Originally, we weren’t planning to travel to Qatar. We couldn’t reach it by land because we would have to cross through Saudi Arabia, which does not allow for tourist visa.
By chance, we met a tourist from the US, Maria, who were part of our rafting group in Nepal. She shared her surprising experience finding out that Qatar Airline offers free 3 hour city tour(would have cost USD 90/person) plus free Qatar Visa (would have cost USD 30/person) if you have a layover in Qatar on their airline.
So when I booked our ticket to Egypt, I searched for Qatar Airline. It was a blessing that Qatar Airline had the cheapest flight! So I timed the connection flight such that we would spend overnight in Qatar’s airport and to give us enough time in the morning for the city tour.
So we got to enjoy an extra “free” country for our one year trip!
Below are the photos we took in Qatar airport (a very nice airport with free sleeper seat, Wifi, and iMac) and during the city tour: