If you travel via Qatar Airways to a destination in Asia, and you need to stay for several hours in transit in Doha, capital of Qatar, you should take advantage of the situation and book a night in a hotel. You might even get an offer from Qatar Airways and get a free room in a luxury hotel. We guarantee you will find the city and its vibrant culture very interesting and you’re likely to fall in love with this place immediately.
Take a walk through the Souq Waqif, an elegant bazaar divided into different areas, where skilled traders sell spices, carpets, jewelry, ceramics and perfumes. Enjoy a delicious Arabic dinner with a glass of lemon juice and mint, and then try the famous Arabic kunefe.
Go on a tour to the artificial island of Pearl Qatar, where the high skyscrapers are the only area where foreigners are allowed to buy apartments. And then head on to Qatara Village, a traditional Qatari cultural village where you can discover local culture and art in various forms.
Finally, visit the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, a real architectural masterpiece. It includes exquisite collections of ceramics, glass, metals, textiles, manuscripts, antiques and more. If you arrive in Doha and you have enough time to visit, do not miss checking out this museum because it is one of the masterpieces of the Arab world.
The 2022 World Cup – a big challenge for Qatar
In 2022, Qatar will host the World Cup finals. This will be a challenge for the small Gulf country, which has so far proved capable of organizing such an event. The Qatar 2022 World Cup will be the first World Cup final not held during summer, but rather between November and December.
You will also have the opportunity to visit the a museum called “The Road to 2022”, which showcases key elements of the upcoming World Cup. Learn more about how the eight stadiums were built and the infrastructure Doha is preparing to provide for visitors during the World Cup. Basically, the eight stadiums are in a small area that includes Doha and some surrounding areas. It will be the first time that teams will not have to travel long distances between stadiums.
Fans coming to the Hamad International Airport will arrive within half an hour to the heart of the city thanks to the metro stations. After that, you will be able to travel by metro, bus and taxis, all of which have air conditioning. Another interesting thing to notice is that all the stadiums hosting the World Cup will be air conditioned, so that the air inside is nice regardless of the outside temperature.
Qatar Airways, which started to operate in 1994, has become one of the most successful airlines in the world. In fact, Qatar Airways received the Skytrax Airline of the Year Award 4 times, the latest being in 2017.
The Hamad International Airport in Qatar, covering an area of 600,000 square meters, receives 30 million passengers a year (it is estimated that the numbers will go up to 50 million). This large airport is an exhibition of contemporary art in itself. It is a unique construction, with many entertainment areas throughout the airport. Thus, there are six areas dedicated to special activities, from restrooms equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to shops and interactive arts.
There are 12 hall halls in the airport, the most important of which is the famous Al Mourjan, the business lounge of Qatar Airways.