Qatar National Tourism Council launches new astro-tourism experience

Published on : Thursday, May 27, 2021

Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) recently launched exclusive astro-tourism experiences in partnership with premium tour operator Gulf Adventures, to brighten up stargazers’ travel plans when borders reopen. Visitors can enjoy a whole lot of space under the breathtaking night sky of the desert. With excellent visibility, the Qatari desert provides a truly unique setting to learn about the stars, guided by an astronomer.

The unique “Arabian Nights” packages are already available for booking and are redeemable until 30 April 2022. There are four new experiences to choose from, from camping under the stars, to being escorted from a luxury hotel to a moonlit excursion. The immersive desert experiences are perfect for adventure seekers and those looking for a romantic getaway. From the peaks of the Qatari dunes, visitors will see the desert like never before. The exclusive tours include a magical moon-lit camel safari and a traditional Bedouin BBQ prepared by a chef. Dinner will be followed by a deep exploration into the starry desert skies in a one-to-one stargazing session with an astronomer.

The experiences cater to guests opting for a five-star hotel at the majestic Marsa Malaz Kempinski and those who prefer to camp outside and be at one with the desert skies. Guests choosing to sleep beneath the stars can select an Arabian-style royal tent at Regency Sealine Camp, which offers modern facilities in the heart of the desert landscape. The impressive site overlooks Khor al Adaid, also known as the Inland Sea, which is a recognised UNESCO site. The packages can be accompanied by cultural trips to unique heritage sites such as Al Zubarah Fort or the Souq Waqif, an authentic Middle Eastern marketplace. Alternative dining options include the spectacular Torch 360 restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the Doha skyline.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar National Tourism Council Berthold Trenkel said in a statement that Qatar’s desert is a perfect spot for astronomy enthusiasts to observe the dark and starry skies. He mentioned that the packages will make for unforgettable experiences that travel-lovers can look forward to when they are welcomed back to the country. He said that the dazzling new addition will add to a multitude of activities visitors can enjoy in the diverse and unique country. All packages are in line with the Qatar Clean programme to protect visitors from COVID-19, and measures will be in place to adhere to government guidelines.

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