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October 19, 2019BY Admin ( 0 ) Comment

Visiting an unfamiliar country with you may cause many risks if you don’t understand about people, customs as well as culture of that place. It is a good ideas to learn about the special things such as do and don’t of your new invironment. Here is a few helpful hints for navigating life in Qatar;

DO

Keep in mind that Qatar is an Islamic country. Dress modestly out in public, again, in this country most of the women wear abayas (long black robes) and the men are in thobes (long white shirts).

DON'T

Wear bikinis in public beaches as they tend to be more conservative. Bikinis are fine in hotel private beaches or hotel’s pool.

DO

A pashmina is a must-have item, they’re perfect for covering up and lightweight and the souq has a huge selection to choose from.

DON'T

Proselytising is illegal and you could be deported for trying to convert any Qatari to another religion. The general rule is both politics and religion are subjects that can be broached but with caution and sensitivity.

DO

Be aware of the rules and etiquette of Ramadan. This month it is obligatory for all able bodied muslims to fast during daylight hours. All restaurants are closed during this time. Obviously non-muslims are not expected to fast but eating in public is prohibited.

DON'T

Take photos of local people without asking permission, especially of women. Taking photos of official government buildings, industrial plants and military camps are also not permitted either.

DO

Clear up all your litter when at the beach. You will find many public beaches covered with litter, don’t add to the problem.

DON'T

Take all your essentials when visiting the beach. Most beaches don’t have any facilities so you need to come fully equipped, that means shade, sunscreen and drinking water.

DO

Remember that Gulf Arabs are known for their hospitality. Accept invitations and allow your Qatari host to indulge you.

DON'T

Drunk. No alcohol in public and draw as little attention to it as possible. Drunken behaviour is not looked upon favourably and obviously no drink driving.

DO

Remember for a lot of Arabs there is a distinct gender divide and many women are considered private people in public places, but again, this is a guideline not an absolute, so assess each situation on it’s own merit. If you are unsure and have a female in your group let her make the initial contact.

DON'T

Do not line up with women in the bank counters if you are a man. There are seperate line for men in banks and payment centers.

DO

Use greetings and formalities when communicate with the natives. Always get them first with “Good morning” or “Good Afternoon”

DON'T

Displaying private behavior in public is prohibited. That means no kissing, hugging and smooching between couple in public, even husbands and wives.