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Although Qatar has embraced Western-style development and its accompanying luxuries, the fact remains that the country is still very protective of its Muslim beliefs and traditions. As such, alcohol does not flow freely here, and any nightlife in Doha remains centered in the hotels. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend heading to Doha’s West Bay neighborhood, where a number of luxury hotels are located, including the Four Seasons Hotel Doha and the W Doha Hotel. If you want to sip your cocktail in an art deco setting, the W Doha Hotel is where you should go. But if your goal is to have rip-roaring fun, the InterContinental Doha Hotel’s Belgian Café, located in the nearby West Bay Lagoon district, is always guaranteed to be a boisterous good time; get to know the city’s many British and American expats who can’t help but let loose on a Thursday night (the start of the weekend in Doha; Sunday is a workday). Most of the hotels have nightclubs with resident DJs as well, the best being the W Doha Hotel’s dazzling and stylish Crystal Lounge.
If you’d rather mingle with Qataris, then jump in a cab to the exclusive Pearl-Qatar, Doha’s latest luxury residential and shopping compound. Alcohol is currently banned here, which is why so many Qataris patronize it. But tourists can still enjoy themselves by dining at one of the many award-winning restaurants along this man-made island’s scenic marina.