: 468 KB; Publisher: Offbeat Guides (2 Nov 2010); Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ā r.l.; ASIN: B00371V6T8.

Qatar Complete Residents Guide
Insider's guide to the administrative hurdles of living in Qatar from visas and driving licences to setting up home and opening a bank account. Independent reviews of over 200 restaurants bars and cafes. Pleasure, leisure and sporting activities for all ages. Every nook and cranny worth exploring. Where to shop and what to buy. 36 pages of fully referenced photographic maps.
Paperback: 270 pages; Publisher: Explorer Publishing; 3 edition (1 July 2010 ); ISBN-10: 9948442350; ISBN-13: 978-9948442356.

Qatar Berlitz Pocket Guide
Paperback: 144 pages; Publisher: Berlitz Publishing (24 Feb 2006); ISBN-10: 981246672X; ISBN-13: 978-9812466723.

Transportation / How do I travel to Qatar

  Doha Airport [ DOH ]   -   Doha Airport

   -   Flights to Qatar
Book cheap flights to Qatar at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  British Airways   -   Flight tickets Doha 
British Airways flights to Doha land at Doha International Airport, five miles from Doha's city centre. Take a taxi after Doha flights and in no time at all you'll be eating sizzling fish kebabs at a cafe in Doha's souk bazaar. Have a glass of mint tea after flights to Doha, then stretch your legs with a stroll along Doha's Corniche waterfront promenade as the sun sets over the Arabian Sea.

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights   -   price comparison possible


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  Experience Qatar   -   The Official web site of Qatar - Qatar Tourism Authority

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs  -   lost of info
Major Cities, Tourist Attractions, Major Museums & Forts, Hotels & Clubs, Shopping Malls, Restaurants & Internet Cafes etc.

  Ministry of Internal Affairs Qatar   -   info about a visum etc.

  Doha City  -  Qatar Guide
A bayside city half way down the east coast, which is the cultural and commercial heart of Qatar and the home to 50% per cent of its population.
Like many cities in the region, Doha is an intriguing mixture of old and new, of ancient Arabic tradition and modern metropolitan life.

  Ad Dawhah [ baladiyah ]
  Al Bida Park   
This park lies on Doha Corniche. It has grass areas, children rides, a popular market and restaurants. It opens around the clock and entrance is free of charge. 
  Al Ghuwayriyah
  Al Jassasiya   
Al Jassasiya are a range of rocky hills overlooking the northeastern coast of the country between the two villages of Al Huwailah and Fuwairit. They are famous for their numerous stone carvings and engravings, some of which date back to prehistoric times.
  Al Jumayliyah
  Al Khawr / Alkhor   -   north of Qatar [ 57km  ]
Until the early 1940s the town used to be a thriving port and pearl fishing center. Other trades have started to replace those bussiness, and the town teems with relics that testify to the town's venerable history. Its fine mosques, its museum that houses valuable archeological pieces and acquisitions and its historical towers are some examples of those relics
  Al Wakrah  -  a small town situated halfway between Doha and Mesaieed
Al Wakrah is the center for a booming commercial fishing industry and has an old fishing port, which is still in use to date. The town is famous for its fine mosques and many houses reflecting the old Islamic architecture style.
  Ar Rayyan
  Jarayan al Batnah
  Ash Shamal
  Shahaniya   
Is situated 60km west of Doha and has a purpose-built camel racetrack. It is famous for camel races.
  Umm Salal
  Camel Race / Horse Race
In springtime, Qatar is always the place to watch the famous Camel races and the Arabian horse shows including the Endurance race of 120 KM in the south desert.
  Daily news from Qatar   -   Gulf Times
  Daily news   -   The Peninsula
  Falconry
These birds of prey were used originally by Bedouins to hunt game, providing an important addition to their diets. In Qatar today, the tradition of falconry remains a major sporting activity during the hunting season from October to March.
  Kingdom of Aladin, West Bay
Kingdom of Aladdin lies in the West Bay area. It has more than 18 game features to suit all age groups. It also has a rest house, an artificial lagoon, a theater and a cafeteria
  Magazine   -   Marhaba
Containing an introduction to the country, places to stay, things to do, it is a great resource for visitors.
  Palm Tree Island   
The Palm Tree Island is 10- minute boat ride off Doha Corniche. The Island has children and family amenities, a restaurant offering seafood and barbecue meals and a cafe serving snacks and refreshments.There is also a jetty for traditional Dhow boats close to Doha Sheraton Hotel on the Corniche waterfront.
  Radio Sawa - live radio
One of the guiding principles of Radio Sawa is that the long-range interests of the United States are served by communicating directly in Arabic with the peoples of the Middle East by radio.
  Radio Qatar -  broadcasting in arabic, french and english
  Sealine Beach Resort   
Situated 55 km from the capital, the resort offers a large variety of rooms, villas and chalets, all with a sea view. The resort also has many sports and recreational activities and a number of restaurants, alongside with meeting and conference facilities.
  TV  from Qatar   -   Aljazeera   -   Qatar-based satellite television channel
  TV   -   Qatar Television

  University of Qatar

  Embassy of Qatar - tourism


*) The controversial term Arabian Gulf, the subject of the Persian Gulf naming dispute, may refer to the : a.) Persian Gulf, the internationally recognized name and b) Red Sea, an older name rarely used by some European nations until the nineteenth century. See Persian Gulf naming dispute.

Cuisine   -   Quatari cooking

  Qatari Cuisine 
Qatar enjoys sunshine just about everyday of the year and for this the most used dishes are vegetables, fish and fruits. Arabian cuisine is based on the traditional foods of the nomadic tribes...

  Qatarembassy.net   -   Dining   -   see Arabian cuisine
Outside the hotels, small eating places are to be found in all parts of Doha. While restaurants located outside hotel and club premises are not permitted to serve alcohol, all are air-conditioned, clean and are often culinary adventures in their own right...

History of Qatar

Independent of the UK on September 3,  1971.

Qatar has a rich and vibrant history, a history that can be traced back as far as 4000 BC. Throughout the centuries, the fishing and pearling trades have established Qatar as an important port in the Gulf. With the expansion and growth of its oil and gas industry, the port and the country maintain their international importance.

Some nice museums, such as the Weaponry Museum, the National Museum, the Qatar Heritage Museum and the Museum of Islamic and Arabian Art, owned by HH Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al-Thani.

The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, 1870-1914 
Frederick F. Anscombe
Aiming to dispel the notion that Britain is exclusively responsible for the formation of the Persian Gulf's modern states, this text puts into perspective the central roles played by the Ottoman empire and explains the reasons behind the Ottoman occupation of the Persian Gulf in 1871.
Paperback 288 pages (January 1998);  Publisher: Columbia University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0231108397

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

Primarily a Bedouin culture, Qatar's traditions are based on poetry and song, while amazing art is created through weaving. Using tools made from both wood and gazelle horn, weavers work with sheep, goat, and camel wool to create beautiful rugs, tents, and cushions.

  Khaliji music
It is characterized by heavy use of the traditional tabl drum and music of the oud.

Qatar most important festivals are Eid Al Adha, Eid Al Fitre, Islamic New Year, Anniversary of the Emir's Succession, and Independence Day which is on third September.

  Nightlife in Qatar
Local nightlife is found in traditional shi-sha places and coffee houses. The shi-sha is the Arabian water pipe; very popular amongst local people and foreigners.
Int'l nightlife in Qatar is limited due to strict religious rules and mainly takes place in the modern international hotels, such as the Marriott, the Mövenpick, the Sheraton, the InterContinental, The Ritz Carlton, The Sofitel and The Ramada Hotel. All of these hotels have excellent bars and discotheques and nightclubs. For instance, The Admirals Club of the Ritz Carlton hosts a state of the art European style Lounge Café, open to members only.

 
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