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The road system is fair, but conditions are poor during the wet season.


Private cars are the main means of transport in Qatar.

A wide range of cars and the relevant spare parts are available locally. Large powerful cars, particularly off road type four-wheel drive vehicles are popular with all sections of the population. Used cars are almost always available at reasonable prices. It is probably not economical to ship cars, new or used, from Europe to Qatar and staff who wish to do so are advised to check before-hand whether service or spare parts will be available in Doha. Duty on the import of cars is 4% ad valorem.


Mowasalat is the green taxi operator are known as "Karwa". Taxis are basically new air-conditioned and equipped with GPS navigation systems. Cost: starting rate is about 4 QR.

Older orange taxis are also available. Cost: starting at about 2 QR.

Public Bus Service

There are about six bus routes running but very limited which allows travel to and from the neighboring towns.

The public bus services are operated by Mowasalat- bus stops are situated along Doha’s main section and the rate is about 3 QR.

Car Hire

Air-conditioned cars at a range of prices are available for hire from local car rental firms. A chauffeur may be arranged at an additional cost. Available from local companies at the airport and hotels.

Radar systems are now in operation checking speed inside cities and along highways. The speed limit when driving inside cities ranges from 50 to 100 km per hour, when driving along highways: 100 to 120 km per hour.

Vehicle Registration

When registering a vehicle, you must have in your possession a valid Qatari driving license and an insurance certificate valid for three years for the vehicle being registered.

In the case of a new vehicle, the car dealer will probably arrange this for you. In the case of a second hand car, you will be expected to visit the Traffic Department together with the previous owner.


An International Driving Permit is required, but a temporary licence can be obtained on presentation of a valid UK licence.

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Wildlilfe in Qatar

Most of the wildlife indigenous to Qatar is typical of a desert environment, and consists of insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, scorpions and praying mantis. Lizards, geckos and skinks are common features of the country, as are small nocturnal mammals, such as desert hares, sand rats and jerboas.

In earlier times, herds of Arabian Oryx roamed the countryside, using the natural wells and oases as breeding and settling points.

Sadly, this magnificent creature is now only to be found in captivity. The government has embarked upon a stringent oryx breeding and conservation programme, with notable results.

Qatar is an excellent place for observing bird life, especially during the migratory months in Spring and Autumn. Throughout the year, sparrows, parakeets, gulls, cormorants and other sea birds can be found, but the population is significantly augmented by visiting species, taking advantage of the many fine trees and gardens that are cultivated in the towns to rest for a few days during their long journeys.

The best places for observing bird life are to be found just south of Doha, an area of effluent natural ponds, and around the Messaieed Sewage Works.

There is a certain amount of marine life in Qatar's coastal waters, although this is more limited than one might expect, due to the shallowness of the waters and the high degree of salinity. Crabs, lobsters and the famous Gulf Shrimp are common features of the coasts, as, less attractively, are jellyfish. In the deeper waters further offshore are to be found: hammour (grouper) - the most popular edible fish in the region, channad, snapper, tuna and certain varieties of shark.


Shopping Malls in Qatar
Blue Salon The Mall Royal Plaza
Alkhor Mall Lagoona  The Gate
City Center Doha  Landmark Shopping Mall Villaggio

Tourist Attractions and Entertainment

  • Al Koot Fort Ottoman Fort
  • Al Zubarah Fort
  • Barzan Towers are Watch Towers built by the founder of the Qatar
  • Umm Slal Mohammed is a small town with fascinating ruins and a small stream
  • The Museum of Islamic Arts stands on its own artificial island
  • Museum of Modern Art in Qatar
  • Qatar National Museum closed at the moment
  • Souq Waqif Art Centre showcases Qatar and Arabic art
  • The Sheikh Faisal Musuem
  • Qatar Cinema
  • Rumeila Family Park
  • Blokarting, exciting new sport, sailing across the desert to the Inland Sea
  • Heritage Village
  • Camel Racing
  • Desert Trips to visit sand dunes to Qatar's Inland Sea
  • Doha Zoo
  • Inland Sea is Qatar's most impressive natural asset, 4x4 needed
  • Ras Abrouq Peninsula is home to wildlife, strange limestone formations, and oasis
  • Al Thakira Mangroves Swamps
  • The Singing Sand Dunes when the weather is right, you can hear a rare natural phenomenon

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