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Allowing for a peaceful view in one of the world's most volatile regions, Qatar shows an affluent and wonderfully fun side to the otherwise strictly traditional part of Asia. Although visitors still have to be circumspect with their behavior, the atmosphere is lighter here, allowing one to enjoy the sights more. The variety of landmarks and the colorful lights are also lighter on the eyes, wihile those looking for adventure can check out the sand dunes for a look at the natural surroundings of this part of Arabia.

Located on the eastern central tip of the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar occupies a strategic location in the Persian Gulf. Discovery and exploitation of the large oil and gas fields since the 1940s led to immediate growth, which made for a comfortable way of life for the people of Qatar. Many of the public services are free or heavily subsidised. The reign of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa also brought on various liberal reforms, such as press freedom and suffrage rights for women, among others. These welcome changes and more make Qatar a fascinating country to visit and stay for a holiday.

Where to go

When in Doha, tourists can check out the Museum of Islamic Art, which was established on its own purpose-built island and landscaped with lawns and ornamental trees. It features the largest collection of Islamic art in the world, with collections culled from three continents. Textiles, ceramics, glass, and enamel work are only some of the fascinating sights to be see here, which make the museum an important sight not to miss. From here, tourists can look forward to checking out Doha Fort, which was built during the Turkish occupation in the 19th century. Its restoration, though, changed many of the original features. Now used as a venue for events, those going here will find it empty with camels often left to graze outside during eid.

Souq Waqif, the center of social life in the city, makes a fun area to explore, shop, or just spend time in one of the attractive cafes. Those going here will find a redeveloped area made to look like a 19th-century souq with mud-rendered shops and exosed timber beams. Some of the original buildings were also restored well to improve the atmosphere, which can fascinate those enamored with Qatari culture.

Tourists going to see some parts of the region can venture to Karachi, the former capital of Pakistan. It has various landmarks to look forward to seeing, such as the Quad-i-Azam Mausoleum. Built in 1958 to 1968, this minimalist marble edifice is set at the top of a stepped pyramid. It has a curiously shaped box-like structure with a circular dome honors the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

From here, one can move to the National Museum of Pakistan, which displays a two million-year old Stone Age ax and other artifacts from around the country. It also has other interesting galleries, such as the displays on the Arab settlements of Debal and Mansura, as well as the Freedom Movement gallery, which sets out how the Independence movement began and prospered.

If Qatar seems like a modernized form of the desert, tourists can look to the Indonesia for contrast and more adventure. This archipelago in Southeast Asia has around 17,000 islands with over 300 languages spoken. Such an amazing country features the astounding Borobodur, which is built from two million stone blocks to form a massive symmetrical stupa. Six square terraces are topped by three circular ones, with four stairways leading up to carved gateways to the top. When viewed from the air, the magnificent edifice resembles a colossal three-dimensional tantric mandala.

From here, tourists can also venture to Agung Rai Museum of Art, where one can find several masterpieces and exhibits from various talented artists. Upon finishing a cultural tour, one can then go out for fun at the sea. Pura Luhur Ulu Watu is one splendid location, with sheer cliffs and a Hindu temple honouring Ganesha and Bali.

How to get out

Tourists going out to see other destinations can book connecting flights from Hamad International Airport. Airlines serving here include Air Arabia, Air India Express, Biman Bangladesh Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, flydubai, Gulf Air, Iran Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Middle East Airlines, Nepal Airlines, Oman Air, Pakistan International Airlines, Pegasus Airlines, Qatar Airways, Rotana Jet, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia, SriLankan Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and United Airways.

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