Qatar: 10 of the best incentive activities for groups

From culture to cruises to camels, Qatar's incentive potential is up there with the best. C&IT picks ten of the best activities for groups.

Camel racing, Qatar
Camel racing, Qatar

1. DESERT SAFARI

Taking a 4WD dune-bashing tour of Qatar's southern desert is a near-essential inclusion on any itinerary. As well as the adrenaline thrill of the drive itself - some of the dunes are colossal - you'll also be treated to the majesty of a sweepingly beautiful Arabian landscape.

2. DHOW CRUISE

When the lights of the Doha skyline start twinkling in the dusk, there's nowhere better to enjoy the view than from the deck of a traditional wooden dhow boat. A harbour dinner cruise on a balmy evening is an unforgettable way of experiencing the capital.

3. GOLF

The 18-hole championship course at Doha Golf Club was one of the first grass courses in the Middle East. It remains one of the best. Created by renowned golf designer Peter Harradine, it provides the perfect setting for a corporate tee-off.

4. MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART

Best enjoyed on a guided visit, the IM Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art is more than just a beautiful building in its own right - it also houses a priceless collection of treasures, artworks and sculptures from across the Islamic world, some dating back more than 1,200 years.

5. KATARA

The Katara Cultural Village is a hugely atmospheric attraction, serving up regular performances in a range of handsome venues while the waves of the Arabian Gulf lap nearby. Catch opera, live music, cinema, English-language theatre and a whole range of alternative options.

6. SPORTS EVENTS

Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup cemented its already strong sporting legacy - time an event to coincide with the Qatar Tennis Open (Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal are regulars), the Qatar Golf Masters (likewise Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia) or the annual Moto GP.

7. CAMEL-RACING

At the same time as international sport is taking hold, passions still run high for the country's traditional pastimes. A trip to a camel-race meeting gives an absorbing and entertaining insight into local culture. The camels are these days ridden by robot jockeys.

8. DESERT DINNER

There's no more evocative spot for a group dinner than out at one of the remote but stylish desert camps. Surrounded by dunes and looking out onto the coast, they offer everything from camel rides to shisha pipes.

9. SOUQ WAQIF

A wander through the laneways of Souq Waqif is one of Doha's headiest experiences. From the swirling aromas in the spice souq and the imperious birds in the falcon souq to the metalwork and handicrafts being touted from small stores, it gives a taste of old Arabia.

10. WATER SPORTS

For somewhere with such a plentiful supply of both sunshine and ocean, it should come as no surprise that Qatar offers such a broad range of water-sports, from banana boats and kayaks to kite-surfing and fishing trips.

More:

Qatar Airways increases Edinburgh to Doha service

World's largest Nobu opens at Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Banana Island Resort Doha opens in Qatar

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