Doha
Eating out is a national pastime in Qatar for locals and visitors alike. Make sure to try national dish machbous, a stew of richly spiced rice with meat, and ghuzi, a whole roast lamb on a bed of rice and nuts. Finish with a cup of qahwa helw, a coffee infusion served with saffron, cardamom, and sugar. Five-star hotels house restaurants serving the finest international cuisine, and Friday brunches are hugely popular, especially among the expat population. Alcohol is available only at hotel bars and a few clubs. The only place in Doha to buy alcohol (and pork) for consumption at home is the Qatar Distribution Company—but this is no use for travelers since you need a permit, and that requires a letter from your (local) employer.