Out & About

Qatar Business Travel Guide - - Out & About -

OUT­SIDE OF THE board­room and away from the world of ac­coun­tancy, the cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment value of Qatar is ris­ing in promi­nence al­most as much as the cost of its ho­tels. And it is while ex­plor­ing these el­e­ments that you’ll find your­self soft­en­ing in at­ti­tude to­wards the coun­try and in your usu­ally fi­nance-driven mind­set in gen­eral.

As the world’s big­gest buyer in the art market, un­sur­pris­ingly this has re­sulted in a thriv­ing art scene, also over­lap­ping ar­guably the most poignant and im­pres­sive mu­seum col­lec­tion in the Mid­dle East.

Food & drink choices pro­vide even more of an eclec­tic veer away from board­room cul­ture, whether you’re look­ing for lo­cal Mid­dle East­ern cui­sine, or a taste of pretty much any other na­tional del­i­cacy of your choos­ing. Of­ten sit­u­ated within one of the coun­try’s many souqs, the unique ex­pe­ri­ence of eat­ing world-class meals in - at first glance - un­kempt lo­ca­tions, is one that you’ll quickly get used to and grow to en­joy.

The souqs in­evitably pro­vide vis­i­tors with end­less re­tail op­por­tu­ni­ties span­ning both modern and an­tique items as well. And if you feel like re­tir­ing from the busi­ness life en­tirely - for a few hours - then its nature and leisure as­sort­ment is be­com­ing more archety­pally west­ern­ised; in­dicted by its aqua parks, the Katar cul­tural vil­lage, Banana Is­land Re­sort in Doha, and Al Cor­niche if you’re just look­ing for more re­laxed aes­thetic beauty.

Edg­ing to­wards the coast and the Per­sian Gulf, and wa­ter­sports are a com­mon hobby among lo­cals and tourists alike, and con­tin­u­ing a long the sport­ing theme if you want to buy into the World Cup vibe in the build up to 2022 - then foot­ball is al­ready the most pop­u­lar sport in the coun­try, and pay­ing a visit to one of the 12 new and ex­pand­ing sta­di­ums will give you a glimpse of the eu­pho­ria to come.

The Pearl, Doha

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