Doha has its sights set on becoming the Middle East’s next tourism hotspot. Qatar is now officially the richest country on Earth having recently overtaken Luxembourg for the world’s highest per capita Gross Domestic Product. But while many live the high life, there’s an underbelly hard woek going on. the World Cup is a milestone for development. Five star hotels, and large bautiful malls are increasingly popping up among historic souks and mosques.
YOU CAN BUY FALCONS
A highlight of any trip to Doha is a visit to its Souq Waqif. The historic heart of Doha, this labyrinth of souks sell everything from spices to rugs, gold ... and falcons. A tradition for most Qatari is to own a falcon and they don’t come cheap. A healthy bird can cost from $5,000 to a whopping $250,000.
HOTELS HERE ARE SERIOUSLY SWANKY
At the top tier is the Sharq Village & Spa, where serious high rollers can check into the aptly named Royal Villa with its ostentatious blue marbled bathroom veined with actual 18-karat gold. In Doha camel racing is the big ticket attraction. It’s so popular there’s even a TV channel dedicated exclusively to the activity. From November to February, drive 40-minutes to the Al-Shahaniya track and you can join locals cheering on their prized camels to the finish line.
Qatar A land that understands a traveller can never be a stranger, just a friend not yet met.
That ultimately everyone is on their own journey, seeking the warmth of a friendly embrace, unique experiences, new stories to share. Where a meal is not a meal unless it is shared. A land rooted in ancient cultures, authentic soul, where past learning informs contemporary vision. Progressive spirit ignites new futures. A land offering enlightenment, invigoration and inspiration through its warmth of soul and spirit of vision.