Exploring Doha Free of Cost on Transit with Qatar Airways City Tour
Qatar Airways City Tour is organized by Qatar Airways, the 5-star Airline which connects worldwide through Doha, State of Qatar. Qatar Airways Complimentary Doha Tour is indeed a must thing to have if you are flying with Qatar Airways. This will enable you to see Qatar's culture and architecture in between your two flights. Doha is an amazing city with unique skyline and admirable cultural heritage.
How to Book Qatar Airways City Tour?
Qatar Airways City Tour cannot be booked in advance. It's on first come first serve basis when you arrive at Doha's state of Art Hamad International Airport. When we arrived in the airport in Sept 2015, we moved to Doha City Tour Desk in the Transit Lounge (near Lamp Bear) and checked the time for the tour. There are 4 City Tours per day, the timings are mentioned below in this post. The lady on the counter reserved the place for both of us. This reservation is on first come first serve basis and you cannot enroll for the tour if the total space of 33 passengers is occupied. Also the other requirement for availing this complimentary city tour is to travel with Qatar Airways and have a transit of 8 hours or more. So if you are traveling with another airline other than Qatar Airways, then you cannot avail it.
We were joined by 14 more passengers for this 3 hours city tour. Tour Visa for all the passengers was arranged by Qatar Airways free of cost. On this trip visa, you have to stay with the tour and come back to the airport with the tour guide. If you want to explore Doha after the free City Tour, you can apply for the Free Transit Visa online.
Timings of Qatar Airways City Tour
There are four city tours daily. So you must have a transit time falling in time of the tour and have sufficient time to complete the tour. These tours are spread across different times of the day to cater all the possible transit times expect for the late night transit time. The timings are as follows:
Tour 1 8:00 hrs
Tour 2 11:00 hrs
Tour 3 16:00 hrs
Tour 4 20:00 hrs
Registration for these tours closes an hour before the tour start time. So check your arrival time at Doha's Hamad International Airport and the tour time.
Check Qatar Airways Flight Fare and Timing
If you want to Avail Complimentary Qatar Airways City Tour then book your Qatar Airways Ticket with appropriate Transit time that falls within the Complimentary City Tour
Details of Qatar Airways City Tour
The complimentary Qatar Airways City Tour will include 3 hours city tour visa, 3 hours city tour on a bus with a travel guide who speaks English, a bottle of water and pick and drop to the airport. For availing your complimentary city tour, you have to go to Doha City Tour Desk in the transit lobby and get registered. This is on first come first serve basis.
The bus will stop at 4 places during City trip. These stops are at Museum of Islamic Art, Katara Cultural Village, The Pearl Island and Souq Al Waqif. All of these places are beautiful and have cultural significance.
Stop 1: At Museum of Islamic Art
Museum of Islam Art is filled with centuries old Islamic art. But the entrance is not possible with this 5 minutes stop. So the tour can see the amazing architecture of this museum and the skyline of Doha.
Doha's skyline is composed of different style and shapes skyscrapers.
Stop 2: At Katara Cultural Village
Our second stop was Katara, which is the cultural village located between the West Bay (where Doha's skyscrapers are located) and The Pearl (stop 3). This place is a display of Qatar's heritage. It has an Open Air Amphitheater, a multi-purpose Cinema, a multi-purpose Conference Hall, an Opera House, Souq, Beach, Dining areas, masjid and Pigeon towers.
Pigeon towers are made of clay, specially designed to provide shade for the pigeons. These are located in front of Katara Masjid (Mosque). Katara Masjid is a classical work of Persian art and a must visit. Qatar Photography society has an office there. Also there are many other offices.
Stop 3: At The Pearl Island
This man-made pearl shaped island has marina and luxury shopping and finest dining places in Doha. This shows the modern architecture of the city. Our trip stop was at Porto Arabia Carousel in The Pearl.
Stop 4: At Souq Al Waqif
Souq Al Waqif, located near Museum of Islamic Art and Islamic Cultural Center, is the traditional market of Doha. As we were told, Waqif is an Arabic word that means standing. This market is called standing market as it has stood over a period of time at the same location.
Souq Al Waqif (Stop 4)
We bought souvenirs for Doha City from this market. You have to bargain the selling price and its up to you how much you can bargain. We got the the souvenirs from this market at a lesser price than other Hamad International Airport.
Return to Hamad International Airport
After the final stop at Souq Al Waqif, the journey terminates at the Departure Lounge of Doha's Hamad International Airport.
Continue your onward journey to your final destination after the complimentary city tour and have a safe trip.