Qatar – More Than A Stopover Destination

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Strategically located between major Far Eastern, European and African capitals, Qatar serves as a perfect stopover and deserves a couple of days in your next itinerary. This Middle Eastern country is home to the world’s richest population, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and the hub for one of the world’s best airlines, offering its visitors a lot to be explored.

So wherever you may be travelling to next, stretch your holiday a little longer, collect an additional stamp in your passport and visit this rapidly-developing country in the Gulf.

Beyond A Transit Airport

Qatar Airways, with numerous awards for quality and service under its wings including three ‘Airline of the Year’ awards by Skytrax, has the most luxurious Hamad International Airport as its hub and connects more than 150 destinations across six continents.

Passengers making a stopover can also choose from a selection of pre-bookable city and desert tours including the popular Doha City Tour, Monster Bus Desert Experience, Private Desert Safari, Stop & Shop as well as chauffeur services for those who wish to explore Qatar at their own pace. In addition, all transit passengers travelling on the national carrier can venture out of the airport and explore Doha through the +Qatar program, which offer the option of a free overnight-stay or two nights’ stay for an additional $100 USD.

Most Open Country in the Middle East

Qatar is the most open country in the Middle East and the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation. More than 80 nationalities can enjoy visa-free entry and stay up to 30 days in Qatar! These developments come as part of a series of measures that Qatar has taken to facilitate visitor access to the country. Now travellers interested in a stopover to explore the country will find it convenient, at no cost and without the hassle of obtaining a visa.

A Safe Country

Qatar is blessed to be among the countries with the lowest crime rates and is a safe destination where visitors need have little concern walking in any part of the city. The country is consistently ranked as one of the safest countries in the world and is also the least vulnerable country to be affected by natural disaster.

A Country of Contrasts

Qatar surprises its first-time visitors with an array of experiences that seamlessly juxtapose both the ancient and contemporary. Visitors find themselves admiring a glistening skyline of modern metal and glass skyscrapers and centuries-old, well-preserved heritage sites; futuristic cities and luxury resorts dotting the coasts sitting side by side with traditional bazaars offering authentic shopping and dining experiences further inland.

Qatar houses many major cultural institutions such as the Museum of Islamic Art, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Msheireb Museums, Katara Cultural Village galleries, theatres and performance venues. For travellers interested in culture and heritage, the country offers experiences that are equal parts alluring and intriguing.

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