QATAR TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Qatar is a pint-sized country in the Middle East, but what it lacks in size it makes up in energy. This extremely progressive country is trying to accomplish in decades what some countries have attained in centuries.

 

One of the first Gulf countries to discover oil, Qatar’s reserve today is modest, but its natural gas reserves rank it as a very resource-rich nation. 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. Not exactly a tourist hotspot yet, the country welcome the traveller with its magnificent hotels, glorious beaches and enthusiastic water sports.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Qatar has restricted the entry of all travelers except for nationals and permanent residents of Qatar.Residents must first send a request to return through the Qatar Portal website.Residents returning to Qatar must take a coronavirus test and thermal screening on arrival and quarantine at home for 7 days. A further test must be taken on day 6 at one of the dedicated health centres. Additional action may be required depending on the result of this second test.Downloading Qatar’s track and trace app, Ehteraz, is mandatory for everyone in Qatar. Travelers may be asked to show the app upon arrival.Further information on Qatar’s entry and arrival requirements can be found on the GCO website.Transit passengers traveling on to another destination can still transfer through Qatar, and many flights continue to operate. You should check with your airline or travel company for the latest information if you are planning to leave or transit through Qatar. Flights are subject to change or cancellation at short notice.Whilst in transit at Hamad International Airport, travelers will receive regular thermal screening and temperature checks.

 

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QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Doha
  • Government: Traditional monarchy
  • Currency: Qatari riyal (QAR)
  • Area: 11,437 km2
  • Population: 2,782 million (2018)
  • Language: Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language
  • Religion: Muslim 67% (Christianity and Hinduism both at 13.8%)
  • Electricity: 240V/50Hz (UK plug)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 2nd Tuesday of February, National Sports Day
  • 3 September, Independence Day
  • 18 December, National Day

Also, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Qatar has a desert climate. The country experiences long summers from May to September characterised by intense dry heat, with temperatures rising above 45°C. Winter temperatures are mild but may fall below 5°C. Rainfall is only experienced during the winter with the northern parts of the country receiving 30% more rainfall than the south. Qatar is impacted by Shamal winds, which cause sand and dust storms throughout the year.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

Qatar's climate is not very well suited to hikers. Summers are scorching and humid, while winter is only a little cooler. The most popular outdoor activities are "dune bashing" by 4 wheel drive or quad bikes.

BEACH:

If you're visiting the beaches in Qatar, be aware that you may need to wear appropriate clothing ie nothing too revealing. Some of the most popular beach resorts are: Banana Island Resort Doha, Katara Beach, Simaisma and A Murwab Resort.

WIND:

No matter whether you are an advanced kitesurfer looking for a challenge, or a beginner that is still learning the skills, Qatar will have what you are looking for. With mostly shallow open water, plenty of space without any traffic and mild temperatures that won’t scare you away! The season is generally from January to June, with June beginning the best month.

 
 

HEALTH

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