In a destination where cosmopolitan city meets serene golden shores and proud heritage fits seamlessly with modern glamour, you can rest assured that the experiences on offer will be both unique and exciting. From intrepid desert adventure to relaxing dhow cruises – this is Black Tomato’s top five in Qatar.
The sand dunes are an irresistible allure when in Qatar, so let us ensure you’re all booked in for a spot of ‘dune bashing’ before you arrive in this exotic destination. A short drive out of the city and the world will morph from glitzy buildings to rolling sands before your very eyes. Fly across the dunes in your four wheel drive and stop off at the otherworldly Inland Sea before moving on for some lunch and a swim along the Arabian Gulf. For the ultimate desert experience, why not spend the night beneath the stars at a local Bedouin camp? Back in Doha, you’ll wonder if it was all a beautiful dream.
The markets of Doha are a colourful and energetic place to spend a few hours, and few can beat the famed Souq Waqif. The city’s largest and most vibrant souq; here you’ll find local spices, handicrafts, gold and textiles – so it’s an ideal spot to pick up some souvenirs before your flight home. There are even local horse stables and an intriguing falcon hospital (yes, a place where they treat the injured birds) to be explored to make your time here that much more memorable. Surrounded by all of this and an array of authentic restaurants- you’ll feel like a true Qatari in no time at all.
Perhaps you’ve spent the day on the sand dunes or out at the markets shopping, either way you’ll be ready for a little indulgence, and what could be more romantic and relaxing than a private dinner cruise upon a traditional Dhow? On board, you’ll dine on delicious cuisine as you look out across the waters to the beautiful cityscape and marvel at the beauty of the sun setting on a day you’ll always remember.
Strip away the glitz, glamour and coastal beauty of Qatar and you’re left with a destination brimming with cultural allures, and the UNESCO site of Al Zubarah Fort, with its sand-protected ruins, is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in local history and culture. For a quiet and reflective morning or afternoon, we urge you not to miss the opportunity to learn all you can about the history of such a fascinating destination. Al Zubarah is also well-known for once being a thriving pearl diving and fishing port – a little nugget of information to bring this historic site to life for you…
Doha boasts some wonderful museums and galleries, but the one that we just couldn’t get enough of was the Museum of Islamic Art. Home to a huge collection of ancient and modern art that spans 14 centuries, with exhibitions dedicated to a variety of Islamic art forms that include anything from metalwork to jewellery to ceramics. A great educational place to escape the heat of the midday sun; you could (and should) easily spend a whole afternoon wandering the cool rooms of this museum.