QNTC platforms promote domestic tourism
November 20 2020 12:02 AM
From left: Al Jumayl, Souq Al Wakra, Umm Bab and Al Safliya Island (pictures from VisitQatar's Insta
From left: Al Jumayl, Souq Al Wakra, Umm Bab and Al Safliya Island (pictures from VisitQatar's Instagram page)

Domestic tourism will get a further boost with the promotion of upcoming events and travel destinations in the country through Qatar National Tourism Council’s official website, and social media pages and channels.
“We are set to welcome Qatar’s most prestigious Arabian Fashion Exhibition that aims to empower the region’s creative community of designers and stylists. Featuring leading and emerging local designers who will be coming together from November 27 to December 1 to showcase their latest autumn/winter 2020 collections at Heya Arabian Fashion Exhibition. www.heya.qa,” VisitQatar posted on its Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages recently.
VisitQatar’s posts – either videos or pictures – on Instagram are getting thousands of views, likes, and comments from virtual visitors across the globe. Some commenters expressed interest to visit the country in the near future.
Recently featured destinations include the “Al Safliya island or the manta ray-shaped island”, dubbed as one of Qatar’s uninhabited islands. “Known for its fascinating geology and easy accessibility via dhow boats or yachts; it offers visitors uninterrupted picturesque views.”
Another is the Al Jumayl (meaning beautiful) fishing village, located in the northwestern coast of the country and near Al Zubarah Fort. It “was built in the 19th century to protect the essential sources of water in the area.”
One of the most viewed videos is a post on October 26, which showcases “authentic Arabian hospitality with breathtaking views in a place where the desert meets the Arabian Sea.”
A number of activities in Qatar such as the traditional boat ‘Sanbouk’ ride from the Doha Corniche are also being promoted and serve as “one of the best ways to explore the city’s stunning skyline, architecture and traditions.”
“Traditionally, the wooden show boats were the largest vessels in the Gulf region.”
Apart from museums such as the National Museum of Qatar and Museum of Islamic Art, VisitQatar also highlights the country’s pristine beaches, heritage sites, landmarks, and souqs, among others, in addition to curated Arabian experiences.
“Souq Al Wakra is home to traditional shops, popular local cuisine overlooking a family beach and Al-Janoub stadium, a 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium designed by the globally acclaimed architect Zaha Hadid. If you’re looking for local heritage off the beaten track with a good splash of nature, Souq Al Wakra hits the spot,” VisitQatar posted on Instagram.
As temperatures continue to recede, it is learnt that many residents have also started going to several destinations within and outside Doha such as Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Al Ruwais, and Dukhan to hang out and spend their weekend with families and friends.
“Beyond city limits, the limestone rock formations of Umm Bab cuts through the Palm Tree beach. It is the ideal beach escape to indulge in tranquility under the fronds of palm trees,” VisitQatar said.
Besides five-star hotels and malls, Qatar’s touristic places like Souq Waqif, Katara – the Cultural Village, Msheireb Downtown Doha, and The Pearl-Qatar continue to attract an increasing number of visitors for a number of reasons – shopping, dining, and visiting a number of art exhibitions and strolling around their public parks such as the Katara South Hills.

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