There are a few things that you should know before your first trip to Qatar to make your trip more comfortable and avoid problems.
1. WEATHER IN QATAR
The weather in Qatar is very hot, you should get used to it and prepare suitable clothes when visiting Qatar. If you come from a cold country, you should pay attention to weather.
2. DRESS CODE IN QATAR
Qatar is a Muslim country and there is a certain expectation on dress code for both Qataris and foreigners. The general rule for foreigners is to dress modest and not show too much skin in public places. Both men and women are expected to cover shoulders, upper arms and knees at least.
3. RAMADAN IN DOHA
If you travel to Doha during the month of Ramadan, there are a couple of essential things to know. First and foremost, eating and drinking in public places from sun up to sun down is not allowed. Secondly, all shops, supermarkets, coffee shops and restaurants are closed during the day. This adds an extra challenge to sightseeing as food and cold drinks are not easily available. Some hotel restaurants however are open. Furthermore, some restaurants and coffee shops in Doha’s business and expat district of West Bay stay open all day.
4. ALCOHOL IN DOHA
You are not allow to bring any alcohol into the country. Alcohol is not also available in regular shops, restaurants or bar. It is offen server at bars and restaurants in a hotel but fairly expensive.
5. TRANSPORT TO GETTING AROUND
Car is the most favorite transport in Qatar. To getting from one place to another place, you must call a taxi or Uber or rent a car. There is no other types of public transport.
6. EVENING WILL BE THE BETTER TIME FOR GETING AROUND CITY.
During the day temperatures reach sky-high, people will not go out if not necessary. The streets of Doha are empty, the atmosphere is eerie, and Doha feels like a ghost town. But when the sun go down, everything seems to alive, people craw out their dens. Streets, shops, bazaars and restaurants are suddenly full with people. It is the time for walking and go around the city.
7. QATAR IS A SMALL COUNTRY, SO IT’S VERY POSSIBLE TO SEE IT ALL IN THREE DAYS
It means that you can visit the most northern, southern, western, and eastern points of the country (because it’s only 11,571 kilometres squared), but with rapid development speed of building, more and more malls, camps, and other recreational constructions get built, you will need a little more time to explore in detail (but it’s still very possible to see the highlights in those three days).
8 . A BEST PLACE TO TAKE PHOTOS OF CITY SKYLINE
When traveling, people often want to take the nice photos to save the unforgetable memories. I will show you one of the best place to take your photo with city skyline that is museum of Islamic Art.
9. ENGLISH ARE VERY COMMON HERE
Although Qatar is an Arab country and Arabic is the main language of the Qatari people but almost people here can speak English, you can certainly get by (almost) anywhere with English.
10. TO ENJOY FRESHEST FOOD, COME TO BALADNA
Baladna is a Qatari agricultural company raising livestock, producing dairy products, and growing its own fresh produce. They have a restaurant on the grounds and lunching there means getting some of the freshest food in the country. The most impressive thing? It’s essentially an oasis in the desert, covering 2.4 kilometres squared of farmland.
11. MOST OF HOTELS HAVE HELIPADS
With the shiny skyscrapers along the Corniche, expect to see many celebs and VIPs pulling up on their private helicopters.
12. FREE 5-STAR HOTEL NIGHTS IN DOHA WHEN FLYING QATAR AIRWAYS
When you fly Qatar Airways you can enjoy a visa free stopover up to 96 hours and a complimentary 5-star hotel stay in Doha offered by Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority via their +Qatar stopover programme. This applies to both economy and business class tickets.