Getting Around

Hamad International Airport is served by many international carriers included the national airline Qatar Airways. The airport is around 25 mins drive from the city center. Qatar is a well-developed country, however currently it is undergoing construction to its road system, this means that finding roads closed or blocked is a regular occurrence, and should be something you are on the lookout for. The speed limits in Qatar are generally 60-100 kilometers per hour on city streets and a maximum of 120 kilometers per hours on highways.

Climate

Doha has a hot desert climate. Summer is very long, from May to September, when its average high temperatures surpass 38 °C (100 °F) and often approach 45 °C (113 °F). Humidity is usually the lowest in May and June. Dew points can surpass 30 °C (86 °F) in the summer. Throughout the summer, the city averages almost no precipitation, and less than 20 mm (0.79 in) during other months. Rainfall is scarce, at a total of 75 mm (2.95 in) per annum, falling on isolated days mostly between October to March. Winters are cool and the temperature rarely drops below 7 °C (45 °F).

Language

Qatar native language is Arabic while English is also widely spoken.

Country Dialing Code

+974

Currency

The official currency of Qatar is the Qatari Riyal (abbreviated to QAR). The Qatari Riyal is fixed to the dollar with 1$ = QAR 3.64. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATM’s are plentiful.

Time Difference

GMT + 3 Hours

Business Hours

The working week runs from Sunday to Thursday. Most banks are not open on the weekend although ATM machines are available. Many shops and malls are open until the late evening.

Electricity

Voltage is 220 and 240 volts AC. Plug sockets are British style 3 pin type ‘G’ but Indian style 3 pin type ‘D’ sockets are also in use.