Do you need to know more about Qatar?
Qatar is situated at the cross-roads of East and West with its strategic location between The Americas, Europe and Asia. Its social warmth provides the foundation for the country’s hospitality. The country offers world-class facilities with a deep traditional cultural experience.
Home to more than one hundred different nationalities, from the moment you land, you can sense diversity in all its aspects. Accordingly, Qatar has become a popular hub for regional and global cultural, intellectual, artistic and sports events.
Both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of Arab culture and enjoy the exhilarating experiences that Qatar offers. The country is always buzzing with energy, offering you a chance to experience the lifestyle and wildlife of the desert up close and personal; from dune-bashing to sand skiing, horse racing to camel racing, horse riding to falconry.
The Arabian Gulf extends across Qatar’s coastline with many wonderful clear beaches and beautiful coastline that attract water sports enthusiasts throughout the year. Watersports include, but not limited to, sailing, jet skiing, kayaking, diving and water-skiing.
There are countless things to do in Qatar including Dhow trips, Safari trips enjoying the desert sand, shopping, enjoy the horsemanship of the Arabian horses, and numerous forts and museums to visit; the most renowned being the Museum of Islamic Art which houses priceless pieces from across the Middle East dating from the seventh to the nineteenth century.
Qatar is one of the few countries that were able to mix between modernity, with its gleaming skyscrapers and advantageous gas industry, and history.
Time: Qatar local time is GMT/UCT + 3 hours. There are no daylight savings adjustments.
Language: The official language is Arabic; however English is very widely used that you’ll find no difficulties getting by without any knowledge of Arabic.
Currency: The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR). The exchange rate is fixed against the US dollar. Therefore US $1 = QR 3.65.There are no foreign exchange restrictions and the currency is freely convertible. Doha has an extensive network of local and international banks. ATMs can be found in shopping malls, hotels, the airport and other locations around the urban areas. Cards accepted include American Express, Cirrus, Global Access, MasterCard, Plus System and Visa with select outlets accepting Diners Club.
Visas: Citizens of the following 33 countries can easily obtain a 30-day visit visa on arrival at the airport:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (with the right of abode), USA and Vatican City. The cost of an on-arrival visa is QR100, payable by credit card only.
Holders of passports from countries not entitled to visas on arrival must secure the necessary visa in advance. This costs QR200 and can be obtained through a Qatar-based sponsor, such as a hotel or business contact, prior to arrival.
Safety: Qatar benefits from one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It is a safe destination with religious and political stability where the community lives in peace and harmony.
Health: No health certificate or special immunizations are currently required when arriving in Qatar. The quality of healthcare is generally very high and visitors should have no problem obtaining appropriate treatment and advice either in a private clinic or, in case of an emergency, in a government hospital.
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