Qatar is a rapidly modernizing country in the Middle East. It is famous for its modern cities, distinctive architecture, ancient rock carvings, sand dunes and beaches. Tourist attractions in Qatar include Doha, known for its modern skyscrapers and traditional style Grand Mosque and the Abu Bakir al-Siddiq Mosque. Other tourist attractions are the 19th century Umm Salal Mohammed Fort, and Burzan Tower, Al Zubra Fort, Khor Al-Adaid Lake, Entertainment City (the Kingdom of Aladdin), and the ancient stone carvings at Al Jassasiya. There are fine beaches at Gharya, Umm Bab, Khor Al Udaid, Dukhan, Fuwairit, and Salwah, offering excellent conditions for a wide range of watersports.
Many international airlines, including Qatar Airways and Gulf Air, fly to Qatar, from the Middle East and Asia. There are direct flights to Doha from New York (USA) Athens and London. Tourists can also drive across the border from Saudi Arabia by car, as there is no bus service.