Year-round sunshine, warm hospitality and unparalleled security make Qatar the Middle East’s best-kept secret for family vacations. Qatar Tourism, in partnership with Qatar Airways Holidays, offers a multitude of holiday ideas for families.
Doha was designated the “Arab Capital of Tourism” in 2023 by the Ministerial Council and Qatar broke visitation records in January and February. On March 15, 2023, the country will exceed one million international visitors to its shores.
Qatar Tourism COO Berthold Trenkel said: “Qatar is a fantastic destination for families looking to spend time together and make unforgettable memories. For five years, the “Numbero Crime Index” has ranked Qatar as the safest country in the world.
Whether it’s an adventure in the desert, a dose of thrills at an amusement park, relaxing moments at the beach or even an immersion in authentic culture, there is something here to satisfy travelers of all ages and family fun. »
Sights in town
Learn about Qatar’s past and present at National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ). Interactive audio-visual experiences ensure visitors of all ages are immersed in the history of the country from more than 700 million years to the present day.
The fun continues at Olympic and Sports Museum 3-2-1. The museum’s latest gallery, the Activation Zone, offers a plethora of fun challenges, and visitors can track their activities on a personal device that will reveal their “physical mastery.”
Families can experience the best of Qatari culture at Souq Waqif, an authentic market with an intricate network of alleys filled with local treasures. A few steps from the souk, we find the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and MIA Parkwith playgrounds for children and plenty of cafes to take a break.
Just an hour away by car, families can leave Doha for incredible adventures between fascinating dunes, ancient rock carvings, golden beaches, eco-farms and lush mangrove forests.
Qatar is one of the few destinations where the dunes meet the coasts of the sea at the spectacular “Inland Sea”, or Khor Al Adaid. Accessible only by 4×4, families can spend an afternoon in the desert, playing in the dunes, stopping en route for a camel ride and to pose with the national iconic bird, the falcon .
The Arabian Gulf boasts warm, calm waters ideal for swimming and offers a range of water sports. For an adventure off the beaten path, families can head to the mangroves ofAl Thakhira and on Purple Islanda hidden treasure for kayaking.
The farm of North Sedra is also an enchanting experience for the whole family. The premier agritourism destination in Qatar, North Sedra offers visitors the chance to pick fresh fruits and vegetables, connect with the country’s cultural heritage, or encounter exotic animals like the Arabian oryx at the mini-zoo.
At the heart of the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas on the southwestern tip of Qatar, with 3.5 kilometers of soft sandy beaches and landscaped gardens, lies one of the largest amusement parks in the Middle East. , THE Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park. This park offers 18 attractions with 56 rides and slides.
In the capital, Quest Doha takes visitors on a journey through three “time dimensions”: Oryxville, which explores the ancient Arab past, City of Imagination, a reflection of the present, and Gravity, a futuristic spaceport. Quest Doha has won two Guinness World Records for tallest indoor roller coaster and tallest indoor Drop Tower.
For families traveling with younger children, the Doha Festival City mall features the world’s first Angry Birds World, as well as the Middle East’s first e-gaming hub, Virtuocity. In the Villaggio mall, the Gondolania amusement park is centered on a boat ride through the Venetian-inspired canals.
The sun, the sea, the sand
B12 Beach Club
To enjoy a day by the sea, have fun or relax, the B12, located in West Bay, offers water sports, music programmed by a DJ and restaurants open all day. The B12 Floating Water Park, the largest floating park in Doha (70 meters long) is a paradise for the youngest.
Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha
Rixos Gulf Hotel Doha is the first luxury beach resort in Qatar to innovate with all-inclusive packages. Families can discover international cuisine and plenty of entertainment.
Waldorf Astoria Lusail
This sprawling resort in the heart of Lusail City boasts a stunning private sandy beach. The hotel opened in October 2022, offering a selection of activities for adults and children, from waterslides to surfing. The hotel has 461 rooms, a fitness center, and the only ‘ESPA Life’ spa in the Middle East.
For more information on family-friendly resorts and beach clubs in Qatar: https://visitqatar.com/intl-en/things-to-do/family-fun/family-friendly-beach-clubs
Qatar Tourism, in partnership with Qatar Airways Holidays, is currently offering a €100 discount on flight and holiday packages booked through Qatar Airways. Visitors must book by April 30, 2023 for travel by December 31, 2023. To take advantage of this offer, simply enter their name and email address to generate a discount code on the Visit Qatar website: https:/ /visitqatar.com/intl-en/plan-your-trip/travel-deals-offers/hotel-offers/qatar-holidays-offer
Families can also take advantage of a stopover in Qatar thanks to very advantageous packages. Offered by Qatar Airways, these packages start at 13 euros per person per day for a four-star hotel, and 18.5 euros per person per day for a five-star hotel. Holidaymakers can book now at: qatarairways.com/stopover
Hotels, excursions, flights, Qatar Tourism presents its offers on: https://visitqatar.com/intl-en/plan-your-trip/travel-deals-offers
For more family adventures, visit: https://visitqatar.com/intl-en/experiences/family