Resources

Lonely Planet (www.lonelyplanet.com/qatar) Destination information, hotel bookings, traveller forum and more.

Visit Qatar (www.visitqatar.qa) Qatar's official tourism website.

I Love Qatar (www.iloveqatar.net) Expat-run guide to the country with news and listings.

Al Jazeera (www.aljazeera.com) A good source of information on the current political situation and how it might affect travels.

What to Take

  • Sunscreen
  • A sun hat
  • A small day pack
  • UK electrical adaptor (Qatar uses the same three-pin plug model)
  • Driving licence or international driving licence, if you're hiring a car
  • Unlocked mobile phone to use a local SIM card

What to Wear

Qatar is a strict Muslim country, and locals have grown irritated by foreigners wearing revealing clothing in public places. A campaign was launched in 2014 with the motto: 'If you are in Qatar, you are one of us. Help us preserve Qatar’s culture and values, please dress modestly in public places.'

Women visitors should wear elbow-length tops and long skirts or trousers, and men should don long trousers and shirts with sleeves. Tops showing shoulders, midriffs or anything below the midriff are unacceptable. Light-fitting (preferably cotton) garments work best in Qatar's heat. The exception to these rules is in five-star hotels, where swimwear like bikinis is allowed by the pool, and off-the-shoulder tops can be worn in hotel bars.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Check the airline baggage restrictions.
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company before you head abroad.
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance.
  • Check the current political situation regarding the embargo (which may affect onward Gulf travel).