Travelling to Qatar for the first time is a captivating experience that blends the rich traditions of the Arabian Peninsula with the modernity of a rapidly developing nation. Nestled on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, this small but culturally dynamic country offers a diverse tapestry of attractions and experiences. From the gleaming skyline of Doha to the bustling markets of Souq Waqif, Qatar beckons travellers with a unique blend of ancient heritage and contemporary luxury.
Timing your visit
First-time travellers to Qatar will be pleasantly surprised by its many attractions. The best time to visit is from November to March when the weather is generally pleasant, with temperatures between 15 and 35 degrees Celsius. Spring, in particular, offers the most comfortable weather in Doha, ideal for exploring beautiful beaches, dunes, and lakes without extreme temperatures while Doha’s breathtaking sunsets make it a photographer’s paradise. Do a bit of pre-planning before you make your booking at resorts such as Banana Island Resort Doha.
Try out some Qatari food
Doha is the ideal city to discover if you love the adventurous, exotic travelling experience. With profound history and culture beautifully showcased in its lively neighbourhoods and along the coast, one should not miss the cuisine for a taste of authentic Qatari culture – consider dining at a desert restaurant for a one-of-a-kind experience that reflects the country’s rich culture and culinary traditions. Whether your stay is brief or extended, Doha has something for every traveller. From perusing the bustling souq to exploring local eateries, there’s sure to be variety in the dishes you’ll encounter.
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It’s got an accessible culture
Qatar offers a lot of accessibility for first-time travellers. With its diverse cultural and religious diversity, visitors from various backgrounds will find something to enjoy. The country is renowned for its luxurious hotels, exceptional shopping opportunities, and top-tier golf courses. Expect a hot and humid climate and exercise caution due to crime rates. However, with flexibility in travel plans and some research, Qatar remains an ideal destination for first-time travellers, so make sure to plan well while staying at one of the many Doha resorts.
The country enjoys Tea
Qatar has a strong tea-drinking culture, with green tea being the favoured choice among its citizens. This particular type of Chinese tea, rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, has been enjoyed in Qatar for centuries, thanks to the region’s ideal climate and location for its cultivation. Qatari residents also savour other Chinese tea varieties like oolong and white tea. Tea is often accompanied by snacks like scones or cake cupcakes, offering a delightful blend of flavour and some health benefits.