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Posted On: 8 August 2019 10:30 am
Updated On: 3 July 2022 02:39 pm

Destinations less than 5 hours away from Qatar

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There are many international destinations from Qatar that fit the bill for all tastes to enjoy a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

And in case you haven't planned anything yet, ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) has put together a list of places in order of duration (from shortest to longest).

So what are you waiting for? Scribble these spots right away and get your travel logs out, enjoy the adventure and exhilaration of a trip abroad!

Note:

  • Prices and information may be subject to change. Estimated rates are based on the 9 July - 12 July 2022 (Eid Al Adha) dates. Always check with the airline before flying.
  • Please check the COVID-19 regulations of the destination country before you make travel plans.

Dubai, UAE (flying time from Doha: 1h 13m)

Dubai
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Dubai offers its visitors a taste of modern Arabian culture. Welcoming you with vast skylines, architecture, and booming city life, Dubai is a must-visit for those looking for a lively urban adventure. Explore Palm Dubai, marvel at the Burj Khalifa, and have fun at the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark and Dubai Marina!

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Shiraz, Iran (flying time from Doha: 1h 20m)

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque
Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque). Image credit: Shutterstock

Shiraz is the capital of Iran, known for its beautiful gardens, and magnificent mosques and for being one of the most important cities in the medieval Islamic world. Explore old ruins of the Persian Empire that stood for thousands of years, browse through markets of local rugs, textiles, and products, and learn about the fascinating Persian empire.

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Salalah, Oman (flying time from Doha: 2hrs 35m)

Al Mughsayl Beach, Salalah, Oman
Al Mughsayl Beach, Salalah, Oman. Image credit: Shutterstock

Surrounded by dramatic scenery, Salalah in Oman is a mind-blowing gem in terms of natural beauty and architectural wonder. June-September is the best time to visit Salalah as this is the annual monsoon (Khareef season) time when rains bring life to the desert and mountains. There are lush green gardens, and spectacular waterfalls spread across this town!

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  • Best flights: Qatar Airways, Oman Air
  • Average round trip cost: QR 2,300 – QR 2,500
  • Visa information: No visa is required for residents of Qatar

Baku, Azerbaijan (flying time from Doha: 2hrs 50m)

Baku, Azerbaijan
Flame Towers, Baku, Azerbaijan. Image credit: Shutterstock

Azerbaijan offers you a glimpse into a different part of Europe. With over 7,000 heritage sites, Azerbaijan is ideal for discovering new exciting sights and history. You can enjoy ancient caves, national parks, music festivals, and much more!

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Amman, Jordan (flying time from Doha: 2hrs 50m)

Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan. Image credit: Shutterstock

Jordan is rich in historical culture with ancient architecture still preserved for travellers to explore. Visit the Amman Citadel, Roman Theater, and the Nymphaeum. Be sure to visit the archaeological marvel that is Petra, containing tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs.

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Yerevan, Armenia (flying time from Doha: 3hrs)

Yerevan, Armenia
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Yerevan is a historical hidden gem nestled in the heart of Armenia. Spend your holiday exploring the city's beautiful European architecture, visiting the many museums and historical monuments, or try the iconic dolma, the Armenian take on the grape leaf dish.

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Tbilisi, Georgia (flying time from Doha: 3hrs 10m)

Tbilisi, Georgia
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Tbilisi offers beautiful views, architectural wonders, and modern culture. Travellers love to take in the breathtaking landscapes, explore the European-like streets, discover hole-in-the-wall cafes and shops, and witness beautiful street art and performances.

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  • Best flights: Qatar Airways, Air Arabia
  • Average round trip cost: QR 3,900 - QR 4,200
  • Visa information: No visa required for residents of Qatar

Cairo, Egypt (flying time from Doha: 3hrs 10m)

Giza
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Experience ancient history like no other. Explore the land of pharaohs, pyramids, and tombs in Cairo, Egypt. Barter in the markets for unique Egyptian souvenirs, taste the traditional Egyptian koshari and get lost in the country's rich culture.

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Goa, India (flying time from Doha: 3hrs 50m)

India, Goa, Palolem beach
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Every year, large numbers of domestic and international tourists visit Goa. Being blended with Indian and Portuguese cultures, the place is famous for its incredible natural sights, white sand beaches, nightlife, places of worship and world heritage architecture.

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Larnaca, Cyprus (flying time from Doha: 4hrs 05m)

Finikoudes Beach
Finikoudes Beach. Image credit: Shutterstock

Some of the popular spots in this East-meets-West destination are the Finikoudes Beach, Mosque of Hala Sultan, the Church of Saint Lazarus, Larnaca Medieval Castle, and Larnaca Salt Lake which becomes filled with pink flamingos during winter. The laidback vibe and ancient history of Larnaca (Larnaka) are perfect for travellers who want to explore the best of both worlds.

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Istanbul, Turkey (flying time from Doha: 4hrs 30m)

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. Image credit: Shutterstock

Straddling both Europe and Asia, Turkey is famous for its incredible architecture and landscapes. There is a dazzling array of things to do throughout the city which include checking out the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Place, and other marvels. Do visit the covered markets and haggle for carpets, jewellery, handicrafts, spices, and a vast array of other items.

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    Beirut, Lebanon (flying time from Doha: 3hrs 25m)

    Raouche, Pigeons' Rock
    Raouche, Pigeons' Rock in Beirut, Lebanon. Image credit: Shutterstock

        Beirut is another great destination to visit from Qatar! There are many amazing sights to visit in Beirut which include Martyrs’ Square, Nijmeh Square, Hamra Street, Zaitunay Bay, Pigeon Rocks, Raouche and much more!

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        Islamabad, Pakistan (flying time from Doha: 3hrs 40m)

        Faisal Mosque
        Faisal Mosque. Image credit: Shutterstock

        Islamabad is a beautiful city surrounded by the Margalla Hills and the foothills of the iconic Himalayas. It is also the home of rare wildlife. One of the must-visit sites is the Faisal Mosque, the largest mosque in South Asia and the fifth largest in the world.

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        Athens, Greece (flying time from Doha: 4h 45m)

        Parthenon temple, Athens, Greece
        Parthenon temple, Athens, Greece. Image credit: Shutterstock

        From ancient monuments, world-class museums to relaxing beaches - Athens has it all! Acropolis Museum, National Archaeological Museum, Parthenon, Erechtheion, Temple of Hephaestus, Herod Atticus Odeon, there are so many beautiful places to visit in Athens.

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        Maldives (flying time from Doha: 4hrs 40m)

        Top destinations to discover just under 5 hours from Doha! (2021)
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        A popular destination for travellers from Qatar, Maldives is a nation composed of more than a thousand beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean. It's known for its pristine waters, gorgeous beaches, soft sand, and resorts with water bungalows. Maldives' waters are also filled with colourful underwater life.

        Details:

        • Best flights: Qatar Airways
        • Average round trip cost: QR 3,500 - QR 4,300
        • Visa information: According to Visit Maldives, "All nationalities receive a 30-day visa on arrival, provided that you have a valid passport, an onward flight ticket, and a reservation at a tourist facility or enough funds to cover your stay in the country."

        Kathmandu, Nepal (flying time from Doha: 4hrs 45m)

        Pashupatinath Temple by Bagmati river, Kathmandu, Nepal
        Pashupatinath Temple, Kathmandu, Nepal. Image credit: Shutterstock

        Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal which is a vivacious city, packed with picturesque palaces and historic temples as well as heritage sites. And more importantly, it is also within touching distance of Nepal's must-see attraction - the Himalayas. Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Royal Palace, Chitwan National Park are on the list of top attractions of Kathmandu.

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        Mahé Island, Seychelles (flying time from Doha: 4hrs 50m)

        Mahé Island, Seychelles
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        Mahé Island is the largest island in Seychelles and is known for its natural beauty, lush greenery and fine sandy beaches. The island has many trekking and hiking options for the more adventurous visitors and exquisite beaches for those looking to lounge by the ocean.

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        • Best flights: Qatar Airways
        • Average round trip cost: QR 5,200 - QR 6,000
        • Visa information: Seychelles is a visa-free country

        Colombo, Sri Lanka (flying time from Doha: 4hrs 55m)

        Colombo
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        Colombo is home to spectacular beauty, gorgeous elephant orphanages, beautiful beaches, and delicious food. You can explore amazing beaches, safari tours, guided walks through ancient cities as well as experience the culture.

        Disclaimer: Owing to the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka, please make sure to do your due diligence when travelling to the country.

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