It wasn't long ago that Doha, the capital city of Qatar, was not much more than an oasis in the desert. But today, it's a thriving city steeped in the world of international business, with myriad skyscrapers rising from the sand and an up-and-coming cultural and arts scene. The consistent flow of visitors and tourists of the past decade has spurred the creation of some truly world-class hotels offering a variety of amenities from relaxing spas to elite restaurants. Grab a Doha hotel along the Corniche, a sweeping avenue that runs along the waterfront, and from there take in the Doha Fort, the Ethnographic Museum, Qatar National Museum, and the Museum of Islamic Arts, all of which offer fascinating views of the history of Islam through relics and artifacts.
There are activities galore for families to enjoy right outside their hotel. Grab the kids and head to Palm Tree Island, teeming with beaches and rides. Or, if you're feeling a bit more adventurous, book an off-road ride in the city's outskirts, where you'll race through the sweeping sands and over towering dunes. For a great overview of the city, you can also glide along the water in the Arabian Gulf aboard a dhow, a traditional wooden boat. And the sports scene is truly electric; there are nearly a dozen stadiums offering everything from tennis to swimming to soccer. Grab a Doha cheap hotel near the Doha Sports City complex in the Al Waab district and immerse yourself in some world-class action.
Shopping rules in the city, and many frequent tourists claim that prices are substantially lower than in nearby Dubai. Book a hotel in Doha near Souq Waqif in the city center and prepare to be overwhelmed with choices. From Paris fashion to Middle Eastern antiques, the open-air market is a true haven for the shopaholic in you. Also scattered around the city are wholesale markets, where you can by off-the boat fish, plants and flowers, traditional Qatar treats and, if you're really up for it, a camel. When you tire of the arid climate, head to Villagio, an awe-inspiring indoor mall where you can indulge your senses as well as your wallet.