Founded in the early nineteenth century, Doha was officially declared as Qatar's capital when the country gained independence from Great Britain in 1971. The city is an economic hub of the country and was placed among the New7Wonders Cities in 2015 by a Swiss organisation known as New7Wonders Foundation. With a constantly changing skyline, modern shopping malls, and traditional souks, the city attracts numerous leisure travellers and businessmen every year.
Food in Doha
Many Qataris consider Machboos as a signature dish of the country. This particular dish is a delicious mix of chicken or mutton, Basmati rice, and Eastern spices. Another mouth-watering treat of the region is Mathrooba, which is prepared using chicken in a buttery porridge. You would also love to have Kousa Mahshi, made from courgettes stuffed with lamb and flavoured with garlic and mint before baking them in an oven. These traditional Qatari dishes can be relished during your Doha holidays in the Turkey Central restaurant.
Tourist attractions in Doha
The Doha Corniche is an attractive waterfront promenade in Doha, which is shaped like a crescent and is always teeming with locals and tourists. Located close to it is the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by world-renowned architect, I.M. Pei. It is worth visiting for its spectacular design and vast collections of artefacts. You can take some time off from your busy travel schedules and relax on the fine sands of Fuwairit Beach.
Fun things to do in Doha
You can go cruising from the Pearl Islands to the Doha Corniche on a traditional boat called 'Dhow' and enjoy breathtaking views of the city's skyline on the way. The Doha holiday packages generally include a desert safari using jeeps, which give you the opportunity to spend time in Bedouin-style tents and drive through sandy dunes. You would have the chance to play a round of golf at the Doha Golf Club, while a memorable shopping experience awaits you at Villaggio, one of the city's most elegant malls.
Nightlife in Doha
Despite the Islamic influence that forbids people from consuming alcohol, you can have loads of fun after sunset at nightclubs of the elegant hotels. They are frequented not only by tourists but also by the expatriates and locals. You can either have some soothing drinks or dance to the tune of latest hits spun by the resident DJs. One such nightclub is the Admirals Club located at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Stay in Doha
For luxurious stays, you can stay in any of the five-star hotels in the city that provide ultra-modern stays with all the latest facilities. There are serviced apartments available in Doha for those who are looking out for short-term stays during their holidays. Accommodation in the city's hostels allows you to enjoy cheap holidays to Doha as the stays are offered at lower prices. You can get around in the city using any of its efficient modes of transports, such as buses, taxis, and car rentals.
Festivals in Doha
The Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha are two major festivals in Doha and are marked by some grand celebrations across the city. Every year, the Art Festival of Qatar is held in December to showcase local artistic talent. Thousands of visitors arrive in the city to witness the Doha Cultural Festival held in March. Another impressive event that has become immensely popular in the Middle East is Doha Tribeca Film Festival, which attracts some talented actors, directors, critics and film enthusiasts.
Best time to visit Doha
Winter and early spring seasons fall between the months of November and April and are characterised by pleasant daytime temperatures. This time of the year is ideal for visiting Doha and enjoying some exciting outdoor activities in the city. The all inclusive holiday packages to Doha offered by Lowest2 have affordable pricing and include some of the city's best attractions.
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