While neighboring hotspots like Dubai are known for their glitz and glamour, countries like Qatar still manage to hold on to their traditional vibes, even as they push forward towards the future. The country is the perfect place to visit if you want a glimpse into what the region was like before record-breaking feats became a thing.
From learning about falconry and watching camels race across the desert to traditional souqs and a burgeoning arts scene that could rival anything you could find in Europe, Qatar is a multi-layered gem waiting to be uncovered. Travelista Tanisha (@whatsnextnish) recently went on a quick escape to the Middle Eastern nation, and the adventure turned out to be everything she’s dreamed of and more. In fact, she can’t wait to get back!
If you’re like us and looking for a new desert playground to explore in 2020, check out these photos from Tanisha’s solo jaunt, then grab a few tips from our exclusive guide and be inspired to embrace a more traditional side to the Middle East.
Welcome to Qatar
Located along the Persian Gulf, Qatar is a Middle Eastern nation steeped in tradition. The best time to visit is from November to early April, to avoid the insane heat of the summer months. Much like neighboring hotspots, Qatar is relatively budget-friendly, with 1 Qatari Riyal equaling 0.274725 USD, so budget accordingly.
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In Arab culture, tea time is a social event and is a way for locals to show hospitality to their guests. Don't leave the country without indulging in a little high tea at one of the local hotels.
If you're looking for accommodations that are near the action, but far enough removed that you feel like you're in another world, then the Anantara Banana Island Resort is for you. The island resort, decked out in luxurious overwater villas, is an oasis in the middle of a bustling metropolis, making it the best of both worlds.
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While these days riding camels is seen as a fun bucket list check-off, during more traditional times, camels were used as a source of transportation and food for the nomadic people in the region.