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Posted On: 8 August 2018 03:49 pm
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Top destinations to discover just under 5 hours from Doha!

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There are a great many international destinations where you can relish a legit exotic escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. To help you doing the painstaking work of looking into where to go, we have done a rundown of destinations with a flight time of close to five hours from Qatar. So what are you waiting for? Scribble these spots right away and get your travel logs out, enjoy the adventure, romance, and exhilaration of a trip abroad!

Salalah, Oman

Flying time from Doha: 2h 35m

Mountains and sea at Mughsayl, Salalah, Oman
Mountains and sea at Mughsayl, Salalah, Oman

Salalah is the second-largest city in Oman which is also very well known as a birthplace of the current sultan, Qaboos bin Said. Around two and half an hour flight will bring you to this largest city in the Dhofar Province in Oman. Surrounded by dramatic scenery, Salalah 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 greenery gardens, spectacular waterfalls spread across this town, where you can lose yourself!

Quick guide

Hotel recommendations: Shangri-La, Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, Hilton Salalah Resort
Best flights: Qatar Airways, Oman Air
Round trip cost: QR 2300 – QR 2500
Visa information:
Click here to about Oman's visa policy

Istanbul, Turkey

Flying time from Doha: 4hrs 30min

Topkapi Palace istanbul Turkey
Topkapi Palace istanbul Turkey

Straddling both Europe and Asia, Turkey is famous for its incredible architecture and landscapes. Istanbul is the most populous city in Turkey which is historically known as Constantinople and Byzantium. The sightseeing here will impress even the most monument-weary visitor. There is a dazzling array of other things to do throughout the city which include checking out the Aghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Place and other marvels worthy of dedicated awe in Istanbul. Do visit the covered markets and haggle for carpets, jewelry, handicrafts, spices and a vast array of other items.

Quick guide

Flying time from Doha: 4hrs 30min
Best flights: Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines
Round trip cost: QR 2700 – QR 3500
Hotel recommendations: Armada Istanbul Pera Hotel
Visa information: Click here for Turkey’s Visa Policy.

Baku, Azerbaijan

Flying time from Doha: 2hrs 50m

Panorama of seaside boulevard in Baku Azerbaijan
Panorama of seaside boulevard in Baku Azerbaijan

While Azerbaijan may not be a renowned tourist destination, however, it offers you a glimpse into a different part of Europe. With over 7,000 heritage sites, Azerbaijan is ideal for discovering new exciting things. You can enjoy ancient caves, national parks, music festivals and much more!

Quick guide

Flight time: 2hrs 50m
Round trip cost: QR 2700 – QR 3000
Best flights: Qatar Airways, Azerbaijan Airlines , Turkish airlines
Visa information: Click here for Azerbaijan's Visa policy

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Flying time from Doha: 4hrs 55m


Colombo is a popular tourist destination – a home to spectacular beauty, gorgeous elephant orphanages, beautiful beaches and the spiciest food. You can explore amazing beaches, safari tours, guided walks through ancient cities as well as experience the culture. Don’t miss to visit Galle Face Green which is one of the most popular attractions, a strip park along the Indian Ocean.

Quick guide

Flights: Qatar Airways, Sri Lanka Airlines
Round trip cost: QR 2000 – QR 3000
Hotel recommendations: The Blue Water Wadduwa
Visa information:
Click here for Srilanka’s Visa Policy

Goa, India

Flying time from Doha: 3hrs 50m

India, Goa, Palolem beach
India, Goa, Palolem beach

Goa is a magical state in India sweetened with sun, sea, sand, seafood, and spirituality. Though it is India's smallest state by area, there are plenty of exciting attractions. Every year, large numbers of domestic and international tourists visit Goa. Being blend 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.

Quick guide

Flights: Qatar Airways, Jet Airways, IndiGo
Round trip cost: QR 1200 - QR 1600
Hotel recommendations: Taj Exotica
Visa information:
Click here for India’s Visa Policy

Athens, Greece

Flying time from Doha: 4h 45m

Acropolis with Parthenon temple in Athens, Greece
Acropolis with Parthenon temple in Athens, Greece

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.

Quick guide

Flights: Qatar Airways, Pegasus
Round trip cost: QR 2000 - QR 3600
Hotel recommendations: Central Hotel, Athens Cypria Hotel
Visa information:
Click here for Greece’s Visa Policy

Kathmandu, Nepal

Flying time from Doha: 4h 35m

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 Himalaya. Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Royal Palace, Chitwan National Park are on of the top attractions of Kathmandu.

Quick guide

Flights: Qatar airways Nepal airlines, jet airways, Oman air, Turkish airlines
Round trip flight cost : QR 1200 – QR 1500
Hotel recommendations: Titania Hotel
Visa information:
Click here for Nepal’s Visa Policy

Beirut, Lebanon

Flying time from Doha: 4h 20m

Beirut pigeon rocks. Sea coast background.
Beirut pigeon rocks. Sea coast background

Beirut is the capital as well as the largest city of Lebanon. The city has survived a terrible civil war that raged between 1975 and 1990, but there’s still much to see. In recent years the Beirut has become increasingly popular, slowly retrieving its historic image as a “Paris of the Middle East”. There are many amazing sights to satisfy your soul in Beirut which include Martyrs’ Square, Nijmeh Square, Hamra Street, Zaitunay Bay, Pigeon Rocks, Raouche and much more!

Quick guide

Best flights: Qatar Airways, Oman Air, Kuwait Airways
Round trip flight cost: QR 1100 - QR 1600
Hotel recommendations: Le Bristol Hotel, Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand
Visa information:
Click here for Lebanon’s Visa Policy

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(Image credits: iStock by Getty Images. *Prices and information may be subject to change. Always check with the airline before flying.)