1 Amman, Jordan
As well as plenty of ancient ruins including the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace, there’s also an abundance of modern flavours to keep your interest, like the Darat Al Funun art gallery. Hungry? Don’t miss Sufra restaurant for homemade dishes in a traditional setting, or Cantalope for a high-end international menu and rooftop views.
Flight time: Two hours, 45 mins.
2 Baku, Azerbaijan
Baku is just beginning to be explored and with high peaks, lush greenery and stunning modern architecture it’s easy to see why. Azerbaijan Airlines and Qatar Airways run flights from Doha to Baku Heydar Aliyev Airport. Don’t miss the Flame Towers– a trio of buildings mimicking fire.
Flight time: Two hours, 50 minutes.
3 Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is just a few short hours away, yet when you touch down you’ll step out into another world.
If you want to explore you don’t need to spend much time in the capital, and instead venture out to lush mountainous regions such as Kandy, or idyllic beach-side towns like Mirissa. Before you vacate the city, make time for a meal at Bu Ba, or Ministry of Crab if you’re a crustacean fan.
Flight time: Four hours, 50 minutes.
4 Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu is a charming place with loads of nature and history to explore. There are certainly prettier, cleaner places in Asia, but you’ll be hard pressed to find any friendlier or quite so packed with quirks. Nepal Airlines and Qatar Airways both fly direct and ticket prices start QR1,299 for the National Day weekend.
Flight time: Four hours, ten minutes.
5 Mumbai, India
It’s called the Maximum City for a reason, but if you’re ready for the crowds then there’s no place more vibrant than Mumbai. Whether you’re rubbing shoulders with a Bollywood star or touring the slums, your guaranteed to see every facet of Indian life – and it’s brilliant. There’s amazing streetside shopping to be done at Colaba Causeway and Linking Road in Bandra. Eat at Andheri’s Lokhandwala or take a train all the way up to Churchgate for a more premium experience. There are loads of direct flights from Doha with Air India, Air India Express, IndiGo and Qatar Airways flying out from Doha for as low as QR836 return. Jai ho!
Flight time: Three hours, 20 minutes.
6 Muscat, Oman
Muscat makes for a fantastic Arabian escape with its incredible wadis, souks, mountains and beaches. There are some amazing beachside resorts to stay at and restaurants such as Karjeen that should not be missed. As well as centuries old forts nestled into beautiful hillsides, you’ll also find top restaurants, huge malls and stunning architecture. Be sure to check out timeoutmuscat.com before you go.
Flight time: One hour, 40 minutes.
7 Tbilisi, Georgia
This bustling, modern city is a top option to experience Georgian lifestyle. No trip to Tbilisi is complete without picking up a souvenir at the Dry Bridge Market. Just a short walk from the major thoroughfare Rustaveli Avenue and on the banks of the Mtkvari river, this is the place to discover a bargain. Try the khinkhali for a comforting meal. Tbilisi is an eternally charming capital and from mesmerising, picturesque architecture to a fabulous food and drinks, it strikes the perfect balance between traditional and metropolitan.
Flight time: Three hours, 15 minutes.