Under the Arabian night sky - what to do in Qatar after dark
Friday 21, September 2012
When the sun sets over the majestic golden desert, Qatar comes alive! From traditional Souqs and Arabic infused restaurants, to night ‘sand-dune bashing’ safaris and lively jazz clubs.
Despite the regulations on alcohol, Qatar proves it knows how to have fun whist showcasing the destinations diverse and distinctive identity. Here are a few activities to discover when day merges into night….
Experience the flavours of Arabia at a traditional spice market. With inspiration from the streets in Southeast Asia, Jean-Georges Vongerichten showcases authentic south-east Asian cuisine with a hint of local spices and flavours. Situated in a laid-back setting, amidst a cluster of warming lanterns, share an array of dishes with locals and fellow travellers. More: www.spicemarketdoha.com
Dinner at Al Tawash Restaurant in the Souq Waquif
Located in the heart of the traditional Arabic Souq (market) Waquif, dine at Al Tawash, one of the largest and most popular restaurants in Qatar. Known for its signature Middle Eastern cuisine, including Harees (boiled wheat, similar to porridge) and Kabsa (a traditional rice dish made with spices, vegetables and meat), savour the authentic flavours whilst taking in the hustle and bustle of the surrounding market environment. After dinner, take a stroll around the market to soak up the atmosphere and sample the Arabic coffee and after dinner treats. More: http://diningindoha.com/restaurant-view.php?id=74
Arabian Night Safari ‘sand dune bashing’
Venture into darkness on an Arabian Night Safari for the ultimate twilight experience. Brace yourself on the back of a quad bike as the natural roller-coaster is negotiated, before being rewarding with a traditional Arabic meal in the picturesque surroundings. After dinner, guests set up camp under the stars for an unforgettable overnight experience. More: www.arabianadventureqatar.net, prices start from QR 1,200 (approximately £213) per person for a group of three.
Katara Cultural Village
Stop by the Katara Village to peruse cultural exhibitions, or take-in concerts and shows. Katara Beach is also close by with adrenaline pumping activities such as banana boat rides, knee boarding and parasailing on offer. For those still after adrenaline thrills, lessons are available for wakeboarding, windsurfing, sailing and water skiing. Those who prefer the sport of sampling culinary delights, a variety of restaurants are situated close by. More: www.katara.net/english/the-village/restaurants
The Jazz Club at the Oryx Rotana
A Qatari trend setter, The Jazz Club at the Oryx Rotana is the very first jazz club in the region. Situated at Qatar’s leading business hotel, The Jazz Club offers an array of delectable traditional Asian infused cuisine in a contemporary setting. Open from 19.00 until 2.00; spend the night in style listening to the authentic sounds of jazz and soaking up the relaxed ambience. More: www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/qatar/doha/oryxrotana/features
Sky View at the Oryx Rotana
Situated at the top of the Oryx Rotana, Sky View, an open air lounge-bar, plays a range of music including dance and European chart hits. Open until midnight, head to Sky View after indulging in dinner and unwind whilst taking in the amazing views of illuminated Doha. More: www.rotana.com/rotanahotelandresorts/qatar/doha/oryxrotana/features
Shopping Malls in Doha
Enjoy a ‘shopping safari’ with a visit to one (or all) of Doha’s multiple malls. Stocked with brands from the UK, Italy, US and Germany all malls offer an extensive range of choice. They even have a range of activities to break up the shopping (or save the men) including ice skating, roller coasters and gondola rides. More: www.onlineqatar.com/shopping/
Visit the multibillion dollar man-made island. The Pearl, comprises of 985 acres, containing themed districts with Town houses, apartments, exclusive penthouses and five star hotels. Take in the stunning views from the surrounding marinas and piers and become immersed in the Pearl- Qatar’s nightlife comprising of many late night venues and Jazz clubs. End the night by taking a tranquil stroll under the stars along the marina boardwalk. More: www.thepearlqatar.com/main.aspx
Dhow cruising in Doha Qatar
Sail along the Corniche Bay on a Dhow cruise whilst sampling local delicacies and spectacular views. Local companies offer private tours along with music, fishing and barbeque. Noon cruises are recommended as the best time to go to capture the best ambience. More: www.onlineqatar.com/attractions/dhow-cruising-qatar.aspx
For more information on Qatar, visit www.qatartourism.gov.qa
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