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In a few decades Qatar has been transformed from an old pearling area to a gleaming metropolis. Today its skyline sees soaring skyscrapers mixed with the Souq Waqif, where you’ll see local Qataris buying their spices. Walking around the famous Souq Waqif provides a feeling of what it used to be like many decades ago, today, enjoy a bite to eat at one of the number of restaurants or buy some souvenirs or local crafts from one of the traditional shops.

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Discover the true heritage of Qatar. Al Zubarah Fort, a UNESCO World heritage site, showcases a beautifully preserved 18-19th century settlement, this area was once one of the region’s most important spots for pearl diving.  

The Museum of Islamic Art is an iconic building set on the waterfront and stands out as an architectural gem. Once inside, you will see masterpieces of Islamic art collected from three continents and dating from the 7th to the 19th century.

Discover the true essence of history and culture in Doha with the Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art. This is an educational institute dedicated to Arab culture which houses a permanent collection of unique and modern Arab arts such as an artists use of gunpowder as a medium of Art. There’s also the Doha Fire Station, an art gallery with an artists in residence program.

The Sheikh Faisal Museum is one of the top sites for visitors to Qatar. It is a very unique museum with a colourful eclectic collection, there is something here for everyone.

The National Museum (set to open in late 2016) will give voice to Qatar’s heritage whilst celebrating its future. Visitors will be able to learn about Qatar’s ancestors and the formation of the early cities, as well as the modernisation of Qatari society.  

Qatar is one of the safest places in the world. Both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of Arab culture. Like anywhere else, respecting local traditions and practices allows you to enjoy the true essence of the host country, giving you a better travel experience.

Shopping

Get lost in the alleyways and snare yourself a bargain as you walk through the winding laneways and stalls of the Gold Souq and Souq Waqif, which stocks everything from spices and antique jewelry to colourful textiles.

Or enjoy the luxury of Doha’s luxury themed air-conditioned shopping malls, a perfect place for some retail therapy in Doha. The Doha City Center mall hosts over two hundred international luxury and retail stores.

Visa

Tourist visas are available on entry for citizens of 33 countries. The cost of visa for a month is QR100 per person, and payment must be made by credit card. You can also apply for a joint tourist visa for Qatar and Oman.

Clothing

Men and women should dress modestly as a courtesy to both Qataris and Muslims covering shoulders and knees. Swimsuits and beachwear are acceptable at the hotel beaches (don’t forget sunscreen), but it is not appropriate to show too much skin in other public areas.

The extreme heat and high humidity of summertime means light-weight fibres are advisable (clothes made from ‘wicking’ – high techpolyester - material are invaluable); covering up susceptible parts of your body whilst outside they will also prevent sunburn. However a jumper or wrap may be needed inside malls, cinemas and restaurants, as the air conditioning can be fierce. Wintertime can be chilly, especially in the evenings, and there is also a chance of rain, so coats and closed shoes will be useful.

Language

Arabic is the official and main language, but English is widely spoken.

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