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6 tips to plan a trip to Qatar – For the best Arabian holiday experience!

Despite the block imposed on Qatar by its neighbouring countries, the tourism industry continues to grow here. In the year 2017, Qatar saw as many as 2.26 million foreign tourist arrivals in the country! If your next holiday is going to be in Qatar, here are a few useful tips to keep in mind.

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Best time to visit

The climate in Qatar does not vary in different parts of the country. However, during the months from April to October can be said to be the period of Summer here. The hottest months would be June, July and August. Summertime in Qatar means that temperatures rise to about 43.3ºC on average during daytime while nights may drop only as low as 32.8 ºC at night. Summertime in Qatar brings about a harsh heat, it is best to visit from November to early April for the best weather. The winter in Qatar is from December to February which is also ideal for your vacation.

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ATMs for foreign exchange in Qatar

As you probably know, the national currency of Qatar is called the 'Qatari Riyal (QR)'. QR 1 is equal to 100 Dirhams. Bank notes are seen in the values of QR500, 100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are available in 50, 25, 10 and 5, however, only 25 and 50 Dirhams are commonly used. There are several ATMs set up at the passenger terminals in Hamad International Airport (HIA) which dispense cash in a number of currencies. Furthermore, there are four money exchange outlets as well.

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Local culture and etiquette

Since Qatar is a strongly Islamic country, there are strict rules and regulations and a few taboos as well. It would do you good to remember them all. Starting off with the dress code, women are expected to wear clothes that cover the shoulders, arms and knees. Although, the dress code in hotels and private clubs may be less strict. For men either trousers or long shorts and t-shirts are good enough. When it comes to greetings, it is important to remember that Arab women and men may be hesitant to shake hands with an individual from the opposite gender. Beware that public display of affection is not allowed in Qatar.

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Weekends

You might find it startling, but the work week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday. This is because Friday is considered a holy day and the Arab men would usually visit the mosque by 12 pm for prayers. Government offices are open from 7 am to 2 pm, but, the working hours may change during the month of Ramadan. Shopping malls are generally open from 10 am to 10 pm.

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Languages in Qatar

In Qatar, the national language is Arabic. Take note that English and French are used as well. To blend in better with the locals, it is certainly advantageous to be familiar with some of the common Arabic phrases; Sabah Al Khair (good morning), Shlonik (how are you?), Salaam alay kum (hello), Shukran (thank you) and Masalama (goodbye) are just a few helpful Arabic phrases to keep in mind.

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Places to stay in Qatar

There are many hotels in Doha Qatar from luxury hotels to boutique hotels such as Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels. If you are set on a budget holiday, there are hotels that may fit your budget value as well. Before making your booking, it would be better to do some research on your accommodation options.

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