Out of this world astro-tourism experiences launched on the eve of May’s supermoon
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Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has launched exclusive astro-tourism experiences in partnership with premium tour operator, Gulf Adventures,brightening upstargazers’ travel plans when borders re-open.Visitors can enjoy a whole lot of space under the breath-takingnight sky of the desert.Withexcellent visibility,the Qatari desertprovides a truly unique setting to learn about the stars, guided by an astronomer.
The unique ‘Arabian Nights’ packages are available to book nowthrough Gulf Adventuresand are redeemableuntil 30 April 2022.There are four newexperiencesto choose from, fromcamping 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 forunforgettable 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 foradventure seekers and those looking for a romantic getaway. From the peaksof the Qatari dunes, visitors will see the desert like never before. Theexclusivetours include amagical moonlit camel safari and a traditional Bedouin BBQ prepared by achef. 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 MarsaMalaz Kempinski,and those who prefer to camp outside and be at onewiththe desert skies. Guestschoosing to sleep beneath the stars can selectanArabian style royal tent at Regency Sealine Camp, which offersmodern 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 asAl ZubarahFort orthe 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.