The desert has a beauty quite unlike any other landscape. It is, however, extremely hot in the day, so the best time to see it is at night. Personally, I think this is a happy coincidence, as the desert is at its most magnificent when bathed in a lunar glow. First-time and seasoned visitors alike can experience a sunrise desert safari. Departing from the hotel, take a thrilling ride in a 4x4 across the dunes and watch the glorious sunrise and the light slowly illuminating the golden sand.
In the afternoon, have a wonderful lunch at the Al Bandar restaurant on Al Corniche Street. The food is great, the dhow-like structure is quite unique, and if you ask at the concierge desk in advance, we can book you a table on the seafront. After a hearty lunch, go and check out the gold souk for some special mementoes of your trip.
As the sun sets, there really is only one place to be: by the sea. Take an evening cruise on a dhow in and around the Corniche and overlook the amazing skyline of Doha. Once the sun has set enjoy the place to go for fresh fish and seafood at the Fish Market located at the InterContinental Doha on the beach by the Arabian Sea.
The traditional wooden boats or dhows of the Arabian Sea can be seen along Doha Corniche, in the harbours of Al Wakra and Al Khor. The word 'dhow' is derived from the Swahili word 'dau', meaning fishing boat.
The picturesque Doha Corniche is flanked by the calm waters of the bay, their colours changing by the hour, varying from turquoise to emerald to cobalt blue.
The Qatari Riyal is pegged to the United States Dollar - fluctuation is not common, however we recommend checking exchange rates prior to travel.
Importation of Alcohol
The importation of Alcohol is strictly not permitted - even in the format of Duty Free purchased in other airports or on in-bound flights.
The pearl trade was once the mainstay of the Qatari economy.