One of the things that excited me most about moving to Qatar was the travel opportunities it would afford us! By living in Qatar a whole new world of holiday destinations from Doha opened up to us! Long haul was now short haul and vice versa! In the three and a half years we have been living here we have been using every opportunity we could to try new holiday destinations from Doha. So here is Qatar’s Travel menu from short haul to long haul options and the most memorable travel opportunity we had!
Starter aka Short Haul
Qatar opens up so many new short haul destinations. Places that were once only available to us as week or even two week holidays suddenly are now options for a weekend jaunt. Our favourites have been;
Beautiful and distinct from the rest of the Middle East. Mountainous and slightly cooler, Oman offers a different perspective on the Gulf.
To be paired with a stay at The Chedi.
We went as part of our baby moon and can’t recommend highly enough. The hotel has some of the best service I’ve ever experienced, great restaurants and the longest pool in the Middle East!
The combination of cooler weather and unique culture makes Oman perfect holiday destinations from Doha
The city metropolis offers bigger and brasher offerings of everything. From the world’s tallest building to the flashiest hotels on earth. (Check out our post on best Middle Eastern Hotels for more information). If you want to experience luxury then Dubai is the place for you.
Dubai is also a great family friendly option and has lots of indoor activities which means it is accessible even in the summer when the temperatures can reach up to 50 degrees!
To be paired with a stay in something more traditional. We recommend combining a visit with the beautiful Bab al Shams Desert Resort. Desert resorts are definitely only a Winter option as most of the activities on offer are outdoor focussed. We enjoyed spending time in the Dunes and getting more acquainted with local traditions such as falconry!
At less than an hour in the air Dubai and the desert resorts great holiday destinations from Doha.
If you get sick of beige and sand then Sri Lanka is the perfect tonic. Bursting with colours, smells and vibrancy this is the place for you. Sri Lanka really surprised me. I fell in love with the food, people and wildlife. For history buffs, you can visit the beautiful colonial town of Galle. For wildlife lovers, you can visit Udewalawe National Park and get up and close to elephants.
To be paired with a stay at our favourite hotel in the world – Buckingham Place. I have never experienced service like I did at Buckingham Place. Tranquil and beautiful. You can easily explore the South Coast of Sri Lanka from here. Unfortunately, the hotel does not accept under 6s so we will have to wait a few more years before we can return.
The combination of colour, food and wildlife make Buckingham Place and Sri Lanka great holiday destinations from Doha.
That bucket list item that seems to be on everybodies list! There is nothing better than crystal clear waters, sun, sand and relaxation. We stayed at the family friendly Bandos Resort but there are options for every type of traveller!
To be paired with a trip to Sri Lanka for the ultimate relaxing holiday
For sheer relaxation, The Maldives is a great holiday destinations from Doha.
Main aka Long Haul
The Middle East is famed for its Kangaroo route stop over. Australia is a much easier long haul destination when you are half way there. Melbourne is a great starting point as a counter to the Middle East. I particularly the coffee culture and the art lane ways which I learnt all about on the Free Melbourne Walking Tour! Melbourne is also the perfect Australian destination for foodies with amazing food on every street!
To be paired with a trip to New Zealand – you might as well if you are going that far!
Since you are already half way there, Australia and New Zealand are great holiday destinations from Doha.
The lack of time difference between Qatar and South Africa makes Cape Town the perfect long haul option. Perfect for those wanting a mix of city life and wildlife.
We enjoyed going on safari and also making a trip to Stellenbosh and Franschhoek wine towns.
To be paired with a trip some more remote parts of Africa or perhaps a trip to the beautiful island of Zanzibar
Cape Town and Africa are perfect long haul holiday destinations from Doha.
What was once a weekend away is not more of a jaunt. We have taken the opportunity to visit some new parts of Europe and get a break from the Middle East weather by visiting Scandinavia. Copenhagen to us is the perfect European getaway. The perfect retreat for foodies and history buffs alike! Copenhagen is renowned for its wonderful restaurant scene, being home to the likes of Noma. A Mecca for foodies.
We also enjoyed exploring the history of Denmark and particular;y enjoyed exploring all of Copenhagen’s wonderful castles!
To be paired with a Baltic Cruise and see the great capitals of Northern Europe.
Europe on the whole offers great holiday destinations from Doha.
Dessert – the best travel destinations from Doha
Qatar has above anything really given us the chance to travel more and nothing has left an impression on us quite like our visit to Uganda and Rwanda to go chimp and gorilla trekking. I have never been so awestruck as seeing these majestic animals in the wild and has been the perfect cherry on top of our Middle East travel adventures.
For us, Rwanda and Uganda have to be the best holiday destinations from Doha.
Where do you think the perfect holiday destinations from Doha are?
If you are going to be in Doha why not check out our A-Z Guide of things to see and do in Qatar!