Blessed with year-round sun, world-class places to stay and incredible art and culture, the dazzling Qatari capital of Doha is the perfect place to top up your tan, relax in total luxury, eat great food and get a taste of a totally unique culture.
From the hustle and bustle of Souq Waqif to the amazing art on display at the MATHAF Museum, Qatar's capital city is a place that teems with a unique kind of energy and culture, and the entire city possesses a character that needs to be seen to be believed. Whether you fancy exploring the rolling dunes of the country's deserts in the comfort of a 4x4, or want to discover the rich history of pearling and fishing at the Unesco-listed Al Zubarah Fort in the north of the country, the city of Doha is the perfect base to see it all. So, if you're after a short break or stopover stay taking in the country's essentials, or a more in-depth holiday pairing the cultural highlights with a few days of rest and recuperation in the sun by the hotel pool, a trip to Qatar is always varied, cultural and effortlessly luxurious.
Sound like the sort of trip that you'd like to go on? Well you're in luck, because we've teamed up with Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways and the Doha Marriott hotel to offer one lucky reader and a friend the chance to win a three-night bed and breakfast stay in a deluxe room, plus return economy flights from a choice of five UK airports to Doha with Qatar Airways.
While you're there, you'll be able to kick back in one of the hotel's beautifully appointed rooms, soaking up views of Doha's world-famous skyline from across the Corniche. And what's more, with exclusive access to Gulf Bay beach, and a dedicated spa offering all kinds of sensuous treatments, you'll be able to kick back and recover from all the sightseeing you'll be doing.
If you ever actually want to leave the comfort of the hotel, there are tons of amazing attractions less than half an hour away, from top-quality restaurants fusing distinctive Arabian cuisine with globally inspired menus, to cultural institutions that are completely unique to Qatar.
A great example is the Museum of Islamic Art, a five-floor walk-through containing artefacts from more than 14 centuries of Islamic history that's also home to IDAM, a restaurant by celebrated chef Alain Ducasse.
Nearby, there's also Souq Waqif, where you'll be able to get a real insight into the country's culture, buying everything from spices and ornate rugs to falcons.
Then, once you've explored the Souq, a final must-do is taking a cruise on the Gulf in a traditional dhow boat. Once used for fishing and pearling along the Qatari coastline, these beautiful old sea vessels are now largely used for sightseeing and dinner cruises. Make sure you book, because it's a one-of-a-kind way to end your stay. So what are you waiting for? The chance to experience all this and more is just a simple question away, so enter now.
The question is: In which traditional boat can you take a cruise in Doha?
Competition closes: 9th February 2018
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– Accommodation prize is based on a bed and breakfast basis in a Deluxe Room
– Departure from any UK airport
– Blackout dates apply
– Prize must be booked in advance, by May 2018 at the latest
– The accommodation and flight voucher is valid for travel until 15 August 2018
– Prize is not transferrable or redeemable for a cash alternative
– By entering, you agree to being contacted by Visit Qatar for marketing purposes