Qatar holidays - Luxurious hotels and authentic experiences
One of the lesser explored areas of the Arabian Peninsula, vacations in Qatar are now on the wish list of every discerning traveller. With desert-bound adventures, seemingly endless golden coastlines, and a cultural experience you’ll relish, Qatar has gained a reputation for being a luxurious destination.
Explore the awe-inspiring natural wonders, such as the haunting Singing Sand Dunes, or venture into the hub of Qatar to sample culinary delights, local crafts and vibrant banter at one of the souks. Qatar is a country built on a huge diversity of cultures and backgrounds. This has created a unique culture that incorporates classic Arabian with an international flair. Qatar is one of our top destinations for upcoming vacations.
A varied destination for the whole family
Blessed with glorious sunshine throughout the year and superb quality hotels, Qatar is the perfect place for a stopover as you travel east or for a longer stay to relax and recharge your batteries. Discover Qatar and you'll find this country is an intriguing mix of natural beauty and heritage with modern skyscrapers and wide-ranging attractions.
It might be a cliché but there really is something for everyone. If you’re seeking luxurious hotels, glamorous restaurants and world-class shopping, Qatar holidays tick all those boxes. Families will love the theme parks and watersports. Culture lovers will revel in the National Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Al Zubarah Fort, Souq Waqif and Katara Cultural Village. Whilst those seeking adventure will enjoy a trip out to the desert in a 4x4 for dune bashing and an exploration of the spectacular Inland Sea.
There are a few public holidays to be aware of when booking your holidays in Qatar. As Qatar is a very traditional islamic destination, holiday periods are strictly followed. Periods such as Ramadan involve fasting and restrictions on the consumption of food and drink between sunrise and sunset in public spaces, and whilst you can visit and explore the destination at this time, we would recommend avoiding this time as all public areas will be very quiet. Please see the key dates noted below and in our quick facts guide.
For the whole year Qatar is blessed with wonderfully warm temperatures (it's especially hot in the summer months), so it really is a fabulous choice for beach holidays.
Why visit Qatar?
- Qatar has a fantastic range of decadent hotels offering impressively luxurious accommodation, each with their own private beach
- There are many attractions on offer to discover Qatar, ranging from aqua parks to gaming hubs, from theme parks to watersports
- Glitzy malls for world-class shopping and buzzing souks filled with jewellery, carpets and local crafts
- Fascinating heritage and culture, with ancient forts and superb museums, all set against the backdrop of an ultra modern city
- Great fun activities to enjoy including desert safaris, golfing, paragliding and kite-surfing.
The holy month of Ramadan will be celebrated in Qatar every year according to the lunar cycle (approximately 10 March-9 April 2024 and 28 February–30 March 2025). During Ramadan, Muslims all over the world abstain from food, drink and other physical needs during daylight hours. As a result, there are many restrictions in place during this time. Hotel restaurants and local city restaurants are closed until Iftar (the fast-breaking evening meal after sunset), though some hotels let one restaurant open for buffet breakfast and lunch. Alcohol is restricted in public, but can be delivered to the room. Non-Muslims are not expected to fast but be aware that in Qatar you cannot eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum in public.
Eid Al Fitr, otherwise known as the Festival of Sweets, is an annual Muslim holiday that celebrates the ‘breaking of the fast’ (approximately 9 April-10 April 2024 and 31 March-1 April 2025). Eid Al Adha is the second major holiday celebrated annually in the UAE (approximately 16 June-20 June 2024 and 6 June-10 June 2025). During these festivities, the UAE can be very busy, however, there are no restrictions during these times.