Nestled on the eastern coast of Qatar, the capital of Doha is very much a city on the rise. A large scale expansion project is currently in full flow and has already resulted in the formation of the vibrant city centre and its spectacular skyline.
As the capital of one of the world's fastest developing nations, Doha has quickly established itself as a modern and cosmopolitan city blessed with a warm desert climate, breath-taking ocean views and a multitude of attractions. And with the country set to host the FIFA World Cup in 2020, the city's development shows no sign of letting up.
With the clear blue waters of the Persian Gulf never far from view, it's little wonder that beach and water sport activities feature high on the to-do list for holidaymakers. Several Doha hotels boast private beaches and offer activities such as snorkelling, scuba diving and water-skiing.
Alternatively, embark on a late evening boat trip aboard a traditional Dhow vessel and enjoy a splendid view of the city lights.
Shopping in Doha, meanwhile, offers an eclectic mix of ultra-modern shopping malls and old traditional markets, known as souqs. City Center Doha is the largest mall in town, featuring close to 400 stores spread across five levels. Here you'll find all of the world's big high street brands, as well as an indoor ice rink and cinema.
For a more traditional retail experience, take a stroll through the bustling, narrow alleyways of Souq Waqif where vendors sell everything from exotic spices and fresh food to silk garments and jewellery.
Doha is also home to a number of fascinating museums, including the Museum of Islamic Art which features works dating back over 200 years. Elsewhere, the Katara Cultural Village is home to art galleries, an opera theatre and a range of restaurants.
Book your stay with Marriott and start laying plans for your Doha holiday today.