Qatar is ready to welcome visitors back with 117 properties under construction and a number of measures implemented to reassure and protect travellers against COVID-19. With one in three holidaymakers planning to take part in wellness activities on holiday, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has announced the opening of world-class spa and wellness properties.
Talking about Qatar as an emerging wellness destination, QNTC highlighted that Qatar is an idyllic destination for a relaxing getaway, offering sun, sea and sand as well as world-class facilities. Berthold Trenkel, Chief Operating Officer of Qatar National Tourism Council, said, “Qatar is well-placed to meet the increasing demand for wellness getaways. Our destination offers outstanding resorts for tourists seeking rest and relaxation or outdoor activity, with an abundance of water sports, desert pursuits and mindful sanctuaries available. Qatar is recognised as home to some of the world’s leading wellness facilities – it’s important that we meet the growing demand for wellness breaks and our guest experiences showcase the very best in Middle Eastern hospitality.”
Some of their new wellness properties include the new Zulal Wellness Resort by Chiva-Som - a unique sustainable resort in Al Ruwais and the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas. Zulal Wellness Resort is set to be the largest wellness destination in the country and the first wellbeing resort in the region. The resort, located in the north of Qatar, will offer treatments and facilities for sun-seeking families or couples looking to escape to the Arabian dunes. With no expense spared, the Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas is set across 3.5km of picturesque private beaches and features beautiful and spacious beach villas, each with private pools and gardens for a luxurious yet secluded getaway. The resort also has the largest theme and waterpark in Qatar and a new luxury destination spa which offers unique, personalised, world-class experiences that showcase the warmth of Qatar’s hospitality. The other must-visit signature wellbeing properties include Al Messila, Banana Island Resort, Sharq Village & Spa and Marsa Malaz Kempinski.
Due to the second wave of COVID-19 in India, Qatar has recently issued new guidelines for people travelling from India. Flyers from India will now have to carry a COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test report in English. The test must be taken not less than 48 hours before the scheduled flight. The negative RT-PCR report carried by all the passengers must be conducted by an ICMR certified lab. The printed or soft copy of the RT-PCR report must be in English, it must not be hand-written.