For too long Qatar has been regarded simply as a stopover destination, but more and more the world is starting realise that this desert destination is well worth leaving the airport for. Not so sure? Then our quick list of reasons to visit might just see you adding a little more time into your multi-destination itinerary. From the culinary to the adventurous, its time Qatar had its own share of the spotlight
Qatar is a destination that has attracted some of the worlds most luxurious hotels and restaurants in an effort to appease the discerning tastes of the Qatari locals as well as the luxury-loving travellers that spend time here. For this reason, youll find some incredible restaurants throughout the city, some whose names youll recognise (Hakkasan is a particular favourite). From Asian to European, whatever cuisine youre looking for, youre likely to find it in Qatar. Just be sure to make time for the local flavours, which are rich and satisfying. Al Sufra, a high-end yet traditional restaurant located within the Marsa Malaz Hotel, serves a delicious dish of Chicken Makloubeh a must-try.
No trip to Qatar would be complete without a little foray into the surrounding desert, and youve got plenty of options when it comes to adventurous explorations. A particular favourite of ours is a desert jeep tour; cruising across the dunes at top speeds is one of the worlds most exhilarating experiences and an absolute must when discovering this destinations most valuable charms. Be sure to stop your vehicle at the top of a sand dune and spend some time just taking in the endless and stunning views around you.
As weve already mentioned, luxury is big business in Qatar, so youll never be short of exclusive experiences and world-class hotels to choose from. One of the most beautiful ways to experience Qatar is from the water on a private dhow cruise. As the sun sets in a blaze of red, look back at the cityscape glowing before you and dine on delicious cuisine. The only sounds will be the soft lapping of the waters against the boat and the chink of your glasses as you make a toast to time spent in one of the worlds most exclusive jewels.
Tom Marchant is Co-founder of Black Tomato.
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