We warmly invite you visit our country. You will discover a land of contrasts, dynamic and exciting, yet with a sense of timeless serenity and tradition.
Qatar brings together old world hospitality with cosmopolitan sophistication, the chance to enjoy a rich cultural tapestry, new experiences and adventures. Absorb the unique ambience and explore the possibilities of unexpected Qatar. You're sure to be captivated.
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Qatar comprises an 11,500 sq. km. peninsula extending northwards into the Arabian Gulf and has been an independent sovereign state since 1971. It has 563 km of uninterrupted coastline. It is a dynamic modern country built on the foundations of its deep cultural roots.
The shining jewel of Qatar, Doha it's capital, is a multicultural city. Home to most of the country's population as well as expatriate communities from a range of origins. Shopping abounds in the city's plentiful malls, while the Corniche impresses visitors with picturesque architecture and dazzling views of the harbor. Doha is a feast for the senses, offering a remarkable range of sights and experiences.
Local time is GMT/UCT + 3 hours. There are no daylight savings adjustments.
The work week is from Sunday to Thursday, with most offices closed on Friday and Saturday. Government offices working hours are from 07:00 to 14:00.
The monetary unit of Qatar is the riyal (abbreviated to QR or QAR). The exchange rate is fixed at US $1 = QR3.64. There are no foreign exchange controls. ATMs can be found in many locations and most shops and restaurants accept major credit cards.
The attitude to dress in Qatar is quite relaxed, but visitors (men as well as women) should show respect for local culture and customs in public places by avoiding excessively revealing clothing. Beachwear are acceptable by the hotel pool but not in public places in the city.
The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken and understood.
The country code for Qatar is +974. Telecom providers Ooredoo and Vodafone offer pre-paid and post-paid mobile services.