|Compared to some other countries in this part of the world, Qatar really hasn’t made its name yet as a highly popular tourist destination, and to be honest the number of attractions for tourists here are somewhat limited.
Qatar is gaining a name for itself as the next Dubai, and though development is not anywhere the scale which Dubai is seeing there are still a number of similarities between the two places – great shopping and high class hotels and restaurants are the most obvious!
The capital and largest city of Qatar is Doha, and rapid development is certainly apparent here. There’s not a great deal to do, but visitors can explore the Qatar National Museum or the Museum of Islamic Arts (open from November 2008).
The main feature of Doha is the Al-Corniche. This is a seaside promenade, popular for walks and to enjoy the views. Also here you’ll find several statues, such as the large Oyster and Pearl statue – a reminder of what Qatar’s dominant industry was before oil. You’ll also find the Doha Heritage Village which is based on a traditional Qatari village and gives visitors the chance to see traditional crafts and industries.
Other attractions in Doha include Doha Zoo as well as the Souk Waqif. The souk is a renovated Arabic market quarter where you can go for shopping, or you may like to head to one of the many modern shopping malls, where you’ll find that prices are generally cheaper than Dubai, for example.
Khor Al Udeid
Khor Al Udeid means Inland Sea, and visitors come here to enjoy what is probably Qatar’s most popular attraction – driving on the sand dunes!
There is an inland sea here of sand dunes rather than water, which stretches for miles and miles. Visitors may wish to venture out on their own, but really it’s more fun having a driver who doubles as a tour guide to take you out to the best bits! There are several companies who specialize in tours of this part of Qatar and often you can choose the guided tour as well as a traditional Arab meal served around a campfire.