From authentic, colourful culture and luxurious world class resorts to desert adventures, Qatar is a magical land where old meets new and traditional meets cosmopolitan.
Perfect to visit year-round, Qatar is the Middle East’s best kept secret. Offering a world of contrasts, it’s a dynamic, exciting and tantalising country with a captivating ambience that’s sure to impress. From taking a ride on a traditional dhow boat across to enchanting souqs or camel rides in the stark desert, to visiting the thriving capital of Doha, Qatar is full of surprises.
Why not see more of the Middle East in one trip and combine your stay with a visit to Dubai, just an hour’s flight away? Swap Qatar’s cultural, historic sites with Dubai’s glittering skyline and shopping malls; or, for something completely different, tag on a trip to the stunning Maldives for a beach escape away from Arabia’s hustle and bustle.
Direct Carrier: Qatar Airways offer direct flights from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester to Doha in 7 hours.
Indirect Carrier: British Airways (with a stopover in Bahrain)
Qatar as a stopover
Qatar Airways offers complimentary stopovers on flights at their hub, Doha. Fly directly from London, Manchester and Edinburgh to Doha in 7 hours.
Flights onwards from Doha include Tanazania, Cape Town, Sri-Lanka, Mumbai, Cochi, Delhi, Kathmandu, Singapore, Bali, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing, Hanoi, Tokyo, Maldives, Zanzibar, Durban and Thailand.
A service charge of ten percent is usually added to hotel and restaurant bills in Qatar, therefore tipping is not necessary, although for exceptional service many people add a bit extra.Taxi drivers do not expect a tip, but it is polite to round up the fare.
No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Qatar. All travellers should be up to date on routine immunisations. Yellow fever immunisation is required if arriving from an infected country. For full details, please contact your GP.No specific vaccinations required.
British citizens are required to purchase a visa on arrival, QR 100 (about £18-20) which is only payable via credit card. The visa can also be used to visit Oman.
You do not need a visa for transiting in Doha at the Hamad International Airport.
The monetary unit of Qatar is the riyal (abbreviated to QR or QAR). The exchange rate is fixed at US $1 = QR3.64. There are no foreign exchange controls. ATMs can be found in many locations and most shops and restaurants accept major credit cards.
QAR - Qatari Riyal