(UPDATED FEBRUARY 20, 2019)
The little-known country of Qatar has created a very good way for the world to get to know its cultures, its sights, its food, its shopping and more. Qatar Airways is offering $28 5-star hotels stays for one night to passengers who have a a stopover in Qatar of at least 12 hours.
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You can have a stopover in Qatar of up to four nights and also book greatly discounted luxury rooms. Two nights in a 5-star hotel are only 110 USD, three nights are 160 USD, and four nights are 210 USD total.
4-star hotels with your layover flight are also available, from 23 USD for one night to 165 USD for four nights.
You must book your flight by December 28, 2019 and travel by December 31, 2019, flying Qatar Airways both into and out of the Doha, Qatar airport, to qualify for these hotel stays.
I travel not to see the sights or eat the food; I travel for the people. It is super hard to get to really know local people on a layover. But visiting a country on a layover is better than never seeing it at all. You can still meet people, experience a lot and learn a little too. Plus the country of Qatar is now offering a transit visa free of charge if you’re in the country anywhere between 5 and 96 hours. So if you’re into making friends in foreign locations like I am and you want to max out your free visa, you just might be able to make some long-term friendships. Here are FAQ’s about stopover flights in Doha, Qatar with this Qatar Airways offer.
The Qatar Airways booking promotion and the visa-free entries are part of Qatar’s efforts to bring tourists back to the country after a diplomatic crisis in June 2017 adversely affected tourism. When it decided to allow visa-free entry to people from 80 countries, Qatar moved itself into the number one position of Middle Eastern countries most open to tourists.
So, if you want to explore a beautiful, glamorous and mysterious country while also saving money, Qatar is the place to go now.
I loved Qatar and its people when I visited the country several years ago on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, and my partner likewise loved it when he was in Qatar on business for a couple of weeks in June 2017. I stayed in the city of Doha and really enjoyed Souq Waqif and the corniche, while my partner really liked the Islamic Museum and his travels in to the desert.
Qatar is located on the Arabian Gulf near Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Safety in Qatar
Contrary to very popular and deeply-ingrained belief, you do not have to worry about violent crime or terrorism in most of the Middle East, including Qatar. These dangers are not common. It is instead significant cultural differences of which you need to be aware. I know this sounds unbelievable, but it is true. Here is a brief, pretty accurate article which succinctly outlines some of the most important things you need to be careful about in Qatar.
Qatar Language – Arabic (English is widely spoken)
HOW TO GETA LUXURY HOTEL ON YOUR STOPOVER IN QATAR IN 3 EASY STEPS
1. Under the Discover tab on the top of the home page choose Qatar Stopover (you can also find Qatar Stopover by clicking here) to book your multi-city flight on Qatar Airways. Make sure you have a layover flight in Doha of at least 12 hours.
2. Use your booking number to arrange for your visa to visit the country. People from 80 countries are eligible for a free visa to Qatar. You can click here for the visa page.
3. Once you have completed your booking, you will see the available stopover offers on the booking confirmation page and email. You can view the available 4-star and 5-star hotels right here. Now you can visit Qatar in style!
If you want to take a tour of Doha and/or the desert and don’t have much time for the tour, you can find discounted transit tours of Qatar here.
Some of the transit tours of Qatar are:
Each tour is three or four hours long, so even if your layover is not overnight you can still go on a tour if you like.
It is so easy to visit this beautiful desert country on a Qatar Airways layover with a free hotel stay and a free transit visa. I am definitely visiting Qatar again. I hope you’ll consider checking out this very fascinating country.
Photo Credits: Qatar Airways, NawalEscape, NordCapStudio, Walsarabi