Qatar Airways Doha stopovers give you a holiday within a holiday, and right now you can pay as little as £11 for a one-night stopover in a 4 or 5-star Doha hotel.
Doha is the best all-round stopover in the world right now
Could Doha be the best stopover in the world? In terms of great value, how much there is to see and do in the city, as well as the advantage of year-round sunshine, a stopover in Doha is hard to equal.
Stay for one night, choose from a range of 4 and 5-star luxury hotels and pay as little as £11. Alternatively, extend your stopover to two, three or four nights, and even the longest stay costs from just £58.
So forget everything you think you know about stopovers. A stopover in Doha is more like two holidays, practically for the price of one.
Extend your stay in Doha with up to 30% off Qatar Airways Holidays
Who isn’t craving some winter sun in January and February or tempted by warm weather guaranteed on an Easter break?
If that sounds familiar, you might want to think about extending your Doha stopover into a longer stay. Especially as Qatar Airways Holidays are kicking off 2024 with savings of up to 30% on holidays at 24 of the city’s 5-star hotels, all with direct UK flights included.
What to do in Doha on stopovers and longer breaks
Can’t decide between a great value ‘two family holidays’ Doha stopover or up to 30% off longer Doha holidays? Then take a look at how much there is to do in Doha that’s made for families, from fun theme parks to kid-friendly beach clubs. In fact, even a visit to one of the city’s phenomenal malls is a real adventure. And if you find it hard to believe that your children could get excited by anything to do with shopping, read on.
Quest: Doha’s record breaking indoor theme park
When Quest invites you to ‘Discover a World of Wonder’, it’s not exaggerating. Not only is Doha’s first ever theme park home to Epiq Coaster, the tallest indoor rollercoaster in the world, it’s also where you’ll find Magma Blast: the world’s tallest indoor drop tower.
If your kids are more carousel than white knuckle, they’ll love City of Imagination. Although it’s probably fair to say, with 30 rides and attractions from record breaking thrillers to cute mini Ferris wheels, Quest has every possible theme park taste covered.
Remember we mentioned Malls? Quest is part of Doha Oasis, which includes the iconic French department store, Printemps, as well as remarkable restaurants, hotels, and the VOX Cinema experience: you haven’t lived until you’ve watched a movie from an armchair with its own snack station and personal plancha.
Kahramaa Awareness Park
Opened in 2017, Kahramaa Awareness Park is designed to actively engage children with conservation. And although it’s concerned with issues like desertification, you won’t find anything dry or dusty in this pretty green park packed with family attractions.
How do you make a water droplet fascinating? Turn it into a captivating ride like Qatoura’s Journey.
The 3D Dana Dome involves audiences in the origin of the planet through a moving and thrilling immersive movie experience. Kids can also explore the rich history of Islam, discover next generation smart homes, and even desalination is funned up on a ride that’s closer to amusement park than science lesson.
Plus, we’re thinking an afternoon at Kahramaa may mean you’ll never again have to tell your children to turn off the tap when they’re brushing their teeth.
Museum of Illusions: where nothing is as it seems
Seeing is believing. Or is it? Open your mind to the Museum of Illusions.
Enter the Illusion Rooms to walk upside down, grow and shrink or even glimpse infinity.
Alternatively, puzzle your way around weird and wonderful installations where you can be cloned one minute and swap facial features with friends the next.
Then explore the magical and bewildering world of holograms, warped images and optical illusions. Nothing is quite what it seems here, and everything is astonishing.
Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park
Of course Quest is indoors to keep you cool year round in Doha, but Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park takes beating the heat to another level altogether.
Thirty slides and rides of the splashy sort make this one of the largest waterparks in the Middle East, and it pretty much guarantees all-day appeal, so set at least a few hours aside to let your kids do it justice.
Shopping on the side at Doha’s entertaining malls
Understandably, kids of a certain age don’t love to shop, Doha seems to get that like almost nowhere else. Practically every major mall in the city aligns shopping with fun, so you’ll find anything from acres of trampolines to Angry Birds keeping company with stores all over the city.
- Angry Birds World features toddler to teen rides and attractions at Doha Festival City Mall.
- If you really want to chill on a Doha break, Gondolania theme park in Villaggio Mall has an Olympic size ice rink.
- Megapolis and Minipolis entertainment centres make the Pearl a mall the most anti-retail kids will love.
- Tawar Mall gets a jump on family fun with 80 interconnected trampolines at Bounce.
- Head to Hyatt Plaza for Jungle World amusement park which includes an incredible 7D ride as well cute character meet n greets and indoor waterpark action.
- The combination of soft play, interactive games and activity centres gives Circus World at Landmark Mall hours of appeal for younger kids.
Spend a day at the beach the Doha way
Normally we don’t talk much about beach clubs, because they’re seldom family-friendly. However, Doha seems determined to turn that around with a new generation of beach clubs that couldn’t be more welcoming to families, and fun for kids.
Centred around West Bay beaches, each has the natural advantage of the Arabian Gulf and golden sands. Although plenty of shade is always priority for beach babies, older ones can also look forward to the likes of floating waterparks, beachy games, DJs and food stalls.
- All-day dining, possibly the prettiest – not to mention dreamily soft – sunbeds we’ve seen; an enormous 70m floating waterpark and year-round children’s entertainment are just a few reasons why families flock to B12 Beach Club.
- Doha Sands Beach could have been designed with teens in mind from its ridiculously TikTokable design to the grab n go street food stalls. DJs deliver the soundtrack and the vibe is incredibly chill and sun drenched. But it’s not just for older kids, little ones like the calm here, and shady loungers along with sugary soft sand makes for plenty of gentle play space.
Why families trust Qatar Airways with their precious travel time?
Award-winning is almost an understatement when it comes to describing Qatar Airways. At the 2023 World Airline Awards in Paris, it won ‘World’s Best Business Class’ for the 10th time, as well as ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class Lounge’, and ‘World’s Best Business Class Lounge Dining’. Add all that to the fact that Qatar Airways has also been named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by Skytrax an astonishing seven times – most recently in 2022 – and it’s easy to understand why it wins with families.
Also, as it currently flies to more than 170 destinations worldwide, Qatar Airways can’t be faulted on range either. Then of course, its Doha hub is Hamad International Airport, which Skytrax voted ‘World’s Best Airport’ in both 2021 and 2022 and ‘Best Airport in the Middle East’ for the ninth time in a row in 2023.