When people think about luxury in the Middle East, they think about Dubai. It does have a lot of skyscrapers and expensive tourist destinations, and many people from all over the world have made it part of their destination bucket-list for adventure and experience.
However, if you go to Dubai, you might be put off by the modernization and lack of Middle Eastern authenticity. For this, you might want to try going to Doha, Qatar; a more relaxed version of Dubai that tries to merge the modern with the traditional. You get the best of both worlds.
Why Doha Should be Your Next Destination
1. Doha is Culturally Aware
Qatar is the richest country in the world per capita, and its capital city, Doha, shows off the elegance that you would expect from a rich nation. At the same time, however, the city has managed to merge its modern aspect while preserving buildings, artworks, and anything that would make one appreciate its rich history.
2. Qatar Airways
Qatar is currently experiencing a political blockade from other Middle Eastern nations, and as a result, there are fewer carriers flying in to the country these days. However, if you are in the United States, Qatar Airways has offered 77 flights on a weekly basis. Qatar Airways also has a stopover program that starts at $23 / night. Worth mentioning as well is the fact that many flight reviews consider Qatar Airways’ economy class as the best in the world. Moreover, check out its business class, which has a personal cabin, making it sort of a mini first class.
3. Easy Transportation
Going around in Qatar is easy thanks to its good public transportation. During the summer days, its best not to walk around due to the summer heat. You can ride buses or hail taxis to go to your destination. The bus network of Doha is excellent as it connects Doha to the rest of Qatar.
4. Experience the Museums
Qatar has a lot of incredible museums, including the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Museum of Qatar. The former allows you to experience art from three different continents, while the latter shows you the history of Qatar through engaging exhibits.
5. Have a Weekend Celebration
If you want to hang out with the locals, try mingling with them during the weekends. International restaurants in five star hotels are quite popular among tourists during the weekend, and even among Qataris that have studied in the West. Try Market by Jean-Georges, Cut by Wolfgang Puck, La Spiga by Papermoon, and more.
Doha is already a hot destination in the Middle East. It is a laid back version of other busier surrounding cities, but it has just about as much to offer.