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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


Experience the thrill of dune bashing, a desert safari, or a trip to the beautiful Inland Sea. Or, take in the sights and sounds of Doha with a city tour or dhow cruise.

Qatar Attractions

Whether you are a culture enthusiast or a sports fan, you'll enjoy the diverse array of events and attractions Qatar has to offer.

Learn more about Qatar's must-see attractions.


Qatar offers very high standards of service and hospitality with a wide variety of  boutique and world-class hotels.
Select from a wide variety of accomodations ranging from budget hotels to 5-star luxury resorts.

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 Difference: 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

Population: Approximately 2,068,050 (Nov2013)

Airport To City Centre: 5 km

Location: Peninsula in the Middle East bordering the Arabian Gulf and Saudi Arabia Size Of Country: 11,437 sq km

Electricity: Voltage 240 volts, 50 Hz

General Shop Hours: 08:30-12:30 and 16:00-21:00 Sunday-Thursday.

In shopping malls, the timings are as follows: 09:00-22:00 from Sunday-Thursday and 14:00-22:00 on Friday

Dress Code: Qatar is a Muslim country and women should dress modestly. It is best advised to wear shirts with sleeves and shorts/skirts/dresses that have a hemline below the knee.

Banking Hours: 8:00-12:00 from Sunday-Thursday

Weekend: Government, Schools and Commercial: Fri & Sat