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Tips For First-Time Travellers to Doha
While Qatar is a bit more laid-back than some other Middle Eastern countries, visitors with flights to Doha are still expected to dress respectfully. After arriving to Doha International Airport (DOH) and while exploring the city, both men and women should keep their shoulders, upper arms and knees covered. This is especially important while visiting religious sites and during the month of Ramadan.
Learn a few basic phrases in Arabic
While many young people and professionals in Qatar speak some English, Arabic is the only official language of the country. When you have return flights to Doha, study some key phrases that you can use while speaking to locals. Useful phrases for your flights to Doha are as-salam alaykum (hello), shukran (thank you), and hal tatahadath al’injlizia? (do you speak English?).
Plan outdoor sightseeing for the morning and late afternoon
Doha experiences extreme weather, particularly in the summer months when temperatures can reach 50°C. When you book cheap flights to Doha outside of the winter months, you’ll discover that most locals stay indoors for much of the day. Drink a lot of water while walking around Doha, and plan to visit outdoor attractions outside of peak daylight hours.
Landmarks and Monuments You Can’t Miss with Return Flights to Doha
Souq Waqif is one of the top experiences to have when you book airfare to Doha. It is the oldest market in Qatar and offers a traditional shopping experience. The souq is made up of smaller shops where you can find local crafts, Arabic sweets, jewellery, and souvenirs. The Gold Souq is located within Souq Waqif and is famous for selling luxury pieces made from gold. Souq Waqif is also an excellent place to people-watch when you have tickets to Doha. You can experience local shoppers within the traditional market as well as restaurants and shisha bars where many locals like to spend their evenings.
The Aspire Tower is a 300-metre tall skyscraper, also referred to as the Torch due to its unique shape. Construction on the tower was completed in 2007, making it the tallest building on the Doha skyline. Inside, the Aspire Tower is a luxury hotel, called the Torch Doha. When you book an airfare to Doha, you could opt to stay here for a truly indulgent holiday - the hotel can be added to your flight booking with Webjet. Even if you are not a guest of the hotel, you can still visit after your cheap flights to Doha for an excellent view over the city. Head to the 47th floor where a revolving restaurant displays some of the best views over Doha.
Museum of Islamic Art
Learn about the history and culture of the Islamic world with a visit the Museum of Islamic Art when you have tickets to Doha. Art within the museum comes from three continents and spans about 1400 years. Exhibits include paintings, sculptures and calligraphy from artists in the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Turkey. In addition to the museum’s collection, visitors with return flights to Doha can admire impressive architecture and city views from the Museum of Islamic Art.
Public Transport and How to Get Around after Flights to Doha
Once your flights to Doha arrive, you can catch a public bus into the city centre. Transport from Doha International Airport (DOH) to the city is available on bus routes 109, 737, 747, and 777. Bus fare costs between 3 to 5 Qatari rial (about $1.30 to $2.15 NZD) and must be paid using a Karwa transport card. Several ticket machines are available throughout Doha International Airport (DOH) and accept local cash.
In the city centre, you can continue to travel by local bus using your Karwa card. An extensive bus network is available through central Doha and the inner suburbs, serving the majority of the city’s tourist attractions. Doha also has a metro system that began operating in May 2019. The red line is in operation, and the green and gold lines are set to open in late 2019 or early 2020. This metro line stops at several major stations in the city centre, including West Bay QIC and Al Bidda.
While public transport is growing in Doha, the city’s transportation still relies heavily around cars. If you would like to drive after your cheap flights to Doha, rental cars can be booked through Webjet with rates starting at about $50 NZD per day. Taxis and Ubers are also readily available in central Doha.