Location

Doha, Qatar

Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art.

In early 2017, Qatar's total population was 2.6 million: 313,000 Qatari citizens and 2.3 million expatriates. Islam is the official religion of Qatar. The country has the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar is classified by the UN as a country of very high human development and is widely regarded as the most advanced Arab state for human development. Qatar is a high-income economy, backed by the world's third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves.

Hamad International Airport

Qatar Airways

Top Quality Service

Accomodation Options

Facilities

Taxis

Currencies

Climate

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Hamad International Airport

Opened in April 2014, the state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport is conveniently located just south of Doha city. Named Best Airport in the Middle East in the 2015 Skytrax awards, it can handle 8,700 passengers per hour and will gradually increase annual capacity from 30 million passengers to 50 million on final completion. Immigration formalities, baggage reclaim and other passenger services are designed to be ultra-efficient. In addition to its role as Qatar Airways’ home base, HIA also serves more than 50 other international airlines. The taxi transfer time to the city centre is some 30 minutes.

Qatar Airways

The national carrier Qatar Airways has won numerous awards for quality and service. Most recently, it was named as Airline of the Year (World’s Best Airline) for the third time in the annual Skytrax industry audit for 2015. Qatar Airways’ rapidly expanding network now covers more than 150 destinations worldwide, including most major cities throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and North and South America.

Top quality service

You can expect a warm welcome in at Qatar’s hotels – but also some of the finest facilities and highest standards of service to be found in the world. In keeping with the country’s commitment to a premium tourism offering, 3,4- and 5-star hotels currently account for some three-quarters of Qatar’s 25,000 available rooms.

Accommodation options

Many of the capital’s major hotels are self-contained resorts in their own right, yet within a stone’s throw of the central business district and major city tourist attractions. All offer a comprehensive range of on-the-spot facilities and services and several enjoy their own private beachfront facilities. These are complemented by a range of downtown properties, including exclusive boutique hotels and serviced apartments.

Facilities

The majority of Qatar’s hotels are pristine properties built in recent years. All offer spacious, well-equipped luxury rooms and public areas. The choice of food and beverage outlets is outstanding, with most hotels offering at least three or four restaurants and other outlets, each with its own theme and ambience. The top hotels all have swimming pools and superb sporting and recreational facilities, including tennis, squash and state-of-the-art gyms and health clubs.

Taxis

Most visitors rely on taxis to get around town. Karwa taxis are widely available and reasonably priced; their meters start at QR4 and run at QR1.20 per km. To order a taxi in advance (for an extra charge of QR4), call +974 4458 8888. Most hotels will hail a taxi for you, and may have their own limousine service, especially for airport transfers.

Currencies

The Qatari riyal is the currency of the State of Qatar. It is divided into 100 dirhams and is equivalent to 0.28 US Dollars as of April 2019.

Climate

Qatar has a desert climate with year-round sunshine, hot summers and mild winters. Mean monthly temperatures range from 17°C in January to 36°C in July, sometimes reaching highs of 40°C+ during the summer. Rain is infrequent, falling in brief showers mainly in winter. The average temperature in November is 21°C.

Time

Local time is GMT/UCT + 3 hours. There are no daylight savings adjustments.

Qatar Welcomes the World

Visa-Free Entry valid for 180 days

Passport holders from the 34 countries listed below can enter Qatar, with no prior arrangements. A visa waiver is granted, and is valid for 180 days from the date of issuance and allows its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.

  • Austria
  • Bahamas
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Turkey

Visa-Free Entry valid for 30 days

Passport holders from the 46 countries listed below can enter Qatar, with no prior arrangements. A visa waiver is granted, and is valid for 30 days from the date of issuance. Holders can spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips. This waiver may be extended for a further 30 days.

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Equador
  • Georia
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Lebanon
  • Macedonia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • San Marino
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Suriname
  • Thailand
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Uruguay
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela