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
- 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.
- 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).