The summer of 2016 was memorable! My family and I decided to take a trip to Qatar to sightsee and visit family.
We flew from Qatar Airways and arrived in the luxurious Hamad International Airport. Right off the bat we were fascinated by the lavish Arab lifestyle and their state of the art airport. We knew this trip would have a lot in store for us!
Because it was very very hot in Qatar when we were visiting in July, most of our sightseeing trips had to be done at night, which basically ruined the quality of our pictures but didn’t affect the amount of fun we had during this short four-day trip
Katara Cultural Village
The Katara Cultural Village was basically created by the Emir of Qatar to be a beacon of culture and arts for everyone in the world to see.
The atmosphere of Katara was amazing! It is made to look like a little village right alongside the beach. We got to enjoy the amazing food from a multitude of beautiful restaurants, and see the famous Pigeon Tower. There is a lot of walking involved!
Our second stop of the day was at The Pearl, an artificial island created to house Qatar’s elite. It gave us a taste of the splendor of the Qatari lifestyle, which consisted of fine dining, yachts, and luxury living. We took a boat ride which gave us a view of the Qatari skyline
A great place to relax and see the sunrise which is exactly what we did! One of my favorite places in Qatar was this unique park. It is also very close to Villagio Mall, and Aspire Tower
The one thing that attracted me most to this mall was the gondola ride! This mall is made to look like you are taking a trip to Venice, Italy, and it’s spectacular! I wasn’t attracted to any of the shops, but I loved the aesthetic (and of course the very delicious food)
Last but not least, we had the pleasure of visiting the most popular tourist attraction in Qatar, Souq Waqif. Made to look like a traditional Qatari market, this place had everything I was looking for to get the true Qatari experience.
What you need to know:
Although 1 US dollar = about 3 Qatari Riyals, everything in Qatar is really overpriced so expect to have a big budget
Qataris are mainly hospitable to westerners, and they tend to have some selective views about other nationalities.
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