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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.
Warnings & Dangers
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Qatar is a safe country. It is ranked 16th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.
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.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
A level of kidnapping and mugging is very low.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
A country is safe in terms of scams.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
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.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
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
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
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.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
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.