Qatar is made up of beautiful landscapes, culture and history which inspire so many fantastic & authentic incentives! From dune bashing across the golden desert to sailing the Arabian Gulf in a wooden Dhow, here are Panoptic’s picks for the top 10 travel incentives in Qatar…
Top 10 Qatar Incentive Ideas
1. Kayak Through the Al Thakira Mangroves
Located 60km north of Doha, visitors can kayak amongst the lush greenery of Al Thakira Mangroves from the Aqua Sport base camp, learning about this delicate salt-water ecosystem, which attracts migratory birds such as herons and flamingos. In the distance, the 60,000-seat Al Bayt stadium, designed in the form of a Bedouin tent rises dominantly above the landscape yet symbiotically linked through its own sustainable and green credentials.
2. Dune Bashing on a Desert Safari
In the southern-most point of Qatar’s coast, the ever popular 4×4 off-road desert safari, spills guests over dramatic sand dunes until they reach the UNESCO recognised inland sea (Khor Al Udaid) which encroaches into the desert and separates Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
3. Falconry Experience
The Falcon is a majestic bird and much revered in the Gulf region, so why not learn more about this bird of prey and have a Falconry experience within the enigmatic Souk Waqif in the heart of Doha; the souk itself is a magnet for those wanting to bring barter in the old fashioned way and bring home a souvenir.
4. Set Sail on a Traditional Dhow
Imagine impressing your clients/delegates/hospitality group with a sunset sail on the Arabian Gulf, on a hand-crafted wooden traditional Dhow. These boats are inextricably linked to Qatar’s fishing and pearl diving heritage and is a ‘must-do’ during any stay in Qatar. The view of the skyline of West Bay is reason enough.
5. Dinner and a show at the Al Shaqab Equine Centre
A gala dinner can be organised at the Al Shaqab Equine Centre, whilst viewing fine Arabian horses circling the paddock. The centre promotes Qatar’s Arabian-horse heritage and is a leading global centre for equine professionals.
6. The National Museum of Qatar
Named one of ‘The World’s 100 Greatest places’ by Time Magazine when it opened in March 2019, the National Museum is a marvel of architectural beauty and example of curatorial intelligence with three chapters: beginnings, Life in Qatar, and The Modern History of Qatar, presented across various galleries with exhibits looking as if they are floating and the angular walls are used to visually bring stories to life through projection mapping. The museum houses a 220-seat auditorium, a fine dining restaurant Jiwan by Alain Ducasse. The museum also surrounds the Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al-Thani, this iconic Qatar landmark has been used for al-fresco events.
7. The Museum of Islamic Art
Qatar’s National Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art, housing 14 centuries of the finest art and artefacts from across the Islamic world. The magnificent and imaginatively presented displays have earned recognition among the world’s top cultural institutions. Housed in a modern architectural masterpiece designed by famous Chinese American architect I.M Pei, this art collection provides an impressive Islamic culture experience in just a few hours. The museum ensures fresh interest through its constantly changing program of exhibitions. Lit up beautifully at night, enjoy the views across Doha Bay to the city skyline from the Museum’s very own fine dining restaurant.
8. Take a Walk Along the Corniche
Doha’s Corniche is a 7km waterfront promenade offers spectacular vistas of Doha’s progressive city skyline, from dramatic high rise towers of the central business district and west bay, to the bold shapes of Qatar’s Museum of Islamic Art. The corniche provides a green, vehicle-free pedestrian space in the heart of the capital. At night time, traditional wooden dhows bring the bay to life in a dazzling display of lights and colour. Scattered along the shoreline, the dhows evoke echoes of Qatar’s great seafaring past.
9. A Day on The Pearl Qatar
A stylish island development with elegant yacht-lined marina walkways, restaurants, cafes and internationally branded retail boutiques such as Lalique.
10. Aspire Park
Hidden in amongst the bustling city of Doha lies an idyllic green escape, Aspire Park. It is Qatars largest park and the perfect location for a barbecue, ball games, or a scenic walk after a long day in the city. Enjoy sporting grounds, green areas, a jogging track, beautiful fountains, and tasty eateries as you watch the sun set over the Aspire tower.
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