Located in Western Asia, Qatar has the highest income per capita in the world and its known as the most advanced Arab State. Despite its small size, the country boots mind-blowing architecture, cultural diversity, an incredible foodie scene and relaxing visa requirements that allow almost everybody to experience the amazing country.
Why Visit Qatar
In general, the middle east is an interesting place, offering a connection between west and east, a trade route centuries ago. Thanks to this, several cultures blended in Qatar, and nowadays only 15% of its population are locals. A mix of cultures, traditions, foods and ethnicities meet here.
ARCHITECTURE & HISTORY:
Qatar has a rich history, that can be explored through its cultural attractions, museums and UNESCO heritage sites such as Zubarah Fort. But the country is also a leader in modernism, and thanks to its rapid financial gains, the country’s modern architecture has boomed with the construction of its many malls, gigantic concrete buildings and astounding metal skyscrapers. It offers something for every taste.
Qatar has a growing foodie scene, thanks to its diversity of cultures. International flavors can be found along the country, with Indian, Asian and European influences. From Michelin restaurants to food markets, you won’t be disappointed.
BEACHES & DESERTS
The landscapes of Qatar are comprised in its majority by the stunning coastline, offering sandy beaches to unwind and breathtaking deserts, with its high dunes and dramatic views, highlighting the natural phenomenon of the Singing Sand Dunes.
Qatar offers relaxing visa requirements, welcoming tourists and allowing almost everyone to visit and explore the beautiful country.
What to expect
Arabic is the official language in Qatar. However, the country is a former British colony and English is pretty much the second language.
In Qatar the standard voltage is 240V and the frequency is 50 Hz. That’s the standard voltage in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa; If you are traveling from the US you will need an adaptor.
The Qatari riyal is the official language in Qatar. Other foreign currencies might be accepted at major hotels and tourist attractions but not anywhere else, cash in local currency is required. You are able to exchange your currency at the airport, banks or exchange houses. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are available almost everywhere. 1 USD equals 3.45 riyals (as of 2020).
Qatar has a subtropical, hot dry desert climate. January is the coldest month, with temperatures ranging from 71°F-55°F (21°C – 12°C).
Qatar is a very safe country to travel to. Crimes rates are low, especially towards foreigners. However, petty theft do exists, and common sense is advised.
Holders of a passport from the following countries enjoy freedom of movement in Qatar: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.
Citizens of the following 84 countries do not require a visa for short stay visits to Qatar: (90 days): All European Union citizens, Antigua and Barbuda, argentina, Armenia, Bahamas, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Seychelles, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine. (30 days): Andorra, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Georgia, Guyana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, San Marino, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Suriname, Thailand, UK, USA, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.
Nationals of the following countries can obtain a visa on arrival: India, Iran, Macau, Pakistan, Taiwan.
Citizens of all the remaining countries can apply for a eVisa online.
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