Look no further if you’re looking for an ideal travel destination to fulfill your off-beat leisure goals, Qatar holds thrills and novel experiences for all. Offering a window to the past, it also opens its doors to a bright future. Under the umbrella of the famous Qatar hospitality, one can enjoy adventure experiences like dune bashing, scuba diving, skydiving, kitesurfing, quad biking, paratriking and wakeboarding, among others.
A beautiful travel destination, Qatar, a peninsula with a 563-km coastline, is characterised by its flat and arid desertscape with year-round sunshine, packed summers and mild winters. It offers an unbelievable amount of leisure, adventure, dining and cultural offerings for travellers to discover. Here are a few unmissable experiences on your Doha trip:
Abundance of mangroves and lush greenery, Purple Island is a serene location set amidst nature beyond Al Khor which is an ideal vacation spot for the family. Originally associated with royalty, Purple Island is now open to visitors for kayaking or hiking around the island and onsite camping to offer a rustic experience. Its natural beauty facilitates birdwatching, nature walks, spotting marine animals, kayaking through the mangroves, or crossing the wooden bridge to reach the small, picturesque hills connected to the island.
Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park
56 slides and rides, 18 attractions and numerous dining options make Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park the most exciting aqua adventure playground in Qatar. Nimr Laser Tag, Desert Street Circuit, Desert Falls Canyoning and Oasis Marine World Diving Experience are some of the must-try experiences offered by the aqua park. Picturesque views, delectable cuisines, beautifully-appointed rooms at the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and ancient and modern therapies offered by Spas make the experience even more worth it.
A 32,000 sqm indoor experiential park located within Doha Oasis Mixed-Use Development in Msheireb, Quest is Qatar’s first-ever theme park with more than 30 rides and attractions, featuring a mix of adrenaline-heavy thrill rides, media-controlled simulators, virtual reality experiences, and family-friendly attractions, all offering an experience unlike any other in Doha. Must experience are Quest’s signature rides such as the EpiQ Coaster (which is crowned as the World’s tallest indoor roller coaster), and the Magma Blast (also known as the World’s tallest indoor drop tower). A first of its kind, Quest offers a themed and story-based concept that caters to an audience of all ages. It’s your perfect family hangout.
Relaxation & Rejuvenation on the beaches
If you’re searching for picturesque landscapes, there is no place to look beyond the natural paradises – the beaches. Some of the most popular options include Inland Sea (or Khor Al Adaid), Banana Island, Sealine Beach, Fuwairit Beach, Umm Bab Beach, Katara Beach, Al Thakhira Beach, Al Wakrah Beach, Al Aaliya Island and Zekreet Beach. With high traveller ratings, each of these beaches is perfect depending on the company you have along. The Corniche is the preferred destination for a walk around the bay or a dhow cruise to soak in the vista of Doha’s skyline, while the others offer a grand escape from the hustle-bustle of daily life and a moment to just breathe and be with oneself.
Thrilling Sports Experiences
Qatar has a long and historical association with sports. Whether it was horse racing, camel racing, or falconry in ancient times or volleyball, football and tennis and golf in recent times, the country has a long-developed relationship with sportsmanship. Cut to the present, Qatar is fast becoming an international hub for sports and the perfect choice to host international and regional sporting events.
Over the years, the country has hosted a number of events in different sports disciplines. These include the 2006 Asian Games, 2015 World Men’s Handball Championship, 2016 Road Cycling championship, 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, 2019 IAAF Athletics World Championships and the 2019 ANOC Beach Games to name just a few. Coming up next, this year, is the biggest sporting event in the world – FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Large-scale planning has already been put into action and the country is ready to play host to the best of the teams in the world at its world-class and iconic stadia, including Janoub Stadium, Al Bayt Stadium, Al Thumama Stadium, Education City Stadium, Khalifa International Stadium, Stadium 974 and Lusail Stadium, which will play host to either group matches or grand events related to the Football World Cup.
Not only this, but in order to capitalise on the build-up and excitement for FIFA, Qatar has planned out an assortment of exceptional new tourism developments that are scheduled to open across the country in the coming days. Aimed to showcase the best of Qatar, these include Winter Wonderland, Fuwairit Kite Beach (FKB), The Outpost Al Barari, Qetaifan Island North and West Bay North Beach Project.
Earlier, in March 2022 the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum were launched as one of the world’s most innovative sports museums.
There is so much to Qatar that would make you want to revisit the destination. For a traveller of any age and interest, there are choices galore. Just plan your itinerary well in advance and enjoy the best this beautiful country has to offer. Log on to www.visitqatar.qa to plan your itinerary.