Halal Multi Centre Holidays
Oman is a fabulous destination in its own right, but as it is well on the way to the Indian Ocean and the Orient, you could well be tempted to combine your trip with somewhere further afield. There are direct flights from Muscat to many stunning Indian Ocean destinations, including the Maldives, Zanzibar and Sri Lanka, and to even more via Dubai, a short hop away. Alternatively, you can arrange a delightful multi-centre holiday in other parts of the Arabian Gulf that provide an exciting contrast to Oman, such as Dubai, Fujeirah and Abu Dhabi.
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Halal Qatar Holidays
Lovely Qatar is located in the Arabian Peninsula and is the capital of Doha, as well as its largest city. It is the kind of place where one can watch camels trekking across the desert, learn about the ancient sport of falconry, admire one of the world's most mesmerising modern skylines, and observe traditional dhows bobbing along on the water. A favourite holiday destination among Muslim travellers, the region seems to spring from an Arabian fairytale with its impressive scenery, beautiful architecture and majestic sunsets.
Muslim tourists have selected Qatar as the world's 5th friendliest holiday destination. When the Global Muslim Travel Index was first designed, Qatar was chosen as the world's 8th halal-friendly getaway destination, so Muslim families are typically pleased to discover that it is moving up scale. There are many reasons for Qatar's climb, including the addition of prayer rooms to its hotels, malls and airports, as well as the increasing number of halal-certified restaurants available to Muslim visitors.
Virtually all resorts in Qatar are Muslim-friendly, and among the area's many halal-certified establishments are the Retaj Al Rayyan Hotel and the Banana Island Resort, both of which are alcohol free facilities and observe traditional Islamic dress. In addition, they have on-site halal restaurants, prayer rooms and segregated spa and swimming areas.
Halal-certified restaurants are plentiful in Qatar and include the Al Nahham Restaurant, the Spice Market, Azraq Café, Al Nafourah Gardens, the Crossroads Kitchen and the Ipanema Grill.
Sightseeing and Attractions
Families will find a significant number of exciting attractions and activities in which to indulge when holidaying in Qatar. Below are some of the most popular points of interest for Muslim travellers:
Museum of Muslim Art
Situated in an extensive landscape of ornamental trees and lawns, this outstanding museum appears to rise from its own island off the Corniche and splendid views can be observed from across the water. It is shaped somewhat like a modern fortress with tiny windows, which were originally designed to reduce energy use, and a 'virtual moat.' Boasting the world's largest collection of Islamic art, which was brought to the Museum from four different continents, this establishment is a must-see for any follower of the Islamic faith.
Reinvented over the past ten years to become Doha's social heart, the Souq Waqif is an engaging place to explore and one of the city's highlights. A souq has been on-site in this section of the Qatar for thousands of years, including the ancient Bedu, to which merchants brought wool, goats and sheep to trade for other essential items. However, the entire marketplace was cleverly redesigned in the 1800s, and many of the original Qatari buildings were restored, resulting in its current impressive appearance. A great option for holidaymakers who enjoy sightseeing, the Souq Waqif is open virtually year-round from dawn to dusk.
Desert Safari from Doha
A trip to the endless heart of Qatar's desert is an experience that many families enjoy. Half-day excursions can be taken from Doha, during which guided tours drive families over the tranquil sand dunes, eventually stopping for a breathtaking view of Saudi Arabia's Inland Sea. An ideal activity for those who are interested in glimpsing the serenity of the timeless Qatar desert.
Halal Qatar Festival
Families planning to visit Qatar in February will not want to miss spending at least one day at the week-long annual Halal Qatar Festival. Fun and educational, this taste of Qatari heritage and culture is sure to be a pleasant and memorable experience. Held in the Katara Cultural Village, the festival has attracted both locals and tourists for many years, with its traditional Ardha sword dancing performances, livestock auctions, and interesting competitions.
For Muslim families, Qatar is a fail-safe holiday destination. The city's characteristics make it an ideal area in which to enjoy a city break, short getaway or extended holiday.