Example Itinerary

Qatar With Kids

Duration
4 days / 3 nights
Per Person Per Day
Interests
With Kids
Destinations
Qatar

Doha, Qatar, a convenient stopover hub city is becoming a low-key family-friendly destination that is worth a visit. This quick four-day itinerary to the tiny nation offers cultural enrichment, relaxation, learning experiences, and plenty of fun for everyone. Discover the city’s cultural centers, from ultra-modern museums to relaxed spaces with greenery and galleries for browsing. Experience the traditions of the dhow boat, the old souq, Arabian horses, and falconry. Also enjoy the natural wonders of Qatar, from thrilling ATV rides down its desert sand dunes to taking a dip in at the Inland Sea. In a rapidly developing country where skyscrapers grow out of a peninsula of sand and sea, Qatar offers families a mix of old and new, town and country, and fun and relaxation. 

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Highlights

  • Al Shaqab Equestrian Center: This impressive state-of-the-art facility is the top in equestrian training and breeding. Facilities and technology aside, the equally impressive Arabian horses and cute ponies are alone worth the visit. 
  • Khor Al Adaid: At this unique landscape where sand dunes meet water, a plethora of activities are offered to fill out the day such as camel riding, swimming, ATVs on sand dunes, and wildlife watching. 
  • Family Entertainment Centers: Kids and big kids alike can have fun together at these giant and over-the-top indoor entertaining facilities that offer everything from ice skating, gondola boat rides, laser tag, cinemas, bowling, and more. 

Day-by-Day

Day 1

Doha

Arrive in Qatar’s capital city of Doha where a private car will be waiting to take you to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to unwind and get adjusted to Qatar’s desert climes. To get acquainted with Doha and keep cool at the same time, we suggest heading to Katara Beach which spans close to a mile long and is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Parents and children alike can relax on the sandy shores and swim in the cool waters. Older kids can keep entertained with jet skis and other water sports available for rent. In the evening when shops and restaurants reopen in the cooler hours, there is a wealth of dining options, the majority of which is international fare, making it easy to find something even for the pickiest eater. 

Hotel Options
Why We Love This Hotel

Location: There is nothing quite like the private catamaran-accessible Banana Island Resort Doha in Qatar; with its golden strip of beach, spectacular views of the Arabian Sea, and a carefree environment, the resort is truly a special destination.

Variety: There are practically endless activities available for resort guests that range from high seas fishing excursions to late-night cinema screenings, ensuring that every day will be chock full of exciting, varied diversions.

Relaxation: Indulgent bathtubs complement every suite, the golden sands of the beach beckon, and an ample spa provides an array of treatments; in short, this resort is a haven for relaxation.

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Anantara Banana Island Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Culinary Variety: Guests at the Mandarin Oriental in Doha will find all of their fine dining desires met within the confines of the hotel, with multiple lounges, bars, and restaurants at their disposal.

Beautifully Designed Lodgings: Touches like marble baths and floors, open-air dining terraces, crystalline outdoor swimming pools, and private courtyards foster the signature Mandarin Oriental notes of distinction and class.

An Urban Retreat: Given the hotel’s location in downtown Doha, luxury travelers will find themselves ideally positioned to take advantage of the capital’s opportunities for nightlife, shopping, dining, and cultural exploration

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Mandarin Oriental Doha Preferred Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel

Marks of Distinction: The Ritz-Carlton Doha has several unique design touches and features that set it apart in the world of five-star luxury, including an ornate chandelier that is reputedly the largest of its kind in the Middle East.

Attention to Detail: Guests should expect to want for nothing during a stay at the Ritz-Carlton Doha. Available services for guests range from twice-daily housekeeping and 24-hour in-room dining to laundry and car-hire assistance.

Health and Wellness: The hotel’s in-house spa is among the finest in the city, with signature treatments that blend Arabic principles, Asian traditions, and European concepts.

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Ritz-Carlton Doha Preferred Hotel

Day 2

Doha

The first stop this morning is just out of town to the Al Shaqab equestrian center where you can meet Qatar’s prized Arabian Horses. This facility is the leading of its kind with state-of-the-art machinery including swimming pools, Jacuzzis, gym areas, stables, and more, all designed for the best care and training of its horses. While here, keep an eye out for super cute newly born foal. Return to the city and visit the Museum of Islamic Art, an architecturally-stunning complex by the harbor that houses an extensive collection of Islamic art. Besides the artwork, the family-friendly museum also has a park, a library where walk-in workshops are held on Saturdays and a storytelling session in English and Arabic occurs once a month. Return to your hotel during the midday hours to escape the heat and rest. Alternatively, take the kids out for some fun at the Aqua Park or one of many indoor entertainment centers. You’ll find everything from rollercoasters, ice rinks, bowling alleys, laser tag, karaoke rooms, and more. In the late afternoon, venture out to Waqif Souq which offers a taste of old Qatar. Stroll the narrow lanes and take in the cacophony of sounds, sights, and smells. Don’t miss the falcon area of the souq where these birds are sold for thousands of dollars. Learn about the cultural significance of these beloved falcons and see them up close. If you’re lucky, you might even witness the monthly auction where vendors show off the physical abilities of the falcons to prospective buys.  Walk down the corniche promenade towards the pier where you will round out the day with an evening cruise on a traditional dhow boat to take in views of Doha’s lit-up skyline. 

Doha
Doha

Day 3

Doha

Leave the city today for a sand and sea adventure. An hour south of Doha, across the desert, is one of the country’s most beautiful natural wonders. Khor Al Adaid, also known as the Inland Sea, is an UNESCO-listed reserve where sand dunes and salty water meet. Arrive at an upscale camp where the family can spend the day enjoying both in-water and sand dune activities from dune bashing, quad-biking, camel riding, and falconry to swimming and sunning in your private gazebo. Later in the day, return to the city and stop at the Katara Cultural Village. This modern complex is dedicated to Qatar’s traditions and cultures, offering art galleries and workshops, theaters, performance venues, and museums. The open space has plenty of green spaces for kids to run around as well. Enjoy your final evening in Doha with dinner on the waterfront, or for something more hands on, make a pizza together at a local pizzeria!

Day 4

Departure

Have a leisurely breakfast and morning until your private transfer to the airport for your flight onward. 

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