Lonely Planet Writer

Qatar is offering deals and visa-free entry to summer travellers 

A stopover in Doha is common for many travellers making their way across the world, but Qatar is hoping to make it more enticing to stay for a while with the launch of the ‘Summer in Qatar’ (SiQ) festival, which kicked off earlier this month. 

Fountain with cityscape of Doha in the background.
Pearl fountain at the corniche of Doha. Image by ©typhoonski/Getty Images

Launched by the Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), the programme, which runs until 16 August, is partnering with a range of organisations across the country to offer tourists events, deals and discounts across a wide range of travel, entertainment, hospitality and sightseeing options. 

To make it easier to stay for a visit, Qatar has changed the visa rules for citizens across 80 countries, who will no longer need to apply for a visa or pay to enter the country. There is also a 25% discount on Qatar Airways flights to Doha from 160 destinations worldwide, plus special stopover packages for long-haul customers, including discounted luxury hotel stays and sightseeing tours of the city and desert.

Dining tables overlooking a canal.
Colourful facades line the canal in the Qanat Quartier. Image by ©SHansche/Getty Images

Once in the country, you’ll find a busy programme of entertainment on your doorstep: live performances, indoor activities, sports and edutainment, special exhibitions as well as retail promotions across nine malls. 

People trampolining.
Bounce trampoline park in Doha. Image by ©Polly Byles/Lonely Planet

If you purchase a ‘Your Plus’ or ‘Family Culture Pass’ from any of the museums operated by Qatar Museums, you will receive further discounts across a range of activities – like jumping on a trampoline at Bounce; a visit to kids’ entertainment destinations Megapolis or Circusland; an afternoon at indoor theme park, Summer Entertainment City, or a seat in the audience at any of the summer’s live shows and festivals, from Doha Comedy Festival to Hello Kitty Live.

To learn more about the range of offers available, visit the Summer in Qatar website.

Words: Polly Byles