Amongst all the modern skyscrapers and expansive boulevards, Doha maintains its Arabic roots, particularly in the bustling alleys of Souq Waqif. In this maze of small shops there's a dazzling array of Middle Eastern merchandise from spices and seasonal delicacies to ornate jewellery, clothing and souvenirs. In addition, the souq has an eclectic mix of restaurants and cafes serving regional dishes and treats from Asia and North Africa, while music and cultural shows add to the ambience.
For a glimpse of Qatari heritage, visit the Falcon Souq where you can admire these revered birds; check out Al Koot Fort (Doha Fort) or head to the fabulous Museum of Islamic Art, which rises from its own purpose-built island and includes 14 centuries of the finest art and artefacts from across the Islamic world. At the purpose-built developments of Katara you'll find impressive theatres, galleries, performance venues, top restaurants and a well-maintained public beach.
Also not to be missed is the magnificent Doha Waterfront Promenade, which stretches four miles along Doha Bay and is where you'll find cafes and restaurants along with the dhow harbour, which evokes echoes of Qatar's great seafaring past.
Invitingly described as the 'Arabian Riviera' the Pearl-Qatar is a man-made island off the West Bay coast and has Mediterranean-style yacht marinas, internationally-renowned hotels with private beaches, luxury shopping at top named boutiques and dozens of restaurants serving every taste.
Just off the coast of Doha, crescent-shaped Banana Island provides an exciting and luxury escape from the city's hustle and bustle.
If you're keen to discover what makes Qatar unique, let Premier Holidays create the perfect Doha holiday for you…
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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. Please ask for more details at time of booking.