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Cheap flights from Qatar

The Islamic state of Qatar - located on a small peninsula on the western edge of the much larger Arabian Peninsula - may seem like a speck compared to its huge neighbour Saudi Arabia, but don’t underestimate this little nation: it contains more than 15% of the world’s natural gas reserves, making Qatar one of the planet’s biggest producers of oil and gas and the world’s richest country per capita (as of July 2015). Not bad for a sovereign state that was, until 1971, a British protectorate and one of the poorest countries of the Middle East.

Qatar has been an absolute monarchy for decades (since its independence from the British) and is governed by the Al-Thani family. Being an Islamic state, its legislation closely follows Sharia law and it remains - despite its wealth - one of the most conservative of the Gulf states, so tourists are recommended to dress modestly whilst visiting. The state has a population of about 2 million, more than half of which are based in capital city Doha (of this number, though, a huge percentage are expatriates drawn the state due to its booming economy). Qatar’s official language is Arabic, though English is also commonly spoken.

In Qatar, Friday and Saturday are designated as the weekend, with Sunday marking the first day of the week.

Don’t leave Qatar without having seen its super-wealthy capital city, Doha, for your own eyes. Explore one of the country’s most iconic attractions, the 7-kilometre-long waterfront promenade along the Persian Gulf called the Doha Corniche. Lined with some of Qatar’s most important buildings and landmarks (like the famous Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar’s National Museum and National Theatre, and the magnificent Emiri Diwan building), the Corniche is a great place for an all-in-one absorption of Qatar’s history, beauty and culture. If you’re feeling up to some retail therapy after that, the Souq Waqif – also called the ‘standing market’ – offers a shopping experience like no other. Find traditional Middle Eastern wares such as spices, handicrafts, garments, fluffy and feathered pets and more at affordable prices, then put your bags down and relax at one of the many chic shisha lounges and traditional restaurants in the Souq for a well-deserved break.

Keen to explore more of the exotic Middle East? Grab a 2-hour-long flight to another of the region’s developed cities – Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran (once the ancient superpower Persia). Though the heyday of the mighty Persian Empire is long over, remnants of its glorious past remain carefully preserved in Tehran’s many historic churches, mosques, temples, synagogues and museums. So apparent is the influence of the past that up till today, residents of Tehran identify themselves as Persian and speak the Persian language, Farsi.

But if time is on your side, how about a trip to a magical land far, far away for a look at the world’s highest waterfall instead? If wanderlust becomes too difficult to resist, buy a ticket for a flight to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in South America to visit the magnificent Angel Falls, more than 10 times the height of the Niagara Falls. Spewing water from a table-top mountain 900 metres in the sky, Angel Falls is Venezuela’s most iconic tourist destination – and for good reason. Frequently covered in fog generated from evaporation from its great spill of water (much of which doesn’t even touch the ground) the Falls are shrouded in mystery and cloud, which definitely doesn’t hurt its mystique or aesthetic appeal. Not for the faint of heart, be prepared to have to prove yourself before being allowed to lay eyes on this natural wonder: you’d have to go through a rather difficult trek through mountainous areas first, but the reward at the end of the journey is well-worth every drop of sweat.

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