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Qatar Stopovers

Qatar is in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula and although one of the smallest, it is considered the wealthiest country in the world.

The capital Doha will no doubt be your first port of call and is a multicultural city that is modern and rapidly developing. There are free Doha City Tours operated four times a day, each lasting just under three hours and visit The Pearl, Katara Cultural Village, Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Wasif with an English-speaking guide. It is a fast-paced tour though, mainly targeted at those with a stopover, but will give you a great overview of the city and some photo opportunities.

Enjoy a late night shopping spree at Doha’s Souq Waqif, a must-see for shopaholics that comes alive at dusk when the shops reopen after the heat of the afternoon. Meander the narrow alleyways and shops, haggle with shopkeepers over garments, jewellery, souvenirs and traditional spices and try some local cuisine.

Combine the city skyline with a trip inland on a Dune Safari day tour for a little adrenaline rush or for something longer, head over to Banana Island for a chance to switch off and relax.

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    Currency: Qatar Rial (QAR)

    Language: Arabic, though English is widely spoken

    Time difference: GMT +3

    Airport: Doha Hamad International Airport (code: DOH)

    Visa: British passport holders do not need a visa for tourist stays of up to 30 days in Doha, a multi-way waiver will be issued free of charge on arrival.

    Climate: Like its neighbours, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Qatar is hot and sunny year round. The summer months of June to September is very hot with low rainfall and average highs can reach 40°C. Winter is cooler and has occasional rainfall, but still mild between December to February where temperatures average in the low 20s.