What Are the Highlights for First Time Travelers to Qatar?
For first time travelers, if you have around 3 days, taking a desert safari and visiting the capital city of Doha including the traditional Arabic market Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art. If you have 4 to 5 days, adding a tour to the North of Qatar for the Arabesque castles and harbor towns with one free day strolling at your own pace. If you have more than 5 days, you may combine Qatar with its nearby countries like Iran, Turkey and Israel.
Souq Waqif, Doha
Al Zubara Fortress Museum
When Are the High Season and Low Season to Take Qatar Tours?
The best months to visit Qatar are October to next April, when the days are warm and nights are cool. It is also the travel high season. From July to September, the highest temperature can reach 45°C (113°F), sometimes even 50°C (122°F), which is the travel low season. The holy month of Ramadan which varies from year to year is also a great time for Qatar tour packages, to witness its religions and cultural custom.
Is Visa Required to Qatar?
For citizens from nearby countries like Kuwait and Oman, no visa is required; For citizens from 84 countries including most European, American and Asian countries, they can enjoy visa free entry for 30 to 90 days; For citizens of a few Asian and most African countries, they can apply for an e-visa in advance; For citizens from India, Iran and Pakistan, they can apply for a visa on arrival. Regardless of nationality, passengers in transit at Doha Hamad International Airport do not need a visa if they leave within 24 hours. The visa policy changes from time to time, so be sure to reconfirm before you leave for Qatar vacations.
How to Get to and Travel Around Qatar?
To get to Qatar, the most common form of transportation is by air. The airlines flying to Qatar include Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Philippine Airlines and more. Qatar's major cities are connected by a modern road network, therefore driving is the main way to travel around the country. Buses and taxis are also widely used, while, it will be more convenient for you to take a guided trip with private guide and driver during your Qatar vacations.
What is the Official Currency in Qatar? Is USD Acceptable?
The Qatari riyal (QAR) is the official currency of Qatar. The banknotes are 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, 200 and 500 riyal; the coins are 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 Dirhams. One riyal equals to 100 Dirhams. USD is acceptable in some hotels, restaurants and big shopping malls, but most of the transactions accept Qatari riyal only.