Are you thinking about Qatar and want to know what to expect or how to prepare?
Then watch this video to the end because i've packed it full of 10 things you have to
know before coming to Qatar.
And we're gonna start right now!
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The total population of Qatar is 2.9 million.
Out of those only about 10% are locals.
So don't be too surprised if you're not going to see any locals on the streets when you go out.
Qatar is known to be a really safe place to live. I once personally forgot my wallet in a restaurant,
and the people in the restaurant just called me up a few hours later,
Asking me if I was going to pick it up again.
And then I got it back without anything missing, so that was super!
And that brings me to the money aspect. The currency in Qatar is the Qatari Riyal.
Which is on a fixed exchange rate with the US Dollar, of 3.64.
And that means that one Qatari riyal is worth about 0,27 USD or 0,25 Euro.
The climate in Qatar is interesting.
In the summer the max temperature is about 50 ' celsius, and in the winter the minimum in the city
is about 10'. But the bigger player is really the humidity, in the summer you will be very thankful to have
In general I always say there are 8 months in the year that are wonderful to enjoy outside.
And then there are 4 months in the summer that are a little bit more challenging because of the weather.
When you arrive in Qatar, you'll land at Hamad International Airport.
And you might have someone there to pick you up.
But, if you're not that lucky, you can take a Karwa taxi, it costs around 50 Riyals to get to the Doha city center.
Or you can take on of the bus lines, some but not all, operate 24 / 7.
The cheapest bus card costs 10 QR for 2 journeys within 24 hours.
And the other option is taking the Doha Metro.
A single journey costs only 2 QR.
But keep in mind, the Metro only operates between 6am and 11pm,
and on fridays between 2pm and 11pm.
And Uber is also available in Qatar.
Qatar is of course a muslim country, so you are expected to dress modestly,
covering at least shoulders and legs in public.
If you are a lady, there is no need to cover up completely, as long as you go dressed modestly,
covering at least shoulders and legs.
And that brings me to the point of religion.
If you are muslim, of course there is plenty opportunity to practice your beliefs.
But if you are of any other religion, you can still go and practice it, as long as you don't go out on the streets to promote it.
Doha also has a religious complex, where people of religions other than
muslim, can come together and practice their religion.
Another thing you need to know before coming to Qatar, is the point of alcohol consumption.
Alcohol is certainly available in most of the bigger hotels, but not in many stand alone restaurants.
But if your job is above a certain level, you'll be able to get a clearance certificate from your employer,
and you can take that to the QDC to register for a membership.
And then you'll be able to buy alcohol for your personal use.
Being a peninsula, surrounded by water on 3 sides, Qatar is an amazing place for watersports.
Kitesurfing, boating, sailing and fishing, are just some examples
of things you'll find a lot of opportunity for.
About some of these sports I already have videos on the channel,
and I also have many more to come.
If you're worried that the blockade in Qatar has put things upside down,
I would say, don’t worry at all.
Of course the blockade has an effect on maybe the prices in the supermarkets, they have gone up a little bit.
And there are certain travel restrictions in place,
but the direct effect on life in Qatar is very small.
In fact, since the blockade, Qatar has become more self reliant,
starting to produce some of it's own food supplies, and that's of course a really good thing.
And those are the things you need to know before coming to Qatar.
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And I'll see you soon in Qatar!