Modern city, traditional culture
When you book cheap flights to Qatar, your first destination upon arrival will likely be the capital and main 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.
When to go
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. 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.
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. Book tickets well in advance with Netflights to save money.
Airlines and airways
Search for Qatar flights by typing in your departure city or airport and destination as Doha. Enter your travel dates into the calendar before viewing the lowest prices available. Filter your results by departure/arrival intervals, airlines, trip duration, stops and score. Click on the ‘Flexible Dates’ tab to find the cheapest day of travel during the week.
All flights are directed towards Qatar’s main airport, Hamand International Airport. Most flights from the United Kingdom (UK) are indirect with stopovers in cities like Istanbul, Muscat, Mumbai and Zizya. London’s Heathrow Airport is the only airport that operates both direct and indirect flights to Qatar in the UK.
With Netflights, choose to fly on a well-known airline, such as British Airways, Jet Airways, Oman Air, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Once in Qatar, make sure to visit some of the country’s other top destinations (besides Doha), such as Al Ruwais, Al Wakra and Al Khor.