On the eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula very close to the Persian Gulf lies the Emirate of Qatar as its own peninsula. The border with Saudi Arabia is formed by desert strips and salt marshes - in total it covers 11,473 km² and has 2.15 million inhabitants. The climate is subtropically hot all year round and is one of the countries with the least rain and water in the world. In winter, violent sandstorms come from the interior of the country and no elevation can stop them. They sweep across the sloping land to the sea. In spring, the Shamal, a desert wind that often does not allow the sun to shine through for several hours, comes from the northwest. Qatar, which is very dry, has about 2 rainy days a month from January to April, after which it does not rain at all until September. From September onwards, it can rain twice a month again.
The tourist traveling to Qatar most likely has his accommodation in the capital Doha, which with its green areas and shady palm trees, together with the sea and the skyscrapers makes a wonderful photo motif. The 7-kilometer-long Corniche, Doha's seafront promenade, stretches along the city's bay and is populated by joggers in the morning and tourists and locals in the evening to enjoy the cooler evening and night hours while taking a stroll. At one end of the Corniche is the famous Museum of Islamic Art, the first of its kind in the Arabian Peninsula. The museum's striking architecture gives a hint from the outside of what extraordinary objects might be inside. It is made of cream-colored sandstone, meant to symbolize the sand dunes, and stands on its own island in the middle of a park. At the other end of the boardwalk is Sheraton Park, which separates the waterfront from the city's financial district. It is one of the oldest parks, and the children's playgrounds are important to the children, while the free Wi-Fi access is important to the adults. Under the green areas there is a parking lot with over 2,000 parking spaces.
The fewest hours of sunshine in Qatar are from December to March, then the sunshine hours increase until June, July. You can expect between seven and eleven hours of sunshine a day. The period from November to early March are among the months when evenings are pleasantly cool and daytime temperatures do not rise above 30°C. Therefore, this period is the most pleasant in the year for visiting Qatar. The water temperatures are correspondingly high due to the air from the Persian Gulf, so that from May onwards you cannot necessarily expect to cool down in the sea. More favorable are the months from November to March for a bathing vacation in the 19°C to 25°C "cool" sea. In summer, humidity can reach 80% at night and 90% on the coasts, dropping to about 40% later in the day. In Doha itself, the subtropical climate is not quite so extreme - the humidity here is about 40% in summer and about 60% in winter.