Have the holiday of a lifetime in cosmopolitan Qatar
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The cosmopolitan city of Qatar is evolving into one of the world's most exciting holiday destinations. A place where you can watch camels racing, learn the ancient art of falconry and watch the sunset over the Arabian Gulf, Qatar offers an experience like no other.
Doha, the capital of Qatar, is a city where ancient Souks sit next to gleaming skyscrapers, where contemporary restaurants serve food inspired by traditional Ottoman cuisine and where traditional food sellers jostle for space with luxury boutiques. There is no other place on earth quite like it.
There are a few must-see attractions in Doha, but one cannot visit without seeing the Museum of Islamic Art. Located on the Doha waterfront in the MIA park, the museum is not only an architectural masterpiece from the outside, it contains one of the most important collections of ancient Islamic, art, jewellery, textiles and glasswork within. Some of these exquisite pieces date as far back as the 7th century and highlight how Islamic art still influences art and architecture today.
There is no better time to enjoy the beauty of this stunning city than from the shore as the sun sinks beneath the Arabian sea and the sky turns a thousand shades of orange. So, why not take a relaxing harbour cruise in a traditional dhow and watch as the gleaming skyscrapers onshore come to life in a fulmination of colour as the sun sets?
As traditional bedouin sailing vessels, dhows were originally used by pearl divers, but these days they are more likely to be found transporting tourists than oysters. The nightly cruise takes in the sights of Corniche road and cosmopolitan West Bay, with guest able to enjoy a delicious Bedouin buffet during the journey.
For action seekers, the desert beckons, with a dune-riding desert safari on offer. You’ll set off in the morning with your experienced guide and head on out into the desert for an action-packed day riding the dunes, before setting up camp beside the Khor Al Adaid, the inland sea, to watch the sunset. Then, you’ll get to enjoy a tasty bedouins-style barbecue dinner, before setting off home.
A range of other activities are also available, including learning the ancient art of falconry, a fascinating sport that can trace its roots back to Persia in 4000 BC, and camel racing at the Al Shahaniya Camel Race Track. The camels used to be ridden by children, but, in the interests of safety, they are now ridden by robots controlled by professional ‘jockeys’. Camel racing is big business in Qatar, with some races attracting thousands of spectators.
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