Duration: 2 1/2 hours
Tour Code: DOH-005
Cruise Doha's sparkling bay aboard a traditional dhow sailboat, enjoying views of Qatar's capital and its iconic landmarks, which are clustered around the seaside Corniche.
Depart from the pier for a quick drive to Dhow Harbor, where you'll board a wooden dhow, a traditional Arab sailboat. Although your dhow will be a modern version of the ancient two-mast design, it will reflect the authenticity of the originals, which are still being used today for trade throughout the Middle East. Dhows are designed with triangular sails, teak or coconut wood masts, and hulls made of extremely durable mahogany or ekki wood from African forests.
For the next two hours, you'll cruise the crescent-shaped bay, enjoying the considerable sights, which you might want to visit later on your own. The waterfront Corniche promenade, Doha's answer to the Champs Elysées in Paris, is lined with modern skyscrapers, luxury hotels and cultural attractions such as the Qatar National Theater. You'll also have a unique perspective to view the Museum of Islamic Arts, a beautifully stark, geometrically shaped building that stands alone on an island in the bay. Designed by the famed architect I.M. Pei, the museum opened in 2008.
As you sail along, you'll enjoy a variety of Middle Eastern snacks such as falafel sandwiches and fatayer, a flavorful pastry often filled with spinach. Your dhow cruise ends back at Dhow Harbor where your coach awaits to transfer you back to the cruise ship pier.
Please note: This tour includes limited walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and dhow, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of ability. Light-weight cotton clothing that is conservative in nature out of respect for the local culture is requested. Sun cap; sunglasses; sun screen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.