Event professionals from around Europe landed in Doha, Qatar on Saturday evening for C&IT's four-day Complete Qatar familiarisation and educational trip, hosted in partnership with the Qatar Tourism Authority, presenting the group with a rich opportunity to sample the C&I highlights of the destination before meeting with local suppliers one-on-one.
The first full day of the itinerary began with a tour of the Qatar National Convention Centre's facilities, which include a variety exhibition spaces, meeting rooms and a conference hall decorated with 35 Swarovski crystal chandliers, worth an estimated 350,000 euroes each.
The group were then surprised with a visit to the Al Shaqab horse estuary, a state-of-the-art facilitiy that has helped train numerous world champion breeds.
After a long lunch at the Hilton Hotel Doha, the coach was replaced by a convoy of 4x4s fueled and ready to take the group out into rural Qatar and towards the inland sea where the region's highest sand dunes sweep the landscape for miles around. With the group strapped in, the cars went off-road climbing up the dunes to skid to the salt flats at the bottom as the sun set on the horizon.
The first day of the Complete Qatar itinerary ended with a Dhow cruise and traditional Arabian BBQ. The boat nursed the Doha coastline as the scores of high-rises lit up the sea on a warm evening.
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