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Introduction to Qatar
Qatar, on the west coast of the Persian Gulf, is a fascinating country combining an affluent capital, Doha, sweeping desert dunes and wildlife-rich nature reserves. This oil-rich, modern nation takes pride in its history and traditional culture. IHG’s family of Qatar hotels includes chic accommodation in Doha’s business hub and a luxurious spa in the north of the city.

Currency
Qatari riyal (QAR)

Official languages
Arabic; English widely spoken

Climate
Qatar has a dry, subtropical desert climate; average Jun–Aug 35C, Dec–Feb 18C. Highest rainfall Sep

Arriving from Hamad International Airport
Airport is 15km southeast of central Doha. Journey time 20 minutes by taxi (average QAR 45)

Getting around Qatar

  • Metered taxis
  • Air-conditioned buses
  • Hire cars

Top Qatar sightseeing

  • Neolithic carvings at Jabal Jassasiya
  • Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
  • Walled town of Al Zubara
  • Traditional Souq Waqif, Doha
  • ‘Inland sea’ at Khor al Udaid
  • Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, Doha

Top Qatar experiences

  • Strolling the Doha Corniche
  • Watching camel races at Shahaniya racetrack
  • Dining on Qatari dishes at Souq Waqif
  • Shopping on man-made island of Pearl-Qatar
  • Taking an off-road 4x4 trip in the desert
  • Watching dhow fishing boats in Doha harbour

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