Qatar Travel Guide

Overview

The Middle Eastern country of Qatar may not be a top tourist destination, but it has some interesting places to visit if you happen to be here on a transit stop or short visit.

One of these highlights is the Museum of Islamic Art, which has some incredible swords, jewelry, and other artifacts from past centuries.

Read through this complete Qatar travel guide for more info on what to expect!

Quick Facts

Language

Arabic; 'Thank you' is 'shoukran'

Religion

Islam

Capital

Doha

Visa

Visa free access for 85+ nationalities

Climate

Arid; hot & dry year round. Coolest months are Dec - Feb

Power Plugs

Apps

Uber, Careem

Flights

Qatar has a major airport in Doha (DOH), which is one of the world's busiest and highest-rated airports. Many international flights with Qatar Airways transit in Doha airport, so if you do a lot of traveling then you'll probably pass through here at some point. You can shop for flights to Qatar on Skyscanner.

Safety

Qatar is a very safe place to travel. It's probably the safest country in the Middle East, with a very low violent crime rate of only 0.4 per 100k inhabitants (94% lower than the global average). Terrorism is not an issue here and tourists are welcomed. The only thing to note is that Qatari culture is conservative, so clothing in public should be modest.

Climate

The climate of Qatar is arid, so it's hot and dry year round. The coolest months are from December to February, and this is probably the best time to visit. It can get extremely hot here in the summer. Temperatures average 43 °C (110 °F) from June to August, and don't count on having any trees for shade!

Budget

Qatar is a bit harder to visit on a budget, but it can be done. Hostels are available from 55 Qatari Rials ($15 USD) and private hotels start from 160 Rials. Meals are about 55 to 75 Rials depending on location. Transportation in Qatar is generally by car, and these can be rented, but hiring a driver is often preferable. Transportation apps like Uber and Careem are good for short distance trips.

Tours

The best Qatar tours & activities

Posts

My latest blog posts about Qatar

Get In Touch

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