Tourists can camp under the stars or stay in luxury accommodation and join moonlit excursions
Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has launched “astro-tourism” experiences in partnership with tour operator, Gulf Adventures. When borders re-open, visitors can enjoy a whole lot of space under Qatar’s night skies. With excellent visibility, the Qatari desert provides a suitable setting to learn about the stars, guided by an astronomer.
The ‘Arabian Nights’ packages are available to book now until 30 April 2022 through Gulf Adventures. There are four new experiences to choose between, from camping under the stars to being escorted on a moonlit excursion.
Qatar National Tourism Council chief operating officer Berthold Trenkel said: “Qatar’s desert is a perfect spot for astronomy enthusiasts to observe the dark and starry skies. The packages will make for unforgettable experiences that travel-lovers can look forward to when we welcome them back to the country.”
Participants can stay indoors at the Marsa Malaz Kempinski; those who prefer to camp outside can select an Arabian style royal tent at Regency Sealine Camp, which offers modern facilities in the heart of the desert landscape. The impressive site overlooks Khor al Adaid, also known as the Inland Sea, which is a recognised UNESCO site.
The packages can include cultural trips to unique heritage sites, such as Al Zubarah Fort or the Souq Waqif, an authentic Middle Eastern marketplace. Dining options include the spectacular Torch 360 restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the Doha skyline.
The packages have been designed in accordance with the Qatar Clean programme to protect visitors from Covid-19 risks, with measures in place in line with government guidelines.
For more information, visit qatarjourneys.com