A nation of rapid growth, the world's eyes are on the Middle East right now as Qatar's continued investment and development is transforming it into one of the most luxurious holiday destinations on the planet. So much money has been invested on the country's infrastructure and with a wealth of cultural and leisure activities it was perhaps unsurprising to see that Qatar was chosen to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, breaking boundaries as the first country from the Middle East to do so. Pushing conventions is what Qatar does best. Its contemporary, cutting-edge style and sophistication is typified most in its capital city, Doha, which is brimming with world-class hotels, spas, retail outlets and restaurants – perfect for those that like the finer things in life. Yet there is still plenty of Qatari heritage to discover too, with the country home to some of the most iconic Islamic museums, giving it a distinct cultural edge over its neighbouring countries. With average annual temperatures of 27ºC – reaching a high of 42ºC in the summer – it's also superb for sun-worshippers too. And with only a three-hour time difference between the UK and Qatar, you're hardly likely to suffer from jet lag!