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Qatar Tourism

Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 5 - 6 days

Best Time: Winter Read More

Currency: Qatari Riyal (QAR)

Budget: Expensive

"Royalty Redefined"

Qatar Tourism

In just forty years, this Gulf state has grown from one of the poorest countries in the Gulf to the richest in the world. Mainly functioning on oil and natural gas revenue, Qatar is developing at breakneck speed, and everything from universities to shopping malls, 5-star hotels to football stadiums (in preparation for the 2022 World Cup) are springing up along the desert floor.

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Tourist Places to Visit In Qatar

Regions in Qatar

Qatar is like a low-lying peninsula. Smooth plains characterise the Eastern regions of the country, while the South and South-West consist of sand dunes and salt flats. Many flat islands are located along the coast and are accompanied by coral reefs and salt pans.

Best time to visit Qatar

Winter is the best time to visit Qatar

Winter is the best season to visit this Gulf country, as it is then that the temperature is pleasant for sightseeing. Sandstorms prevail throughout the year and their frequency is highest during spring.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Amazing skyscrapers. Great beaches. Rich traditional values.

What's Not So Great?

Very strict rules for women.

For Whom?

Architecture enthusiasts. Those who wish to experience royalty first-hand.

Stay options in Qatar

In the capital city of Doha, 5-star hotels, private beach resorts and glitzy accommodations are available. Luxury stay options are available readily and are a highly recommended experience. Beyond the city, since most of the regions are major oil mines and refineries used for commercial purposes, small cottages and bungalows are available for stay.

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Currency of Qatar

One Qatari Riyal equals 100 dirhams. Notes are in denominations of QAR 500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50 and 25 dirhams.

Exchanging Money in Qatar

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa cards are accepted at all hotels and malls. ATMs are easily available in the capital city of Doha. Beyond that, however, find a machine would be a problem. Traveller's cheques are widely accepted in USD, Pounds or Sterlings.

Nightlife in Qatar

Nightclubs and late-night bars are springing up. The hippest place in the city is currently the Crystal Lounge at the W Hotel (www.whoteldoha.com), while for something mellower Jazz at Lincoln Centre (www.jalcdoha.com) at the St. Regis hotel offers world-class live music.

Shopping in Qatar

City Centre Mall on West Bay have western and Arabic chains. If you want to shop for Dior and Chanel, Pear Development is the place. The Doha Souq is the best place to go for fabrics and clothing, and some tailors can knock up anything from a suit to an evening gown. The Gold Souk is worth a visit

Festivals of Qatar

There are a lot of festivals celebrated in Qatar such as the Souq Waqif Spring festival, Kite festival, The Emir's GCC Camel Race, Eid, Trade Fairs and Golf Fests.

Hygiene in Qatar

Special precautions need to be taken for Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Rabies, Tetanus, and Typhoid. In general, food hygiene standards are good and it's fine to eat from markets and street food stalls.

Tips for visiting Qatar

At business and social functions, traditional Qatari coffee is served as part of the ritual welcome. Cups must be held in the right hand: accept two cups - taking only one cup will embarrass the host; taking more than three will embarrass everybody else. Never pass or receive items with the left hand.

Culture of Qatar

Islam is the majority religion in Qatar. At least 95% of Qataris are Sunni Muslims, from the Wahabi sect of Islam. Qatar is an extremely traditional country and its important to observe some local courtesies. Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken.

Food of Qatar

Options for dining out in Qatar are pretty limited outside Doha, but within the capital, there has been a marked improvement in recent years. the cosmopolitan mix of population means that almost every cuisine imaginable can be found, from Thai to American, Mexican and French. Because Qatar is officially a dry country, there are no speciality alcoholic drinks, but most Middle Eastern restaurants offer wonderful fresh juices.

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