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ATM (Automated Teller Machines)

ATM Machines of international banks & credit cards are available in several parts of the country & at the airport.


Bargaining is normal in the souqs and most small shops. All department stores, supermarkets and western style malls operate at fixed prices.


It is illegal to carry alcohol in your car, and drinking and driving is heavily penalized.



The unit of currency is Qatar Riyal ( QAR.)

US$ 1 = Qatar Riyal 3.65


Credit Cards

Credit cards are accepted in hotels and major retail outlets. The cards generally in use are American Express, Diners Club, Visa and Master Card.



October through April are cooler months. The months of May and September are moderately hot. June through August are usually hot and humid.



Is 220 - 240 Volts at 50 cycles AC



Though Arabic is the official language, a great number of Qataris/Expatriates speak English.


Money Exchange

In Doha major currencies and traveller cheques can be exchanged at Doha International airport, banks and Money exchanges.


Public Holiday - Friday

Friday is the general day of worship and a public holiday.


Traffic System

Vehicles are driven on the right side of the road. There is a great network of surface trunk roads joining the main towns and main roads.



G.M.T. + 03 hours. ( winter )


Useful Arabic

As-salaam alaykum Peace be with you (greeting)
Wa alaykum as-salaam And with you peace (reply)
Kayf halak? How are you? (greeting)
Al humdullah bikhair Fine,thanks to God (reply)
Ma’salama Good bye
Shukran Thank you
Afwan You are welcome
Naam Yes
La No
Zain Good, Ok


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