Qatar

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Qatar, officially The State of Qatar, is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia. It occupies the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula.

Qatar is one of the safest places in the world. Both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of Arab culture.

Yes, there are sand dunes, desert excursions and ancient rock carvings. Qatar may be traditional in the sense of being ruled by an old-style Gulf dynasty but its charms are almost entirely contemporary and Qatar’s essence is found in Doha, with its futuristic architecture and rush to embrace modernity.

The best time to visit Qatar is between October and April, when the temperature dips. Qatar’s offering of museums and art galleries, its luxury spa and hospitality facilities and late night visits to the desert and beach, provide enough entertainment for the summer months. The cooler months are ideal for outdoor activities and to explore Qatar’s many beaches, parks and dunes.

 

Facts | Important to know:

VISA  Australian passport holders will be stamped with a two-week, single-entry tourist visa, which is issued on arrival at the airport and costs QAR100.00 = AUD 29.18 approx.

LANGUAGE Arabic, but English is widely spoken.

CURRENCY Qatari Riyal (QAR), AUD 1.00 = QAR 3.39 Approx.

ELECTRICITY 240V (Same as Britain)

TIME DIFFERENCE UTC/GMT +3 hours. Sydney is 9 hours ahead of Doha.

Facts | Helpful Information:

WEATHER  During summer (May to September), temperatures generally average 35°C, but it’s not uncommon for the mercury to rise to 50°C. The 90% humidity that comes with this time of year sags over the Peninsula like a bad hangover, and frequent sandstorms are an added irritation. The winter months are much milder, with pleasant, even chilly evenings and the odd rainy day, especially in December and January.

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS & EVENTS 2014
1 January, New Year’s Day
11 February, National Sports Day
2 March, Bank Holiday
27-30 July, Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
5-8 October, Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)
18 December, National Day

COST  A cup of Coffee is approx. 10.00 QAR = AUD 2.92

PAYMENT OPTIONS Most ATM machines accept cards from all over the world. Qatar is generally a cash society, but credit cards are accepted in most major department stores, restaurants, and in the gold souks (markets).

RELIGION Islam is the official religion of Qatar.

 

Highlights

THINGS TO DO  Qatar has a lot to offer. Sleep overnight in Khor al-Adaid, a lovely stretch of water surrounded by sand dunes, or pass the evening eating wonderfully well in the restaurants of Al-Bandar in Doha.
Engage in some retail therapy at City Center Doha where you will find top brands or go bird watching in the mangroves and gardens of Al-Khor.
Explore the country’s northern tip with lovely beaches and evocative abandoned villages for a real taste of secluded Qatar.

THINGS TO SEE  Discover 7km of waterfront with innovative architecture and old-style dhows along Al-Corniche. Visit Palm Tree Island, Doha’s answer to Dubai’s feats of modern engineering in the Gulf waters. Enjoy the Sheraton Doha Resort, an Arabian institution and the place for panoramic views of Doha’s skyline or explore Al-Wakrah and its fine mosques, glorious beaches and shallow waters where flamingos wade. Finally, check out rock carvings dating back thousands of years at Jebel Jassassiyeh.
Qatar, officially The State of Qatar, is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia. It occupies the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula.
Qatar is one of the safest places in the world. Both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of Arab culture.
Yes, there are sand dunes, desert excursions and ancient rock carvings. Qatar may be traditional in the sense of being ruled by an old-style Gulf dynasty but its charms are almost entirely contemporary and Qatar’s essence is found in Doha, with its futuristic architecture and rush to embrace modernity.
The best time to visit Qatar is between October and April, when the temperature dips. Qatar’s offering of museums and art galleries, its luxury spa and hospitality facilities and late night visits to the desert and beach, provide enough entertainment for the summer months. The cooler months are ideal for outdoor activities and to explore Qatar’s many beaches, parks and dunes.


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