In many ways, Qatar is amazing. High skyscrapers, modern infrastructure, and in addition the fact that it is one of the richest societies in the world. As many as 17% of Qatar’s inhabitants are millionaires!
From 9 August 2017, visiting Qatar is much simpler because residents in most European countries and the US are no longer subject to the visa requirement. To enter Qatar, from now you only need a passport valid for at least six months and a return ticket (or for onward travel). You will receive a residence permit of up to 90 days on site. The permit will be valid for 180 days and will be issued free of charge!
Interestingly, Qatar Airways passengers traveling in transit with a change time of 5-12 hours can visit the city for free thanks to the courtesy of the airline and the Qatar Travel Organization! You can book a city tour at the Doha City Tour booth (next to the yellow bear) at the Hamad International Airport in Doha. Reservation is made on a first-come first-served basis and is subject to the availability of seats on the bus. The duration of the trip is about three hours.
Visiting Qatar suggests to start from Doha. The city is a typical example of a metropolis where tradition mixes with modernity. Although it is still a great construction site, because it is preparing to organize the world football championship in 2022, it still has many interesting tourist attractions to offer:
Souq Waqif – a market with numerous stalls, shops, art galleries and restaurants. You can buy local products and have a great time.
Al Koot Fort (Doha Fort) – a historic fortress from 1927 located in the heart of the Qatari capital. It has now been transformed into a museum.
Doha Corniche – 7 km horseshoe-shaped promenade, from which there is a beautiful view of the city panorama and the business district dotted with glass skyscrapers. The promenade is very popular with walkers, runners, rollerbladers and fishermen.
West Bay – Doha’s business district with skyscrapers, to which the Corniche promenade leads.
Museum of Islamic Art – it houses collections of Islamic art from three continents, covering over 1.4 thousand years. The works are both secular and religious, but they are all associated with the Islamic cultural circle. The museum is open on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:30 to 17:30, on Thursdays and Saturdays between 12:00 and 20:00 and on Fridays from 14:00 to 20:00. It is closed on Tuesdays!
There is a modest dress in the museum – bare shoulders and short skirts or pants are forbidden.
Pearl Qatar – an artificial island covering an area of 4 million square kilometers, the cost of construction costing as many as 15 billion dollars! It has luxury villas and apartments reserved for the wealthiest residents.
Banana Island – an artificially made island in the shape of a banana on which you can only move by bike! They do not have the right to enter the car. Azure water, houses on stilts with private pools is her main showcase. On the island you can play golf and tennis or use the SPA. Of course, this is a rather expensive attraction designed for people with a thick wallet.