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Doha tours and excursions

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Desert safari

Travel Designer offer everything from dhow cruises and beach activities to visits to the Inland Sea. Escape the city and journey into the empty desert, careering up and down the sand dunes in specially modified 4-wheel drives. Some of the dunes are up to 150m (492ft) high, and after the white-knuckle dune bashing, the pace slows with a visit to Khor Al-Adaid (the Inland sea).

Tel: +974 7701 4840
Website: http://www.traveldesigner.qa

City Tours

Qatar International Tours run various tours of the city, taking in sights such as the Islamic Art Museum, Gold Souq and Souq Waqif. Their trips offer the chance to explore craft shops on foot and includes a drive to the Katara Centre and exclusive man-made island of Pearl Qatar.

Qatar International Tours

Tel: +974 4455 1141
Website: http://www.qittour.com

Doha excursions

Al Shahaniya Camel Racetrack

One of the most popular forms of Qatari entertainment lies 30 minutes from Doha: camel racing, known as the 'sport of the sheiks'. Racing begins in October, with the main dates in April and May, but camels are trained each morning and visitors can watch them practice. It offers a casual, fun day out and opportunity to take some great photos.

Tel: +974 4487 2028.

Overnight Desert Excursion

Those looking to see a completely different side of Doha can take an overnight desert excursion and escape the city. This daily tour starts with a drive over the dunes with experienced drivers and ends with a night under the stars in the desert. The tour includes water and soft drinks, BBQ dinner and an Arabic breakfast, and requires a minimum of six people.

Tel: +974 4422 1888.
Website: http://www.gulf-adventures.com
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Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

This collection of nine buildings places you in the heart of Souq Waqif, offering a real taste of the Doha's historic side. The hotel has an alluring Arabesque style and boutique vibe and offers access to a range of facilities, including a luxury spa offering Arabic treatments (including a traditional hammam), eight restaurants and a rooftop pool. Other highlights include 11 room categories, valet parking and warm Qatari hospitality.

The Torch Doha

Part of the city's high-tech Aspire Zone, this 300m-high (984ft) tower designed to resemble a vast torch is the currently the tallest hotel in Qatar. Not originally built as a hotel, it offers excellent levels of in-room comfort and some genuinely impressive facilities nonetheless. Expect to rub shoulder with the likes of footballers on warm-weather trips and the Venice-themed Villaggio Mall is close by.

Warwick, Doha

This hotel is well located for accessing the sights of Downtown Doha, and has 164 classic Arabic designed rooms and suites, meeting rooms, a rooftop swimming pool and a 335 square metre spa which includes steam and fitness rooms. Their Wednesday BBQ nights and dining at L'auberge are particularly popular. Moon Deck, their Rooftop Grill, is a pleasant place to sit and enjoy the city views.

Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

The self-styled 'Pyramid of the Gulf' boasts 353 rooms a large pool and a waterfront setting in the West Bay area of Doha. It opened way back in 1979 so has long been a Corniche landmark but in recent years has had a large-scale refurbishment and offer spacious rooms. The conference and incentive facilities are amongst the most impressive in Qatar.

Marsa Malaz Kempinski

A blend of Arabic and European architecture makes for an inviting stay at this chic hotel on The Pearl. It's so vast, guests could spend their whole holiday navigating its numerous restaurants and bars, luxury Clarins spa and beach. Guests will find all the frills in the way of butler and limousine services, if that's what they're looking for. It's also home to some eye-wateringly expensive suites.

W Doha

Those who are familiar with the W brand will know what to expect here – a little bit of Manhattan in the heart of the Middle East. It's well located and could just as feasibly be used by business travellers as well as trend-conscious urban socialites. The décor is sleek and modern and there are some quality dining and nightlife options.