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One of the most exciting cities in the Middle East, Doha is the up and coming capital of Qatar.
And while it’s a rapidly expanding modern city, there’s still plenty of Arabian heritage to enjoy, from the manic souks to the Grand Mosque and the shisha cafés.
One of Doha’s prettiest areas is its waterfront, which is where lots of the shops and restaurants are located, as well as lots of parks and the Corniche promenade along the bay.
Major attractions include the Museum of Islamic Art, which sits just off the coast on its own man-made island and the Souq Waqif, a bustling and traditional market which sells clothing, crafts, spices and more.
If you want to get out of the city for a day, you can take a desert safari, where you can take your pick of racing across the sand dunes in a jeep, or taking things a little slower by camelback.
There’s also a great food scene in Doha, where you can find all your favourite cuisines, as well as plenty of traditional Middle Eastern food too.
So if you’re planning a trip to the Arabian Peninsula, be sure to check out our cheap Australia to Doha fares here at Globehunters.
Before you pack your bags for Doha, here are five basic things you should know:
Time Difference: UTC +3 hoursCurrency: Qatari Riyal (QR)Native Language: ArabicWeather: Long, hot summers, which last from May to September with average highs of 38°C which can sometimes reach as high as 45°C, with almost no rain. For the least humidity, it’s best to visit between May and June.Sales Tax: 0%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know when flying to Doha from Australia, such as flight times and entry requirements.
Direct flights are available from a number of Australia cities and generally take about 12 hours from the West Coast (Perth) and about 15 from the East (Sydney).
Australian citizens arriving in Doha are eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival as long as you have a passport with at least six months’ validity and a confirmed onward/return ticket.
These visas are completely free and can also be extended by up to 30 days if you wish.
Currently, only Qatar Airways offers direct flights to Doha, although direct routes are available from a number of cities, including:
Doha’s international airport only opened in 2014 and is located very close to the city centre itself, which is only a 15 to 20-minute drive from the airport, with taxis, limousines and buses available.
During your trip to Doha, here are the ten sights and attractions that we recommend making sure you catch:
- Souq Waqif
- Museum of Islamic Art
- The Pearl-Qatar
- Doha Corniche
- Aspire Tower
- Katara Beach
- Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
- Aspire Park
- Katara Cultural Village
- Banana Island
If you’re on the lookout for cheap fares from Australia to Doha, be sure to compare prices on your flights, hotels and car hire with us here at Globehunters to ensure that you get the best possible deal for your trip.