About Doha

Impressively modern, it’s also a place with traditional Arab souks, easy access to the Arabian desert, and gorgeous beaches. What do you think about when you think of a Doha vacation? Dune-bashing drives into the desert, perhaps? Or splashing out in style inside vast malls and seaside strolling in the shadow of glitzy skyscrapers? Just off the coast of the Qatari capital lies a whole different proposition. The aptly named, crescent-shaped Banana Island is a luxury island resort. Since opening four years ago, it's quickly become a top destination for luxury-seeking vacationers. "Whether it's the stunning and constantly changing skyline or the massive investments Qatari authorities are making in landmark cultural icons, Doha is a city oozing confidence and style, and it's as much ease with its modern shopping malls as it is with its heritage and traditional souqs. Wander the fabulously atmospheric Souq Waqif, wonder at the sheer beauty of the world-class Museum of Islamic Art and its exhibits or head out to Katara to explore Doha's art culture. Wherever you look, Doha is threatening to eclipse Dubai as the Gulf's most dynamic city. Throw in a new metro system in the making and the 2022 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, and even despite the Gulf-Qatar diplomatic crisis, chances are Doha is going to come out on top." (Quote, Unquote by Lonely Planet)