Qatar on a Budget: Insider Travel Tips from Qatar Tourism – GlobeNewswire | Gmx Pharm

DOHA, Qatar, June 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With more than a million visitors set to visit Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, fans should be assured of incredible experiences, local culture, food and flavors all are available at fantastic value for money – or even for free.

Qatar Tourism Chief Operating Officer Berthold Trenkel said: “Qatar is easy and exciting to explore without breaking the bank. All visitors will find a range of affordable restaurants, transportation, activities and many attractions to enjoy either for free or for a great price. Qatar is one of the safest travel destinations in the world, with a focus on the warm hospitality that is characteristic of the local culture.”

FREE TO DO

  • Park Picnics: Qatar has numerous lush green parks – the perfect place for a family stroll and picnic. Aspire Park features lakes, children’s playgrounds and views of the 1,000-foot Torch Tower. Al Bidda Park stretches along the coast and offers many sporting activities and barbecue areas for rent. Next to the Museum of Islamic Art is MIA Park, which offers the best view of Doha’s skyline. Small but impressive, Onaiza Park has a pretty garden area and a winding walking path.
  • Public Beaches: Those willing to venture 1 hour and 20 minutes outside of Doha should seek out Fuwairit Beach for its powder white sand and crystal clear waters. Fuwairit Beach is a kitesurfing hotspot and home to a breeding ground for the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle. Closer to the capital is Sealine Beach in the desert dunes to the south or Katara Beach in the Katara Cultural Village in Doha itself. For a list of the best public beaches go to: https://www.visitqatar.qa/intl-en/things-to -do/get-inspired/the-top-public-beaches-in-qatar
  • Immerse yourself in culture: Katara Cultural Village features a stunning boardwalk, a stunning open-air amphitheater and a network of exhibition galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. Souq Waqif is the country’s bustling traditional marketplace, offering souvenirs, spices and a variety of reasonably priced foods. The newly developed districts of Msheireb and Education City each offer a free tram service that allows you to tour the marvelous avant-garde architecture to see how the past meets the present in Qatari design and culture. The latter also houses the Qatar National Library with its intriguing paper airplane design, while Msheireb has museums celebrating the history of four historic houses.

Haggling for a bargain

A friendly haggle is expected in Qatar’s souks or markets to find the right price for both parties. The iconic Souq Waqif in the oldest part of Doha is packed with shops and stalls. Popular items for sale include pashminas and shawls, oud wood or oil, dates and spices, intricate wooden boxes, Dalla Arabic coffee pots and modern jewelery at the aptly titled Gold Souq. Visitors can also haggle when booking a cruise aboard traditional wooden dhow boats, which are lined up along the Corniche and offer a relaxing way to watch the sunset.

EAT WELL FOR LESS

Qatar offers a wide variety of local and international cuisine, and a tight budget doesn’t mean skimping on quality and taste.

Shay Al Shomous is a restaurant run by a well-known Qatari woman named Shams Al Qassabi, who was the first businesswoman to open a shop in Souq Waqif. All menu items are under $7, making it easy to sample a wide variety of authentic Qatari dishes.

Chapati & Karak is a facility at Katara Cultural Village and serves local tea for under $2. This sweet karak tea is an Indian drink that is now deeply rooted in Qatari culture.

In the heart of the city lies Turkey Central, frequented by both locals and expats for its delicious menu, generous prices and quick service. Menu options start at $1 and up, with plates big enough to share for two.

BARRIER-FREE TRANSPORT

In Doha, one of the easiest ways to get around is via the new subway system. The state-of-the-art network offers 100 km/h trains, driverless carriages and a Gold Class for premium passengers. A ride costs only QAR 2 one-way ($0.55) after purchasing a reusable ticket for QAR 10 ($2.75).

Other transportation options include a comprehensive bus service, taxis, and ride-hailing apps like Uber and Careem. A typical (off-peak) 30-minute Uber ride usually costs no more than $7.

Lusail Tram runs through Lusail City, the heart of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Sights include the Lusail Stadium, where the tournament final will be played, and Place Vendôme – a huge new French-style luxury shopping mall with dancing water fountains. Tram tickets are QAR 2 one way (US$0.55).

SIX OF THE CHEAPEST HOTELS

  • Four points from Sheraton Doha

With 120 spacious rooms or suites, the hotel is right across from a subway station and just a short walk from Msheireb Downtown Doha. Rates start at 475 QAR per night (130 USD) room only, subject to hotel availability

  • Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park

In the center of the busy financial district – perfect for a “bleisure” break. It is a 15-minute drive from Hamad International Airport and just minutes from major attractions such as Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art and the National Museum of Qatar. Hotel room rates start at QAR 400 per night ($110 USD)

Overlooking the Arabian Gulf in a design that follows the curve of the Corniche, the hotel sits in the heart of the city’s skyline

An affordable 4-star brand of Rotana Hotels with stylish design and modern amenities in the heart of Doha’s historic Old Quarter. Rates start at 400 QAR per night (110 USD) room only, subject to hotel availability

Close to Hamad International Airport with elegant interiors. Rates start at 200 QAR per night (110 USD) room only, subject to hotel availability

The hotel is located in the heart of the capital amidst a comfortable and trendy environment, close to Quest Doha and Msheireb Downtown Doha. Room rates start at 220 QAR/night, subject to hotel availability

ENJOY THE WORLD’S BEST STOPOVER

Qatar offers incredible stopover packages from as little as $14 per night. Launched late last year by Qatar Airways and Discover Qatar and supported by Qatar Tourism, the offerings include a range of leading four and five star hotels offering affordable luxury to suit all budgets.

For more information on the world’s cheapest stopover visit: https://www.qatarairways.com/en-gb/offers/qatar-stopover.html

Visitors looking for more inspiration for traveling to Qatar on a budget should visit: https://www.visitqatar.qa/intl-en/plan-your-trip/itineraries-and-tours/traveling-to-qatar-on -a- Budget

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For media-related inquiries, please contact the Qatar Tourism Press Office at:

+974 7774 7863 | pressoffice@visitqatar.qa

About Qatar:

A peninsula surrounded by the Arabian Gulf in the heart of the Middle East, Qatar is home to 80% of the world’s population within a six-hour flight. Ranked as the safest country in the world in 2022 by Numbeo, Qatar welcomes all travelers and guests from over 95 countries can enter without a visa. Qatar has an incredible variety of easily accessible tourist attractions, an abundance of fauna and flora including whale sharks and the majestic national animal, the Arabian oryx, and most experiences are a unique combination of cultural authenticity and modernity. From iconic museums to high-rise restaurants, exhilarating desert adventures to world-renowned events including none other than the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, there is something for every traveler and budget. Travelers transiting through Qatar should make one vacation into two with the world’s most affordable stopover packages, launched by Qatar Airways and Discover Qatar and powered by Qatar Tourism.

About Qatar Tourism:

Qatar Tourism is the official government agency responsible for developing and promoting tourism in Qatar, fueling the exponential growth of the sector. Qatar is a destination where people from all over the world come together to experience unique offerings in arts, culture, sports and adventure, aimed at family and business travelers and rooted in service excellence. Qatar Tourism aims to boost the entire tourism value chain, increase local and international visitor demand, attract foreign investment and create a multiplier effect throughout the domestic economy. The Qatar Tourism Strategy 2030 sets the ambitious goal of attracting over six million international visitors annually by 2030, making Qatar the fastest growing tourist destination in the Middle East.

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