The desert has a beauty unlike any other during sunrise. It is, however, extremely hot in the day during summer, so the best time to see it is at night. Personally, I think 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 at dawn, take a thrilling ride in a 4x4 across the dunes, and watch the glorious sunrise as the sunlight slowly illuminates the golden sand. Private sunrise desert tours are subject to availability, please approach our Concierge desk located at the lobby of the hotel or email them in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the afternoon, have a taste of authentic Arabian cuisine at the Al Mourjan Restaurant or Orient Pearl Restaurant on Al Corniche Street. The food will give you a sense of traditional Arabic cuisine here in Doha. After a hearty lunch, go and explore the Gold Souq or Souq Waqif for some souvenirs or special mementos from your trip to Qatar. Don't forget to test your bargaining skills at the shops! To book your tables in Al Mourjan or Orient Pearl in advance, please approach our Concierge desk located at the lobby or email them at email@example.com.
As the sun sets, there really is only one place to be: by the sea. Take an evening cruise on a dhow by the Corniche and gaze upon the stunning skyline of Doha during sun set. Afterwards, go on a culinary journey in one of our award-winning restaurants at InterContinental Doha. Savour a taste of Tex-Mex, Greek, Belgian, international, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, and more. To know more about our award-winning restaurants, please approach our Food and Beverage Reservations desk located at the lobby or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. You can take a dhow cruise in the morning or at night by the Corniche to get a glimpse of Doha's stunning skyline for as low as QR 10 (approx. USD 3). For more information, please approach our Concierge desk located at the lobby.
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. During the winter season, it is also great to go on a jog or walk by the corniche as you admire the views of West Bay.
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 and pork products is strictly prohibited in Qatar. To avoid any inconvenience, it is best that you purchase the alcohol from Qatar Duty Free upon arrival.
Before the oil and gas resources made Qatar one of the top importers around the world, pearls were one of its valuable trading assets that kept the Qatari economy at bay. During the 1940's, pearl fishers would make two annual boat voyages in between June to September's fishing season. These voyages would last from 40 to 60 days. Most pearling boats are called 'dhows' which can hold up to 20 men. Back then, these divers did not have any oxygen tanks, rather, they would pinch their noses with a wooden clip and hold their breath for up to two minutes, searching for pearls.