Qatar Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Qatar

Where is it?: Qatar is in the Middle East on a peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.

What are the main entry points?: You can only fly into Doha to get to Bahrain. There is limited transportation between Saudi Arabia.

Currency used: Riyal

Country Code for Phones: 974

Religion: Muslim 95%

Population: 1.4 million

Ethnic Breakdown: Arab 40%, Pakistani 18%, Indian 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14%

Government: Absolute Monarchy

Languages: Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language

Travel Information

Major Cities: Doha

Attractions: Umm Salal Mohammed

Accommodation: None

Tourism Office locations and links: Qatar Tourism Authority P.O. Box 24624 Doha, Qatar; +974 441 1555 (tel); +974 437 2993 (fax)Email:; Website:

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Al-Zubara

Health Issues: No vaccination required for travelers.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: November through February are the best times to visit Qatar.

Common Phrases: Yes: Away/Na’am, No: La, Thank You: Shukran, Hello: Ahlan, How are you: Izzayak? How much: Bi Kaam?, If God is willing, than it will happen: Inshaallah, Please: Min Fadilak, I don’t understand: Ana laa Afham

Specific Events/Holidays: Qatar is an Islamic country so holidays vary from year to year. The many events are Ramadan and Eid Al-Adha.

Getting Around: There are no buses in Qatar. You can either rent vehicles or use taxis.

Good to know: Qatar plans to construct an entertainment city soon.

Cheapest airport to fly into: The cheapest airport to fly into Qatar is the Doha Airport.

Need more information?: Check out the Qatar travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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