Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has launched exclusive astro-tourism experiences in partnership with premium tour operator, Gulf Adventures, brightening up stargazers’ travel plans when borders re-open. Visitors can enjoy a whole lot of space under the breath-taking night sky of the desert. With excellent visibility, the Qatari desert provides a truly unique setting to learn about the stars, guided by an astronomer.
The unique ‘Arabian Nights’ packages are available to book now through Gulf Adventures and are redeemable until 30 April 2022. There are four new experiences to choose from, from camping under the stars, to being escorted from a luxury hotel to a moonlit excursion.
Chief Operating Officer of Qatar National Tourism Council, 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. This dazzling new addition will add to a multitude of activities visitors can enjoy in our diverse and unique country.”
The immersive desert experiences are perfect for adventure seekers and those looking for a romantic getaway. From the peaks of the Qatari dunes, visitors will see the desert like never before. The exclusive tours include a magical moon-lit camel safari and a traditional Bedouin BBQ prepared by a chef. Dinner will be followed by a deep exploration into the starry desert skies, in a one-to-one stargazing session with an astronomer.
The experiences cater for guests opting for a 5-star hotel, at the majestic Marsa Malaz Kempinski, and those who prefer to camp outside and be at one with the desert skies. Guests choosing to sleep beneath the stars 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 be accompanied with cultural trips to unique heritage sites such as Al Zubarah Fort or the Souq Waqif, an authentic Middle Eastern marketplace. Alternative dining options include the spectacular Torch 360 restaurant, which offers panoramic views of the Doha skyline.
The packages are in line with the Qatar Clean programme to protect visitors from Covid-19 and measures will be in place to adhere to government guidelines.
For those wanting to experience the distinctive beauty of the desert skies and familiarise themselves with the country’s rich culture, the Arabian Nights packages are the perfect treat. To find out more information on the packages and how to book, please visit Qatar Journeys.