Useful Information about Qatar

Doha is the capital of Qatar. The majority of the country's inhabitants reside in Doha or its main suburb, al-Rayyan. The Qatar peninsula is located in the middle of the west coast of the Persian Gulf. The territory of Qatar comprises a number of islands including Halul, Sheraouh, Al-Ashat and others.

Climate: Qatar has a moderate desert climate, with long hot summers and short mild winters and little rain in winter.

Language: Arabic is the official language, and English is widely spoken.

Currency: The currency unit of Qatar is the Qatar riyal (QR), which is divided into 100 dirhams. The exchange parity has been set at the fixed rate of $US 1 = QR 3.65. Major credit cards and traveller's cheques in principal currencies are generally accepted.

Time: Qatar is three hours ahead of Greenwich mean time (GMT + 03:00).

Taxes and Tipping: There are no taxes or tipping in Qatar.

Electricity: Electrical power in Qatar is supplied at 240 Volts (50 Hertz).

Telephone services and useful telephone numbers: To call a telephone number in Qatar from abroad, dial +974 plus the required number. The common emergency telephone number in Doha, for ambulance, fire department, police and search and rescue services, is 999.

Business hours: Business hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday.

Tourism: Information on tourism may be obtained from the Tourism Authority (

Qatar Airways is one of the largest airlines in the world that serves in six continents connecting more than 160 destinations every day. Besides, it has won Airline of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017 and 2019 due to its outstanding performance and employs more than 46,000 professionals.