Qatar has ingredients to become a world-class tourism destination

 Saturday, December 3, 2022 


Qatar has all the necessary components to establish itself as a top travel destination, an official has said.

Qatar Tourism (QT) Chief Operating Officer Berthold Trenkel said this in a recent press conference at Host Media Country Centre at Msheireb Downtown Doha.

The COO said Qatar has beautiful and diverse landscapes, over 550 km of coastline, vibrant local arts and cultural scene, multi-award winning airline and airport, outstanding museums, and inspiring public spaces.

He explained that they will transform tourism by focusing on six demand spaces: Active Holidays, Relax and Rejuvenate, Sun, Sea and Sand, Culture Enthusiasts, Luxury City Breaks, Romantic Getaways.

Currently, people from over 95 countries can enter Qatar visa-free. There is a 96-hour stopover free tourist visa, and as of December, there are 45,000 room keys available in the country for accommodation.

He said a number of new hotels have been opened.

These new hotels include The Ned, Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont and Raffles, The Chedi, Corinthia inc. Yacht Club opening in two years, and The Outpost.

Qetaifan Island Water Parks, Lusail Winter Wonderland, and Fuwairit Kite Beach Resort are just a few of the recently released entertainment alternatives that guests can enjoy.

The waterpark offers more than 36 distinct rides and is home to the 85-metre water slide, the highest in the world.

Lusail Winter Wonderland located at Al Maha Island is a 100,000 sqm. state-of-the-art theme park. It features over 50 rides and attractions, scrumptious food and drinks, live entertainment and more.

On Qatar’s northern shore is a kitesurfing resort called Fuwairit Kite Beach Resort. It has been described as one of the world’s best kitesurfing secrets and the best of both worlds.

The flat lagoon and nine-month ideal breeze make the location ideal for the sport.

Trenkel said that they have more than just desert, this is a modern city with more infrastructures, brilliant education facilities.

The COO highlighted that Qatar has been ranked as the safest country in the world; the English language is widely used; 95 percent of the population lives in a city; and there is a wide range of activities for everyone.

This is because there is still a lack of knowledge about Qatar and misconceptions about it, such as the notion that travel is risky, that most tourists face language barriers, that most people in Qatar live in the desert and have little access to urban areas, and that there isn’t much to do in the country.

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