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Jun 10, 2009 04:53 PM

What to eat on a 5 hour layover in Qatar?

I have a five hour layover in Qatar between two very long flights, and as a hungry eater I couldn't pass up the oppurtunity to leave the airport and grab something to eat in my time in a new place.

My first question for those who know Qatar: Is getting out of the airport and back possible in a 5 hour layover? (presumably, I should be back an hour early for check-in?) Is the public transport reliable to get you into the city and back? Or are taxis cheap and abundant?

Granted the first question works out: if you could only have one meal in Qatar, what would you eat?

This might be a crazy question, given the time demands, but I figured I'd ask!

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  1. Escaping the airport during a 5 hour layover is very do-able. Be advised that you'll have to pay for a visa, assuming you are from a country that can get those at the airport.

    If your layover is at night, one option is to hop in a cab and go directly to Souq Waqif, which is about 15 min drive from the airport. At the Souq, there are a multitude of restaurants that serve a mix of Arab / Lebanese / Persian cuisine. My favorite is Al Bandar. The Souq is a good place to kill time too

    Another option is to go to Al Mourjan, which is on the Corniche (next to the Asian Games "Orry the Oryx" statue) about 20 min drive from airport, which serves up standard Middle Eastern fare. An assortment of cold and hot meze and some hammour or possibly mixed grill will leave you in good stead.