When planning a holiday, people imagine lounging on the sun soaked beaches of the Caribbean or enjoying the sites of Paris.  But if you’re looking for a unique travel destination, then look no further than Qatar.  Nestled between the borders of Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf, this small country is where just under 1 million residents call home.  Not only does this country boast tropical temperatures (typically ranging between 20 degrees Celsius to up to 40 degrees Celsius depending on the time of year) but you can also get a lot for your pound as the exchange rates for Qatar are always favourable.

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Where To Visit in Qatar

It’s worth checking out exchange rates, and Travelex Qatar is available when you’re over there. Now that you’ve checked out a currency exchange and realised just how far you can go on your pound on Qatar, it’s time to start planning where you’ll go and what you should do.

Souq Waqif

Located in Doha, Qatar, this centuries-old area has been completely revamped so that it looks as if it has come straight out of the 19th century.  With exposed timber beams and numerous mud-rendered chops, this market area offers a truly one of a kind experience.  Make sure that you convert your currency before coming here, as you’ll undoubtedly be taking home a few treats and treasures from this exceptional marketplace.

Al-Corniche

If you’re looking to spend some time along the water, then Al-Corniche is the place to go.  These four miles of road that stretch from Doha to the East Coast of Qatar offers gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean.  You’ll also be able to check out some of the most innovative structures that the world has seen along this short stretch of land and sea.

Bir Zekreet

An activity that tops the list of almost every holiday is lounging on the beach, and Bir Zekreet surely won’t disappoint.  Surrounded by desert, this area is much loved by land dune explorers and camping lovers.  There’s also a nearby wild deer reserve that you can check out, plus you may be able to find a few of the notorious desert mushrooms that grow in the area.

Khor Al-Adaid

There’s a reason why the Khor Al-Adaid is one of the biggest attractions in all of Qatar. This large salt water inlet is truly one of a kind, surrounded by towering dunes of sand that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.  To get the full experience of the area, make sure that you visit a money converter prior to your trip so that you can pay a tour guide to take you on an overnight camping adventure, or go for a camel ride up and down the dunes during the day.

The Museum Of Islamic Arts

Built by the world renowned architect IM Pei, this fortress-style structure is home to the most extensive collection of Islamic arts on this Earth.  Just driving up to the museum, what with the long avenue of towering palm trees, makes a very bold statement about the area and really sets the tone for what you can expect from the museum.  You’ll also be able to find a library, exhibition halls, a gallery, and a restaurant inside.

I hope this has given you some food for thought for a visit to Qatar; but if you need more ideas, you should check out this great forum and sift through the good and the bad ideas.