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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Many Western visitors have been deterred from coming to the Gulf on account of the hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Qatar, however, is one of the safest and most politically stable countries to visit, and experiences minimal crime.

The poor quality of driving is the only danger worth pointing out, especially as intolerant local drivers are not very cautious about pedestrians.

For those hiring a 4WD, beware the pockets of soft sand and sabkha around the coast and in the interior that are not always apparent until it’s too late. Drivers should always stick to tracks when going off the road and make sure they have all the necessary equipment (water, tow rope, jack, spare tyre etc) for an emergency, as passing cars are sometimes few and far between, especially in the interior.