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Doha Travel Tips – The Sparkling Capital of Qatar

Doha, the rapidly growing capital of Qatar is a magical city that hides plenty of delights for visitors. For those visiting the city for the first time, here is a list of tips to make your stay even better.

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Remember to stay healthy

Temperatures can rise to as much as fifty degree Celsius during the peak of summer while they can hit as low as ten degree Celsius during winter. These extreme temperatures mean that you need to ensure you are hydrated at all times. Tap water might be difficult to handle for those unfamiliar with the high mineral levels found in the water. However, most hotels such as Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara offer free water to their guests so it should not be much of an issue. Just make sure to carry a bottle of water with you when you are heading out and make full use of a good sunscreen. You should also consider using sunglasses and a cap or a hat. Dust storms are a frequent occurrence in the city and you should always make a beeline indoors if a storm is approaching.

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Stay aware of the local customs

Since Qatar is a Muslim country, any alcohol you carry with you will have to be checked into one of the airport's lockers and you can pick it up when you are leaving the country. The only places you can get your hands on alcohol is at upscale Doha restaurants and bars. Opt for modest clothing, whether you are male or female. Body parts such as your shoulder and knees should be covered and your clothes should be loose. This also gives you better protection against the harsh sun. Refrain from taking pictures of anyone without their permission. Arabic is the official language of Qatar, however, English is a commonly spoken language so you should have no issue communicating with residents in the country. Oh and spitting anywhere in the country is liable to a fine of two hundred Qatari Riyal which translates to approximately thirty-four pounds.

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Visit the Souq Waqif

Known as the "standing market" of Doha, the Souq Waqif is a redeveloped souk made in the exact same way as the original one. A complete architectural marvel, this time the frozen location is largely off the tourist trail and is definitely worth a visit if you are in the capital. You can also find a number of interesting stores that sell traditional items such as spices to Qatari dresses and similar items.

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Go shopping

Doha has no shortage of malls. No matter where you are in the city, you are never too far away from one of the city's glittering shopping malls. Most of the malls feature international high-end department stores and brands that are guaranteed to have what you want. One particular highlight in this already glamorous city is the Villaggio Mall. The mall is opulent in all imaginable ways and even features an indoor canal from where visitors can enjoy a gondola ride.