Tourism in Doha

The city of Doha is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of Qatar. Here’s some more information and a few places you can visit during your time there!

Overview
Considered as a ‘world city’ by the Globalisation and World Cities Research Network and in 2015, Doha was considered one of the ‘New7Winders Cities. The majority of the population living in Doha are Muslims, however, you’ll also find plenty of Catholics in the city.

Museum of Islamic Art
Boasting a world-class collection that spans 1400 years, the Museum of Islamic Art allows it’s visitors to gain a broad insight into the world of art, together with its rich history. Just 11 minutes from Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli and other such hotels in Doha, Qatar, this museum is quite an experience.

Souq Waqif
Your trip to Doha is incomplete if you do not visit Souq Waqif, a vibrant complex with an atmosphere that’s unmatched. Built on an ancient market site, Souq Waqif is known to be the social heart of Doha. The market is a true journey to the past, showing the old Qatari village lifestyle in the best way possible.

Doha Corniche
If you’re looking for just a relaxing stroll, the Doha Corniche is the answer. The corniche was built to reach from one end of the city to the other, the view from the corniche is amazing!

Art Galleries in Doha, Qatar

If you are staying in one of the hotels in Doha and hope to take a couple of days to explore, make sure that you put the famous art galleries into your list. Here are a few you can consider.

1. Museum of Islamic Art
Called the Mathaf Al-Fann Al-Islami, the Museum of Islamic Art was built in 2008 and holds works of art taken from across central Asia and the Middle East.

2. National Museum of Qatar
Considered one of the most important places to learn of the culture of Qatar, the National Museum of Qatar. It was designed by Jean Nouvel who is an award-winning French architect.

3. Arab Museum of Modern Art
Considered the hub of modern and contemporary Arabian art, the Arab Museum of Art is situated about 15 km away from Al Najada Doha Hotel by Tivoli. You could incorporate it into your adventures for a day.

4. ALRIWAQ
A non-collection-based exhibition space was built in 2010 and is very closely situated to the Museum of Islamic Art. It has played host to some of the most famous art shows and continues to put Doha on the map when it comes to international art exhibitions.

5. Katara Art Centre
Dedicated to showcasing art and culture in a modern and contemporary sense. The Katara Art Centre and Cultural Village is a place by the sea full of art spaces, music stages and eateries. Experience the culture of the Qatari.

 

Amazing Attractions in Langkawi

Surrounded by the beauty of the Andaman Sea, Langkawi is a destination where adventure abounds with plenty to see and experience for the whole family.

Langkawi Cable Car & Sky Bridge

Here are two great experiences in one; head to Oriental Village, a short drive from Berjaya Langkawi Resort, and take a breathtaking cable car ride to the summit of Mt. Mat Cincang. At the top, you will find the 124-metre-long Langkawi Sky Bridge which offers even more inspiring panoramas, 700 metres above sea level!

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Umgawa Legendary Adventures

A thrilling way to immerse yourself in nature, Umgawa Legendary Adventures provides exciting ziplining experiences that are a perfect addition to your holiday at a Langkawi resort. Be it zip lining past waterfalls, or rainforests amidst the scenic backdrop of Langkawi Geopark, this attraction has much to offer and features several sky-bridges and abseiling as well.

Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls

Referred to as the Seven Wells Waterfalls, this pictures site is a stunning attraction that is known for its seven connected natural pools. Of course, if you want more adventure, you can plan a hike up to the summit of the Telaga Tujuh Waterfalls and spot wildlife on your journey too.

Langkawi Wildlife Park

Offering a fun day out for the whole family, the Langkawi Wildlife Park is home to more than 2,500 birds including hornbills, flamingos, eagles and owls and features a huge walk-in aviary. You will also find a variety of animals here like rabbits, deer, raccoons and monkeys along with interactive wildlife experiences.

 

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Getting to Know Koh Samui

Koh Samui is a favourite romantic hideaway to many and a favourite destination among many beach lovers too. Because of its ample availability of pristine beaches, it is a perfect destination for adventure seekers and leisure travellers who need a real change in their lives.

Getting here

From Bangkok and Phuket, it’s just an hour’s flight away and does not require you to go through any hassle. After you arrive at Koh Samui if accommodation is your next concern. Do not worry, the city has many options the likes of Anantara Lawana Koh Samui Resort which are loved especially by tourists.

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Exploring the beaches

As this is a beach paradise, you find several beaches with unique characteristics. Chaweng Beach is known as one of the best beaches, around which many Chaweng beach resorts are also located. Lamai Beach and BoPhut Beach are some other options if you want a list.

Exploring the Nathon Town

This is a cosy little township that has a commercial and administrative significance. You’ll be surprised to hear that this is literally the only town Koh Samui has because you find all features such as shopping areas, dining areas in it.

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Exploring the touch of Buddhism in the city

Big Buddha is a beach town and owns one of the most serene and clean beaches that Koh Samui has. If you wonder why the name goes like this, it’s because of the giant Buddha Statue located here, that is quite loved by tourists who visit this city.

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Elephants in Sri Lanka

An iconic animal, elephants in Sri Lanka are very much a part of the island’s identity. However, conservation efforts are vital if these gentle giants are to survive.

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Endemic Species
The largest subspecies of the Asian elephant, the Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus) is endemic to the island. While the country was once home to around 20,000 elephants, currently there are only about 5,000 some of which can be seen on a safari tour in Sri Lanka.

Elephant Safaris
National parks including those at Minneriya, Yala, Udawalawe and Kaudulla are ideal for elephant safaris organised by tour specialists such as Walkers Tours. One of the key elephant hotspots is Minneriya where between June and September you can witness “The Gathering” that features hundreds of elephants in and around the park’s reservoir.

Human-Elephant Conflict
Sadly, due to the expansion of human habitation and the loss of natural habitats, the human-elephant conflict has claimed many lives, mostly elephants. Farmers and villagers look to protect their crops and lands, while elephants are driven to find food and water; this deadly cycle continues every year. Throw illegal poaching into the mix and you will see why elephant conservation is vital.

Conservation Efforts
Amongst the efforts being made to conserve this endangered animal is the introduction of tougher penalties for those harming or poaching wild elephants. Other initiatives include using electrical fences or infrared alarm systems to keep out elephants from human habitations without harming them and the proposed setting up of Managed Elephant Reserves (MER). Hopefully, such efforts will help in conserving these majestic animals.

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Exploring Doha in one day

As Doha is increasingly becoming popular as the hub for international travelers, many of them have one day in Doha and cover everything it has to offer within that one day. It is possible, but with proper planning.

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Use taxis

To get around Doha in one day, you will mostly have to rely on taxis, and this is the best option too. Taxis are relatively cheap and even if you want to travel in between hotels in Doha, for your business visits, this mode is ideal.

The Museum of Islamic Art- a must visit

The Museum of Islamic Art which is also known as the MIA is a place that you must not miss at any cost during your one day in Doha. A 09-minute drive away from hotels such as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels By Tivoli, this is an iconic piece of architecture, that tourists fall in love with.

Take a Dhow Cruise

Doha skyline is another must-see sight here and a good way to see this is by taking a Dhow Cruise. A Dhow is a traditional wooden boat in the region which now provide tourists with leisure cruises.

A visit to Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif means the standing market- and indeed the number one Doha tourist attraction. If you are thinking of ending your day with a good dinner here, it is, of course, a good choice!

 

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The World Heritage Town of Laos: Luang Prabang

The colonial architecture seen at the Buddhist temples, which are surrounded by the forested mountains is the main attraction. The Mekong River that borders the west side of the town is another alluring feature.

Temples

There are 34 temples dotting the town of Laos, and why they hold interest for tourists comes down to the amazing architecture. The temples are designed in the Chinese style, and they draw thousands to the town.

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Artwork

Laos is all about ancient art. The wood carvings, murals and pottery work hold the town above other destinations as a fetching travel destination. The town’s cultural features caused the town to be listed as a World Heritage Site in 1995.

Accommodation

The town is a magnet for tourists. Thousands of history and cultural enthusiasts visit the town all year round. Finding lodgings at a hotel Luang Prabang will not prove to be challenging, not with the likes of Avani+ Luang Prabang at your disposal.

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Transport

There are direct routes between Laos and other major cities like Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Vientiane. You can travel by air or opt for boat services; both options are in full availability.

 

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Top Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island nation with a larger than life personality. The people and the places are so vibrant and full of life that you will never feel bored. Here is a set of reasons why.

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The Heritage and the History

The history of Sri Lanka harkens back 2000 years, the myriad of kingdoms was rich and advanced, especially around the Cultural Triangle that was home to the ancient kingdoms of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya and Kandy. Each kingdom has left its mark on the land and it will baffle you.

The Sun, the Sea, the Sand

Sri Lanka is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Most inbound tour operators in Sri Lanka have found that tourists will almost always add a beach as part of their tour. It’s not to be missed.

Wildlife and Nature Resorts

Sri Lanka has a large population of wildlife including many animals that are endemic to the island. Explore the nature reserves and go on a dolphin or whale hunting mission. With operators like Tangerine Tours, the opportunities are endless.

Delicious Cuisine

Sri Lankan food comes in large portions and is always as colourful, vibrant and flavourful as its people.

The Diversity

Sri Lankans are a mishmash of people from various cultures, ethnicities and religions. They get along in harmony and are magnanimous in their hospitality to visiting guests.

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What is Doha Nightlife Like?

Although Qatar is a Middle Eastern country, it has always had differences when compared to other countries in the region. People are very open-minded here and this may be due to the combined population of Europeans and Americans who live here. It’s truly a country of freedom.

Doha Nightlife
Needless to say, Doha is not only rich in its natural gasses and oil sources, but the nightlife here is quite happening too. Visit hotels in Doha Qatar on one fine evening and pop into one of their pubs or night clubs located closeby for an experience of a lifetime!

Alcohol is fine with tourists
Due to religious reasons, alcohol consumption is restricted in Doha, but this does not apply to foreign tourists. Properties the likes of Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Tivoli are popular among tourists and bars at such hotels do have alcohol for their guests.

Nightclubs are also there
Nightclubs in Doha are only permitted in the territory of hotels and resorts in the country. Even if you don’t stay at a hotel in the area, you can still enjoy its nightclub with cocktails and famous DJ shows.

Things to keep in mind
If you plan to visit a nightclub in Doha, keep in mind every nightclub closes its doors after 2.00 AM in the morning, and where ever you go to enjoy the nightlife, it is always better to have your ID and passport with you to avoid any hassles.