About Qatar Tourism
Enabling development of the sector through new structures and policies
Qatar Tourism carries out the following core functions:
01 Nov 23NEWS
Qatar Tourism to lead a delegation of 42 partners at World Travel Market London 2023Qatar Tourism is set to represent the State of Qatar at the upcoming World ...Read moreQatar Tourism to lead a delegation of 42 partners at World Travel Market London 2023 - News & announcementsQatar Tourism is set to represent the State of Qatar at the upcoming World Travel Market (WTM) in London, leading a delegation of 42 esteemed hospitality and corporate partners. Taking place from 6 - 8 November at ExCeL London, WTM 2023 will bring together more than 51,000 senior travel industry professionals, distinguished speakers, and representatives from global tourism boards to explore the latest industry trends. Spread over 609 sqm, the two-story Qatari pavilion will showcase the destination’s one-of-a-kind attractions, while demonstrating the country’s unique blend of modernity and cultural authenticity. His Excellency, Mr. Saad Bin Ali Al Kharji, Chairman of Qatar Tourism, said: “We are pleased to return to WTM London this year to showcase Qatar’s sustained momentum following the world’s biggest sporting event in 2022 as well as the country’s expanded tourism offering, which includes new hotels and resorts, as well as our latest promotional campaigns and tourism products. The UK is a key source market for international visitors to Qatar and we look forward to connecting with our valued stakeholders during WTM.” Qatar Tourism’s pavilion will feature a range of immersive experiences including a Whale Shark activation which will allow visitors to step into an oceanic enclave to witness the beauty of this endangered species up close. In addition, the Dynamic Souq Experience will transport visitors to a bustling traditional market with real-time sights and sounds from one of Qatar’s most popular tourist attractions, Souq Waqif. By utilising cutting-edge projection mapping technology, the booth's windows will serve as portals to the authentic exteriors of the Souq. Visitors can also enjoy a fully immersive room with panoramic views of iconic destinations across Qatar. Within this space, visitors can explore and interact with Qatar's distinctive tourism offerings in real-time. To shine a spotlight on Qatar's heritage, this year's pavilion will incorporate a dedicated cultural area where visitors can receive personalised Arabic calligraphy gifts, savour traditional Arabic coffee, and apply henna art by skilled artists. This year's booth will see 39 hospitality partners and three corporate partners including Discover Qatar, Qatar Airways, and Expo 2023 Doha. WTM London is the premier global event for the travel industry, where leaders, buyers, and companies gather to network, negotiate, and discover the latest industry trends.
07 Feb 23NEWS
Qatar entry requirements updatedQatar entry requirements have been updated for visitors to the country. The Ministry of Interior ...Read moreQatar entry requirements updated - News & announcementsQatar entry requirements have been updated for visitors to the country. The Ministry of Interior said the validity of Hayya Cards will be extended until 24 January 2024. Those who obtained a Hayya Card for the World Cup can now gain a free multiple-entry permit. They can use the e-gate system with proof of accommodation, health insurance and a valid return ticket. Hayya Card holders can also access the "Hayya with Me" feature, allowing up to three family members or friends to visit Qatar. It comes as it updated Qatar entry requirements to make health insurance mandatory from this month. To enter, visitors must buy the Mandatory Visitors' Health Insurance policy, for QAR 50, valid for 30 days.
31 Jan 23Partner News
Beat the New Year blues: new openings that make Qatar the ultimate winter sun destinationQatar has year-round sunshine as well as an incredible array of new attractions that ...Read moreBeat the New Year blues: new openings that make Qatar the ultimate winter sun destination - News & announcements
Qatar has year-round sunshine as well as an incredible array of new attractions that will ensure all types of holidaymakers can have the winter break of a lifetimeFor some parts of the world, the start of the new year is a time of dark mornings and cold weather. For others, it is the beginning of shorter nights and sunnier days - but for both, returning to normal life after the holiday season can lead to a very real phenomenon known as the January blues. For those on the hunt for a cure, Qatar provides the perfect escape. With beautiful beaches, year-round sunshine and regular flights to most countries in the world, it really does make for an easy and appealing winter getaway. Now is a particularly exciting time to visit Qatar, after the culmination of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Holidaymakers can now enjoy all the state-of-the-art hotels, theme parks, beaches and cultural attractions that opened in advance of the tournament for visiting fans. Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “Qatar is an excellent vacation for some winter sun, with new and exciting activities offering to start off the new year. The World Cup put Qatar on the map and fans from all over had a fantastic time experiencing Qatar’s culture, so we want to bottle up that excitement and offer new travellers a taste of what we can offer.” Qatar offers ultimate flexibility for those looking to book a trip in the sun: it is a great choice no matter whether a traveller is looking for relaxation, adventure, romance or culture. Below, Qatar Tourism has grouped together some of the newest attractions, openings and activities for each type of holidaymaker. Beaches, beach clubs and spas Feel more serene For tourists looking for true relaxation, Qatar has it all. From three stunning new beaches opened in the heart of Doha’s West Bay district in November 2022, to the newly opened Waldorf Astoria, which features the only ESPA Life Spa in the Middle East, there are endless ways to unwind. Other recent openings include NAMMOS Qatar, set on Al Maha Island’s coast, SUSHISAMBA Doha (the brand’s signature restaurant and very first beach club) and The Ned Doha, which features Ned’s Club Spa alongside a gorgeous outdoor relaxation area and pool. Waterparks, theme parks and family fun Feel more thrills Adventure-seeking families will have their choice of activities in Qatar. Lusail Winter Wonderland is a family-friendly park situated on Al Maha Island. Open until April 30, Lusail Winter Wonderland is jam-packed with more than 50 thrilling rides, including the country’s tallest Ferris wheel at 150ft and the region’s first outdoor ice-skating rink – not something you can normally do under blue skies! In addition to the country’s popular Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park with its 56 rides and slides, a new waterpark situated on Qetaifan Island North will open this year and provide an alternative option for families looking for a splash. It will be home to 36 different rides and the highest water slide tower in the world. For a sportier vacation, families can opt to stay at Fuwairit Kite Beach, the new state-of-the-art kitesurfing resort just north of Doha. World-class hotels, romantic dinners and spontaneous treats Feel more love For those looking to book a luxurious trip away, the hotels, dining options and shopping opportunities in Qatar are second to none. Indulge in a stay at the iconic Raffles Doha and Fairmont Doha in Lusail, or opt for green tranquillity and privacy at Katara Hills LXR Hotels – an array of 15 serene villas inspired by Scandinavian design that overlook Katara Cultural Village. For couples looking to re-connect outside the hustle and bustle of the city, The Outpost Al-Barari is situated in the Inland Sea nature reserve and offers 21 luxury lodges, close-to-nature experiences and private pools. Qatar also hosts some of the world’s most renowned restaurants, which are the perfect place for a dinner out – recent openings include Zuma, LPM Restaurant & Bar, Billionaire Doha and Carbone Doha. In addition, Qatar is home to prestigious Parisian department store Printemps Doha, which opened in November 2022: the perfect place to treat your other half. Events, exhibitions and sport Feel more culture In addition to the recently reopened Museum of Islamic Art and iconic National Museum of Qatar, visitors looking to explore their cultural side will find no shortage of new things to do in Doha. More than 30,000 visitors from around 175 countries are expected to attend the Doha Jewellery and Watches Exhibition 2023, which will be held from 20-25 February. For those still keen to get their football fix, World of Football, an exhibition at the 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum, runs until April 1. Fashion enthusiasts should not miss Maison Valentino’s homage to its founder, Valentino Garavani, with its largest ever exhibition and first presentation in the Middle East, hosted in Msheireb Downtown Doha until April 1. Alongside substantial cultural offerings and building on the success of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, Qatar will be hosting a string of sporting events in the coming months, including the ExxonMobil Open in February, an ATP Tour tennis event, and the ASIAN TOUR International Series Qatar, from 16 - 19 February 2023. The mere act of planning and booking a short vacation can provide the mood booster needed to halt the New Year blues. Plan a trip to Qatar today at www.visitqatar.com and find out more about what’s coming up in Qatar at https://visitqatar.com/intl-en/events-calendar.
06 Sep 22Partner News
Qatar Tourism celebrates new visitor recordQatar Tourism has announced that the number of visitors to the state rose to ...Read moreQatar Tourism celebrates new visitor record - News & announcementsQatar Tourism has announced that the number of visitors to the state rose to a record breaking 151,000 visitors in July – the largest number of arrivals during a summer month since 2017 and representing a 297 per cent increase year-on-year. Qatar has also updated its Covid-19 requirements for incoming travellers making travel even easier for those preparing to visit for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November – removing its red travel list and mask mandate. Visitors to Qatar should present a negative PCR test result, valid for 48 hours, or a negative rapid antigen test result, valid for 24 hours. The news comes following the launch of Qatar Tourism’s new stopover campaign featuring David Beckham, as the country prepares to welcome 1.2 million visitors for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 later this year. In the lead up to kick off, Qatar is adding 105 new hotels and serviced apartments to its already extensive portfolio of properties. New hotels include the recently opened Pullman Doha West Bay (opened 1 August) and The Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Hotel (opened 1 August), as well as the upcoming The Outpost Al Barari (opening November) and Katara Hills LXR Hotels & Resorts with 15 luxury villas each with private pools (opening October). Other major upcoming tourism developments in the country include the Doha Winter Wonderland, a sister event to the famous Hyde Park event, Fuwairit Kite Beach – a state-of-the-art kitesurfing resort, Qetaifan Island North – dubbed the first “Entertainment Island” in Qatar, and West Bay North Beach Project – a new premium beachfront in the heart of Doha. The latest in a flurry of new resort and attraction openings in Qatar over the last couple of years.
06 Sep 22NEWS
Qatar Tourism celebrates new visitor recordQatar Tourism hailed a record breaking 151,000 visitors in July – the largest number of ...Read moreQatar Tourism celebrates new visitor record - News & announcementsQatar Tourism hailed a record breaking 151,000 visitors in July – the largest number of arrivals during a summer month since 2017 It represents a 297% year-on-year increase. Qatar has also updated its Covid-19 requirements for incoming travellers making travel even easier for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November It is removing its red travel list and mask mandate. Visitors to Qatar should present a negative PCR test result, valid for 48 hours, or a negative rapid antigen test result, valid for 24 hours. Qatar Tourism recently launched the new stopover campaign featuring David Beckham, as the country prepares to welcome 1.2 million fans for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 . In the lead up to kick off, Qatar is adding 105 new hotels and serviced apartments t. New hotels include the recently opened Pullman Doha West Bay (opened 1 August) and The Double Tree by Hilton Downtown Hotel (opened 1 August), as well as the upcoming The Outpost Al Barari (opening November) and Katara Hills LXR Hotels & Resorts (opening October). Other major upcoming tourism developments include the Doha Winter Wonderland, Fuwairit Kite Beach kitesurfing resort, Qetaifan Island North – dubbed the first "Entertainment Island" in Qatar, and West Bay North Beach Project.
25 Aug 22Partner News
Qatar Tourism Launches Stopover Campaign Featuring David BeckhamFrom exploring the winding spice markets of Souq Waqif, soaking up local street art, ...Read moreQatar Tourism Launches Stopover Campaign Featuring David Beckham - News & announcementsFrom exploring the winding spice markets of Souq Waqif, soaking up local street art, cooking tacos, camping in the desert, and sightseeing around Doha by motorbike, Beckham accompanies local personalities to discover a country of countless surprises. The world’s best value stopover packages More than 80% of the world’s population live within a six-hour flight from Qatar, making the destination an excellent place to turn a stopover into a mini break. Through this new campaign, Qatar Tourism seeks to raise awareness of the world’s best value stopover packages, which are on offer from Qatar Airways. Packages start from £12 per person per night for a 4-star hotel, and £17 per person for a five-star hotel. Holidaymakers can book now at www.qatarairways.com/stopover Qatar Tourism’s through-the-line campaign will see content across digital advertising, social media channels, Qatar Tourism’s website, and selected partners. The campaign video will also be hosted on Qatar Airways’ in-flight entertainment system Oryx. Chairman of Qatar Tourism and Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome David to Qatar, where he has immersed himself in the culture and experienced first-hand the warm hospitality of the people. I encourage the millions who transit through Qatar every year to follow in David’s footsteps and create their own exciting adventure and memories. We have something for everyone at incredible value, whether it’s sun, sea, sand, rich heritage and culture, surprising nature, or a modern and fun city break.” David Beckham said, “Qatar has surprised me with a wide range of great experiences you can have in just 48 hours. The people are warm and welcoming, and it is a great place to spend a few days.” He added: “The people of Qatar are really passionate about their culture and the mix of modern and traditional creates something really special. I saw so much during my trip from spice markets to museums to enjoying a ride on my motorbike, which was one of the highlights.” During his tour of Qatar David went on adventures with the following people:
- Chef Noor Al Mazroei, Chef at Rosado Café, took David on a tour of the spice market in Souq Waqif
- Saad Ismail Al Jassim, one of Qatar’s last legendary pearl divers, gave David a lesson in the country’s historic primary industry of pearling, before the discovery of oil and gas
- Abdulaziz Yousef, a Qatari artist, showed David around Souq Waqif’s Art Centre
- Chef Aquiles Chaves, a visiting chef and television personality from Mexico, helped David cook tacos fused with Qatari flavours
- Sheikha Reem Al Thani, Director of Exhibitions at National Museum of Qatar, accompanied David as he explored one of Qatar’s most iconic museums
- Khalid & Majid, Qatari falcon trainers, greeted David at a desert camp near Khor Al Adaid, also known as the Inland Sea
- Saeed Al Sulaiti, Qatari Motorcycle Champion, rode with David around The Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island with shops, hotels and colourful residential neighbourhoods
- Hamida Issa Al Kuwari, a Qatari filmmaker, guided David through Katara Cultural Village, Qatar’s go-to destination for art, food, and culture
- Khalid Al Hamadi, dhow & Qatari Marine Expert, accompanied David aboard a traditional wooden dhow boat
05 Aug 22Partner News
Qatar’s international arrivals up by 19% in the first half of 2022 compared to full year 2021H1 2022 international arrivals (729 k) are 19% higher than full-year 2021 (611 k) ...Read moreQatar’s international arrivals up by 19% in the first half of 2022 compared to full year 2021 - News & announcements
- H1 2022 international arrivals (729 k) are 19% higher than full-year 2021 (611 k)
- June 2022 welcomed 149 k visitors, marking the highest visitation to Qatar in the summer month in the last 5 years
- Qatar ended the winter cruise season (Dec’21-Jun’22) with 101 k cruise passengers
- Positive rebound in room demand with 3.1 M rooms sold in H1 2022, close to pre-pandemic levels
- Hotel revenues surge past H1 2021
02 Aug 22TRAINING | COMPETITION
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25 Jul 22NEWS
Qatar launches new agent specialist programmeQatar Tourism launched its new, interactive online trade training course – Qatar Specialist Programme It ...Read moreQatar launches new agent specialist programme - News & announcementsQatar Tourism launched its new, interactive online trade training course – Qatar Specialist Programme It is designed to upskill global travel trade partners and provide a recognised qualification. The programme, which uses the latest tech in digital learning, replaces the current Tawash programme. Available in 11 languages, Qatar Specialist Programme equips trade partners with the relevant knowledge and tools to promote and sell Qatar internationally. It has several modules, each focusing on a particular aspect of Qatar’s tourism offering. It allows participants flexibility, letting them complete each module at their own pace. Features include interactive maps and knowledge check quizzes. Vice President of International Markets, Philip Dickinson, said: “It is another step towards supporting the global travel trade industry to help drive significant growth in international visitor arrivals.” Qatar Specialist Programme focuses on various aspects of Qatar’s tourism offering, covering history, heritage, attractions and experiences. Agents who complete the full course will receive exclusive Qatar Specialist benefits.
20 Jun 22Partner News
Qatar on a budget: Insider travel tips from Qatar TourismQatar Tourism reveals best ways to experience Qatar on a value budget With ...Read moreQatar on a budget: Insider travel tips from Qatar Tourism - News & announcements
- Qatar Tourism reveals best ways to experience Qatar on a value budget
- Picnics at the park: Qatar has numerous lush green parks – the perfect place for a family stroll and a picnic. Aspire Park has lakes, kid’s play areas and views of the 300-metre Torch Tower. Al Bidda Park stretches down the coastline and has many sporting activities on offer, along with rentable barbecue spaces. Adjacent to the Museum of Islamic Art is MIA Park with the best vantage point of the Doha skyline. The small but stunning Onaiza Park has a pretty garden area and winding walking track.
- Public beaches: Those willing to venture 1hr 20 mins outside Doha should seek out Fuwairit Beach for its powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters. Fuwairit Beach is a hotspot for kitesurfers and home to a hatching site for the endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles. Closer to the capital is Sealine Beach, in the desert dunes of the south, or Katara Beach, inside Katara Cultural Village within Doha itself. For a list of the top public beaches visit: https://www.visitqatar.qa/intl-en/things-to-do/get-inspired/the-top-public-beaches-in-qatar
- Soak up the culture: Katara Cultural Village has a stunning beach promenade, an impressive open-air amphitheatre, and a network of exhibition galleries and cutting-edge facilities. Souq Waqif is the country’s bustling traditional marketplace, offering souvenirs, spices, and numerous budget-friendly food options. The newly developed Msheireb and Education City districts each provide a free tram service to tour the wonderous avant-garde architecture for a dose of how the past meets the present in Qatari design and culture. The latter also houses the Qatar National Library with its intriguing paper plane design, while Msheireb has museums that celebrate the history of four heritage houses.
- Four Points by Sheraton Doha
- Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park
- The Curve Hotel Qatar
- Centro Capital Doha
- Strato by Warwick
- Swiss- Belinn Doha
04 May 22NEWS
Qatar approves NHS Covid PassQatar’s Ministry of Public Health has updated travel policy and now accepts the NHS Covid ...Read moreQatar approves NHS Covid Pass - News & announcementsQatar’s Ministry of Public Health has updated travel policy and now accepts the NHS Covid Pass instead of the previously required online registration. For EU and now UK nationals and residents a pre-travel PCR test is optional. If not taken, a Rapid Antigen test must be done within 24 hours of arrival into Qatar. It remains mandatory to download and activate Qatar’s Ehteraz mobile health appn to show a green health status while staying in Qatar. All visitors to Qatar who are fully vaccinated with a Cpvid-19 vaccine are not subject to quarantine, unless travelling from a red list country. All passengers must sign an Undertaking and Acknowledgement Form before arriving in Qatar. The form is available on the Ministry of Public Health website and pre-registration platform website Travellers should activate the app on their mobile phones using a local or international SIM card on arrival.
15 Mar 22NEWS
Qatar Airways to resume London Gatwick flightsQatar Airways is restarting flights to London Gatwick from 5 June, 2022. The Gulf carrier ...Read moreQatar Airways to resume London Gatwick flights - News & announcementsQatar Airways is restarting flights to London Gatwick from 5 June, 2022. The Gulf carrier will operate a daily service from Gatwick to Doha on Boeing 787 Dreamliners featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class. With the addition of daily flights to London Gatwick, passengers can now enjoy easy connectivity to nearly 150 destinations across the airline’network via Hamad International, connecting to destinations across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia. The resumption of the London Gatwick service complements recently launched flights to Doha from Gatwick by Joint Business partner British Airways, meaning the airlines jointly offer more options between London and Doha, earning Avios frequent flyer points. UK customers will now have access to four gateways including five-times daily services from London Heathrow, 18-times weekly from Manchester and four-times weekly from Edinburgh which rises to daily from 2 June. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, said: “I am pleased we can resume our popular service to London Gatwick. This year is very special for us, not least as it is the 25th anniversary of the start of our flights to London Heathrow in March 1997.”
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