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Travelers Can Now Make 96-Hour Stopovers in Qatar with No-Cost Visas on Arrival

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Dusk at the Pearl Qatar in Doha,Qatar. Photo Credit: Steven Byles.

Passengers transiting through Doha, Qatar, can now make a 96 hour stopover in the country assuming they have a minimum transit time of five hours at Hamad International Airport.

That works out to four days and nights to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the Middle East.

It also gives travelers traveling between Qatar Airways’ extensive route system a chance to break up their journies between continents.

Doha serves as a hub for connecting flights between Africa, the Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South America.

Passengers do not need to apply for a transit visa in advance.

Under the previous transit visa scheme, travelers needed to have a layover of at least eight hours, and they could only spend up to 48 hours, or two days, in Qatar.

Qatar transit visas are issued free of charge upon arrival at Hamad International Airport. Passengers of all nationalities are eligible.

Passengers are required to show proof of an onward journey and complete standard passport control procedures. All visas are approved and issued at the sole discretion of the Ministry of Interior.

Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Qatar

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Islamic Museum of Art in Doha,Qatar.Photo Credit: Steven Byles.
 

Doha is chock-a-block with heritage sites, upscale shopping malls, and world-class museums. Here is just a small sampling of what the Qatari capital has to offer.

  1. The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha -  explore 1,400 years of Islamic art across three continents.
  2. Souq Waqif
  3. - browse, dine, and bargain at what is possibly the only traditional souq, a.k.a. bazaar, to have survived in the Middle East.
  4. The Pearl Qatar -a man-made island with beaches, a marina, hotels, shopping, and mostly fine dining restaurants.
  5. Villagio Mall - a Venetian themed shopping mall with designer boutiques, food and beverage outlets, recreation, entertainment, and canals with gondolas.
  6. Mathaf - major historical and experimental exhibitions are held at this Arabian museum of modern art.
  7. Katara Cultural Village - a complex of theatres, concert halls, exhibition halls, a beach, restaurants, and hotels.
  8. Aspire Zone a sporting have with some of the best sports training, medicine, education, and research facilities in the world.
  9. Al Zubarah Fort - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this 60-hectare archeological site is one of the best examples ofq8th and 19th century settlements in the Middle East.
  10. Aqua Park Qatar - a theme park with a wave pool, a lazy river, water slides, space boats – the list goes on.
  11. City Centre - with 250 shops, this is Qatar’s largest shopping mall.

Where to Stay in Doha

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DoubleTree by Hilton in Doha, Qatar.

Doha has numerous hotels at all price points. These hotels are most popular with readers of TripAdvisor.

  1. Zubarah Hotel - Al Rawabi Street, Doha, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information
  2. W Doha Hotel & Residences – West Bay Area, Doha, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information
  3. Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Doha Old Town - Al Meena Street, Doha, Qatar. 
  4. InterContinental Doha The City – near Al Wahda Street, Doha, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information
  5. Hilton Doha – Diplomatic District West Bay Area, Doha, Qatar. 
  6. Ramada Encore – Ahmed Bin Hohd Thani Street, Doha, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information
  7. Four Seasons Hotel Doha – The Corniche, Doha, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information
  8. Shangri-La Hotel, Doha – West Bay Conference Centtre Street 85, Doha, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information
  9. Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara – Banana Island, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information
  10. Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park – Airport Road, Doha, Qatar. Click here for hotel room rates and other hotel information

Where to Eat in Doha

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Entrance of Al Nahhan Restaurant in Doha, Qatar.

You won’t go hungry to Doha!

Whether it is Halal, barbecue, or seafood, Chinese, Indian, American, or French, you will be spoiled for choice in the Qatari capital.

You will find everything from cheap eats to buffet restaurants to fine dining eateries serving haute cuisine.

To find the perfect place to eat:

How to Get to Doha

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Qatar Airways jetliner at Atlanta Hartfield International Airport in the United States.

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, is the hub for for Qatar Airways, which has an expanding route network linking all six continents.

Travelers flying to different parts of the world often change planes at Doha. Thanks to liberalized visa regulations, making a stopover in Qatar is now easier than ever before.

Check out schedules and fares at the following links ...

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