Etiquette

  • Conversation Steer clear of politics and religion, two contentious and sensitive topics in the Middle East.
  • Hospitality Graciously accept refreshments when offered by Qatari hosts.
  • Taboos Don't show the soles of your feet (or shoes) in public, or use your left hand when passing food – these things are considered rude.
  • Clothing Women should cover their shoulders, upper arms and knees in public. Men should cover their shoulders, torso and upper legs.
  • Greetings Men and women don't usually shake hands. If a hand is offered and a Qatari doesn't feel comfortable, they may instead put their hand over their heart.
  • Ramadan Never eat or drink in public during this religious holiday; this is bad etiquette and is also illegal.