Hamad International Airport World-class airport and Doha's international gateway. National carrier Qatar Airways (www.qatarairways.com) has transformed itself into one of the world's best airlines.
In mid-2017, Saudi Arabia closed its land border to Qatar in a major diplomatic rift that's still ongoing.
Relations between Qatar and its neighbour, Bahrain, have not always been the best. Shared royal family has been a bone of contention for one thing, and it was only relatively recently the two countries stopped haggling over ownership of the Hawar Islands. Driven by a growing sense of community within the Gulf region, however, and with a shared mission to attract higher volumes of tourists, the two countries have at last put their differences aside. As if consolidating the friendlier relations, work is scheduled to begin on a 40km road link between Qatar and Bahrain. The scheduled (if somewhat optimistic) completion date is 2022, in time for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and will involve multiple bridges supported on reclaimed land – similar to King Fahd Causeway, which links Bahrain to Saudi Arabia. When complete, it will form the longest fixed link across water in the world.