From December to March, Qatar remains the perfect getaway from the harsh winter weather in other parts of the world. During these months, temperatures are pleasant with daily highs in the mid 20s with occasional rainfall. As far as the weather goes Qatar really only has two seasons: hot and terribly hot summer. Summers (April to November) have averaged daily highs above 40 degrees. The only escape from heat waves is air-conditioning but if travellers spend all their time indoors they will be missing out on a lot of outdoor attractions. So December-March period is the peak-season for tourism.
The summer season (from April to November) is exceedingly long and extremely hot. Specifically between late June and early August, temperatures skyrocket with average highs of more than 40 °C. Since Doha is situated in the west in the peninsula from the Persian Gulf, not many people dare to visit the country during this period. This is the reason why discounted airfares and holiday promotion deals are common. First-rate accommodations can be availed at significantly cheaper rates during the low-season.
Hamad International Airport, having the IATA code DOH, is the main international airport for cheap flights to Qatar from the UK. It is situated at a distance of 15 kilometres from the capital, Doha. There is a single large-scale terminal with 5 concourses that are alphabetically categorized from A to E. This airport is the hub of Qatar Airways.
One visit and foreigners will observe that Qatar is not just sand dunes and hills. It is one of the most cultural and significant economic centres in the region. The options are quite unlimited. Highlights are:
Historical Forts: Qatar is a blend of contemporary development as well as historical heritage that has been retained amongst its forts, such as the majestic Doha Fort. Presently, it is being utilized as a public museum. The Al Koot Fort is located in the city centre on Al Asmakh Street. It is left well-lit after nightfall to leave a majestic impact across the skyline, with the main focus on its fortifications and linings. Moreover, Al Wajbah Fort located in the area of Al Wajbah in Al Rayyan still stands as the oldest fort in the country – built in 1882.
Mathaf Museum of Modern Art: This museum is situated about 14 kilometres from central Doha. Displays run along the inside walls of the museum. On a closer inspection, the interior layout of the museum itself, with its broad corridors and antiseptic hallways, will emerge as a marvel. Besides paintings and mosaic work, statues and inscriptions also add to the experience. Collections of isolated fragments and less significant artworks are set up in secondary galleries.
The Weaponry Museum: The Weaponry Museum, similarly, has a lot to exhibit. An aspiring collection of old firearms, arquebuses, swords and even daggers which belonged to the earlier empires which ruled over the history of the region are on display here.
Islamic Museums and Heritage Sites: The Museum of Islamic Art stands as the biggest highlight amongst all art galleries present in the country. Doha is known for its numerous mosques and contemporary buildings. Islamic heritage can also be observed at the Islamic Culture Museum and Sheikh Faisal bin Qasim Museum. Efforts to represent and preserve national heritage are visible across other institutions, like the State Grand Mosque, the Katara Cultural Village (which regularly holds traditional events) and Al Bidda neighbourhood.
The Wind Tower House: Archaic masterpieces of engineering are also present in the form of the Wind Tower House, which was designed so as to allow maximum ventilation and cooling against the hot weather. The Wind Tower House now hosts a Gulf Architectural Heritage Centre.
Bus: The public bus service is one effort to solve the problem of relatively fewer public transportation options in Qatar. These are state-of-the-art buses with proper air-conditioning and GPS and operate from morning to midnight. Purchasing a reloadable smart card will give commuters access to all public buses in Qatar. The main hub is the Al Ghanim Bus Station from where buses move out in all major directions; Dukhan Al Khor, Mesaieed City, Al Ruwais etc.
Taxi: Taxis are almost universally recognized for their comfortable rides and an overall exclusive experience. Obviously there is no need to be punctual and taxis cover a broader scope than limited bus services. Regulatory authorities in Qatar have only allowed registered taxis to conduct business and all taxis have meters. Want to visit a far away beach or some underrated tourist attraction? That location may not be served by the bus route so take that taxi over there.