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Planning Your Trip

Doha is a contrast between modern luxury and old-world traditions, making this city a must-see for well-seasoned travelers. With sweltering days and breezy nights, packing is no easy task but these smart tips will help ensure you have everything you need for a trip to this desert oasis.

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Business Travel

 

Over the last few years, Doha has become a business hub in the Middle East, so professional attire is expected.

 

  • Men should observe formal professional standards by wearing a well-tailored suit in dark colors, like black, gray or navy blue.
  • Women are encouraged to dress modestly. Opt for skirts and dresses that fall below the knee, and avoid revealing silhouettes.
  • Pack the correct 220-volt converter for your chargers and other electronics so you can stay connected.  
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Summer Escape

 

As expected, summer in Doha can be very hot but careful planning can keep you cool even when temperatures rise.

 

  • Bring a swimsuit. Taking a dip in the Sharq Village & Spa’s marbled infinity pool is the perfect way to cool off after a long day of exploring.  
  • Pack your favorite sunscreen and other SPF-infused toiletries to minimize the impact of the sun.
  • As the temperature often drops when the sun sets, a light sweater or jacket is encouraged for evening activities.
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Cultural Considerations

Qatar is a Muslim country, and as such, visitors are encouraged to show respect to local sentiments by dressing conservatively.

 

  • Leave your tank tops, shorts and sundresses behind. Instead choose loose, long layers in lightweight fabrics.
  • While swimming and water activities are popular pastimes, swimwear should be restricted to the beach and hotel areas.
  • Visitors are expected to dress modestly when touring religious sites. Women are encouraged to bring a scarf to cover their shoulders and hair.  
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Don't Forget:

Due to Doha’s often scorching temperatures and proximity to the desert, dark sunglasses are a must. Choose large frames that will guard your eyes from the elements and any sand and dirt that may get picked up by the wind.


Whether you plan to spend your days exploring natural wonders, admiring world-class architecture, dining on local delicacies or all of the above, a little planning will help you make the most of your trip to Qatar.

Dining Reservations

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At Sharq Village & Spa’s Parisa, the ambiance is just as dazzling as the menu. You won’t soon forget an evening spent enjoying authentic Persian dishes while sitting among original artwork, elaborate mosaics and thousands of hand-chosen mirrors from Iran. For a meal with a view, the hotel’s Al Wanis Shisha Terrace offers oversized canopied booths for an authentic Qatari experience. Enjoy meze and a drink while relaxing atop luxurious cushions under the night sky.  

Spa Appointments

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Reserve time in your itinerary to experience the rejuvenating effects of the Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village & Spa. A combination of traditional Arabian, Thai and Swedish therapies provide more than 250 soothing and renewing treatment options. In honor of Qatari traditions, the spa provides a separate ladies entrance and reception area, as well as a full-service beauty salon and fine exercise facilities. The individual spa villages may be reserved for exclusive couples treatments and relaxation sessions.

Museum Tickets and Cultural Sights

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The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum features the private art collection of Sheikh Faisal and houses an impressive array of rare artifacts from the Jurassic age to present day. Get the most out of your visit by booking a tour guide in advance online. Another must-see: Katara Cultural Village, with its numerous theaters, galleries and performance venues that offer a variety of cultural events. Its Opera House is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, which performs year-round so be sure to check the orchestra calendar and buy tickets before your visit.   

Outdoor Excursions

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Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Persian Gulf via a kayak adventure at sunset or yoga on the beach. And don’t miss the opportunity to revel in the natural marvel that is the Inland Sea. This huge inlet surrounded on all sides by vast sand dunes is just a short 45-minute journey from Doha. The concierge can help you arrange an outing.


The Perfect Weekend

A visit to Doha piques all your senses. The warm sun shines down on the shores of the beach. Scents of spices and freshly baked sweets waft through the souk, where you can hear locals bartering with vendors for livestock. 

 

 

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Cultural Treasures

Modeled after a palace, Sharq Village & Spa is just one of the must-have experiences in Doha. Doha is a hot spot for stunning architecture designed by renowned architects.  Enjoy the Qatari shores and the breathtaking, remote dunes of the desert a short drive away.

 

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