Qatar Airways will be giving transit travelers a free stay at a luxury hotel in Doha, here’s how you can make the best of it.
Together with the Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Airways will offer travelers who chose to spend a day in Qatar before continuing to their final destination a free night at one of the luxury hotels in Doha.
Since Hamad International Airport is the transit hub to all Qatar Airways flights, thousands of travelers arrive to the country just to wait for their next flight each day. However, transit travelers who stay inside the airport miss out on everything Qatar has to offer, but they don’t have to anymore.
The carrier will give international travelers willing to extend their transit period a complimentary stay at a high-end hotel, as well as a free transit visa. The hotels include The Four Seasons, Marriott Marquis, Radisson Blu and Oryx Rotana, some of which offer a second night for as low as $50.
While one day might seem like not enough time to fully experience the country, here are a some things you can do:
Shop & Dine
Entering a mall in Qatar is unlike any mall-experience in the world. The country has some of the world’s most exclusive and innovative malls, where daily festivities, promotions and entertainment is a guarantee. There are more than 20 malls in the Doha area alone, each housing hundreds of international brands.
At the same time, Doha has a concept restaurant around every corner. Indulge in a festival of international flavors and aromas at any of the city’s unique eateries. Learn more about malls and shopping in Qatar.
The city of Doha was built upon inspiration from Qatari heritage and culture. Wander down the streets of the old city, or head down to the traditional market at Souq Waqif or Katara Cultural Village, which also includes an amphitheater, an opera house and a cinema complex.
Learn more about Qatar and the Islamic world at the Museum of Islamic Art, or see some of the old forts that once protected the country from invaders.
Don’t late stereotypes fool you, there’s a lot more than just sandy deserts to explore in Qatar. The country is home to beautiful islands, mangroves, natural reserves and beaches, as well as a diverse population of flora and fauna.
But still, nothing beats a day of cruising across the sand dunes and a night out in the desert under the stars.
Leisure & Relaxation
If you’re feeling like mini vacation, you can spend your stay getting pampered at one of the city’s spas or catching a tan at one of the country’s many golden-sand beaches. The city is also full of green parks where you can just relax and forget time.
To get a free stay in Doha, all you have to do is book your ticket before August 31 and have a transit time of at least 12 hours.
For more information, visit the Qatar Airways website.