Qatar

Qatar is a country located on the Arabian Peninsula. The official language of the government is Arabic, but English is very widespread. The lands of the country encompass desert, oases and long coastlines on the Persian Gulf.  Most of the country’s population live there in Doha, the capital city, which is well known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other contemporary architectural excellences inspired by antique Islamic style. The shopping experience in Doha may be fantastic. There can be found a variety of boutiques of the most well-known worldwide brands. Moreover, on the local markets can be found almost everything from spices and sophisticated jewelry to a bright textile. Qatar attracts tourists from all over the world, thanks to its all year round sun and endless sandy beaches. While in Doha, try to walk or cruise near the Corniche : its the one thing you shouldn’t not miss in this city. Another type of experience that will leave a footprint in your memory is Desert Safari adventure on 4×4 jeeps or on a camel. The nightlife is so vibrant in Doha, that New York might envy its variety of bars and clubs. In order to make your stay in Qatar as safe as possible, SafeAround has compiled information from multiple sources to make sure you have a safe trip!

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Qatar a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Qatar is the 16th safest country in the world, based on the safest and most dangerous countries ranking. Violent crime is very low and most tourists will never face any safety concern. The most common crime is pickpocketing, but there is a large police presence throughout the country. However, there have been some reports of credit cards scams. We advise to use the ATM’s only inside the bank facilities and look promptly after your card while paying in shops or bars. Regular checks of the bank statement will prevent further losses. Female travelers should be cautious of how they behave and dress in public in order to prevent violating local rules. Avoid walking alone after the sunset and in remote places, because unaccompanied women can be vulnerable to harassments. Another area of concern is constantly growing slums around the city. Qatar used to rely on foreign workers. Poorly paid, they can’t afford to rent a decent housing, thus they have to rent cheap shelters, sometimes even made up of old mattresses, metal and tin roofs. These areas tend to have higher incidents of crime. We advise refraining from visiting these areas, especially for female tourists on the grounds of an almost exclusively male laborer population. Is qatar safe or dangerous? Find out on the Travel Map

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Qatar is a safe country. It is ranked 16th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

As a frequently visited tourist destination with more than 3 million visits yearly, it is not surprising that pick-pocketing is common in Qatar. Excessive vigilance in all public place is recommended.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

A level of kidnapping and mugging is very low.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

A country is safe in terms of scams.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Accidents while traveling on the road occur frequently. There is a threat while off-road driving. Ensure cars are well equipped and you carry enough water. Qatar has experienced narcotics smuggling in its territorial waters with foreign fisherman, therefore awareness while in the maritime environment is essential. Outside the capital, the roads conditions vary from very good to poor. During a night, some of them are poorly illuminated. Drivers behavior in Qatar differs from those we used to in the USA or Europe. Drivers displaying varying degrees of skill, aggressiveness, and attentiveness often maneuver erratically at high speed.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

Qatar experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. Sandstorms occur on a regular basis. Sometimes, severe thunderstorms may occur. Information on natural disasters can be obtained from the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

A number of terrorist attacks occurred in the Gulf region in recent years. The probability of new attacks is high.  Qatar authorities have arrested a number of people in connection with terrorism. Attacks could occur at any time and place. The last terrorist bombing in Qatar occurred on March 19, 2005.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Incidents of sexual harassments and assaults targeting expatriate females have been reported.  Overall, female travelers risk in Qatar seems to be on par with main European countries, Australia, Canada or USA. SafeAround recommends taking normal safety precautions and trying to avoid visiting remote neighborhoods late at night.

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Useful Information

33 nations can obtain a one month visit visa on arrival at Doha International Airport. Among the nationals who can obtain visit visa on arrival are Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Luxemburg, Liechtenstein, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Mario, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Vatican. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
Qatari Riyal is the official currency of Qatar. For more information about the exchange rate, you can visit Qatar Central Bank website: http://www.qcb.gov.qa
Qatar experiences extremely high temperatures, which can exceed 50C. The hottest months of the year are from June to September. In order to avoid risks of high temperatures, SafeAround advises avoiding staying in the sun for a long time and drinking a lot of water.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page