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