Here Are 5 Things You Can Do In Doha While Waiting For Your Flight At Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, has been the famous stopover for travelers from different countries.
Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, has been the famous stopover for travelers from different countries. (Photo: Ken Yamaguchi/Flickr)

Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, has been the famous stopover for travelers from Southeast Asia, Europe, and the United States. Out of the 34.5 million people that arrived here in 2018, a major count of it was only stopping to transfer flights. So, what do passengers could do here, especially if they have a long time of waiting?

Instead of waiting, sitting, and just slumping themselves in the chairs, Hamad International Airport is encouraging awaiting passengers to extend their stopover and explore Doha. The country even offered a free transit visa to travelers of any nationality in 2017 that would have a layover for five to 96 hours at the airport, per The South China Morning Post.

Visit Qatar, the country's national tourism council, also recently launched a "compact one- and three-day itineraries" to attract visitors to stay in the country. It also packed Hamad International Airport with a lot of facilities from shops to eateries, art installations, and activity hubs to keep the travelers entertained.

Qatar has made Hamad International Airport a modern one in an effort to transform the country into a "leading global transit hub." But aside from the entertainment features the airport has, travelers can also explore the city outside. So, here are the five of the city's famous sites that awaiting passengers can visit during a quick city tour to learn the traditional culture of Qatar that now blends to the contemporary, as listed by Tour Scanner.

For a quick exploration, awaiting passengers can make a swift day tour in the city of Doha. If the visitors only have a few hours to stay in the country, they can still see the most famous sites of the capital of Qatar through an express city tour. Here, they can see Souq Waqif bazaar, the country's main market in the city center, the Museum of Islamic Arts, known for its remarkable architecture and a vast collection of Islamic art, or the Pearl-Qatar, an artificial island that span to over 30 kilometers of the seaside.

Tourists can also go for a quick desert safari adventure. As Qatar is known for being situated in the desert, people who are passing through the country can take advantage of their stopover. They can also ride a camel to complete the experience.

Travelers can also ride Qatar's traditional sailing boat or dhow and sail over the pearl while admiring the Doha Corniche and skyline. They have the option to go for a cruise during the sunset or the night to witness the skyline illuminated.

Lastly, they can visit Katara Cultural Village to step back in time and discover Qatar's cultural and architectural heritage. It is also the place where concerts, shows, and exhibitions in the country are often held. It is also recommended for art lovers.

So, the next time you will have a stopover at Hamad International Airport and have plenty of time, take advantage of the moment and explore Doha. Surely, you will never be bored of waiting for your next flight again.  

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