MLMT takes you to this sandy haven that is Qatar. Come quick. Savor beauty like never before.
Sand dunes take over your sight here in Qatar. Camels chime their way through, draped in patterns and mirrors. Drums are tingled as the markets filled with spices peep through layers of the past. Tradition shows its truth through meat sizzled and roped with stew and served on a bed of spiced rice. While ancient Arabic Qatar stands firm, the modern edges rise up above all others and make their place amongst the big cats. Qatar is a rising star.
After being tagged as one of the most boring places on earth, Qatar has taken severe offense. They have been building up and getting better with every breath. The skylines in Qatar exceed your expectations. They have come up with Sophisticated outdoor restaurants.
MLMT takes you to this sandy haven. Come quick. Savor beauty like never before.
When to visit?
Qatar is extreme during summers. Hot, dry flushes and low rainfall. These sweltering summers will evaporate you. To avoid this, the best season to visit Qatar is early spring or autumn. This pleasant weather allows you to step out and really see this place. The best months of travel are from November to April. The holy month of Ramadan is also a great time to visit. The country lights up with happiness and hope. This is the best time to see religious and cultural Qatar at its best.
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Accommodation here is exquisite. It is all lavender scents and curtains flying with the wind. But people who stay here get company housing according to their job. Travel here is exuberant as well. Qatar is a highly affordable place for people settled here, but for the tourist, it is all high end. That may just be because of the original beauty and Arabic royalty of this place. The trip will start at its lowest to go about 40,000 rupees devoid of the flight costs. At its most luxurious, well that has no limits.
People from 33 countries can attain a visa when they reach Doha. The permit is given out when the trip is longer than 14 days. People can visit their family with a short-term visa with a letter and sponsorship from the family. The people coming to work will need the support of a person living there or of a company or hotel. The catch here is that there is a procedure for people leaving the country. You will have to get an exit visa unless you are a woman or child paid for by husband/father. Tourist visas can also be attained through travel agencies and such.
Where to stay?
If you had gone to Doha a few years ago, you would have seen absolutely nothing. But now, the city gives out confidence and sass from every corner to every person. The ever-changing skylines and the iconic landmarks showing up every kilometer. Shopping malls bigger than towns to souqs overflowing with peppers and mirrors. Qatar is just something else altogether.
The government in Qatar is going above in beyond with the monuments and the museums. The Museum of Islamic art will leave your mouths open, and the rejuvenated Souq Waqif will have your body swaying with happy, quiet energy. Doha is getting dangerously close to wiping out Dubai as the most dynamic country in the Gulf. Their future, with the metro system and the 2020 FIFA, looks seemingly bright. Doha is THE place to look out for.
Best Places to stay in Doha
Umm Salal Mohammad:
Just a few kilometers away from Doha, lies this pleasant, quiet district. It makes for a cute, afternoon away from the city life. There are well-planned farms all around. The most exciting part of this visit is the forts.
There is one ancient, a cobbled fort that has now been reduced to two towers. The place is generally closed, but one can jump over the boundary and get in. You can climb to the top of the mosque. This place makes for some really great photos. It is not the most well known of sites. Nor is it too popular regarding tourism. But is a beautiful sight and will have you entertained for at least half a day.
Best Places to stay in Umm Salal Mohammad
Another city just a few kilometers south of Doha is Mesaieed. It is an industrial town. It was one of the most important cities in the 20th Century. It has always been a big industrial boom for the country. It has gained recognition as a prime industrial zone and has been big on petroleum.
Again, it is not one of the most popular places here in Qatar, but there is quite a lot to do here. There are peaceful beaches right around the corner. The deep waters of Mesaieed make for the most relaxed and calm of swims.
Best Places to stay in Mesaieed
Al Zubara is Qatar’s one and only UNESCO World Heritage Site. Qatari history keeps Al Zubara very close to its heart. This place was a massive commercial and pearling port in the 18th and 19th century. The area was once under the wings of the Al Khalifa family which is now the ruling family of Bahrain.
There is work happening not too far away to restore an old pearling village and open it up to tourists. The excavations are on the way. The fort here, also by the same name is quite a sight. It is an old and diminished military fortress. It was meant for the coast guard to use. It was later converted into a museum of exhibits and such.
Best Places to stay in Al Zubara
For those of you camel fanatics, Al Shahaniya is the place to be. Not only will you see them casually roam about, but also see them train and be a part of the local races. This is the town of the sheikhs. This sport is the fire in their eyes. There is a stadium here that you can view it through. There are also remote-controlled robot jockeys weighing 25 kgs. You can take a car and drive alongside the race. Surprisingly the female camels can go to about 40km/hr and can also stay in their lanes.
You can spot the stadium from far away. The entire area is dedicated to camels from the exercise areas to the trainers and breeder stations. This is not just a small race for them. It is a multi-million-dollar sport. The race season is kicked off by the Emir’s GCC Camel Race. All in all, Al Shahaniya is an enjoyable place to be.
Best Places to stay in Al Shahaniya
The villages of Qatar bring you this wonder. It is genuinely one of the best sights. The exteriors are shining with blue, purple tiles. There are intricate carvings on every inch. The masjid looks like how heaven would. This provides a great photo opportunity for all. There is an open amphitheater that will throw your voice everywhere.
Doha has some of the best skyline views in the entire world. It is almost always postcard-worthy. There is so much to see. The best way to do this is to take a dhow ferry ride across the harbor. Feel the refreshing sea breeze on your face as you take photos of the magnificence here.
What is a middle east experience without cruising through the sand dunes on a dune buggy? This is one of the most exhilarating and fun experiences once in Qatar. Take an ATV and set off on the dunes. Nothing better than an entire day on the dunes in the sweltering heat.
Dinner in the sky
Adrenaline junkies and foodies both get their share of happiness on this. Experience fine dining hanging off a crane in Four Seasons in Qatar. This experience happens once a year in their annual food festival. Go up and above for this 45-minute long dinner. The perfect view of the skyline and the exquisite, lip-smacking food. An experience to last a lifetime.
The laws here are based on Sharia, and hence are quite strict in this matter. Dress adequately and according to the place. It does tend to get quite hot but still dress modestly. Ladies have to make sure hands and legs are covered. Tight clothing and semi-transparent clothing must be avoided. Even men should follow these dress codes to blend with the crowd.
Alcohol is completely forbidden according to Muslim tradition. Hence, do not try to get anything inside the boundaries. They will check your bags very thoroughly. Some bars and restaurants do serve alcohol in Qatar, but the prices are exuberant. Try cutting down on intake on your trip to Qatar.
While you are at it, stay away from this too. Avoid kissing, hugging or holding hands while in Qatar. It is a punishable offense. Also, it is an offense to be with someone who is not your spouse here. You according to Sharia cannot stay in the same room. But if you say you are married and take precautions, it is highly unlikely that they will ask for a marriage certificate.
This is something that will get to you the second you touch down as Qatar. It is sweltering hot here. The extreme temperatures here get to everyone. It is hot not only in the summers but even in spring. Winters are relatively more chill, but that is still hot by general standards.
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