Qatar is a peninsula in the Arabian Gulf, surrounded by water on three sides and with a single land border on the south, with Saudi Arabia. The country is approximately 240 kilometres from north to south, and around than 160 kilometres wide.
In Qatar, sun shines practically all year round, making of it a perfect destination for thrilling desert safaris, for relaxing and swimming at the many beaches, and for practicing a wide variety of water and land sports.
REASONS TO GO
Doha's gleaming, modern and beautiful skyline.
The fabulous beach resorts.
The lovely fishing towns of Al-Khor and Al-Zubara.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Qatar profits from a year-round sunshine. The best months to enjoy Qatar pleasant weather are from October to May.
The climate of Qatar is hot and dry, being pleasant in winter and extremely hot in summer. Short intermediary periods separate the two main seasons.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Doha international Airport is about 8 km from the city centre, with Doha’s Corniche, the old city centre and the business district all within 15 minutes drive. Most hotels will arrange airport transfers. Several rent-a-car agencies have offices inside the Arrivals terminal, and metered taxis are readily available outside. The fare to the city centre should be less than QR25 in the daytime and QR30 at night.
GOOD TO KNOW
Currency: Qatari Riyal (QR)
Area: 11.437 km2
Population: 1.5 million
Calling Code: +974
Time Zone: UTC+3
The fixed annual holiday is National Day, December 18th.
Religious holidays – such as Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha – are related to the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan, which moves forward 11 days each year, according to the Islamic calendar.