Two Days in Doha

By Rona Berg / March 11, 2013

Museum of Islamic Art Doha

Home to Al Jazeera and site of the UN Climate Change Conference 2012, Doha, Qatar, is a mind-bending place to stop, en route from Asia, and spend 48 hours immersed in double-culture shock. The journey begins on plush Qatar Airways, recently awarded Best Airline in the World, where Qatari families—women in burkas and men in the impeccable dishdash—may be traveling with falcons chained to their wrists (falconry is a hugely popular activity in the region). In the business lounge at the Doha airport, endless varieties of sumptuous global cuisines are served up to a cast of characters that seem to have stepped from the pages of a John Le Carre novel. The city itself, with its constellation of five-star hotels and spas, is a vast construction site in the desert, expanding at an unprecedented rate to keep up with rapid economic development. The exquisite Sunday brunch at the Ritz-Carlton Doha is a weekly fresh food feast for expats and Qataris alike, with its fusion of Western, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. (Take a peek at the nearby pool scene, where burkaed Qataris co-exist with bikinied Brits.) Visit the Ritz spa for A Perfect Date, featuring a full-body mask, hand-mixed, from fresh dates, milk and honey. Then get lost in the maze of alleyways and shopping at Souk Wakif, where you can find, literally, anything. But whatever you do, do not miss the dazzling Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei, with a gorgeous view of the city, above.

Rona Berg

Rona Berg

Editor-In-Chief at Organic Spa Magazine
Longtime journalist, author and current editor-in-chief of Organic Spa Media, Rona Berg is the former Editorial Director of ELLE and Deputy Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, and she has contributed to and been quoted in dozens of publications. She co-chairs the Personal Care Committee of the non-profit Green Spa Network, is a Charter Advisory Board Member of the Nutritional Aesthetics Alliance, best-selling author of Beauty: The New Basics and Fast Beauty (Workman Publishing), and is a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television and at conferences around the globe.
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