Just over a decade ago, Qatar was one of the most boring places on Earth. Now it’s fast becoming one of the most exciting. Doha is a world-class city in the making, with the peerless Museum of Islamic Art, perhaps the finest traditional souq in the Gulf region, and burgeoning arts and culinary scenes. Qatar is the kind of place where ancient meet future, where you will see well-preserve monuments such the Zubarah fort and Doha Fort as well as futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art. Put simply, this nation is racing headlong into the future without losing sight of its past.
Nowhere in the world are you likely to see such a high blend of cultures other than the Middle East where east literally meets west. Locals comprise of a little more than 15% of the population with the rest being expats from various parts of the world. With a blend in culture, diversity, food, ethnicity and tradition, Qatar is home to international cuisine and diverse lifestyles.
Qatar’s climate, abundant marine life and crystal clear waters make it a perfect destination for water sport enthusiasts. Fishing trips can be arranged and sailing, water skiing, canoeing, kite surfing, jet skiing and windsurfing are all available through beach clubs, resorts and hotels. Moreover, the country also offers outdoor such as paragliding, hang gliding, kite surfing, desert safaris, film city excursions and other interesting activities for thriller seeker.
Qatar hosts a series of festival focusing on different themes, ranging from the ever popular Qatar International Food Festival, organised by Visit Qatar, which is an annual open-air gourmet extravaganza featuring the best food available in the country. Other festivals focus on aspects of culture as diverse as pearl diving, kite, book, film and dhow boats. In addition, there are a number of seasonal and holiday festivals – including the spring festival at Souq Waqif and the nationwide summer and Eid festivals.