Developing world-class marinas such as the Old Doha Port is a strategic move for Qatar to enhance its tourism appeal, attracting yacht owners and promoting water sports activities, an industry expert has said.
"The Old Doha Port’s proximity to numerous 5-star hotels, and cultural and historical hubs such as the Museum of Islamic Art and Souq Waqif, among others, adds to its appeal as a favourite tourism destination," Outing Qatar founder and managing director Mosaad Moustafa Eleiwa told Gulf Times.
He said that the transformation of the Old Doha Port into an international cruise gateway has been a game-changer.
Implementing seamless immigration and customs processes has resulted in thousands of visitors accessing the port.
This influx enhances exposure to various water sports activities and contributes to the overall pleasant sea experience.
“The availability of a day-use experience for locals, visitors, and residents at the port, featuring attractions such as an aquarium and five-star cafes and restaurants along its boardwalk, enhances the probability of booking yachts and participating in water sports activities,” Eleiwa said. “The port serves as a venue for relaxation, dining, and exploring the vibrancy of Doha from a fresh perspective”.
The Old Doha Port marina has been host to unique sea and water sports experiences, including a first-of-its-kind Jetski competition held recently.
Year-round activities, including an international boat show and different business and touristic exhibitions, are planned to further increase foot traffic at the marina.
Eleiwa expressed confidence that focusing on understanding the preferences and motivations of visitors, along with identifying the reasons for choosing the Old Doha Port and developing distinctive, tangible, and exclusive must-see/visit experiences, will contribute to boosting customer influx, increasing revenues, and fostering additional business opportunities at the marina.
As the colder months set in, Qatar is witnessing a surge in visitors to public parks and other outdoor destinations, particularly the Old Doha Port.
The Mina District, Box Park, and cruise terminal, in addition to the lush greenery within the area, have been attracting many families who often spend their weekends and afternoons in picnics and other recreational activities.
Local Arabic daily Arrayah earlier reported that plans to open a beach at the port’s western side is expected to further boost its allure.
This development would provide visitors with the opportunity to engage in water activities, including swimming while enjoying a scenic view of the Dafna Towers.
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