The small Gulf state of Qatar may be a deeply traditional country, but in the last 40 years has undergone an epic makeover – Just look at its capital, Doha. It’s a world-class city in the making with a spectacular modern skyline, peerless Museum of Islamic Art, a traditional souq, and burgeoning arts and culinary scenes.
For those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday, just off the coast of Doha lies the crescent-shaped Banana Island where family adventures, ocean thrills or serene spa bliss await.
For something more thrilling, head to the desert for some dune bashing, or perhaps visit the impressive Khor Al Adaid or 'Inland Sea', a UNESCO recognised natural reserve with its own eco-system. This is one of the few places in the world where the sea encroaches deep into the heart of the desert and can only be reached across the rolling dunes. Another UNESCO World Heritage site can be found on Qatar's north-coast, namely the immaculately restored Al Zubarah Fort, which is one of the most extensive and best-preserved examples of an 18-19th century settlement in the region.
On Qatar's south western tip is Salwa, a perfect place for all lovers of sun, sea, sand and serenity. It's where you'll also find the adrenaline-pumping Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park.
If you're keen to discover what makes Qatar unique, let Premier Holidays create the perfect Qatari holiday for you…
GMT +3 hours
Doha is approximately 7 hours from the UK.
With virtually guaranteed year-round sunshine it’s perfect whatever the season. Winters (December to February) are very mild, with highs around 22-25ºC and scarce rainfall, while summer temperatures usually rise above 40ºC.
During Ramadan, it is forbidden to eat, drink or smoke in public places (including hotels and those offering all inclusive) between sunrise and sunset; and no live entertainment is permitted. Hotels usually provide a private area where non-Muslims can eat during the day. Alcoholic drinks are not served in hotels (including those offering all inclusive) on dry days and other days stipulated by the government. Alcohol may be available in hotels after sunset. Please ask for more details at time of booking.