Spectacular year-round sunshine, coupled with an impressive choice of indoor and outdoor experiences, makes Qatar an ideal holiday destination at any time of the year. For culture enthusiasts there are myriad exhibitions in Doha to visit; for thrill-seekers after a new adventure there’s plenty to choose from, or for those just wishing to rejuvenate with a week relaxing waterside, there’s something for everyone.
To make the most out of the UK bank holiday days this year, Qatar Tourism has picked the perfect trip for every season.
Spring (20 March – 21 June)
From 15 – 24 April, take 4 days leave and be out of the office for 10 days
For sun, sea and sand-lovers, spring is one of the best seasons to enjoy Qatar’s glorious weather, with daily highs ranging from 27°C to 38°C throughout the season. Brits looking for some early summer sun and wish to lounge by the pool have a wide selection of hotels to choose from, including luxury five-star accommodations with private beaches, such as Four Seasons Hotel Doha and The St. Regis Doha, as well as family-friendly resorts with a host of activities for those escaping over the Easter break, including Hilton Salwa Beach Resort and Villas and Banana Island Resort.
The warm spring temperatures are also the best to enjoy Qatar’s water sports, from jet skiing and kitesurfing experiences, to diving tours and kayaking in the mangroves. Visitors can cruise the Arabian Gulf in a traditional dhow boat or join a whale shark tour, with the best sightings taking place between April – September when one of the world’s largest whale shark aggregations takes its home in Qatar.
Summer (21 June – 23 September)
From 27 August – 4 September, take 4 days leave and be out of the office for 9 days
Whilst temperatures during the summer months average 36°C and sometimes reach into the 50s (°C), Qatar has plenty for visitors to experience out of the sun. The country is home to some of the world’s most extraordinary museums and exhibitions that are perfect to explore and keep cool, including the National Museum of Qatar that showcases the country’s rich history, and the Museum of Islamic Art, which is due to reopen following refurbishments later this year.
One popular cultural spot well equipped for the warm weather is Katara Cultural Village, home to the world’s first outdoor air-conditioned street and a free kart service to transport visitors around the village. Here, travellers can find exceptional public art, museums and galleries, as well as a scenic public beach offering the perfect spot to dip in the sea and cool off during those hot summer days.
Doha also boasts some of the best shopping malls in the Middle East, offering everything from exceptional dining and retail outlets to family-friendly theme parks and attractions. Shoppers can swap the sand for snow at Snow Dunes in Doha Destival City, hop on a gondola at Villagio Mall’s indoor canal, or head to ‘Xtremeland’ at the Mall of Qatar for family-friendly rides and games. Those wishing to relax can enjoy Qatar’s world-class wellness destinations, including the new family-friendly Zulal Wellness Resort and Sharq Villa and Spa – one of the most luxurious spas in Qatar.
Autumn (23 September – 21 December)
From 21 November – 18 December, experience Qatar during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
Like spring, the beautiful weather in autumn makes it a great season to visit, and fans heading to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 can expect pleasant temperatures of around 25°C. This is the perfect time to explore Doha on foot and visit the city’s neighbourhoods, from the stunning modern architecture in Msheireb Downtown, to the incredible yacht-lined marinas at The Pearl-Qatar.
Many of Qatar’s world-class restaurants offer spectacular al-fresco terraces and rooftops, and autumn is one of the best seasons to experience them. Visitors can soak up the Middle Eastern sun and witness views unlike any other from restaurants and bars including BOHO Social, Nobu Doha, Manko Doha and The Secret Garden. Qatar’s scenic green parks also provide a tranquil escape during these months, from MIA Park with family-friendly activities and a scenic cycle path, to Aspire Park, with a stunning lake and views of downtown Doha.
Winter (21 Dec – 20 March)
From 24 December – 2 January, take 3 days leave and be out of the office for 10 days
Winter is an ideal time to explore Qatar’s outdoor activities and cultural offerings, with daytime temperatures averaging 23°C and reaching up to 27°C in March. It is high season for desert adventures and visitors can enjoy thrilling desert safaris by the Inland Sea, or try glamping under the stars. The winter temperatures also provide the best conditions for keen golfers who can play a round or two at Qatar’s state-of-the-art clubs, Education City Golf Club or Doha Golf Club.
There are numerous heritage sites a short drive from Doha that are also best explored during the milder months. UNESCO World Heritage site, Al Zubarah Fort, as well as Al Zekreet Fort, offer a spectacular insight into the country’s rich history, and Richard Serra’s breath-taking desert sculpture, East-West/West-East, is a must see. Whilst in Qatar, visitors can also spend their time exploring the winding alleyways of the souqs, which sell everything from local dates and spices to jewellery and textiles.
For more information on Qatar and when best to visit, head to www.visitqatar.qa.
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