DOHA AIRPORT ADDRESS (Common Address for all Doha departure place)
Doha International Airport (DOH)
Doha, Qatar (QA)
Doha, the capital of Qatar, is a fusion of traditional Arab culture and the highly modern, with an international flair provided by its diverse expatriate population. In 2022, Qatar is set to host the Federation of International Football Association World Cup. Doha is an international shopper's paradise with malls selling everything from affordable fashion, jewelry to high-end couture.
Traditional Middle Eastern marketplaces, like the Souq Waqif, sell an entire spectrum of products. A long walkway along the shores of the Persian Gulf, Doha's Corniche is a place to relax and take in the local charm. People can learn more about the Islamic faith at Fanar, the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, which seeks to "help all non-Arabs to have a better understanding of Islam and culture of Qatar.". The food scene in Doha is quite diverse, both in terms of cuisine and price. Smaller Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Indian restaurants are found all over the city offering authentic regional delicacies. Qatar has also has numerous Chinese, Thai and Korean establishments in addition to many places that serve traditional Middle Eastern fare. For something fancy, visit restaurants in the major hotels, which offer nontraditional menu items like sushi. The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months, from November to April. January and February see heavy tourist traffic because of the Dubai Shopping Festival, which makes the city come alive.
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA Code - MNL)
Airport Address: Pasay City 1300, Manila, The Philippines
General Enquiries: +63 (0)2 877 1109
Lost Property Enquiries: +63 (0)2 877 1109 loc. 3654
One of Southeast Asia's best capital cities for sightseeing and culture, Manila has a booming economy and is buoyed by the buzz generated by a hip new wave of restaurants, nightlife and galleries. Manila is also a good base for a number of day and overnight trips in the region. Most popular are trips to several volcanoes, including Mt. Pinatubo with its moonscapes and scenic Crater Lake; Taal Volcano at pretty foodie town Tagaytay; or Mt. Banahaw. Though the city was flattened during WWII, a few architectural beauties remain standing. Escolta Street near Chinatown was Manila’s ritziest strip prior to the war, and today there are still examples of art deco, Beaux Arts and neoclassical architecture; the Escolta Museum has good information on its past, plus architectural models. For those who like their hotel rooms with a bit of character and style, Manila's acommodation ticks the boxes. The hostels too are of good quality.
As Asia’s only former Spanish colony, Intramuros’ centrepiece is Fort Santiago – a citadel used by Spanish and American military, with its arched gateways, barracks and cell blocks offset by a sanctuary of gardens, fountains and plazas. Manila has a number of must-visit museums covering a range of themes. For wonderful pre-Hispanic artefacts, head to the National Museum of the Filipino People, located within an imposing neoclassical building and showing exquisite pieces from across the Philippines. A great way to get some locals insights is to join a Manila walking tour. Most well known is Walk This Way run by local identity Carlos Celdran. Art lovers will adore Manila's beautiful galleries, which exhibit everything from Filipino masters to modern art. The National Gallery of Art is the best place for classic 19th-century Filipino painters (most notably Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo), while the fantastic Metropolitan Museum of Manila is the place to go for contemporary works. Reputedly home to the oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo district is a great place to soak up an ‘old Manila’ atmosphere with a twist. Streets are decorated with Chinese lanterns and lined with shops selling moon cakes, Chinese medicine, Buddhist paraphernalia and, of course, delicious Hokkien food.
While Filipino cuisine hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm, there are plenty of places in Manila to eat extremely well. Yet another reason not to skip Manila is its pumping nightlife. There’s plenty going on here with fancy rooftop cocktail bars, speakeasy bars and laid-back pubs, as well as a great clubbing and live music scene. The best time to visit the Philippines is from January up to April. The weather is dry, the temperature the most convenient and this is the off-season for typhoons!