When is the best time to go to Qatar?
Qatar is characterised by a desert climate with hot summers, mild winters, low rainfall and large changes in temperature between the day and night. Since the country is small and flat, the climate remains virtually the same everywhere. The best time to visit Qatar is sometime between late November and early April when the weather is not too hot, humidity is low, and there is some rain. However, most people travel to Qatar during these months, making it peak tourist season. The busiest months with higher prices include January, February and July. So it's best to book tickets well in advance to save money.
Winter is the coolest time of the year. Temperatures range from 13 to 22 degrees Celsius, although at night it can sometimes drop to below 10 degrees Celsius. Winter also has occasional rainfall. On the other hand, summer – May to September – experiences intense heat that is dry or humid. Temperatures during this season average 37 to 42 degrees Celsius with occasional days of 50-degree Celsius weather. Spring and autumn have the most pleasant weather; the maximum temperature falls between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius during the day and drops to 15 to 22 degrees Celsius at night. Sandstorms can happen throughout the year, but they are most common in spring.
Airlines and airways
All flights from the UK land in Qatar’s main airport in Doha
, Hamand International Airport. Several UK airports offer direct flights to Qatar, including London Heathrow
. That said, you'll have a wider choice of airports and airlines if you fly indirectly, with a stopover in cities like Istanbul, Muscat and Zizya.
You can fly direct to Qatar with either Qatar Airways
or British Airways
, but there are plenty of other well-known airlines to choose from. Take your pick from the likes of Oman Air
and Turkish Airlines
. It's always best to look at a range of options to find the cheapest deal.
How to find cheap flights to Qatar
Search for Qatar flights by typing in your departure city or a specific airport. Enter your travel dates into the calendar, then view the lowest prices available. You can filter your results by flight intervals, airlines, trip duration, stops and score. Click on the ‘Flexible Dates’ tab to find the cheapest day of travel during the week.
Modern city, traditional culture
When you book cheap flights to Qatar, you'll land in the capital city, Doha. This fast-growing, economic centre of the country boasts plenty of attractions from cultural ones to modern locations. Souq Waqif provides an insight into the traditional marketplace, since it is a lively maze of local shops, goods and food. Walk along the Doha Corniche for picturesque views of the modern skyline of Doha (the backdrop is green-blue water). Nearby is the beautifully designed Museum of Islamic Art, which houses an impressive 1,400-year-old art collection.
Unique desert landscape
As you leave the city, the landscape gives way to large crescent dunes of white sand, located next to the sea. Khor Al-Adaid, also known as the ‘Inland Sea’, is a prime example of Qatar’s natural environment and has been untouched by humans. Due to its unique ecosystem and wildlife, UNESCO has recognised it as a World Heritage Site. Likewise, 70 kilometres west of Doha is the UNESCO biosphere reserve of Bir Zekreet. Here you’ll find a well preserved – but abandoned – village film set, a uniquely-shaped mushroom desert made of limestone and a quiet beach of shallow water; all these features combine to give Bir Zekreet an otherworldly feel.