Overview for Qatar
Qatar is a beautiful peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf, to the north of Saudi Arabia, East of Bahrain and West of the Emirates. It’s a conventional Monarchy that since the mid-1800s, has transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling, into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. These reserves enable Qatar to have a per capita income almost above the leading industrial countries of Western Europe. Qatar is also home to the Al Jazeera television station and is rapidly entering the modern world, including the staging of the 2006 Asian Games.
Best Time to Visit
Qatar is a truly warm and dry oasis of pleasure – with May to September temperatures averaging above 30 degrees Centigrade.
Qatar issues a visa on arrival at Doha's airport to passengers who are citizens of the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Spain, Monaco, The Vatican, Iceland, Andorra, San Marino, Liechtenstein, Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and the USA. The price is QR 105.00 (US$ 28), payment by credit card is accepted, and grants a 30 day stay.
Qatar is predominantly Muslim although all religions are practiced. While accustommed to Western ways, you should try to be respectful while in this paradise. This means Muslim conventions are best respected:
Women and men should make an effort to cover their legs and arms.
It is regarded as disrespectful to show public affection.
Be discreet when drinking alcohol.
During Ramadan -- the month of fasting -- travelers should avoid eating and drinking during the daytime. Also, be sure not to smoke in front of people, nor chew gum, and it is polite to avoid talking about the nice lunch you had.