Qatar Holidays

Qatar holidays offer a taste of wealth and excitement for visitors exploring this small yet prosperous nation. Nestled in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula, the country is one of the richest in the world. This is certainly clear as you drive through the gleaming streets of the capital city of Doha.

While Doha was virtually non-existent 50 years ago, it’s now a major world city famous for its looming modern skyline and pristine streets. There’s a more traditional side to the city too. As you explore the older heart of Doha, you’ll discover cultural gems, such as the bustling Souq Waqif marketplace. Originally a place of trade for the Bedouin people, it’s now a holiday highlight for anyone seeking a more established Doha experience. Browse the market to find plenty of local mementoes to take back home.

Holiday in Qatar for a taste of paradise and adventure

The flashy city of Doha isn’t the only reason to visit the ultra-modern nation of Qatar. For a taste of pure paradise, visiting the untouched natural beauty of the country is a must. The famous dunes stretch upwards of 60 metres and an ideal day trip is one where you get to go driving over them, or, if you’re feeling even more adventurous, you can go sandboarding. The serene, crystal-clear waters offer plenty of opportunities too, whether you prefer swimming, kayaking, parasailing or scuba diving. Plus, as you watch the sun as it dips lower and lower into the azure waters it’s arguably the best place in the region to enjoy a sublime sunset.

For an ultimate taste of paradise, fun, and relaxation, head to Banana Island Resort, where you can lounge on the golden beach and swim in the dazzling waters. Even if you aren’t staying at the luxury hotel, visitors are welcome and are able to take part in various activities, including Segway rides, beach diving, bowling ,and flowrider wave riding.

Destination Highlights
  • Discover opaque waters, tropical plants and greenery, and an 800 metre golden sand beach at the luxurious Banana Island Resort
  • Learn all about Islamic calligraphy, patterns, jewellery, and textiles at the striking Museum of Islamic Art
  • Unearth Qatar’s fascinating cultural history at the restored Al Zubarah Fort and its surrounding archaeological works
  • Admire views of the deserted town of Al Zubarah that saw ships from China to Britain visit 200 years ago

Our favourite hotels

Discover our favourite hotels in Doha, which feature everything from sky high city views to dreamy spas for ultimate relaxation.

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Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara

Doha

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Guide Price

 €1,149  pp

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
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The St. Regis Doha

Doha

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €1,349  pp

The St. Regis Doha

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Doha

Doha

H&J Rating

Guide Price

 €999  pp

The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, Doha

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours.

Flight Time

Approx. 7 hours. Direct flights are available from Ireland.

Currency

QAR - Qatari Riyal

Visa Information

Irish passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival which is only payable by credit card.

Language

Arabic and English are widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Qatar.

Even if you have a short stop in Qatar there is plenty to do and explore. This luxurious destination combines historic culture and tradition, mixed with gleaming cities resting on the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. Stroll the corniche, enjoy a luxurious stay in one of many five star hotels, dine in world class restaurants and experience the desert by 4x4.

  • Local spices, Qatar

    Delicious Qatari cuisine

    Over the years, local specialities have been heavily influenced by the flavours and recipes of India, Iran and North Africa with favourite dishes including machboos, a richly spiced stew of seafood or meat, and ghuzi, a whole roast lamb on a delicious bed of rice and nuts.

  • Qatar Souq

    Discover fascinating art and culture

    Qatar is famed for its thriving arts and culture scene, with a plethora of museums, galleries and theatres to visit during your trip.

  • Jeep Safari, Qatar

    Wonderful wildlife

    While its climate is too hot to handle for many wildlife species, Qatar is still a fascinating place to explore nature and see desert-based wildlife in abundance.

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    Sheryl

    Destination Manager

    “Doha, Qatar’s capital city, is an airport hub, and the ideal place for a stopover on your way to Asia or relaxing destinations like the Maldives.”

     

  • Emma, Destination Specialist

    Emma

    Destination Specialist

    “Souq Waqif is ideal for an authentic Qatari shopping experience. For a modern shopping experience, visit Villaggio, just outside Doha.”

     

Our Qatar destinations

Qatar

Doha

Doha

Types of Qatar holidays

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Qatar Multi Centre Holidays

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Frequently Asked Questions

Qatar is a peninsula, so its fine-sand beaches wrap 350 miles around its edge. Private beaches tend to be owned by hotels and you’ll need to pay a daily fee to use them. Public beaches are frequented by local families, who come to camp, barbecue and picnic at the weekends.

Alcohol is available at licensed hotels in Qatar, although it’s an offence to drink alcohol elsewhere in public, or to be drunk at any time. It’s also an offence to carry alcohol with you, or to bring it in to Qatar from another country.

Modest dress is recommended in public places in Qatar to respect the Islamic country’s customs. As a guideline, a campaign called Reflect Your Respect urges visitors to cover up from shoulders to knees, and avoid wearing tight clothing, like leggings. 

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