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QATAR LIFESTYLE


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Luxury hotels in Qatar.


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Jet ski racing in the Doha port.


picked up as not just a Qatari pastime, but a regional sporting addiction. The turquoise blue waters of the Gulf host some of the world’s most exciting international powerboat races. These seaside events have been the pinnacle of the sport’s annual calendar. They are a national spectacle, where a big part of Qatar’s population enjoys a carnival atmosphere by the ocean. For the sailing or yachting enthusiast, Qatar’s Lusail Marina is


enormous driving range and putting green, in addition to eight lakes, graceful landscaping and a beautiful clubhouse designed in traditional Arabic style. The latter is located on one of the highest points on the course, giving it magnificent prominence. Golf has a huge following and receives significant


patronage from the government and private organizations. The emirate attributes its increasing popularity of the sport to several reasons, not the least of which is its world-class facilities. Golf enthusiasts visiting Qatar should ideally time their trip to Doha during the famous golf tournament, the Qatar Masters. In 2011, the prize fund for the tournament was $2.5 million. Aquatic sport is extremely popular, and the Qatar Marine Sports Federation was established in 2000 to develop power boating in the country. It hosts world- class power-boating competitions. Power boating has


located on the stunning waterfront landmark. There are 96 modern floating marina berths that cater to yachts ranging from 10-40 metres in length. With its top-class levels of service, comfort, and hospitality, Lusail Marina is one of the region’s finest marinas. It also boasts three on-water lounges, with a café, a juice bar, a family lounge and dedicated area designed for events. It also boasts air conditioned walkways, catered for the summer months. Lusail Marina has underwater lighting, black and grey water


‘pump-out’ at the berths, 24-hour security, a five-star concierge service, Wi-Fi services, laundry service, a deck wash for all yachts and valet parking. The marina is also eco-friendly, using the most sustainable materials and technology. For centuries, Qatar has enjoyed a key position in the important


maritime trading routes in the Arabian Gulf. As a result of this, its people have interacted with foreigners and have developed a standard of hospitality that is its enduring hallmark. If you plan to visit Qatar, it is best to plan the trip carefully so you have time to enjoy all the luxurious services on offer in this land of magic and surprise.


John Fernando with research by Jemima Riley FAMILY OFFICE: ASIA TOMORROW 117


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A dhow waits for customers in Doha Qatar.


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Marina in Doha.


SPECIAL FOCUS – QATAR


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