The State of Qatar is a sovereign Arab country in the small Qatar Peninsula, on the north-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Qatar is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south, while the rest is surrounded by the Persian Gulf. Qatar is the richest country per capita in the world and boasts of the highest human development in the Arab World. The country is also particularly proud of their modern capital Doha, a great developing city with a spectacular skyline, beautiful buildings, bustling shopping malls, and more.
What to see & do
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha - The Museum of Islamic Art located in Doha houses one of the most complete collections of Islamic artefacts in the world. The collections were gathered since the late 1980s and include textiles, ceramics, and manuscripts from Egypt, Spain, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, India, and Central Asia. The museum is also notable for its unique design, created by architect I. M. Pei, which is influenced by ancient Islamic architecture. The museum also includes a large collection of Islamic art, a study, a library, and a high class restaurant that offers French Mediterranean cuisine with an Arabic twist.
Al Zubarah – Al Zubarah is a deserted town situated in the Madinat ash Shamal municipality, in the north western coast of the Qatar Peninsula, some 105km from the capital's centre. Formerly a 400-hectare successful centre of global trade and pearl fishing, the now ruins of Al Zubarah is one of the largest and most well-preserved 18th to 19th century merchant town in the Gulf. Al Zubarah is the most substantial archaeological site in the country.
The Pearl-Qatar - Doha has an artificial island with an area of nearly four million square metres. The island is called The Pearl-Qatar, so called because the island is built on one of the previous major pearl diving sites in the country. The Pearl-Qatar offers shopping opportunities, many fine restaurants, and a breath-taking view of the Doha skyline. It is also the first land in Qatar that is available to foreign nationals for freehold ownership.
How to get around within Qatar
Public transportation services in Qatar are provided by Mowasalat (Karwa) and some independent limousine companies. Travellers can use bus service, taxi service, or limousine service. You cannot pay for your fare on the bus; you will need to purchase a Karwa Smart Card beforehand. Both taxis and limousines can be booked by telephone and they will pick you up from your location. Visitors who like to travel independently should be warned that using bicycles to get around is usually not the best idea, especially during the hotter months of the year. Instead, you can rent a vehicle from the many car rental agencies in Qatar.
How to get there
Hamad International Airport replaced the old Doha International Airport as the primary international airport of Qatar. At first it was referred to as the New Doha International Airport. The new airport is located in the capital city Doha. The airport is served by many airlines, including British Airways, Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, flydubai, Jet Airways, KLM, Pakistan International Airlines, and of course, Qatar Airways. Flights to Hamad International Airport depart from select international airports all over the world, including Hong Kong, Amsterdam, New York, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuwait, and more.
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