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About Qatar beaches

Today this once little known corner of the Middle East is attracting an ever-increasing number of savvy holidaymakers from around the world.

Beach:

Private stretches of pristine white sand, complete with parasols, sun-loungers, beach bars and myriad watersports are characteristic of Qatar’s resort hotels. A number of properties also have dedicated beach clubs, where the focus is firmly on sun, sea and sand; holidaymakers might even be able to ride across the beach on a camel.

Beyond the beach:

Doha impresses visitors with a skyline that seamlessly combines gleaming skyscrapers with more traditional architecture, including Doha Fort, Qatar National Museum and the Ethnographic Museum. Old traditions also thrive in the capital’s souks, dhow harbour and fish market. A fitting way to finish off a day’s sightseeing is with a stroll along Doha’s attractive Corniche, which curves for 7km (4.5 miles) along the bay.

Family fun:

With resort hotels that typically feature indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a private stretch of beach, family-friendly restaurants and a whole host of recreational activities, Qatar appeals to children and adults of all ages. If you can coax the children away from the resort then fun-filled excursions like dune bashing await. The Doha City Centre Mall (West Bay Area) with its multiplex cinema, ten-pin bowling, ice-skating rinks and water park is also great for families.

Exploring further:

The Khor Al-Adaid, or the Inland Sea, is one of Qatar’s most appealing attractions. Join other holidaymakers on an organised excursion here and career down enormous sand dunes with an expert driver behind the wheel of your 4×4. Trips also typically include sand boarding and sample traditional Bedouin hospitality.

Splashing out:

Book yourself an indulgent massage, mineral wrap, hydrotherapy treatment or soothing facial at one of Qatar’s first class resort hotel spas. For that ultimate in pampering the spa at the Ritz-Carlton (www.ritzcarlton.com) offers a variety of two hour packages, including those catering specifically to male holidaymakers.