How far is Qatar from Dubai? | The Sun

EAGER fans are frantically looking for places to stay, as we get closer to the start of the World Cup.

Hotel rooms in Qatar are limited, with the majority already booked by Fifa for football teams, officials, and sponsors. 

How far is Qatar from Dubai?

Travelling football fans have had to consider alternative options during the competition such as staying in Dubai and then coming down for the matches.

The distance from Dubai to Qatar is 694km (431miles). 

If you decide to drive there, it will take you nearly 7 hours.

What is the best way to get to Qatar from Dubai?

The best way to get to Qatar from Dubai is by plane.

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The flight time is 1hr 20 mins and will take you directly from Dubai to Doha.

There will be up to 48 flights per day during the World Cup, up from the six daily flights usually.

Both Flydubai and Qatar Airways will be operating the increased daily flights between the two cities.

Flights operate from Dubai International and Dubai World Central and arrive at the Hamad International and Doha International Airports.

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Alternatively, you can choose to take an adventurous, lengthy drive which could take you around 6hrs 50 mins.

What can I do in Qatar?

There is lots to do in Qatar besides watching the tournament.

You can go on a desert safari tour starting off by heading to Khor Al Udaid which is southeast of Qatar.

Enjoy a thrilling ride over sand dunes, before admiring the beautiful sunset and the night sky.

If you like off-roading, 100km north of Doha is the Fuwairit Beach, one of Qatar's most beautiful spots.

With shallow waters, and gentle waves, this popular beach provides a scenic location for relaxation and perfect holiday snaps.

If the scoreline is bringing you down, why not cheer up with some retail therapy. 

There are many luxurious malls to satisfy your shopping needs from the City Centre Mall, Lagoona Mall and Ezdan Mall.

The Villagio is also well worth a visit.

This Venice-themed mall not only has shopping galore, but also a gondola ride to experience.

For those hoping to enjoy private beach bliss, Banana Island, which is just 20 minutes away from central Doha, is perfect for families and couples to lounge on a yacht ferry, go paddle boating, go on a jet ski and has water slides for kids to explore.

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There is also a rich history to Qatar which might be overlooked with all the sporting action.

If you fancy, you can visit the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum, the Al Zubarah Archaeological Site, and the Museum of Islamic Art.

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