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QATAR LIFESTYLE


An Arabian treasure trove


Qatar is a haven for tourists and business travelers. Apart from being the richest country in the world by per capita income (nearly $80,000 per year per person), this compact-sized emirate has a diverse range or facilities and natural attributes that make it an ideal destination for both short and long-term visitors who expect the very best.


Its current impact on the global stage is significant, and will only become more prominent in the years to come. Add to this the eclectic mix of the finest cuisine money can buy then Qatar becomes the ultimate in five-star luxury. The national airline, Qatar Airways, which is one of the youngest and most modern airlines in the world, is able to get you to 100 destinations worldwide in the ultimate in comfort and luxury. Qatar has much to offer every type of tourist or


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business traveler. Whether it is a pure leisure seeker, who wants to enjoy fine dining in that emirate’s selection of hotels, excellent restaurants and eateries and gyrate to the latest dance numbers at its nightclubs, or an outdoor adventurer who would like to feel the exhilarating power of a drag racer or the unique experience of riding in a speedboat, Qatar has it all.


Hotels


Qatar has some of the best hotels in the Arabian Gulf region. The level of service and the quality of care is among the finest anywhere in the world. For example, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Doha (the capital city of Qatar) is located on its own exclusive island at West Bay Lagoon, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, with each of its rooms and 61 suites and 42 club rooms have sea or golf course views. The Ritz-Carlton has nine superb restaurants and


bars featuring exquisite local and international cuisine, prepared by world-class chefs. It also has a world-class spa and a modern fitness centre. Fitness buffs take note; Qatar is a sports-mad nation and offers top-notch gyms, stadia, fitness centres and a general fitness environment that encourages all things relating to the realm of fitness.


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atar boasts excellent hotels, archaeological sites, desert and seascapes, modern infrastructure, and a wide offering of sports.


This premier hotel also


boasts indoor and outdoor swimming pools, two ballrooms, seven meeting rooms and a fully equipped business centre. The hotel’s 235-slip marina has a club house for boats and eight-slip marina for jet-skis as well. The Ritz-Carlton also has a club lounge, indoor tennis courts, squash courts, beauty salon, barber shop, retail stores, florists and an exclusive Palmera fashion boutique. Another magnificent hotel is


the Rocca Grand Hyatt, which also boasts the latest and the finest a modern hotel should characterize. The Rocca is an excellent business traveler’s oasis in the Gulf, with its highly opulent décor, 2200 square metres of meeting rooms and conference facilities, and offers a fine range of local and international cuisine, including freshly caught grilled red hamour fish – a local delicacy.


Sports and leisure Qataris are very active by nature. Despite its relatively small population, Qatari athletes have performed remarkably well at the international level. Qataris are recognized as brilliant track and field athletes, for their successes in soccer, for four-wheel drive desert rally driving, aquatic sports (including power-boating) and golf, among others. For those of you who may not be especially keen on trying out a 100-


metre dash in 10 seconds flat or skydive from an aircraft from 4000 metres above, there is still a lot of other brilliant options to enjoy your days and nights on this Arabian treasure island. Golf is one of the most popular sports in Qatar. The Doha Golf Club boasts an 18-hole championship course, a nine-hole academy course, an


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