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You can haggle for jewellery in the Gold Market, admire the birds of prey in the Falcon Market, or graze on cheap homemade cakes and sweet pancakes.
Al Mirqab, near the Gold Market, (from QR699/£145) has a rooftop pool.The minimum fare from the airport is QR25 (£4.55); expect to pay about QR40 (£7.25) to most city hotels. The 747X leaves the airport every hour from 5am to 1am.Drivers sell a QR10 (£1.80) ticket, valid for two trips within 24 hours, or a QR20 (£3.60) smartcard, giving unlimited travel for 24 hours.All are built in traditional Arab style, but with a bespoke feel.Al Jasra, on Al Jasra Street, has a pretty Turkish spa and a fine Moroccan restaurant, with doubles from QR799 (£144).To the south is Souq Waqif (4) ( 8641; souqwaqif.qa), the historic heart of Doha.
Here, you'll find the most authentic Arab shops and cafés.
February is the ideal time to visit Doha, when the average temperature is a balmy 20C (compared with 45C or more in midsummer) which means you can actually wander around in the sun.
Qatar is one of the world's richest countries, but there's more to its capital city than bling.
Qatar Airways (03; qatarairways.com) flies from Heathrow, Edinburgh and Manchester.
British Airways (08; ba.com) flies from Heathrow via Bahrain.
The Four Seasons (8) on the Corniche ( 8888; fourseasons.com) has all the usual mod cons plus a private beach. Click here to see a bigger image of the map Take a ride The hop-on-hop-off Yellow Doha Buses ( 2444; dohabus.com) are a great way to see the city's main sites, such as Souq Waqif (4) and Katara Cultural Village (5).