A tiny peninsula less than 200 kilometres long by 100 kilometres wide, Qatar's attractions can be enjoyed in just a few days, leaving plenty of time to enjoy the white beaches, warm waters and endless sunshine of the country.

Doha's heritage is relatively well preserved and a trip to the Omani Souk evokes a sense of a bygone era where shopkeepers trade perfumed oud, aromatic spices and the less-fragrant dried fish. Close by are the Wholesale Market Souks where traders sell locally-caught fish alongside home-grown herbs and sandy vegetables. Next door, the bustling camel market lets you get up close with these remarkable 'ships of the desert', but avoid the nearby livestock market: it's not for the faint-hearted.

Qatari culture is addressed by the Museum of Islamic Art, which is home to the Emir's personal art and antiquities collection. Located on Doha's beautiful Corniche, the museum's geometric architecture alone is worth a visit – it was designed by I.M. Pei, who also created The Louvre's glass pyramid.