Visiting Qatar

A hidden jewel of Arabia

The State of Qatar sits on a peninsula extending out into the dazzling Gulf. A rich and abundant country, thanks to its natural oil and gas reserves, Qatar offers an exciting mix of Western and Arabic influences.

A capital city with a view

Doha, the capital of Qatar, is dominated by a wide and beautiful crescent-shaped bay, which developed out of 19th century fishing and pearling settlements. The visual highlight of the bay is the Corniche, a seaside promenade with spectacular views of the Gulf.

One of the world’s fastest growing cities, Doha’s dramatic skyline is changing almost monthly as a forest of skyscrapers develops along the coast. Meanwhile, traditional buildings such as the former palace, which houses the National Museum, and Doha Fort in the centre of the city are lovingly restored and preserved. From extravagant 5-star restaurants and hotels to shisha bars and souqs, Doha seamlessly blends the traditional with the modern.

The commercial and cultural heart of the country, Doha hosted the Asian Games in December 2006 and is rapidly establishing itself as an exciting travel destination for business or pleasure. Doha has surprised the world and won the honor of hosting one of the world’s biggest events, FIFA World Cup 2022


Qatar quick facts

Capital : Doha
Language : Arabic, but English is widely understood and spoken
Religion : Islam
Currency : Qatari Riyal (QAR)
Exchange Rate To US$ : 1 US $ = 3.65 QAR
Time Zone : GMT + 3 hours
Tourist Board : Qatar Tourism Authority
Weather : Year-round sunshine
Temperatures range from 25°C (74°F) to 45°C (113°F) in summer
Airport (HIA) To City Centre : Approximately 9 km
Banking Hours : 8:00 - 12:00 from Sunday-Thursday
Location : Peninsula in the Middle East bordering the Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
Area : 11,437 sq km
Population : Approximately 2,068,050 (Nov 2013)
Electricity : Voltage 240 volts, 50 Hz
General Shop Hours : 08:30-12:30 and 16:00-22:00 Saturday-Thursday.
Shopping malls are open from: 09:00-22:00 Saturday-Thursday and 14:00-22:00 on Fridays
Dress Code : Qatar is a Muslim country and visitors are advised to be modestly dressed - wear shirts with sleeves and shorts/skirts/dresses that have a hemline below the knee.
Weekend : Friday and Saturday