Marhaba Information Guide Issue 84: Autumn 2022

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QATAR’S PREMIER DESTINATION GUIDE

Greetings from the team! We are all so delighted that the much-anticipated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ is finally about to take place! And to celebrate this historic occasion, we have an incredibly exciting issue to bring you, featuring a special section with all you need to know about this world-famous sporting event. Read about the state-of-the-art stadiums, the groundbreaking technology being used, the importance of sustainability and legacy, the ambitious volunteer programme, and more. As further details are released closer to the start date, we will update this section online – visit marhaba.qa/marhaba-eguides and bookmark the page! We also have Interesting Reads for you in other sections of the book. In the Discovering Qatar section, you can learn about Qatar's whale shark colony, while in Shopping we discuss the ban on single-use plastic bags and what it means for the environment. In Business and Economy, there is more environmental news, with QatarEnergy joining the global zero methane initiative, and the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ appears again in the Motoring section, as new car owners will have a unique number plate on their vehicles! As always, there are a slew of things to do over the next few months – see our calendars in Events and Activities, or if you're feeling motivated to get active yourself, we have comprehensive listings of leisure and sports activities to inspire you. When sightseeing, the Marhaba Pocket Map is perfect for taking with you when discovering more of Qatar. For all you need to know about the country, visit marhaba.qa, follow us on our social media channels, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter – we look forward to connecting with you!

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Emergency and Important Numbers Emergency Services Police, Fire and Ambulance

999

Worldwide emergency (from mobile phones)

112

Emergency Services for the Deaf

992

Traffic Patrol Police Department (Madinat Khalifa) 2344 4444 Paediatric Emergency Centres (PEC) Airport (Matar Qadeem) 4467 7671 Al Daayen (Al Khor Coastal Road) 4423 3801 Al Sadd (Suhaim bin Hamad Street) 4439 6020 Al Shamal (Al Ruwais) 4027 3000

Government Entities Baladiya 184 Consumer Protection 800 5000

Emergency and Important Numbers

Al Rayyan (Al Furousiya Street) 4481 5447

* The asterix indicates that these ministries have changed due to a cabinet reshuffle. At the time of going to press, numbers for the new ministires were unavailable.

Government Call Centre (Hukoomi) 109 Roadside and Break Down Assistance iParks 4406 9955 Mowasalat Taxi 4458 8888 Qatar Assist 5545 5252 *Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) 4028 8888

Important Numbers

General Information Qatar Meteorology Department 4448 0444 Local Time

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Airport Hamad International Airport (HIA) 4010 6666 Airport Security

4010 9555

Airport Fire and Medical Emergency 4010 9222 For more on travel and airport information, see Traveller Information and Hamad International Airport in this section.

Animals For pet emergency, see Pets in Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section.

Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE)

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs 4011 1111 Ministry of Interior (MOI)

236 7111/236 6666

Ministry of Justice

137

*Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME)

184

*Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC)

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MOI eServices and Metrash2

234 2000

National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) 4404 8844

Foreign Embassies

Public Works Authority (Ashghal)

188

See Foreign Embassies in this section.

Qatar Post (QPost) 4446 4000 Report Environmental Violations

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Supreme Judiciary Council

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Nesma'ak (Hamad Medical Corporation)

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Telecom and Communications Directory Assistance

180

International Calls Inquiry

150

Hayyak (Primary Health Care Corporation)

107

Ooredoo 111 Vodafone

800 7110

Traffic and Minor Accidents General Directorate of Traffic

234 4444

Madinat Khalifa Traffic & Investigation 234 4499 Utilities Kahramaa (electricity and water)

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Health Enquiries Health Unified Contact Center (COVID-19)

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In this issue

our special section, all about the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 11 Read Image © Road to 2022 Hotels and 37 Discovering Qatar 181 Hospitality, Dining

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Emergency Numbers Cultural Awareness Arabic Phrases Qatar at a Glance Qatar’s Government Structure Foreign Embassies in Qatar Digital Qatar Traveller Information Hamad International Airport Main Urban Centres Getting Around Qatar Sightseeing Msheireb Downtown Doha Souq Waqif Katara Cultural Village Lusail City The Pearl Island Souq Al Wakra

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141 Events and Activities Events in Qatar Leisure Activities Sports in Qatar Sports Calendar Sports Activities Health and Wellness

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Tourism in Qatar Places to Stay Spas and Beauty Centres Dining in Qatar Places to Dine

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Shopping Where to Shop Shopping in Qatar

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Interesting reads Hayya, Welcome to Qatar! Health Insurance Now Mandatory for Visitors The Whale Sharks of Qatar Parks, Parks and More Parks More Hospitality Accommodation No More Single-Use Plastic Bags! Qatar Digital ID Card Cabinet Approves Move to Set Up Academic Commission New Advertising Guidelines Issued QatarEnergy Joins Global Zero Methane Initiative Qetaifan Island North New Number Plates to Celebrate World Cup

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281 Living in Qatar

Day to Day Qatar Healthcare Useful Numbers Healthcare in Qatar

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Maps 284 304 306

Education Useful Numbers Education in Qatar Education Courses, Tutoring and Lectures Arabic/Islamic Culture Courses

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361 Business and Economy Banking and Finance Economy Commerce Useful Numbers Investment and Trade The Hydrocarbon Industry Infrastructure in Qatar

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Qatar

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Greater Doha

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Doha Corniche and Bay

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Doha Central Area

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Northeast Coast

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Al Khor

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Southeast Coast

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Al Wakra

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Mesaieed Industrial City 362 368 369 371 380 386

395 Motoring Main Car Showrooms Useful Numbers Motoring Reviews Service Centres Motoring Essentials

Stadiums and Metro Stations

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Msheireb Downtown Doha

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Souq Waqif

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Katara Cultural Village

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Lusail City

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The Pearl Island

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Souq Al Wakra

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Souq Area

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Hamad bin Khalifa Medical City

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Education City/Qatar Foundation

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Industrial Area

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Discover Qatar’s extraordinary coastline, such as Safliya Island – see our Sightseeing section for more ideas Image credit © Visit Qatar

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The information contained in this guide has been checked and verified as correct as at the time of compilation, but is subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit marhaba.qa for the latest updates.

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State-of-the-art stadiums, green building practices, a far-reaching volunteer programme and incredible new technology guarantee that Qatar will deliver the first – and best – sustainable World Cup competition.

The Official Emblem of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Its design draws on the traditional woollen shawl worn during the winter months, when the tournament will take place. The typeface celebrates Qatar’s heritage using traditional Arabic calligraphy integrating elements like the kasheeda, a lengthening of the line connecting letters to enhance the flow and elegance of the written word. ©

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FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022TM

Qatar was awarded the rights to host the FIFA World CupTM on a momentous day in December 2010. Thereafter, the reality set in – Qatar was going to have to carefully think about how it was going to organise one of the biggest sporting events in the world. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM is already unique in three ways: it will be the first to be staged in the Middle East, in the smallest geographical area, and in the winter months. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) will act as an overseeing agency between the various government entities in Qatar whose projects related to Qatar 2022; the Local Organising Committee will benefit from the Supreme Committee’s overseeing role. SC was formed in April 2011 to oversee the mammoth task of planning and developing the infrastructure required to host the tournament in what is geographically the smallest host country. The organisation has signed stakeholder agreements with entities such as Qatar Rail, Mowasalat/Karwa, Ashghal, Kahramaa, Aspire Zone Foundation and Qatari Diar, for projects to deliver the infrastructure for the event. Recognising the importance of protecting the wellbeing, safety and security of the workers involved in the projects, the Workers’ Charter was published in March 2013, followed by the Workers’ Welfare Standards in February 2014. The Workers’ Welfare regularly interacts with SC workers and a dedicated hotline was established in 2017 to deal with grievances. SC’s Workers’ Welfare Standards exceed Qatar’s laws in an attempt to ensure fair recruitment policies, payment terms, overtime provisions and accommodation standards. All contracted workers are registered with an integrated electronic medical records system and undergo medical screening by Qatar Red Crescent funded by SC.

Pictured from top An electronic billboard in Times Square, New York. The Official Emblem was unveiled in Doha at 20:22 local time, with thousands of spectators witnessing the synchronised projection of the emblem onto some of the country’s most iconic buildings, including Katara Cultural Village Amphitheatre, Ministry of Interior, Souq Waqif, Msheireb and Al Zubara Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Former FC Barcelona captain and World Cup winner Xavi Hernández is a Generation Amazing ambassador. He joined Qatar Stars League team Al Sadd in 2015, winning the league title in 2019, and the Amir’s Cup in 2021 as head coach, before rejoining FC Barcelona as the team’s manager.

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Generation Amazing Established in 2010 during Qatar’s bid to host the World Cup, Generation Amazing uses football for development initiatives to address social issues in countries in need, as per the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The initiative reaches those most in need by constructing community football pitches, delivering football for development training, and involving young people. Generation Amazing has changed the lives of thousands of people, both abroad and in Qatar itself, and is helping to foster sustainable behaviours among many young people. The programme has already had a positive impact on more than 725,000 youths in 10 countries. A recent collaboration is with the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) to launch a joint football for development initiative for coaching education, which will benefit thousands of children and youth across CONCACAF’s 41 member associations. Similarly, there is a partnership in place with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for a programme in Argentina, Iraq, Myanmar and Uganda. The Youth Advocates programme promotes the values of global citizenship, as young people embark on a year-long journey to understand the different ways that football can help find solutions to multilateral and national social challenges.

Volunteer Programme A major component to making the event a success will be including many volunteers. Since launching in September 2018, the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s Volunteer Programme has seen more than 380,000 people register. Around 20,000 volunteers are to be recruited, making it one of the largest activation and engagement of volunteers in Qatar’s history across the country’s diverse communities. Registration was open to everyone aged over 18, regardless of nationality, education or profession, to support events and projects in a number of areas. The programme’s strategy has two goals: in the short-term, to serve the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM; in the long-term, to help build a database of volunteers to support national events after 2022. Volunteers were given a taste of how they can help Qatar prepare for the World Cup at the FIFA Arab Cup™ held in November/December 2021. ©

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Ready to receive fans with disabilities Qatar will deliver an outstanding FIFA World Cup™ experience for people with disabilities. Fans will be provided access to a range of digital content as the nation aims to make this FIFA World Cup™ accessible to as many people as possible. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has worked with more than 30 local organisations to ensure its digital content can be enjoyed by all fans, irrespective of their accessibility needs. This led to the establishment of the Accessibility Forum, which has proved vital in efforts to deliver the most accessible World Cup in tournament history. Members represent a wide variety of impairments, including physical, cognitive, perceptual and mental health disabilities. People with disabilities, experts and stakeholders such as the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the National Tourism Council have provided vital feedback on how to improve services on such things as Qatar’s transport system and cultural attractions. Mada Assistive Technology Center Qatar is a founding member of the Accessibility Forum and a key partner in the SC’s e-accessibility efforts. Mada is a leading pioneer in the country’s digital accessibility efforts and its work has been recognised on an international level. Another member, the Qatar Social and Cultural Club for the Blind, has also been involved since the inception of the Accessibility Forum. It is chaired by Faisal Al Kohaji, a legal advisor in the oil and gas industry, and for whom digital accessibility is crucial – and for millions of football fans around the world. The inauguration of Khalifa International Stadium in May 2017 coincided with Qatar’s first stadium-based sensory room for people with cognitive disabilities. A number of the stadiums have now been equipped with sensory rooms, providing the best possible environment for children with autism and neurobehavioural disorders to enjoy the matches in a safe space. Fans with disabilities and autism coming from outside Qatar can avail of the services at the Shafallah Centre lobby at Hamad International Airport, which will offer the latest assistive technology and educational and rehabilitation equipment for the best travel experience.

Official mascot unveiled La’eeb has been unveiled as the Official Mascot for FIFA World Cup 2022™! La’eeb is an Arabic word meaning superskilled player. He belongs to a parallel mascot-verse with no description, he wants everyone to everyone to interpret what it looks like themselves. The fun and mischievous character will excite fans and inspire them to celebrate the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and Arab world, uniting cultures from across the world. Fans can download GIFs and stickers via social media channels, as well as screensavers and filters. 14

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A groundbreaking tournament for referees... History has again been made as the FIFA Referees Committee has appointed three female referees and three female assistant referees to officiate. The three referees are Stephanie Frappart from France, Salima Mukansanga from Rwanda and Yoshimi Yamashita from Japan, with assistant referees Neuza Back from Brazil, Karen Díaz Medina from Mexico and Kathryn Nesbitt from the US. In total, there will be 36 referees, 69 assistant referees and 24 video match officials, selected from the six confederations and overseen by chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee, Pierluigi Collina.

Who will be able to use exciting new technology to assist with decisions! FIFA announced in July 2022 that semi-automated offside technology will be used during the tournament. This support tool for the video match officials and the on-field officials should help them make faster and more accurate offside decisions. VAR technology was successfully used at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in Russia, as well as the FIFA Arab Cup™ and the FIFA Club World Cup™. Working with various partners, the Working Group for Innovation Excellence, and technology providers, FIFA has spent the last few years further improving the VAR system, including the use of semi-automated offside technology. According to FIFA, the new technology uses 12 dedicated tracking cameras mounted underneath the roof of the stadium to track the ball and up to 29 data points of each individual player, 50 times per second, to calculate their exact position on the pitch. These 29 collected data points include all limbs and extremities relevant for making offside calls. adidas’ official match ball, Al Rihla, will feature an inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensor to provide another element for the detection of tight offside incidents. The sensor is in the centre of the ball, sending ball data to the video operation room 500 times per second, giving a precise detection of the kick point. If a player strays into an offside position, the video assistant referee will be alerted, and they can then relay a message to the on-field officials. Once an offside call has been flagged, a 3D animation will be generated and displayed on screens inside the venue. All this new technology has the potential to cut VAR decision-making from 70 seconds to just 25!

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Sustainability In January 2020, hosts Qatar and FIFA released the event’s first joint Sustainability Strategy. Sustainability has been one of the main aspects of this World Cup, which started at the bid stage and will continue right through to the end of the tournament. The aim is to use the power of football to open up a world of amazing experiences and build a lasting legacy that fits in with both FIFA’s vision and Qatar’s national development goals. In 2015, FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) began to develop and implement the event’s Sustainability Strategy. This was the first to be planned and delivered jointly by FIFA, SC on behalf of the host country, and the local organisers, FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 LLC (Q22). ‘Developing human capital, safeguarding workers rights, and delivering innovative environmental solutions’ are some of the points mentioned in the Sustainability Strategy. To deliver the shared vision, five sustainability commitments have been defined: • Human Pillar: To develop human capital and safeguard workers’ rights, particularly construction workers, as well as human rights issues related to the actual event, such as freedom of expression for journalists and the avoidance of discrimination. • Social Pillar: To provide an inclusive tournament experience for all, ensuring it is safe, welcoming and accessible to all participants and attendees. • Economic Pillar: To catalyse economic development, highlighting economic development and growth in Qatar. This will be achieved by enabling local and international businesses to become FIFA suppliers, with a priority for local entities. • Environment Pillar: To deliver innovative environmental solutions, hosting a fully carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™. • Governance Pillar: To set an example of good governance and ethical business practices, with periodic updates of the Sustainability Strategy, stakeholder engagement and communication, and sustainable procurement procedures. Further to this, 22 objectives have been described in detail, along with more than 70 initiatives and programmes to deliver the strategy and achieve the objectives set. These were identified with the help of more than 100 national and international governmental, non-governmental and private-sector organisations, via surveys, workshops, meetings and the circulation of drafts, according to SC. Furthermore, the development process for the strategy also included a full human rights salience assessment, a first for a mega-sporting event. Implementation of the Sustainability Strategy is in line with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This was adopted by world leaders in September 2015 and has 17 universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, and 169 targets, which set out a vision for ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. The Sustainability Strategy for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM has been aligned with the most relevant SDGs based upon sustainability topics and human rights issues. Overall, 11 SDGs will be achieved.

In legacy mode, the modular upper tiers of some stadiums will be donated overseas – the seats will be given to countries needing sports infrastucture, and will ensure Qatar can use the stadiums appropriately after 2022. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is on the site of the old Al Rayyan stadium, much of which has been reused throughout the stadium complex or becoming public art installations. Trees in the location remain in place to minimise impact on the natural environment. ©

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The venues’ innovative air-conditioned stadiums have carbon-neutral, solar-based systems producing chilled air. This creates an atmosphere for players and fans at least 20 degrees cooler than the surrounding area, allowing the venues to be used in the future for events throughout the year. Cutting-edge cooling technology was revealed in June 2014, bringing the temperature in the the open-air fan zone for the Brazil 2014 FIFA World CupTM down to 12˚C.

Six of the eight stadiums are built with modular components, so that after the tournament, Qatar will donate 170,000 seats to countries in need of sporting infrastructure, as part of its 2022 legacy. The FIFA Club World Cup 2019™ in December 2019 was a perfect warm-up event. The world’s best football clubs from every continent gave thrilling performances and was eventually won by Liverpool FC. The Fan Zone in Doha Sports Park provided plenty of opportunities to watch all the matches, as well as enjoy live music, football-themed activities, and food and beverages. The FIFA Arab Cup 2021™ held in Qatar in November/December 2021 featured 16 teams from across the Arab world, and is the final ‘warm-up’ event before the World Cup. The match schedule for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, confirmed by FIFA on 15 July 2020, sees hosts Qatar playing in the opening match on 21 November 2022 at Al Bayt Stadium, 1 pm local time (GMT+3). During the group stage, four matches will be played on each day. Kick-off will be at 1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm and 10 pm for the first two rounds, and 6 pm and 10 pm for the simultaneous kick-offs of the last round and for knockout stage matches. The third place match will be on 17 December at Khalifa International Stadium, and the final on 18 December – Qatar National Day – at Lusail Stadium, both at 6 pm. The new stadiums have been designed by the world’s leading architects and reflect a different aspect of Qatari culture, and take into consideration three priorities: access and comfort, sustainability, and post-tournament legacy. Fans can potentially see more than one match a day, as the longest distance between venues is just 55 km. The Tree and Turf Nursery was launched in February 2018 to supply the enormous quantities of grass required for the stadiums, as well as the trees and shrubs that surround them. 18

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Khalifa International Stadium

Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976, and renovated before reopening in May 2017 for the final of the Amir Cup. Named after the former Amir, HH Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani (grandfather of the current Amir, HH Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani), the stadium has to date hosted matches in the Gulf Cup, the AFC Asian Cup, five matches in the FIFA Club World Cup 2019™, including the Final between Liverpool and Flamengo, and a number of football friendlies. It also hosted the Asian Games in 2006 and the IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2019. The arena’s new ultramodern shape has kept its instantly recognisable dual arches. Inside the stadium, seats are protected from the elements by a canopy, thanks to the installation of a larger roof over the entire spectator area – an intricate net of steel tension cables weighing 4,000 tonnes hold 92 panels in place. Meanwhile LED pitch lighting and digital floodlights add a new dimension to the fan experience – Khalifa International Stadium is the first FIFA World Cup™ venue and the first stadium in the region to use these more sustainable forms of lighting. There is also climate control provided by advanced cooling technologies, promised as part of Qatar’s successful bid, which keeps the pitch at 20°C and the stands at 23°C, using 40% less energy than traditional cooling methods. Even the pitch is new, designed with Qatar’s climate in mind and developed at the Turf Nursery. It was laid in a new world record time of just 13 ½ hours.

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Al Janoub

Stadium

Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakra was the first design to be revealed in November 2013, and opened 16 May 2019 for the Amir’s Cup final. Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid, the stadium is inspired by traditional dhow boats and Al Wakra’s history of seafaring. Inside, bowed beams hold up the roof, reminiscent of a ship’s hull, which allows light to flood in. A detailed micro-climate analysis was undertaken to check the heat levels inside; from this study, aerodynamics were used to determine the best shape for the arena, with the roof having additional shading using a minimal amount of glass. Alongside an innovative cooling system, these features make significant contributions to temperature control. In November 2018, the stadium received a Class A* sustainability rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System, in recognition of the project’s extensive efforts to protect the environment. The impact of fans travelling to Al Janoub Stadium for matches has also been considered, with major upgrades to the road networks, reducing journey times and emissions, and the nearby Doha Metro station. The 40,000‑seater venue will host matches up to the quarter-finals. After the competition it will become the home of Al Wakra Sports Club with 20,000 seats; the remaining 20,000 will be donated to football development projects overseas. Part of the stadium’s legacy includes green spaces being developed around the complex, which fans will see as they approach the stadium. The impressive parkland has more than 800 new trees and low-water-consumption vegetation, with areas for horse riding, running tracks and cycle lanes.

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Education City

Stadium

Education City Stadium is a 40,000-seat venue that sits in the heart of the country’s dedicated area for some of the world’s leading universities, the home of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, and is adjacent to Education City Golf Club. The design draws its inspiration from Islamic architecture, with a façade that features triangles forming complex, diamond-esque geometrical patterns which seemingly change colour as the sun moves across the sky, with an eye-catching colourful light show at night. The sides of the stadium envelop the pitch, helping the advanced cooling system to operate. An integrated water and energy control and monitoring system manages real-time consumption, and the environmentally-conscious design and construction help reduce the stadium’s carbon footprint. In January 2019, the stadium received a 5-star design and build rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System. A number of green construction practices have been employed: More than 55% of the materials used for the stadium came from sustainable sources and 28% of construction materials have recycled contents. The surrounding precinct incorporates drought-tolerant and native species of plants in 75% of the landscaping. After the World Cup, Education City Stadium will donate 20,000 seats to create sporting venues in developing countries. In legacy mode, the venue will suit the needs of students, faculty and other members of the Education City community by becoming a sports, leisure and social hub.

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Al Bayt

Stadium

Al Bayt Stadium, located in Al Khor (35 km north of Doha), is instantly recognisable, thanks to its design based on a Bedouin tent – bayt al sha’ar or ‘house of hair’. The tent structure covers the entire stadium, and honours Qatar’s past and present while also looking to the future. The tent structure provides shading via lightweight canopies which stretch out towards the pitch, joined by a retractable roof system and cooling technologies. These features allow for comfortable temperatures inside without using extra power. Al Bayt Stadium has already received a Class A* rating from the Global Sustainability Assessment System. Outside the stadium, parks and greenery feature in the surrounding precinct’s design plan, with grass and trees alongside lakes and water features – the outdoor space is equal to the size of 30 football pitches. Fans will approach the stadium on tree-lined walkways before entering the traditional-meets-modern piece of architecture. The upgraded road system means shorter journey times and a smaller environmental impact, although there will be extensive taxi and bus facilities to minimise the number of vehicles on local roads. In legacy mode, the upper tier of modular design seating, almost half of the 60,000 capacity, will be removed and donated to developing nations. The upper area of the stadium will be converted into a five-star hotel, and a shopping centre, food court, gym and multipurpose hall will be incorporated into the venue, as well as a branch of Aspetar, Qatar’s premier sports medicine facility. The stadium will host the opening match of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and fixtures through to the semi-finals. It was inaugurated 30 November 2021 for the opening match of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™.

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Ahmad Bin Ali

Stadium

Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium is the home of local football team, Al Rayyan Sports Club. The stadium officially opened on 18 December 2020, hosting the final of The Amir Cup, becoming the fourth operational FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ venue. The arena is capable of hosting 40,000 fans. The stadium incorporates features of Qatari culture in its magnificent façade, one of the most striking aspects of the stadium. The glowing façade’s patterns characterise different aspects of the country: the importance of family, the beauty of the desert, the native flora and fauna, and local and international trade. The façade surrounds a compact seating structure, giving a sense of feeling much closer to all of the action on the pitch. A lightweight canopy and advanced cooling systems protect fans from the elements, providing maximum comfort. Traditional design elements continue on the surrounding buildings, with dune-shaped hospitality areas and retail outlets. Thanks to its lighting system, the entire area will be spectacular at nighttime as the buildings softly glow. The stadium complex has used more than 80% of construction materials from the former venue on the site (with the same name) – in fact, any trees that needed to be moved have been replanted! Any new materials have been chosed for environmental qualities. The stadium received a 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System certification in October 2018. The stadium’s carbon footprint has been reduced thanks to energy and water efficiency measures, and its close connection to the metro. Post-tournament, the seating capacity will be reduced to 20,000 with the other 20,000 donated to football development projects overseas. In legacy mode, there will be six football training pitches and a multitude of other sporting facilities.

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Al Thumama

Stadium

Al Thumama Stadium in the southern suburbs of Doha is named after a native tree that grows in the region. Its intricate design depicts the traditional woven cap gahfiya – a symbol of dignity and independence, and worn by boys through to adulthood. The stadium’s design also represents the country becoming a major force in the world’s sports scene and the heritage that has shaped its path to success. Qatari architectural and engineering firm Arab Engineering Bureau created the concept and schematic design, led by chief architect, Ibrahim M Jaidah, one of the region’s most renowned architects. The venue’s distinctive design won the prestigious MIPIM/ The Architectural Review Future Project Award in 2018. Fans will first see the impressive stadium from the adjacent Hamad International Airport, as they admire the circular design and outstanding roof from the skies. Al Thumama Stadium is the location for revolutionary prototype stadium the Showcase, a demonstration to FIFA of how Qatar is committed to innovation and sustainability, both in the tournament and in legacy mode. The Showcase will remain in place until 2022, showing such technologies as the solar-powered cooling systems. Looking to achieve Global Sustainability Assessment System 4-star certification, the design saves up to 40% more water than a conventional stadium. Recycled water will be used for the 50,000 sq m of park area, with native vegetation and 400 trees across 84% of the green areas. The stadium was inaugurated on 22 October 2021 for The Amir’s Cup final. In legacy mode, the stadium’s seating capacity will be reduced from 40,000 to 20,000 to meet local needs, with the remaining infrastructure donated. Aspetar will have a clinic at the stadium, while the surrounding precinct will provide sports facilities alongside running and cycling tracks. A boutique hotel inside the stadium, a mosque, and retail units will complete the services offered to the community. 24

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Stadium 974, previously Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, is one of the most innovative and radical to be built for a FIFA World Cup™ tournament – or any sporting event! The 40,000-seat venue, situated looking across Doha’s Al Dafna/West Bay skyline and the Arabian Gulf, has been built in such a way that it can be completely dismantled and reused for other sporting projects after the competition, setting a new standard in sustainability and how to reuse stadiums in legacy mode. Due to the temporary nature of the stadium and the clever modular design, using fewer building materials than seen in traditional stadium buildings has reduced construction costs. The project has a lower carbon footprint due to its dockside location as natural sea breezes lessen the requirements on the stadium’s cooling system. The design is the brainchild of Fenwick Iribarren Architects. It has been constructed using shipping containers, removable seats and other modular building blocks, a unique and colourful design in keeping with the nearby port. Most of the stadium’s major requirements – for example, seating, bathroom facilities and food stalls – operate within the shipping containers. These have been arranged in an elegant curved square which give the venue its iconic aesthetic. The dismantling of the stadium is a first for a FIFA World Cup™ venue. Just about everything will be repurposed – the 40,000 seats, the containers and the roof – and donated to projects elsewhere. This means the entire stadium may be built in another location, or the elements split up and used on a number of sporting and non-sporting venues. Once the stadium has been removed, a new waterfront development will include a large public park with retail space. The stadium was inaugurated on 30 November 2021 for the FIFA Arab Cup™ and renamed Stadium 974 to reflect the number of shipping containers used, as well as Qatar’s international dialling code. ©

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Lusail

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Lusail Stadium is in Qatar’s city of the future, Lusail City, and will be the venue for the final match of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, closing the tournament in opulent style. Fans can travel to the stadium from anywhere in the country quickly and easily, thanks to the Doha Metro and the upcoming Lusail Tram. There are also excellent commuter links via the upgraded road network, shuttle buses from the nearby park and ride system, and even the new walking and cycle paths! The stadium’s design has been inspired by light and shadow, characteristics of the fanar (lantern), with its shape and façade replicating the intricate decorative motifs on bowls and art pieces seen across the Middle East. Architects Foster + Partners have created a sleek, modern and bold shape with an impressive sloping roof. The chic, muted gold exterior will over time offer an evocative image of aged metal handicrafts, while the intricate detailing on the stadium bowl will feature a graceful, undulating trim. This will be literally topped off with a roof that showcases the best engineering and construction techniques, using materials to provide shade yet still admitting the right amount of sunlight to nourish the playing surface. When the daylight fades, an advanced lighting system will switch on with light pouring through the openings in the façade, similar to a lantern, offering a welcoming glow for fans. Once inside the stadium, a wall of colour will be joined by a wall of sound – the roof and curved sides will form a cauldron effect, with noise reverberating around the arena. During construction, sustainable building practices will be employed and construction waste recycled whenever possible. Recycled water will irrigate the abundance of local plants surrounding the stadium. Efficient water fixtures and leak detection systems throughout the stadium complex will conserve 40% more fresh water than in conventional stadiums. These measures will steer Lusail Stadium towards achieving 4-star Global Sustainability Assessment System certification. Current plans for Lusail Stadium after the tournament suggest it will transform into a community space with schools, shops, sporting facilities and health clinics within the original exterior of the stadium and under the original roof. Most of the stadium’s 80,000 seats will be removed and donated to projects elsewhere.

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Quick facts and figures

1

The maximum number of hours that will be spent travelling between venues during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, making it possible to watch more than one match a day.

1st title

Qatar will compete as the reigning champions of Asia after winning the AFC Asian Cup for the first time in January 2019.

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Number of stadiums being used during the tournament.

15 – 24°C

Average temperatures in Qatar in November and December.

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Number of nationalities working for the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, reflecting Qatar’s commitment to deliver a tournament that unites the world.

55 km

The longest distance required to see matches, between Al Bayt Stadium to Al Janoub Stadium.

1981

When Qatar reached the final of the FIFA World Youth Championships (now the FIFA U-20 World Cup), defeating Brazil and England on the way.

1992

Qatar reached the quarter-finals of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games’ football tournament and won its first ever Gulf Cup.

9,520

Number of athletes in 424 events across 39 sports during the 15th Asian Games (XV Asiad) in Doha in 2006, widely regarded as the most successful to date – just one of many international sporting events Qatar has successfully hosted.

40,000

Seating capacity of Stadium 974 (previously Ras Abu Aboud Stadium), the first fully demountable tournament venue in FIFA World Cup™ history.

1,500,000

Number of fans expected to visit Qatar during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.

53,000,000

The annual capacity of Hamad International Airport in 2022. These facts are courtesy of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy – for more information, visit qatar2022.qa

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The Team Base Camp line-up shows the uniquely compact nature of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ The 31 teams travelling to Qatar will have a Team Base Camp (TBC) to call home at the most compact FIFA World Cup™ since the first instalment in 1930. No domestic flights are required during the tournament, enabling teams to use the same top-class facilities throughout the competition. Official training sessions the day before matches will also be held at the team’s training sites. Teams will check in at their Team Base Camp Hotels (TBCHs) at least five days before their first match, with players hoping to extend their stay from the guaranteed 15 days to 33, an achievement reserved only for the finalists. One of the unique features of the FIFA World Cup 2022™ means that 24 out of the 32 teams will stay within a 10 km radius of each other. This provides a thrilling atmosphere in and around Doha for local and international fans to enjoy, as they watch their favourite teams train. A TBC is the headquarters of a participating team during the competition period, combining a dedicated Team Base Camp Training Site (TBCTS) with a hotel or other form of accommodation (TBCH). There are three types of training site on offer: local clubs, cluster training facilities, and stadium training sites. Many have been built from scratch or renovated, an important part of the tournament’s legacy for grassroots football in Qatar. The TBCHs range from four and five-star hotels to villas, resorts and non-hotel accommodation, including sports academy residences and school/university housing. Facilities available include treatment rooms and dedicated common areas to safeguard teams’ privacy, complying with all relevant security protocols.

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Hayya, Welcome to Qatar! By Sarah Palmer Stay ahead of the game and apply for your Hayya Card prior to travelling to Qatar or attending matches.

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ans visiting the country for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM in November will need to apply for a Hayya Card.

The digital card is the only way that visitors will be able to enter the country during the competition period. The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) have stated that a digital Hayya Card will be issued on the purchase of a ticket, and that this applies to all local and international fans attending matches. International fans must book their accommodation after purchasing their tickets to enter Qatar and attend matches in the stadiums, while citizens and residents need to enter the match ticket number, ID number and date of birth to obtain the card. International fans making a matchday visit to Qatar do not need to arrange accommodation, but will still need to register their travel details in order to receive final approval on the Hayya card application. For the Match Day Pass, fans need a valid FIFA Match ticket and a valid passport. Once approved, the digital version of the fan ID will be available in the Hayya app, as well as in a physical form from designated collection points. As well as allowing entry into stadiums, cardholders will be eligible for free public transportation – which will include the extensive metro, bus and taxi networks – and to attend the activities being held during the competition. Accommodation options such as apartments, villas, apartment complexes, floating hotels, fan villages and holiday homes are offered through the official platform at qatar2022.qa/book Visitors can alternatively stay with a friend or relative in Qatar. Each person residing here can receive 10 people (relatives and friends) by registering their data on the residence platform. Each guest must also add the host’s information on the Hayya digital platform. m

More information can be obtained from: • The official app available to download via Google Play or the App Store • hayya.qatar2022.qa/web/hayya, the fan application portal • qatar2022.qa, for details about the tournament, stadiums and more • marhaba.qa, for our free e-guide about the competition

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Common Courtesies • Geography Demography • Climate Language and Religion The Ruling Family • The Qatari Flag Government • History • Economy International Relations Transport and Communication

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Cultural Awareness

Cultural Awareness

Qatar warmly welcomes visitors from across the world to its beautiful and cultural country. There's much to see and enjoy, but ensure to be mindful of the country's religious and cultural norms.

Please do...

Please don't...

use greetings and formalities as they are particularly important. It is considered impolite to start any conversation or request without at least saying 'Hello' or 'Excuse me'.

look or stare at people especially women. This general courtesy is particularly important in a society where modesty in dress and behaviour is the standard.

be mindful when talking to or asking local or Arab women for information, if you are a man. Respect the fact some women in this region are private people in public places. They are more than willing to help other women, so if you are in a mixed group, let the women do the talking!

be offended if your handshake is refused by the opposite sex. Handshakes are often refused to members of the opposite sex. It is a religious and cultural prohibition applicable to Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

dress modestly in Qatar, which is a Muslim country with conservative dress codes for both males and females. Avoid shorts and short skirts, strapless and crop tops and other forms of revealing and transparent clothing especially to work, schools, malls, parks and other family-friendly destinations. Government offices and health centres will turn away people for inappropriate clothing. avoid public displays of affection (PDA) as any intimacy in public can be considered as an act of obscenity. This can lead to arrest and a potential court case, which can include a fine, a custodial sentence and deportation once the sentence is complete. bargain with shopkeepers in local souqs. Always counter the original offer with a lower price than you expect to pay and work slowly upwards to what you wish to spend.

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take photographs or videos without permission of people (including the police or armed forces) or sensitive sites in public or private spaces. Many men and women here are private and strongly object to being photographed or videographed. sit with the soles of your shoes or feet facing towards your hosts; it is considered insulting. Equally, don’t sit with your back to other guests. drink too much alcohol so that your behaviour is affected in public. There are stiff fines for consuming alcohol other than on licensed premises. Alcohol in Qatar is a strictly regulated concession and there is zero tolerance for drink-driving, drunkenness or rowdy behaviour. The country also applies a zero-tolerance policy to drugs.

look out for separate counters and sections for men and women in banks, ministries and other public service centres.

go barefoot in the sea where stonefish lie camouflaged along the shoreline. Although rare, the poisonous defence mechanism causes excruciating pain and needs a hospital visit. Also be on the lookout for jellyfish, particularly in the summer months.

stay hydrated amd drink plenty of water. At temperatures reaching over 40°C in the summer, you need to drink at least two litres of water per day. Deep yellow unrine is a sign of dehydration. Don't forget to use a high-factor sunblock and wear a hat or cap to protect you from the sun's UV radiation.

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Arabic Phrases Arabs place great importance on greetings, often greeting each other with a number of phrases and fixed responses enquiring about each other’s health, wellbeing and family. As a courtesy, it is important for visitors to learn the basics of how to say hello and goodbye when in their company. *Indicates if you're speaking as a female or when you're speaking to a female.

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Look! Where? Peace be upon you assalam a'laykum On your right And upon you be peace wa’alaykum salam Good morning sabah al khair On your left May your morning be bright sabah al noor Straight on Good afternoon/evening massa al khair Stop! May your afternoon/evening be bright massa al noor Go! Welcome marhaba or Come! tafaddal/*tafaddali Let's go! Goodbye (Go in peace) ma’a salaamah Tell me May God protect you Allah yehmik/*Allah When? yehmiki Bring me/give How are you? kaif halak?/*kaif This halik That And you? wa ant?/*wa anti There isn’t any Thank God al hamdu lillah No problem Thanks shukran There is no time Welcome (in response to 'thank you') a'fwan Please min fadlak/*min Impossible Finished fadlik If God is willing Yes/No na’am or aiwa/la I'm sorry ana mutaassef/*ana For sure mutaasefa Ramadan blessings Congratulations mabrook Eid blessings

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Emergencies Please help me Police station I’m feeling ill I need a doctor I need a hospital Ambulance Pharmacy There's a fire

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Qatar at a Glance

Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world and both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the courteous and hospitable nature of Arab culture. However, bear in mind that Qatar is a conservative Islamic state – by following a few simple rules in public you will more than repay the warm welcome shown to you.

Common Courtesies Please dress modestly when out in public. As a show of respect towards the culture and tradition of Qatar, visitors and expatriates (both men and women) should dress conservatively. Avoid exposing the knees, shoulders, cleavage and stomach. Likewise, avoid tight, revealing clothing. Although there are many people who show disregard for the dress code here, it is in your best interest to avoid any unwelcome attention. Be particularly modest during the holy month of Ramadan. Visitors should also be mindful of the conservative dress code which is often required at the beach and by the pool in public. Topless sunbathing is prohibited. Public displays of affection between men and women are discouraged and behaviour that is considered immoral could result in prosecution.

There are stiff fines for consuming alcohol other than on licensed premises or at home (you must have a liquor permit to buy alcohol for use at home). Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence, and could lead to prosecution and deportation. Alcohol is not sold or served during the month of Ramadan, or in the 10 days before Eid Al Adha. The country applies a zero-tolerance attitude to drugs. Law No 10 of 2016 on the Control of Tobacco and its Derivatives is the principal law governing tobacco control in Qatar. The law prohibits smoking in indoor public places and the sale of e-cigarettes.

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Qatar local time is three hours ahead of GMT, also known as Universal Coordinated Time. It is fixed across the country and throughout the year. There is no summer daylight saving.

The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), which is divided into 100 Dirhams. The exchange parity has been set at the fixed rate of USD1 = QAR3.64. See Banking and Finance in the Business and Economy section for details of banks and currency exchange houses.

Hours of Business The working week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday (a sacred day of worship for Muslims) and usually Saturday being days off. Government ministries’ working hours are from 7 am – 2 pm, Sunday to Thursday; the oil, gas and petrochemicals companies follow a similar working week. Some private businesses follow a one shift workday, but many have two: roughly 8 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 8 pm. Shop times vary but are generally 8:30 am – 12:30 pm and 4 pm – 10 pm, although shopping malls tend to be open all day between the hours of 10 am and 11 pm. Some shops do not open on Fridays, while others open for a couple of hours early in the morning and reopen in the late afternoon. Most malls now open on Fridays at 1:30 pm, with shopping centres opening at 4 pm. 44

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Geography • Qatar is a peninsula of 11,521 sq km located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. • The territory encompasses several islands including Halul, Sheraouh, Al Beshairiya, Al Safliya (which is a marine protected area) and Al Aaliya.

• The coastline covers 563 km with shallow coastal waters in most areas and many coves and inlets.

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• The terrain is flat and rocky, covered with sand flats and sand dunes. There are some exceptional low-rising limestone outcrops in the north and the west. • The country is centrally placed among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which groups it with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman.

Demography • Qatar's population in June 2022 was 2,657,333, according to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA). • Other population centres, apart from Doha, include Dukhan on the west coast, Mesaieed City and Al Wakra in the south, and Ras Laffan, Lusail City, The Pearl Island, and Al Khor in the north. Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) is creating a population expansion in Al Khor and the adjoining areas. Projects are underway to provide new housing and amenities in the area.

Climate

Language and Religion

• The country has a moderate desert climate with mild winters and hot summers. Winter nights can be cool, but temperatures rarely drop below 7°C.

• The official language of the country is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood.

• Humidity levels can be very high on the coast during the summer months.

• All official documents (such as visa and resident permit applications) must be completed in Arabic.

• Rainfall is scarce (average 70 mm per year), falling on isolated days mainly between October and March.

• Islam is the official religion of the country, and Shari’a (Islamic Law) is the principal source of legislation. ©

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The Ruling Family

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His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Amir of the State of Qatar

• The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, assumed power on 25 June 2013. • The ruling Al Thani family was among a tribal group who had settled at the 'Gibrin' oasis in southern Najd, before their arrival in Qatar during the early 18th century. Initially, they settled in Zubara in northern Qatar, moving to Doha in the mid-19th century. The family is a branch of the ancient Arab tribe, the Bani Tameem, whose descent can be traced back to Mudar bin Nizar. • The name Al Thani is derived from that of the family’s ancestor Thani bin Mohamad bin Thani, who was the first sheikh to rule modern Qatar.

The Qatari Flag His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Father Amir

His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani Prime Minister and Minister of Interior

• The national flag is maroon with a broad vertical white stripe at the pole, the two colours being separated with a nine-point serrated line which indicates Qatar as the ninth member of the 'reconciled Amirates' of the Gulf, after the 1916 QatarBritish Treaty. • White signifies the internationally recognised symbol of peace. Maroon symbolises the blood shed during the several wars that Qatar has undergone, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.

Government • The Amir is the ruler of Qatar. Rule is hereditary, with power transferred from father to son. If no son is available, power is transferred to the person whom the Amir chooses within the Al Thani family. • The Amir is the head of the constitutional authorities, holding both legislative and executive powers. The Amir appoints the prime minister and ministers. • The Council of Ministers (Cabinet), the supreme executive authority in the country, assists in implementing the general policies of the State. • The first provisional constitution was issued in 1970, and amended in 1972 upon independence. In April 2003, an overwhelming 96.6% of Qatari voters said 'yes' to a draft permanent constitution, which became effective on 8 June 2005. • In 1999, free elections were held to form a 29-member Central Municipal Council (CMC) for the first time in Qatar’s history. Women 46

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were allowed to vote and run as candidates. The constitution was amended in 2003 to allow for the direct election of 30 members of the Advisory Council. Held every four years, the elections for the sixth edition of CMC was held in April 2019. • Qatar held its first-ever Shura Council elections on 2 October 2021. The Council was established in 1972, following the passing of the Amended Provisional Basic Law of Rule in the State of Qatar on 19 April 1972, to assist the Amir of Qatar, and the Council of Ministers in the performance of their duties. One of the two main pillars of Qatar’s legislative body, the Shura Council comprises a total of 45 members, 30 of whom are elected via a general ballot, while the remaining 15 are appointed by the Amir. The term of office of the Shura Council is four years commencing from the date of the first meeting. The Council assumes the following functions in accordance with the constitution: Legislative authority, approving the general budget of the government, and exercising control over the executive authority, as specified in the constitution. shura.qa

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History

Economy

• Archaeological discoveries, inscriptions and artefacts prove that Qatar was populated as early as 10,000 – 8,000 BCE.

• Qatar, with proved gas reserves of nearly 900 tn standard cubic feet in its North Field, and oil reserves of over 25.2 bn barrels, has one of the fastest growing economies and the highest per capita income in the world.

• In the middle of the 1st century CE, Pliny the Elder referred to the nomads of the area as the 'Catharrei' – an apparent reference to their constant search for water. • One of the world’s earliest maps, The Map of Ptolemy in the 2nd century CE, shows the word 'Catara' at the head of the bay.

• During the 16th century, the Qataris aligned with the Turks to drive out the Portuguese. Subsequently, along with the entire Arabian Peninsula, they fell under the nominal rule of the Ottoman Empire for four successive centuries – with the real power and control remaining in the hands of the sheikhs and amirs of Arab tribes.

International Relations • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs strives to establish and develop close direct ties with all peace-loving countries and peoples of the world. It is keen to participate actively in efforts to deal with the concerns and challenges that the Gulf region encounters. • Qatar was actively involved in the discussions leading to the foundation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and has hosted a number of their Supreme Council Summit Meetings. • Qatar maintains 108 embassies abroad. Doha hosts 106 embassies, and one consulate.

• The Arab League • Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM)

• Investment laws allow foreign investment in many sectors including agriculture, industry, leisure, tourism, health, education and the exploitation of natural resources, energy and mining – see Trade and Investment in the Business and Economy section for details. • The Asian Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) • The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) • The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank • The Organisation of Arab Oil Exporting Countries (OAPEC) and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) • The Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) • The United Nations (UN) and its subsidiary global organisations • The UNESCO World Heritage Committee • The US officially designated Qatar as a major non-NATO ally in March 2022 • The World Trade Organisation (WTO)

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Qatar is a member of: • European Council (observer member)

• While developing its huge hydrocarbon reserves, Qatar has also diversified its economy, and emphasis is being placed on private-sector industrial development, education, health, sport and tourism.

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• Qatar played an important role in the Islamic civilisation when its inhabitants participated in the formation and provision of the first naval fleet.

• In just decades, Qatar has developed into a major global supplier of energy and is the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and a world leader in gas-to-liquids (GTL) production.

• The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)

Transport and Communication • The country is served by Hamad International Airport (HIA). For more information on airports, see Traveller Information and Hamad International Airport in this section. • Metered taxis and limousines are easy to find and there is a comprehensive public transport system. • Qatar has a modern road system linking it with other GCC countries. • The Doha Metro is fully operational, including three out of the four lines (Red, Gold and Green) and 37 stations. The future phases involve the introduction of an additional line (Blue) and the expansion of the existing ones, with more than 60 additional stations and the first expansion to be completed by 2026. Lusail Tram has started operations into Lusail City – connect at Legtaifiya from Doha Metro to Lusail Tram. See more in Getting Around Qatar in this section. • The telecommunications system is currently being upgraded to an entirely fibre-optic network. m ©

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Qatar's Government Structure

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encouragement of women to run as candidates and be involved in public affairs. The Council has members from each of the 29 constituencies and elections are held every four years.

The Amiri Diwan is the sovereign body and administrative office of HH The Amir, overseen by the Chief of the Amiri Diwan, currently HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al Thani. The Amir is the Head of State and the Commanderin-Chief of the armed forces. The Advisory Council represents the legislative power, while judicial authority is in the hands of the law courts with judgments announced in the name of the Amir. The Amir is assisted by the Council of Ministers (the cabinet), the Prime Minister and Supreme Councils. The Prime Minister and other ministers are directly appointed by the Amir; he will also accept their resignations or relieve them of their appointment, by Amiri Decree. The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers acts as a link between the ministries, supreme councils and other government bodies. The Minister of State for the Council of Ministers is the Prime Minister, who chairs each session, signs any decisions made, and advise the Amir on how to form the cabinet. The General Secretary is HE Dr Issa bin Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi. The Shura Council (Advisory Council) was established in 1972 during the reign of Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani. Under the amended Provisional Constitution he was tasked with organising the State's structure and institutions. The Shura Council currently comprises 45 members, 30 directly elected in a secret general ballot, with the remaining 15 appointed by the Amir. The Advisory Council has legislative powers and is able to approve the budget and general state policies, but has no say in setting defence, security, economic and investment policies. Each annual session lasts eight months, opened with an address by the Amir, and sessions are generally open to the public. The first Central Municipal Council was established in the early 1950s. Free elections to form the Central Municipal Council were held in 1999, the country's first steps towards democracy and the 48

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Qatar’s first (and much delayed) legislative council elections took place in October 2021, with citizens voting for 30 of the 45 seats on the Shura Council. Voters had to be over 18, the 284 candidates had to be at least 30 years old 'of Qatari origin'. Turnout was 63.5%. HE Ahmed Nasser Ibrahim Al Fadala was appointed Shura Council Secretary General, HE Hassan bin Abdulla Al Ghanim as Speaker and HE Dr Hamda bint Hassan Al Sulaiti as Deputy Speaker.

Recent developments HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani named a new cabinet the day after becoming the Amir of the State of Qatar on 25 June 2013. A full reshuffle was made in November 2018, with ministries restructured under a new portfolio. The Amir combined commerce and industry into one ministry, appointed new ministers and decreed changes to the boards of Qatar Petroleum (now Qatar Energy) and Qatar Investment Authority in view of ministerial appointments. Amiri Order No 1 of 2020 appointed a new prime minister after the previous incumbent's resignation. The Council of Ministers was again restructured in October under Amiri Order No 4 of 2021. A number of ministries were split and (re)formed, leading to a new manifesto for climate change at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Also new are the Ministry for Social Development and Family and the Ministry of Labor, following the restructure of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs.

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marhaba.qa The current Council of Ministers: • Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani – appointed January 2020 following the resignation of HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. He was previously Director of HH The Amir’s office and Chief of the Amiri Diwan from 2014–20. He also sits on the board of the Sports and Social Activities Support Fund (Daam). • Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs HE Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah – appointed Minister of State for Defence in January 2016 and Deputy Prime Minister in November 2017. He has been a member of the Council of Ministers since 2011 when he was Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; HE Al Attiyah was Minister of Foreign Affairs 2013–16.

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• Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani – appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in January 2016 and Deputy Prime Minister in November 2017. In November 2018 he was appointed Chairman of Qatar Investment Authority. • Minister of Commerce and Industry (right) HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Qassim Al Abdullah Al Thani (October 2021). • Minister of Communications and Information Technology HE Mohammed bin Ali bin Mohammed Al Mannai (October 2021 after the Ministry of Transport and Communications was split). • Minister of Culture HE Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Hamad bin Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani (October 2021 when the Ministry of Culture and Sports was split). • Minister of Education and Higher Education HE Buthaina bint Ali Al Jabr Al Nuaimi (October 2021). • Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs HE Ghanem bin Shaheen |bin Ghanem Al Ghanim (October 2021). • Minister of Environment and Climate Change HE Sheikh Dr Faleh bin Nasser bin Ahmed bin Ali Al Thani (October 2021). • Minister of Finance HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari (October 2021, following his temporary appointment in May 2021). • Minister of Justice HE Masoud bin Mohammed Al Ameri (June 2021). • Minister of Labor Dr Ali bin Saeed bin Smaikh Al Marri (October 2021 after the Ministry was split from the former Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs). • Minister of Municipality HE Abdullah bin Abdulaziz bin Turki Al Subaie (reappointed October 2021 after the Ministry of Municipality and Environment was split). • Minister of Public Health (right) HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari (January 2016). Checked & Updated June 2022

• Minister of Social Development and Family HE Mariam bint Ali bin Nasser Al Misnad (October 2021 when the Ministry of Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs was reformed). • Minister of Sports and Youth HE Salah bin Ghanem Al Ali (reappointed October 2021 when the Ministry of Culture and Sports was reformed). • Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, a member of the Council of Ministers HE Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Yousef Al Sulaiti (October 2021). • Minister of State for Energy Affairs HE Saad Sherida Al Kaabi (November 2018. At the same time he became Deputy Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, in addition to his role as President and CEO of the national petrochemical company). • Minister of Transport HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti (the former Minister of Transport and Communications was reappointed October 2021 after the Ministry was reformed). For more information: • Government Communications Office gco.gov.qa • General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers cm.gov.qa • Shura Council shura.qa • Hukoomi (Qatar e-Government) portal.www.gov.qa m ©

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Foreign Embassies in Qatar Afghanistan B4 4493 2319 doha.embassy.af

Central African Republic B3 4481 7695 ambrcadoha@gmail.com

Germany C4 4408 2300 doha.diplo.de

Albania B4 4002 7413 ambasadat.gov.al/qatar

China (People's Republic of) B3 4493 4203 qa.china-embassy.org

Ghana B4 4436 4486

Algeria B4 4483 5880 embalgeria.com.qa

Costa Rica C4 4498 0094 Embassy: embcr-qa@rree.go.cr Consular: concr-qa@rree.go.cr

Foreign Embassies in Qatar

Argentina B4 4417 3601 eqatr.cancilleria.gov.ar/en Armenia B4 4491 9232 mfa.am/en/embassies/qa Australia C4 4007 8500 qatar.embassy.gov.au Austria C4 4033 7300 bmeia.gv.at/en/austrian-embassydoha Azerbaijan B4 4493 2450 doha.mfa.gov.az

Croatia B4 4483 5188 mvep.gov.hr/qa/en Cuba B4 4411 0717 misiones.minrex.gob.cu/qatar Cyprus (Republic of) B4 4493 4390 mfa.gov.cy/mfa/embassies/ embassy_doha Djibouti B4 4493 4657/8461 ambdji.sec@gmail.com

Bangladesh D4 4467 1927 bdembassydoha.org

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Dominican Republic B4 4411 3868 embadomqatar.org

Greece B4 4412 8150 mfa.gr/missionsabroad/en/qatar Hungary B4 4493 2531 doha.mfa.gov.hu India (Republic of) B4 4425 5777 indianembassyqatar.gov.in Indonesia (Republic of) C4 4465 7945 kemlu.go.id/doha Iran (Islamic Republic of) B4 4483 1550 qatar.mfa.gov.ir Iraq (Republic of) C3 4421 6730 mofa.gov.iq/doha Italy B3 4483 1802/28 ambdoha.esteri.it Japan B4 4440 9000 qa.emb-japan.go.jp Jordan B4 4483 2202/3 doha@fm.gov.jo

Belarus (Republic of) B4 4469 0989 qatar.mfa.gov.by/en

Ecuador B4 4016 1800 cancilleria.gob.ec/catar

Belgium B4 4493 1499 qatar.diplomatie.belgium.be

Egypt Closed – Egypt Interests Section, Embassy of Greece, 4483 2424

Benin (Republic of) B4 4493 0128 benin-qa.com

El Salvador B4 4411 0195 embajadaqatar.rree.gob.sv

Bosnia and Herzegovina B4 4411 3828 en.bhembassyqatar.com

Eritrea D4 4466 7934 eritreanembassyqa.org

Brazil B3 4483 8227/8812 doha.itamaraty.gov.br

Eswatini (previously Swaziland) B4 4493 3145

Kosovo (Republic of) C4 5509 4791 embassy.qatar@rks-gov.net

Brunei B4 4483 1956

Ethiopia B4 4020 7000 doha.mfa.gov.et

Kuwait B4 4483 2111 kuwaitembassy@qatar.net.qa

Bulgaria B4 4412 0023 mfa.bg/embassies/qatar

Finland B4 sanomat.doh@formin.fi finlandabroad.fi/qatar

Kyrgyz Republic B4 4413 1519 mfa.gov.kg

Burkina Faso B4 4472 8915 See their Facebook page

France B4 4402 1755 qa.ambafrance.org

Lebanon B4 4493 3330 lebaneseembassyqatar.com

Canada C4 4419 9000 canadainternational.gc.ca/qatar

Georgia B4 4473 9499 qatar.mfa.gov.ge

Liberia (Republic of) B4 4412 5672 libemg.doha@yahoo.com

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Tajikistan (Republic of) B3 4412 3906 tajembqatar.tj

Malaysia B4 4483 6463 kln.gov.my/web/qat_doha

Poland (Republic of) B4 4411 3230 gov.pl/web/qatar

Tanzania (Republic of) B4 4036 0860 qa.tzembassy.go.tz

Mali B4 4451 5970 ambamali.doha@gmail.com

Mexico B4 4450 8000 infoembqatar@sre.gob.mx Moldova B4 4442 1303 qatar.mfa.gov.md Morocco B4 4483 1884/85 m.embassydoha@maec.gov.ma Nepal D3 4467 5681 qa.nepalembassy.gov.np Niger B4 4421 9045 ambanigerqatar@hotmail.com Nigeria B4 4448 5000 nigeriaembassydoha.org North Macedonia (Republic of) B4 4493 1374 mfa.gov.mk6 Oman B4 4493 1514 office.omanembassy@gmail.com

Russia B4 4483 6231/6821 qatar.mid.ru/en Senegal B4 4483 7644/77 embassysenegal@yahoo.com Serbia (Republic of) B4 4417 5181 doha.mfa.gov.rs Singapore B4 4412 8082 mfa.gov.sg/doha

The Gambia (Republic of) D4 4465 2002 See their Facebook page The Netherlands (Kingdom of) B4 4495 4700 netherlandsandyou.nl/your-countryand-the-netherlands/qatar Tunisia (Republic of) B4 4016 2225 embassyoftunisia.com.qa Turkey (Republic of) B4 4495 1300 doha.emb.mfa.gov.tr Uganda B4 4427 7339 Ukraine B4 4414 7297/8 qatar.mfa.gov.ua

Somalia B4 4483 2771 dohaembassy@mfa.gov.so

United Kingdom B4 4496 2000 gov.uk/world/qatar

South Africa B3 4485 7111 dirco.gov.za/doha

United States of America C3 4496 6000 qa.usembassy.gov

Spain B4 4483 8986 exteriores.gob.es/embajadas/doha Sri Lanka D5 4467 7627 slembassy-qatar.com

Palestine B4 4469 2228 palemb-qa.com

Sudan B4 4483 1474 suemdoha2014@gmail.com

Panama B4 4483 7740 embpanamaqatar@mire.gob.pa

Sweden C4 4444 9500 swedenabroad.com/doha

Paraguay B4 4493 5218 See their Facebook page

Switzerland B3 4020 3400 eda.admin.ch/doha

Peru C3 4491 5944 consulado.pe/es/Doha

Syria B4 4020 8222 syrembassy.com

Uruguay B4 4411 3833/4493 5739 uruqatar@uruguayembassy.org.qa Venezuela B4 4493 2730 qatar.embajada.gob.ve Vietnam B4 4412 8480 vietnamembassy-qatar.org Yemen Yemen Interests Section, Embassy of Sudan –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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Romania B4 4493 4848 doha.mae.ro

Thailand B4 4493 4426/4432 doha.thaiembassy.org

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Mauritania (Islamic Republic of) B4 4016 2222

Portugal B4 4486 4691 doha.embaixadaportugal.mne.pt

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Digital Qatar to roll out the 5G networks in all densely populated areas, primary roads and highways, and venues associated with the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM

Internet use and social media

Digital Qatar

In April 2022, Qatar's median download speed ranked 2 for mobile and 30 for fixed broadband. Visit speedtest.net/global-index/qatar for full performance details.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology was established in October 2021, superceding the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The ministry has a wide-ranging mandate, overseeing and developing the ICT sector. The ministry also introduces ICT plans, policies, programmes, projects and initiatives; develops e-government programmes; and boosts capacity and digital literacy to foster a technologyfriendly environment. mcit.gov.qa Ministries have been rolling out digital initiatives to make government services more efficient, accessible, and customer-centric. The Qatar Digital Government programme serves individuals and businesses, with government administration now better serving citizens and residents. Part of this programme is the Qatar Digital Government 2020 Strategy, which was formulated in line with Qatar National Vision 2030, the National Development Strategy, the National Communications and IT Plan, the National Broadband Plan, and other ICT plans. Qatar has some of the world's most developed ICT infrastructure. Monitoring online security threats is a top priority, and the Cyber Security Division aims to protect sensitive information and user safety. Ooredoo was the first company in the world to launch 5G services on a commercially-available network in 2018, rolling out a live 5G network on the 3.5GHz spectrum band. Ooredoo opened mobile access to its 5G network for compatible smartphone users in 2019 with 100 live 5G base stations. Meanwhile Vodafone Qatar rolled out its 5G network in 2018 and was the first to commercially launch its 5G network. In 2019 both companies were granted radio spectrum licences to operate 5G commercially from the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA), initially assigned 100MHz within the 3500 – 3800MHz frequency band. Both companies have

Qatar is number one globally in Internet Adoption according to ‘The Global State of Digital 2021’, a report by Hootsuite which features more than 230 countries. There were 2.88 mn internet users recorded in Qatar in January 2021, out of a population of 2.91 mn, a year-on-year (y-o-y) increase of 29,000, with 2.87 mn social media users (98.8% of total population). Google Chrome recorded a 68.3% share of web traffic, up 8.6%. Mobile connections increased by 35,000 (0.8%) y-o-y, giving connections of 4.67 mn, 160.6% of the population – the mobile connection figures exceed the total population as many people have multiple mobile connections. Prepaid services are favoured, accounting for more than 70% of the population. Broadband connections ranging from 3G to 5G covers 87% of the population. In terms of social media platforms, other surveys show that Instagram and Snapchat are the most popular, with TikTok gaining popularity. The ‎Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) regulates the ICT and postal sectors. The independent authority ensures fair competition while protecting consumer rights. The CRA urges citizens and residents of Qatar to be vigilant with online activities. Due to the growing number of cyberattacks, scam calls, and text messages requesting personal and banking information, consumers should verify the identity of the third party before sharing details, use a two-step verification feature online where applicable, and regularly change passwords. cra.gov.qa

Cybercrime With the high level of internet connectivity in the state comes the increased possibility of cybercrime, leading to the issuance of Law No 14 of 2014 Promulgating the Cybercrime Prevention Law. According to the Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey 2022 by PricewaterhouseCoopers, '46% of surveyed organisations reported experiencing fraud, corruption or other economic crimes in the last 24 months'.

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marhaba.qa The law imposes sanctions and penalties for offences committed via the internet, IT networks, computers and other sources. Some of these provisions include the following: • Under the provisions concerning 'content crimes', it is illegal to publish 'false news' – these terms have not been defined, but there is a duty of care for news agencies, social media users and journalists to verify the source of the news before broadcasting it. • There is a 10 year jail term and a fine of up to QAR200,000 for forging any official e-document, or a three year jail term and QAR100,000 for unofficial documents. • A jail term of up to three years and a fine of up to QAR500,000 for the breach of intellectual property rights by using the internet (eg copyrights, patents, trade secrets, trademarks and trade names).

Additionally, in order to protect the youngest members of society, Article 17 states that the owner or operator of any website related to children must put up a policy about how it manages the information of minors. Website owners/operators must also get the consent of the child’s parent when processing their information.

Personal privacy protection

The Ministry's Compliance and Data Protection (CDP) Department has released guidelines to help everyone, whether individuals, regulated entities or stakeholders, to understand their responsibilities, rights and practices under the law. The guidelines also provide clarity on these requirements, and where possible provide checklists and template documents to support controllers with compliance with the PDPPL. Additionally, the guidelines clarify some ambiguities in the PDPPL.

The law includes provisions related to the rights of individuals to protect the privacy of their personal data. Article 2 states that this refers only to personal data that is electronically processed, or obtained, gathered or extracted for use electronically, or when a combination of electronic and traditional processing is used. However, it does not apply to personal data processed by individuals privately or within a family context, or to any personal data gathered for official surveys and statistics, as per Law No 2 of 2011 on Official Statistics.

Organisations must also adhere to basic data protection responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring data handlers receive training and that precautions in place to 'protect personal data from loss, damage, modification, disclosure or being illegally accessed.' Protection is given to personal data of a private nature, such as information relating to race, religious beliefs, children, health, relationships and criminal records – this may only be processed after obtaining permission from the Ministry.

For example, under Article 11 (8), controllers must ensure that processors comply with the law and adopt appropriate precautions to protect personal data. The Controller and Processor Guidelines for Regulated Entities have now clarified that the controller can ensure a processor's compliance with this Article by entering into a formal contract. There is also now clarification over Article 16, which provides that in order to process sensitive personal data, permission must be sought from the CPD Department under the Special Nature Processing Guidelines. These also set out the requirements in order to obtain permission, including a data protection impact assessment to identify processing risks. Equally, under Article 22 consent must be obtained from individuals before sending any direct marketing electronic communications, clarified under the Electronic Communications for Direct Marketing Guidelines: consent must be explicit and unambiguous, and an affirmative act – consent through pre-ticked boxes and opt-out notices only is not permitted.

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Under the law, businesses are banned from sending direct marketing messages electronically without obtaining an individual’s prior consent, and that consent is required from individuals before their personal information can be used by another entity.

With the country racing towards total digitalisation by 2030, there is a need for more transparency, awareness and education. Qatar is at the forefront of adopting regulation, moving quicker than others in the region. To this end, the Ministry released the guidelines for the Personal Data Privacy Protection Law on 28 January 2021 to mark Data Privacy Day.

Digital Qatar

Recognising the need to develop an international regulatory and legal framework to protect the digital sovereignty and data privacy of individuals and businesses in Qatar, Personal Data Privacy Protection Law (PDPPL) No 13 of 2016 was issued.

It should be noted that entities that operate within the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) are subject to the QFC's own Data Protection Rules and Data Protection Regulations from 2005.

Complaints can be lodged at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. Business owners may choose to seek legal advice to ensure they fully comply with these laws. Sources: Unofficial translations of the laws. m ©

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Travelling to or from Qatar requires one to take many things into consideration. All visitors to Qatar require a visa, and certain passengers are eligible for visas on arrival. When travelling from Qatar, some expatriate residents and visitors must have exit permits. New less restrictive rules are being implemented. For your own convenience and comfort, it’s best to confirm these requirements before starting your journey.

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Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier and the official airport partner for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The airline operates a hub-and-spoke network, flying to 153 international destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania from its base at Hamad International Airport (HIA), using a fleet of more than 200 aircraft. HIA is Qatar’s gateway to the world, and the home and hub of Qatar Airways, Qatar's five-star airline. HIA serves over 360,000 flights and 30 mn passengers every year. *Though information is updated every issue, details can change. Check with the airline in advance for up to date information. Visit the HIA website, dohahamadairport.com, and the Ministry of Public Health's Qatar Travel and Return Policy website, covid19.moph.gov.qa, to be aware of travel safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For details on visas, residence permits and entry requirements, see Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section or visit hukoomi.gov.qa and dohahamadairport.com

Visas Citizens from over 95 countries (see below) are eligible for visa-free entry into the State of Qatar. They can also choose to apply for a pre-approved visa using the new online service. Nationals of 243 countries can apply via this online visa service, qatarvisaservice.com, visitqatar.qa Other visas include business visit, an official visit and a work visa. Eligible Qatari companies may apply for these visas in advance of your visit. Visit the Ministry of Interior (MOI) or the Metrash2 website at moi.gov.qa or the e-Government Hukoomi website at hukoomi.gov.qa for details. Citizens of the GCC, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain, can get a one month visa on arrival. Residents requiring a visa are subject to conditions, one being that the applicant's profession is one of those approved by the MOI. The visa will only be issued if your Residence Permit (RP) is valid for at least six months and if your profession (as mentioned on your RP) appears on the approved list. All expatriates living and working in Qatar must have a residence permit or a visit-to-work visa. Requirements can change, so it is always prudent to check with the Qatari Embassy or airline well in advance of your visit. See Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section for details on residence permits.

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Andorra • Argentina • Australia • Austria • Azerbaijan • Bahamas • Belarus • Belgium • Bolivia Brazil • Brunei • Bulgaria • Canada • Chile • China • Colombia • Costa Rica • Croatia • Cuba Cyprus • Czech Republic • Denmark • Ecuador • Estonia • Finland • France • French Guiana Germany • Georgia • Greece • Guyana • Hong Kong • Hungary • Iceland • India • Indonesia Ireland • Italy • Japan • Kazakhstan • Latvia • Lebanon • Liechtenstein • Lithuania • Luxembourg Macedonia • Malaysia • Maldives • Malta • Mexico • Moldova • Monaco • Netherlands New Zealand • Norway • Pakistan • Panama • Paraguay • Peru • Poland • Portugal • Romania Russia • San Marino • Seychelles • Singapore • Slovakia • Slovenia • South Africa • South Korea Spain • Suriname • Sweden • Switzerland • Thailand • Turkey • UK • Ukraine • Uruguay • USA Vatican City • Venezuela

Things to consider When paying your visa fee, the passport control counters will only accept credit and debit cards. Use the designated bank counter for cash payment. Don’t commence your journey before confirming visa requirements and checking the expiry date on your passport. This will help minimise any inconvenience or delays during travel. If for any reason you’re denied entry into Qatar, then the MOI and your airline will provide assistance. ©

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marhaba.qa eCash cards If you're eligible for a visa on arrival visit the Immigration desk and pay any appropriate fees using your credit or debit card. If you would like to pay in cash, visit the designated bank counter before approaching Immigration. The bank will charge a fee (QAR25) to process your payment. Entry visas

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Tourist entry visa: One month – QAR100 plus QAR50 for each c* (companion registered on the passport). Tourist entry visa (sponsored): One month – QAR100. GCC residents visit visa: One month with an extension period of three months – QAR100 plus QAR50 for each c* per month, subject to conditions. Joint tourist visa for Qatar and Oman: One month costs QAR100 with an extension period of a month. Business entry visa: For one month and a maximum of three months – QAR200 plus QAR50 for each c* Family visit visa: One month to a maximum of six months – QAR200 plus QAR50 for each c* per month. Expatriates with family status can bring parents and siblings on a visit of up to six months (up to three months for other relatives). A Medical Commission check-up is necessary to extend the visa beyond one month (within 72 hours of arrival). Conversion of entry visa to visit/work/residence visas: QAR500 (without leaving the country). Visit hukoomi.gov.qa to ensure you get the latest information and fees as they do change from time to time. When flying with Qatar Airways, a transit visa is free of cost when you add a short transit or stopover between five and 96 hours in Doha to your itinerary without any additional fare charges. Use the multi-city booking option to include the stop when booking your flight on qatarairways.com or through a travel agent.

Priority processing All Al Maha customers, special assistance travellers and unaccompanied minors receive priority processing on arrival at HIA. Car rental, taxis and limousines See Getting Around Qatar in this section and Useful Numbers in the Motoring section.

Airlines (local agency in brackets) Air India

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Pakistan Int’l Airlines

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Air India Express

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Pegasus

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Air France & KLM

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Philippine Airlines (ST)

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Badr Airlines

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Qatar Airways

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines

4444 3054

Qatar Airways Holidays

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Cathay Pacific (TOT)

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Royal Air Maroc (ABA)

4444 1161

Ethiopian Airlines

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Royal Jordanian

4442 3888

IndiGo

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SalamAir

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Iran Air

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Singapore Airlines

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Kuwait Airways

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SriLankan Airlines (ABA)

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Middle East Airlines MEA

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SyrianAir

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Nepal Airlines

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Tarco Air

3124 2999

Oman Air

4414 2222

Turkish Airlines

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Health Insurance Now Mandatory for Visitors In By Sarah Palmer

October 2021, Law No 22 of 2021 regulating healthcare services in the country was passed by the Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The draft executive regulations of the law was approved by the Cabinet in May 2022, following two draft resolutions: Draft Decision of HE the Minister of Public Health (MoPH) to issue the Executive Regulations of Law No 22 of 2021 regulating health services in Qatar, and the Draft Decision of HE the Minister of Public Health specifying the rights and duties of patients to be considered when receiving healthcare services. The draft regulations include provisions related to the rights and obligations of the beneficiary of healthcare services, the obligations of the insurance company and healthcare service providers, and the supervision and control of healthcare services. The MoPH commented in a statement 'making health insurance mandatory as part of the law means that all residents and visitors must have health insurance through the insurance companies registered by the ministry to provide them with basic health services.' Regarding implementation of the law, the ministry will follow a phased approach, with the first phase focusing on visitors, with certain provisions and measures to be announced. Under the law, basic healthcare services for visitors include emergency and accident treatment services, as per the regulations. Cover should be for the entire duration of the visitor's stay in the country, in order for them to receive medical services.

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The obligation of an employer or recruiter towards their employees or recruits begins from the date of their entry into the country or from the date of a worker’s sponsorship transfer under a new employer or recruiter. Basic healthcare services include preventive, curative and rehabilitative services, as well as any other services stated in the executive regulations. Employers and recruiters are to pay the insurance premium to cover these basic services, but may also request extra services subject to additional costs.

Why the health insurance law was necessary Over the years, expatriates and visitors have been able to access basic public healthcare for free by paying a nominal fee for a government health card and heavily subsidised medication. Employers have not been obliged to provide additional private health insurance. However, Qatar's growing population has placed a heavy burden on the national health system. The new law states that a mandatory health insurance system will be implemented for all resident expatriates and visitors to the country, providing basic healthcare services via healthcare providers in government health facilities and the private sector, according to the provisions of the insurance policy. Commenting on the new law, the MoPH stated that the health insurance system will lead to the development of the health sector and services provided to the public. The challenges facing the healthcare sector resulting from the steady population growth will be alleviated, via the participation of the public and private sectors in providing healthcare services to the population. This in turn will reduce waiting times in government health facilities and provide easier and quicker appointments for medical consultations, while simultaneously meeting the health needs of the population at the highest level of quality.

Who is covered under the law According to the Government Communications Office, the provisions of the law oblige that the employer provides health insurance for all non-Qatari workers through insurance companies registered with the MoPH, in order to provide them with basic insurance coverage. This is for all expatriates in the private and public sector, and to include domestic workers and labourers. The same obligation to provide basic coverage applies to recruiters bringing in new employees.

Insurance companies must provide employers and recruiters with health insurance cards and hospital and clinic networks tailored to them. The contract must cover all employees or recruits, to be renewed annually. Employers and recruiters must notify the insurance company upon the termination of employees to remove them from the insurance policy. If an employee or recruit fails to transfer his or her sponsorship with an employer upon the termination of his or her contract, the insurance coverage may be extended until either the policy or the legally permitted period of residence expires, whichever comes first. Separately under the law, expatriates must also acquire health insurance for any family members residing in the country. The Department of Health Financing and Insurance at MoPH will be the supervisory body for the entire project, with several levels for filing complaints, whether from individual beneficiaries, insurance companies or health facilities. A list of registered insurance companies will be issued by the Health Insurance Registration Section, visit moph.gov.qa for more information. Qatari citizens will continue to be provided with necessary health services at all health facilities within the country without the need for health insurance, as it is the responsibility of the state. In May 2022, four Primary Health Care Centres were allocated for Qatari citizens with effect from June: Leabaib, Muaither, Al Thumama, and South Al Wakra. New health centres under construction will also be allocated for Qataris: Al Khor, Al Mashaf, Al Sadd, and Umm Al Saneem. A list of insurance companies can be found in Day to Day Qatar and Healthcare in Qatar, both in the Living in Qatar section. m ©

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Hamad International Airport HIA (airport code: DOH) is classified as a five-star airport by Skytrax. Since its opening in May 2014, HIA has welcomed over 200 mn passengers and 13 mn tonnes of cargo. Once its expansion is complete in January 2023, HIA will be able to serve over 65 mn passengers annually. HIA served a total of 7.14 mn passengers in Q1 2022. HIA saw a total of 48,680 aircraft movements in Q1 2022, which included aircraft take-offs and landings. This amounts to a 30% increase compared to the same period last year. HIA handled 585,448 tonnes of cargo in Q1 2022.

HIA Call Centre Passport Department Security Lost luggage services dohahamadairport.com

4010 6666 4465 6490 4010 9555 4462 6531

Airport Arrivals/Departures Meet and Assist Airport Service: 4465 6672 Al Maha Services offers a personalised Meet and Assist Service for customers arriving, departing or transiting through HIA. Bookings for Al Maha Services can be made at their designated desk in the arrivals and departures terminals 24/7 and online. Al Maha can handle the visit visa arrangements for your guests. al-mahaservices.com eGate: The MOI has activated free eGate service for expatriate passengers at the arrivals and departures terminals of HIA. Expatriates and their children above 18 years of age can avail the service using their residence cards or passports after registration at the airport. HIA currently has 40 e-gates installed – 21 at the departures terminal and 19 at the arrivals terminal. Self-service kiosks: The self-service kiosks implemented in the terminal by HIA as part of its Smart Airport programme has automated the check-in, bag-drop and pre-immigration security processes, which has allowed departing passengers to be processed even faster. With the use of innovative software solutions that forecast passenger traffic in real-time and measure waiting times, the airport was able to proactively minimise queuing times. HIA recently installed 62 self-check-

in and 12 self-bag-drop kiosks, which include biometric technology capability. Parking: The Short Term Car Park (STCP) is located near the passenger terminal. It offers covered spaces and easy access via dedicated walkways. The East STCP is more convenient for passengers flying with Qatar Airways, while the West STCP is better suited for passengers travelling with other airlines. Valet parking is available in both the Long Term (LTCP) and STCP. The STCP is free for the first 10 minutes, thereafter charges QAR6 per hour. A lost ticket will cost QAR35. The LTCP rate is QAR55 per day (or for every completed 24 hours) or QAR2 per hour (or any part thereof). A lost ticket will cost QAR35 in addition to the actual tariff for the duration of parking. Taxes: As of 1 April 2022, passengers arriving, leaving, or transiting through HIA will now have to pay an extra service tax. The fees include the following four additions: • QAR60 per passenger: Airport development fees for all departing passengers, including those transiting for up to 24 hours. • QAR60 per passenger: Passenger facilities fee for all departing passengers, including those transiting for up to 24 hours. • QAR10 per passenger: Passenger safety and security fees for all departing passengers, including those transiting for up to 24 hours. Babies under the age of two, transiting passengers on the same plane, flight crew on duty, and forced flight redirection due to ‘valid reasons’, are exempted. ©

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HIA has been ranked and named the 'Best Airport in the World' for the second year in a row by Skytrax World Airport Awards 2022. The airport has also retained its title as the 'Best Airport in the Middle East' for the eighth year in a row. HIA has been steadily rising up the ‘World's Best Airports’ rankings since the start of its operations in 2014. HIA has also been awarded 'Best Airport in the Middle East', 'Best Airport 25 to 35 mn Passengers', 'Best Airport Staff in the Middle East', and 'COVID-19 Airport Excellence'. HIA is also the first airport in the MENA region to be available on Google Street View, with Google launching 360-degree imagery of the airport. The architectural masterpiece combines innovation and beauty, and consists of a shopping emporium, five-star hotel and world-class art installations.

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• QAR20 Card: unlimited trips across Qatar within a 24 hour period • Regular Karwa Smartcard QAR30: QAR10 for the card with QAR20 value, available to be topped up for future journeys All buses depart from the Bus Pavilion at the right side on exiting the passenger terminal. Exit the Arrivals hall by following the signs to the Bus Pavilion or ask at an information desk for assistance. Each bus offers a cargo area for stowing your baggage during the journey. The Karwa Bus App is available on iOS and Android. For bus routes, visit dohahamadairport.com Taxis: The bright turquoise Karwa Taxis are a convenient way to get to and from HIA. They are regulated by the government, and are safe and metered. With a base fare of QAR25, taxis accept cash or card payments in Qatari Riyals. Call 4458 8888 or 800 8294. The Karwa Taxi App is avaliable on iOS and Android. Booking a PRM taxi: If you need to book special taxis for passengers with reduced mobility (PRM) call Mowasalat directly on 4458 8888, providing as much advance notice as possible. Limousines: Chauffeur-driven limousines are available to take you from HIA to anywhere in Qatar. To pre-book, call Mowasalat Limousine on 800 5466. Use Exits 2 or 3 to leave the Arrivals

area and you will find your limousine parked there. For on-arrival booking simply approach the Mowasalat Limousine kiosk located in the Arrivals hall. For more information, visit mowasalat.com HIA Metro Station: The Doha Metro’s Red Line station at HIA allows easy access to passengers to and from the airport with a Standard Travel Card, costing QAR10 and you can top-up at just QAR2 per ride. Passengers will be allowed to carry two large luggage items in addition to their small bags, which must not exceed 85 cm x 60 cm x 30 cm in size. Passengers are able to put their luggage in specially allotted areas in the trains. Doha Metro is operational Saturday to Wednesday 6 am – 11 pm, Thursday 6 am – 11:59 pm, Friday 2 pm – 11:59 pm. For more information, call 105 or visit qr.com.qa

Arrivals Up to 360,000 aircraft per year can be handled at HIA. The eastern runway is 4,850 metres long, making it one of the longest commercial runways in the world. Immigration: Prior to departure from their point of origin, Doha passengers must ensure they have a valid passport, and a Residence Permit (RP), before making their way to Immigration. Citizens and residents may also use the provided eGate facilities. After immigration, passengers will proceed to the baggage reclaim area. Check portal.moi.gov.qa and dohahamadairport.com for specific requirements. Customs regulations: After you’ve collected your checked baggage, exit the airport by passing through Customs. There are two Customs channels to choose from, depending on whether you have something to declare or not. Personal items are not usually subject to tax though luggage is inspected upon arrival. Travellers coming into Qatar must have prescriptions for medicines carried. The

Finding your check-in counter at HIA For Qatar Airways First or Business Class passengers: If you’re flying with Qatar Airways as a First or Business Class passenger, proceed to the Departure hall through Entry Gate 1 and, if required, use the East Short Term Car Park (STCP). For Qatar Airways First Class passengers, proceed to Al Safwa First in Row 1, which offers private seated check-in desks, a concierge, bellhops and other exclusive facilities. If travelling in Qatar Airways Business Class, proceed to Al Mourjan Business in Row 2. For Qatar Airways Privilege Club members: If you are a Qatar Airways Privilege Club member or a oneworld customer, your check-in counter is located in Row 4 and if required, use the West STCP. For Qatar Airways Economy Class passengers: If you’re flying with Qatar Airways as an Economy Class passenger, then enter the Departure hall through Entry Gates 2 and 3. Check-in counters are located in Rows 4 to 6 and all other airline counters are from Rows 7 to 10. If required, use the West STCP. For other airlines: If you’re flying with any airline other than Qatar Airways, then you will find it easiest to enter the Departure hall through Entry Gate 4, and, if required, use the West STCP. 62

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Exit Tax: QAR35, HIA's exit tax, will automatically be added to an individual’s ticket price. The tax also applies to transit passengers. Regulations for hand luggage: When departing from HIA, worldwide regulations apply regarding all liquids, gels, pastes, aerosols and electronic devices. In February 2018, HIA and Qatar Airways successfully completed the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Electronic Bag Tag (EBT) readability tests, making HIA the first airport in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region confirmed ready to accept EBTs. The programme aims to provide a more seamless travel experience for passengers, including reduced time spent in queues, a simplified baggage drop process and increased relaxation time at the airport, as well as providing greater operating and carbon efficiency. Check-in: Online check-in is available for most airlines, and on Qatar Airways’ website at qatarairways.com, 36 hours to 90 minutes prior to the flight departure time to most countries. Passengers can choose a seat, print a boarding pass or have a bar-coded boarding pass sent to a mobile phone in simple and convenient easy-to-use steps. Check-in usually opens three hours before your flight’s departure time, and closes 60 minutes before your flight takes off. Carry all the required travel documents with you, including your ticket, passport, exit permit, Residence Card, and destination visas. Clearing passport control: Present your boarding pass to staff standing just before the passport control area. They will scan it, and fast-track you (through passport control and security check) if your flight is nearing its departure time. Dedicated lanes are available for First and Business Class passengers.

The Oryx Lounge offers a comfortable atmosphere to sit, relax and enjoy the superior hospitality provided by the Oryx Lounge staff. The lounge offers food and beverage services, a smoking room, business centre, lockers, a quiet zone, internet facility and a gaming room for kids. All airlines' premium passengers and select card holders (AMEX, HSBC and Dukhan Bank) are eligible for complimentary access to the Oryx Lounge. Economy passengers will be able to gain access to the lounge for a nominal fee of QAR200 for six hours. The resort-like Al Mourjan Business Lounge is open to Qatar Airways and oneworld First Class and Business Class passengers at no additional cost, while Economy Class passengers throughout the network can purchase lounge access at the check-in counters, preferred travel agents, or Qatar Airways' sales offices. The luxurious Al Safwa First Lounge is where you can enjoy delicious à la carte dining, luxury spa and treatment facilities, a full business centre, a cinematic media room and an exclusive family area. In addition to First Class passengers, Privilege Club Platinum members travelling Business Class with Qatar Airways can now access Al Safwa First Class Lounge with up to two guest passes. Al Maha Lounges spread across the terminal and are open to customers of Al Maha Meet and Assist Services. Facilities include unlimited highspeed Wi-Fi, shower facilities, conference rooms, a smoking room, family rooms, a business centre and a nursery. Diner's Club card holders are welcome for free. The Shafallah Center Lounge, a special handling lounge by HIA and Shafallah Center for Persons with Disability, is located at concourse C at the airport terminal and is for departing and transferring passengers with special needs, including those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The lounge features educational, rehabilitative and recreational interactive devices and equipment, and provides passengers with special needs with assistive technologies and solutions. Trained airport staff will be available for on-ground support. Those who want to access this facility can approach the airport staff. Also available are the First Class Lounge, Business Class Lounge, First and Business Class Arrivals Lounges, Unaccompanied Minors Lounge, and Special Assistance Travellers’ Lounge. ©

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Exit Permit: Some expatriate residents of Qatar are required to obtain an exit permit from their sponsor when exiting the country. According to Law No 13 of 2018 (Amending Law), most migrant workers are covered by the Labour Law to leave the country without having to obtain an exit permit. Employers in Qatar can still submit names of workers for whom a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) would be required before granting them permission to leave the country, according to justifications based on the nature of the work.

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The Airport Hotel Transferring customers are catered for with the very best in convenience, comfort and choice. For convenience, there’s no need to leave the terminal to avail yourself of the hotel's services. The rooms and facilities, including the adjoining wellbeing and fitness centre, provide the ultimate in comfort. And there’s excellent choice, with six room types and a range of packages and rates on offer. hiahotel.com Free wireless internet: Enjoy free wireless internet access throughout the passenger terminal. Just search for 'Free Internet by HIA' on your device. Free internet kiosks and desks: Equipped with screens, keyboards and mice, the internet kiosks and desks offer you free web browsing. The kiosks are located throughout the passenger terminal (including the boarding gate areas). Meanwhile, the desks are available at each of five activity nodes. Just follow the signs, ask at an information desk or use the airport map to find one nearest you. Telephone booths: You can call anywhere in the world by purchasing a prepaid calling card from Qatar Duty Free (QDF). Telephone booths are located throughout the passenger terminal (including the boarding gate areas).

Medical and fire emergencies Fully-equipped and well-staffed medical centres are operational 24/7. There are two medical centres serving the passenger terminal. One is located in Arrivals just before the Passport Control area, while the other is in Departures near the Check-in area. Just follow the signs, ask at an information desk or use an airport map to find your way. In case of an emergency, you can also call 4010 9222 to directly contact the medical team.

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Relax in one of HIA's dedicated lounges for special assistance travellers, which offers adapted washrooms, comfortable seating, televisions and a trained attendant.

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Free wheelchairs are available throughout the passenger terminal, ask at the nearest information desk. If you require assistance with moving around in a wheelchair, inform your airline in advance so that a personal helper can be arranged. Washrooms adapted for passengers with reduced mobility are available at many points across the passenger terminal. Just follow the signs or ask at the nearest information desk.

The earlier you get in touch with your airline when you’re planning your travels, the smoother the journey will be for both you and your animal. Your airline and vet will advise you on the latest rules and regulations and the necessary documentation. This includes medical certificates, vaccination records and test results. Your airline won’t be able to accept your animal for travel if the required documentation and suitable carriers are not available. See Pets in Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section.

Shopping at duty free Qatar Duty Free (QDF) offers passengers an array of selected designer labels, high street fashions, electronics, gourmet foods and much more. Passengers at HIA can shop at boutiques and stores such as Bally, Bvlgari, Burberry, Coach, Chopard, Esquire, Giorgio Armani, Harrods, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Mont Blanc, Rolex, Swarovski, Tag Heuer, Tiffany & Co, and WHSmith. 4010 4167, qatardutyfree.com.qa

Dining Across the airport, HIA offers passengers a taste of everything, from gourmet to on-the-go! Enjoy a meal at HIA's signature restaurant, Marché, designed to satisfy the palates and pockets of passengers, or at any of the airport's other restaurants such as Eat Street, which includes Camden Food, Negroni, Azka, Soho Coffee, Red Mango and Burger King. Try Qatar’s first and only completely plant-based café, Evergreen Organics. Grab a hot drink or a quick bite from the Coffeeshop Company, Jamocha Café, Argo Tea Caffé, Farggi, L'eto Café, Harrods Tea Room and more.

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Art at HIA

Lamp Bear by Urs Fischer

Desert Horse by Ali Hassan

The works of art you can see at HIA are a mix of acquired pieces and others created especially for their spaces. The latter include works by local artists – for example, Qatari artist Faraj Duham was commissioned to create large-scale murals, while Qatari artist Ali Hassan produced the Desert Horse sculpture. The most popular art installation at HIA is Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer, which sits prominently at the heart of the airport.

Oryx by Tom Claassen

Falcon by Tom Claassen

In the Arrivals Hall stand a series of sculptures of the oryx, an antelope native to the Arabian Peninsula, called Oryx created by Dutch artist Tom Claassen. A new piece by Claassen was unveiled in June 2021, called Falcon. The golden bird sits on a ledge at the airport and depicts the national bird of Qatar, with the artist taking inspiration from the soft falcon feathers. The more vivid lines mimic the airline's routes from Qatar to the rest of the world, as well as the curves found in Arabic calligraphy and the folds in the fabric of traditional attire.

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Other Worlds by Tom Otterness

Other Worlds by American sculptor Tom Otterness is a series of eight large-scale, interactive, bronze sculptures spread throughout the activity nodes in Concourse C at HIA. With slides and seats for limbs and play-pen-like chambers for torsos, these figures invite both children and adults to engage, interact and find recreational enjoyment in the sculptures.

Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado by Marc Quinn

Marc Quinn’s mesmerising work Arctic Nurseries of El Dorado graces the airport's expansive check-in hall, and is a representation of an almost mythical world. Comprising a number of bronze sculptures, Quinn creates a series of hybrid plants by taking elements from different vegetation and carefully piecing them together, before casting them in bronze.

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The Flying Man, two iconic scultptures designed by the renowned Iraqi artist Dia Al Azzawi, have been installed in HIA's passenger terminal. The sculptures are based on the story of Abu Firnas, a historical figure from the Islamic world who was an early pioneer in experimenting with flight.

COSMOS by Jean-Michel Othoniel

Small Lie by KAWS

COSMOS by contemporary French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel represents a colossal celestial globe echoing the trajectories of travellers from around the world. The striking piece resembles bright calligraphy drawn in space when observed side-on or from below, and appears in the shape of a blooming rose when observed from the front. COSMOS joined the artwork Small Lie which was unveiled along with Qatar Museums (QM) in 2018 at Concourse E. The large-scale figure, which is approximately 30 feet tall, was made by American pop artist and designer KAWS in collaboration with QM.

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Italian artist Rudolf Stingel’s work Untitled is one of his famous large-scale interactive pieces. He covered three surfaces of the piece with reflective, aluminium-faced insulation panels, before inviting the construction team at HIA to draw on the soft walls at the time of the airport’s construction. The walls were then cast in copper and electroplated with gold, before a number of pieces were selected for permanent display at HIA. You can find the piece in the Arrivals Meet and Greet Hall, towards the bus terminal in the West.

Designed by Iraqi artist Ahmed Al Bahrani, A Message of Peace to the World is located at the Passenger Train's South Node station. Al Bahrani, who has lived in Doha since 1999, wanted to honour the work of Reach Out to Asia (ROTA), a Qatari non-profit organisation that supports primary and secondary education in underprivileged countries throughout Asia. Al Bahrani created a sculpture in the shape of a cube symbolising ROTA’s logo, with its surfaces representing the iconographic elements that stand for ROTA’s mission, with the sun, symbolising hope and happiness, radiating from the top of the cube. In this artwork named Mappemondes, Algerian artist Adel Abdessemed creates a world map using old tin cans collected from market places and streets in Dakar. Through this piece, Abdessemedd tries to highlight the consequences of the ‘throwaway culture’ of the modern world. Abdessemed creates artworks which juxtapose situations or actions carried out on everyday objects. It is located in Concourse A, near gate A7. ©

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Lusail City Doha City The capital city is situated on a calm bay halfway along the east coast of the Qatar peninsula. Its two municipalities of Doha and Al Rayyan house the majority of the population. The seven-kilometre Corniche links the cultural centres of Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) with the glittering towers of the Al Dafna business and residential district and The Pearl Island. Doha is the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of Qatar, providing modern amenities while at the same time preserving its past. Lusail City is an extension of Doha to the north across an area of 38 sq km and will include four exclusive islands and 19 multi-purpose residential, mixed use, entertainment and commercial districts. The total estimated number of visitors to Lusail will eventually reach 450,000. The city includes numerous residential units, office and government buildings, and 22 hotels.

Al Khor and Al Wakra – Former Pearl and Fishing Centres

QatarEnergy's Industrial Cities Dukhan Industrial City is the oldest settlement founded after the discovery of oil in the surrounding fields during the 1930s. The centre of onshore operations is undergoing a QAR1.6 bn plan to cover all aspects of urban development. Mesaieed Industrial City is in the southeast of the country. Mesaieed itself has a port, and adjacent to the north is the hugely impressive Hamad Port, plus a new naval base. Mesaieed is undergoing a QAR14 bn renovation plan by QatarEnergy (QE), formerly Qatar Petroleum (QP). The town centre has a striking QE building and, a group of shops and restaurants, used by visitors to Sealine Beach Resort, Khor Al Adaid and other beaches and dunes before and after their adventures. Ras Laffan Industrial City covers 294 sq km and lies on the east coast 80 km north of Doha. A part of QE's Industrial Cities Directorate, this purposebuilt industrial city has the largest gas exportation seaport and gas liquefaction plants in the Gulf region and is one of the biggest industrial cities in the world. Access is by invitation only. m

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Al Khor provides a pleasant weekend break from Doha, and is easily reached on Al Shamal Road (Route 1) and on the newly re-opened Al Khor Coastal Road (Route 6). There are play areas and sun shelters along the Al Corniche, as well as photo opportunities at the old fishing harbour and the nearby mangroves, which are full of bird life. There is a small museum in the old police station, showing early life in this small town, as well as some archaeological discoveries from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Large public gardens to the north of Al Khor (signposted from Al Shamal Road) also attract weekend picnickers. Al Farkiya Beach is another development just outside Al Khor: see Sightseeing in this section for more information. Al Khor Community is home to a large expatriate population working in Ras Laffan Industrial City.

Al Wakra is notable for its bustling fishing harbour and is just 10 minutes' drive south of the capital on Route 7. It has become a popular commuter suburb and several private schools have relocated there. Numerous mosques, old minarets, forts and wind towers offer some of the finest examples of traditional architecture – see Abu Manaratain Mosque and House of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Sightseeing in this section. The new heritage village, Souq Waqif Al Wakra, is partially open, with a few shops and some restaurants along the beach. Just inland from the beach is a fenced and beautifully landscaped park, with a children's play area.

There are currently 19 Marhaba maps. They include the country map of Qatar, Greater Doha and maps of all provincial towns, including Al Wakra, Al Khor and Mesaieed. Find out more about these cities and Qatar's energy industries in The Hydrocarbon Industry in the Business and Economy section. 70

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Qatar’s public transport includes taxis, buses, limousines, Doha Metro and now the Lusail Tram. The most visible taxis and public buses in Qatar are operated by Mowasalat Co (Karwa), which are comfortable, clean, air-conditioned and safe. Sila: A new app by the Ministry of Transport of Qatar’s integrated public transport system that makes planning a journey and payments a lot easier and smarter. sila.qa

Karwa Public Bus and Metro Link Mowasalat (Karwa) services an extensive public bus network with a modern fleet. In addition to regular public bus routes, the Metro Link buses transport guests from dedicated Metro Link bus stops to the nearest Metro Station. For information about public and Metro Link bus routes, trip planning and electronic ticket purchase, download the Karwa Bus App, or call 4458 8888.

Tariff Day: Meter starts at QAR7 (includes the first 1.8 km), then QAR1.6 per km. Minimum fare is QAR7.

Tariff Night: Meter starts at QAR7 (includes the first 1.8 km), then QAR1.9 per km. Minimum fare is QAR7.

Tariff at HIA: Meter starts at QAR25 (includes the

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first 1.8 km), then Day or Night Tariff will be applied.

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Waiting charge: QAR8 for every 15 minutes. Additionally, you can now access the Metro Express service through the Karwa Taxi App. In certain areas, you can request for a shared ride to the closest Metro or Tram Station. It is a service that is provided free of charge, when combined with a Metro or Tram Ride.

Doha Limousine (by Karwa) Doha Limousine provides three categories of limousine – Standard, Luxury and Business. All are available at the HIA limousine rank, by booking through the Karwa Taxi App or by calling 4458 8888. Doha Limousine can be booked for specific journeys, by the hour, or rented on a short-term or long-term basis. All limousines are metered and tracked by a quality assurance team. Cost per journey: Prices start from a minimum rate of QAR55 from the airport and QAR40 from within the city. Overall charges depend on the category of vehicle and distance. VIP Limousines: Available at HIA and all major five-star hotels.

The Doha Metro has opened a new dimension in Doha’s public transport. The Doha Metro Red Line was the first line to open in 2019, extending from Lusail City to Al Wakra with a branch to the airport. The Green Line runs from Al Mansoura district to Al Riffa – Mall of Qatar in the west. The Gold Line runs from Ras Bu Abboud to Al Aziziya. Travel cards and credit can be purchased at self-service Travel Card Vending Machines (TVMs) in all Doha Metro stations. 105, qr.com.qa Standard Travel Card: A reusable plastic card (valid for five years) costing QAR10, with Travel Credit added by ‘Topping Up’ from a TVM. This Travel Card does not permit travel in the Gold Club sections. This card is currently available at licensed retailers like LuLu, Jumbo and Carrefour. goldclub Travel Card: A reusable plastic card (valid for five years) costing QAR100 available from the goldclub offices at Doha Metro stations. This card permits travel in the goldclub sections. Add Travel Credit by ‘Topping Up’ at a TVM at any Doha Metro and Lusail Tram stations. ©

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Karwa Taxis and Metro Express Mowasalat Co (Karwa Taxi) is the exclusive taxi operator in Qatar. On arrival at Hamad International Airport (HIA), just follow the signs for the taxi rank and stressfree transportation. Taxis can always be found at prominent locations: malls, hotels, etc. Travellers with special needs can book a minivan via the Karwa Taxi app, suitable for two or three wheelchairs and accompanying passengers. The same tariff applies. For bookings, download the Karwa Taxi App call 4458 8888, or hail from the side of the road.

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Operating hours: Saturday to Wednesday 6 am – 11 pm, Thursday 6 am – 11:59 pm, and Friday 2 pm – 11:59 pm. There are two free feeder bus services, Metro Link and Metro Express, which connect customers to the Doha Metro stations. The bus’s operating hours align with the metro’s.

Metro Link: A feeder bus network providing first and last mile connectivity to Qatar Rail customers within a 2 to 5 km radius of the Doha Metro stations. qr.com.qa/metrolink

Metro Express: A complementary pilot ride-sharing feeder service that connects specific service zones around Metro stations. Metro Express serves a total of six Metro stations on the red line, from West Bay QIC to Qatar University serving adjoining areas and important landmarks. The service uses a fleet of branded Mercedes Vito vans, seating seven passengers per vehicle. Metro Express service is exclusive for registered Metro passengers and can only be used in conjunction with a metro journey. Customers can book a ride through the Metro Express Doha app. qr.com.qa/metroexpress

Lusail Tram The Lusail Tram is now operational and is becoming the main transportation hub for Lusail City, the largest single sustainable development to be undertaken in Qatar. The network includes four lines and 25 stations aboveground and underground. Lusail Tram connects to the Doha Metro through two interchange stations at Lusail and Legtaifiya. Of the 25 stations across four lines that comprise the Tram network, seven Orange Line stations will be available for travel initially. The available stations are Legtaifiya, Marina, Marina Promenade, Yacht Club, Esplanade, Lusail Centrall (Place Vendôme) and Energy City South. Legtaifiya station connects Lusail Tram to the Doha Metro. qr.com.qa/metro-tram Fare: The existing Travel Card is valid on both the Lusail Tram and the Doha Metro with no additional costs. However, customers must always remember to Tap In & Tap Out using the validator on board the tram to avoid extra charges. 74

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Operating hours: The tram’s operating hours align with the metro’s. Saturday to Wednesday 6 am – 11 pm, Thursday 6 am – 11:59 pm, Friday 2 pm – 11:59 pm.

Msheireb Tram With nine stations, the self-powered environmentally friendly tramway Msheireb Tram interconnects all of Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD), making it easier for visitors to move from one spot to the other. Visitors, residents, and tenants can find a tram car on the loop every six minutes with a 400-m hop-on/hop-off zone along the single 2 km, closed-loop track system. msheireb.com Fare: Free Operating hours: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – noon/4 pm – 9 pm, Friday 4 pm – 9 pm.

Electric Charging Stations Qatar currently has more than 20 charging stations for electric vehicles, established by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), through the National Programme for Conservation & Energy Efficiency (Tarsheed). Qatar encourages the deployment of electric cars and plans to make 7–10% of the total number of cars to be green cars by 2022. Electric charging stations: • Alfardan Towers, Al Dafna • Ezdan Mall – Al Wakra • Fire Station: Artist in Residence • Hamad Port • Kahramaa Awareness Park (KAP) • Kahramaa Headquarters • Katara Cultural Village • Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha • Ministry of Transport • Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) • Qatar Foundation Headquarters • Qatar National Library (QNL) • Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) • Qatar Scientific Club • The St. Regis, Doha Tarsheed Photovoltaic Station for Energy Storage and Charging Electric Vehicles: Charges vehicles with electricity produced from solar energy via 216 photovoltaic panels divided into two areas with a total area of 270 m, which is equal to the row for 24 cars’ spaces at Kahramaa Complex at Mesaimeer. In addition, as part of the nation’s push towards clean energy, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has begun installing 653 electric chargers and 713 inverters in 41 under-construction sites under the Public Bus Infrastructure Programme. Ashghal will construct the largest electric charging station in the region, which will be operated by solar energy and will feature high-efficiency solar cell shades, becoming the first bus station in the region working purely on solar energy.

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The opening marks the latest achievements of the key junction after being converted from the highly congested roundabout to the first three-level interchange with nine tunnels linking five main roads: Doha Expressway, E Ring Road, Rawdat Al Khail Street, Industrial and Mesaieed Road, and providing ease of access to Sabah Al Ahmad Corridor and G Ring Road.

Road users coming from Al Wakra and Al Wukair can directly access Nuaija and Fereej Al Ali up to central Doha through Rawdat Al Khail Street.

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Mesaimeer Interchange Fully Open The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has fully opened the Mesaimeer Interchange to full traffic and the final route connecting Al Wakra to Doha, as drivers coming from Mesaieed Road can reach Nuaija, Fereej Al Ali, Rawdat Al Khail Street and D Ring Road, shortening travel time by 70%.

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There are more things to do and see in Qatar than you might imagine and so if you only have a short time here, plan your time wisely. Qatar Tourism has a comprehensive online portal on Qatar's diverse attractions, visitqatar.qa. Check our website at marhaba.qa for what to do at the weekend as well as news, reviews and more! Pick up the Marhaba Pocket Map to help you get around Qatar as efficiently as possible.

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1 One of the first things to do in Qatar is visit the 7 km Doha Corniche C4 for a walk and spectacular views of the Doha skyline. Make sure to go on a short dhow cruise around the bay. Nearby, take a walk around the lush green Al Bidda Park C4! 2 Also on the Corniche are the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) C4 and Al Riwaq C4 showcasing the best of Qatar's exhibits. The MIA Park C4 boasts expansive landscaping. Near MIA is the new multicoloured Box Park C4, a food, retail and recreation park at the soon-to-be Cruise Ship Terminal. 3 Across the Corniche is the National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) D4, which explores Qatar's rich heritage and culture, and features the NMoQ Park with plants, public artworks, playgrounds, cafés and more. 4 Visit the old and traditional Souq Waqif D4 for garments, spices, handicrafts, souvenirs, restaurants and shisha lounges. The nearby Gold Souq D4 is your jewellery stop. Also close by is Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) D4, the world's first sustainable downtown regeneration project. 5 In Al Wakra, visit Souq Al Wakra F5, a 'heritage village' with markets, shops and restaurants along the seafront. Also nearby is Al Wakra Family Beach and Ezdan Mall – Al Wakra. 6 Spend a few hours at Katara Cultural Village B4 and admire the architecture. Nearby is The Pearl Island B4, an artificial island, featuring luxury shopping and dining, Mediterranean-style yachtlined marinas, upmarket residential towers, villas and internationally renowned hotels. Also nearby is Lusail City A3/A4, Qatar's first smart and sustainable city with several tourist and local attractions. 7 Shop at Qatar's largest malls such as Doha Festival City B2 or Mall of Qatar C1. For more traditional shopping, visit local souqs. See Shopping in Qatar in the Shopping section. 8 Play a round of golf at Doha Golf Club B3 or Education City Golf Club C2, or walk around 'Sporty City', Aspire Zone D2, which includes Aspire Park D2, KidZania Doha D2 and Villaggio Mall D2. 9 Explore the dunes at Sealine in Mesaieed or the waters off Qatar's coast. Go scuba diving, snorkelling, paddle boarding, or kayaking through the mangroves. See the Events and Activities section. 10 Transport yourself back in time at the numerous fortresses and ruins throughout Qatar such as Al Zubara Archaeological Site and Zekreet. Doha Bus: HOP-ON HOP-OFF On your Doha Bus day or night sightseeing tour, you will pick up a complimentary tour guide that includes a full colour route map. The bus is equipped with an audio device that operates according to the global GPS navigation system; available in multiple languages. A variety of tour packages are available, including desert safaries. Tour map and details at dohabus.com Doha Metro: TAP IN, TAP OUT To move around the city easier and faster, use the fully operational Doha Metro, a rapid transit system across Doha and also outside Doha to suburbs such as Al Wakra, Al Wajba and Lusail City. The Doha Metro currently has three lines – Red, Green and Gold – with an approximate overall length of 76 km and 37 stations. National Cruise: SEE DOHA FROM THE SEA Step aboard one of the most luxurious traditional dhows in Qatar, approved by Qatar Tourism. The company offers diverse cruise themes and voyages, providing four safe and pleasant premier touristic experiences including food, sightseeing and day cruises as well as special events and private trips. ©

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Whether you’re active or just a spectator, Qatar has constructed an amazing array of eight new stadiums to showcase the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. They beautifully reflect Qatari culture and cater for the demands of modern sports tournaments. All are accessible using the Doha Metro network; Al Bayt and Al Thumama stadiums with a special bus link. Have a day trip travelling to see them all!

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The Whale Sharks of Qatar By Ola Diab Qatar has the biggest whale shark concentration in the world.

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in May 2022. Check the Discovering Qatar website discoverqatar.qa for a chance to get up and close to these majestic creatures in Qatar.

The ministry is calling on the community to not approach shark gatherings if spotted and to not publicise their location. Any sighting should be reported directly to the call centre at 184. Any unsettling noises are forbidden near the areas of the sharks’s gatherings to ensure their safety and wellbeing.

The reason this region attracts so many whale sharks is because of its unique ecosystem. The average seawater temperature in the gulf averages between 32-34°C during the summer months. However, the seawater around the whale shark viewing location is a much cooler 27°C – perfect for fish to breed. It is the abundance of fish eggs, the whale sharks number one source of food, which attracts them to the area.

The area that hosts the gigantic white-spotted fish has been closed to the public until recently. Discover Qatar, the Destination Management Company (DMC) for Qatar Airways, launched its ‘Discover the Whale Sharks of Qatar’ tour, offering all marine lovers the chance to see the gigantic white-spotted fish from a luxurious ‘Private Charter’ yacht or a ‘Daily Explorer’ tour on a high-speed catamaran. Excursions opened

Qatar Whale Shark Research In 2010, Qatar Whale Shark Research began as a collaboration between the then Ministry of Environment and David Robinson from Heriot-Watt University, who approached the ministry to authorise research on whale sharks in Qatar, specifically Al Shaheen oilfield north of Qatar, as his field of study.

ccording to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Qatar's concentration of whale sharks reached 600 sharks in 2020 – that is yet to be documented anywhere else in the world – and more than 100 sharks have been observed in Al Shaheen oilfield. The giant whitespotted fish annually congregate 90 km away from land between the months of April and September.

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About whale sharks Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) are the largest shark, and indeed largest of any fish alive today. They feed on plankton, which are a collection of tiny organisms that live at and beneath the surface of lakes, rivers, ponds and oceans across the planet. The distribution of whale sharks indicates the presence of plankton and the overall health of our oceans. Whale sharks are found in all the tropical oceans of the world. Their white spotted colouration makes these gentle giants easy to distinguish, and popular with snorkellers and divers at sites where the sharks aggregate off the coast. The sharks travel large distances to find enough food to sustain their huge size, and to reproduce. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the maximum size of whale sharks is not known, but could be as large as 20 m. Females give birth to live young, but this has never been observed. Where pupping occurs and where the youngest animals situate remains a mystery, as they are very rarely found. Adults are often found feeding at the surface, but may dive to 1,000 m. Whale sharks are protected from fishing in many countries these days, but are in decline in some areas. Source: World Wildlife Fund (WWF) The heat makes the offshore oil platforms resemble a fata morgana, which is a superior mirage or optical phenomenon. These immense steel structures have been in the region for almost 20 years and their inhabitants have played an important part in the establishment of the Qatar Whale Shark Research. Since the 1990s, offshore workers have told stories of giant sharks. Before that, local fishermen were sharing tales of a huge fish seen mainly in the summer months. However, it wasn’t until images of more than 100 whale sharks surrounding the platform taken by Soren Stig made its way to David Robinson, who then made contact with the ministry and it became clear something very unique was happening here. Although whale sharks have been known to frequent Qatari waters, Mohammed Al Jaidah from the ministry was quick to realise the importance of this discovery, and so together they formed the Qatar Whale Shark Research project in 2010.

annum comprise 45% of Qatar’s oil production. Public access and fishing is banned around the platforms. Thousands of colourful fish find food and shelter between the sponges and soft coral that grow on the subsea structures. Barracudas, jacks and sharks patrol the perimeters waiting to pounce on the unwary. The platforms essentially function as artificial reefs – a marine oasis of life in a desert sea. Consequently, in 2011, the Maersk Oil Research and Technology Centre (Maersk Oil formerly operated Al Shaheen oilfield) and the then Ministry of Environment signed a Memorandum of Understanding becoming sponsors and co-researchers of this project, and to shed more light on the biodiversity in Al Shaheen area and the secrets of the whale sharks. m

Research started in May 2010 and entailed several satellite trackers being attached to the whale sharks. The biodiversity of Al Shaheen was also studied and 'fingerprint images' were taken – a photograph of the side of the shark that identifies individuals. At the end of the season in September 2010, upward of 150 individuals had been identified through fingerprint images and DNA samples. Operated by the North Oil Company, Al Shaheen oilfield, is situated off the north east coast of Qatar and is one of the largest and most complex of its kind in the world. Its 100 mn barrels per ©

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Archaeological Sites, Forts and Ruins

If you want an insight into Qatar’s history, culture and heritage, visit one of the archaeological sites or old forts. Some of these heritage sites have been partially restored, while others exist as ruins or excavation sites. The location of forts can be found on the Marhaba map of Qatar. For more information, visit the Qatar Museums (QM) website, qm.org.qa

Al Ghuwair Castle The ruins of this 19th century rectangular fort lie 85 km northwest of Doha. Althought it carries a historical significance in Qatar's architectural stands, Al Ghuwair Castle is now almost all debris.

Al Huwaila Fort Prior to the development of Al Zubara (also written as Al Zubarah) and Doha, Al Huwaila was Qatar’s principal town and is 29 km north of Al Khor. The fort was built during the early Islamic period and was occupied by Al Musallam members of the Bani Khalid family in the 18th century.

Al Jassasiya Petroglyphs or Rock Carvings (pictured) Al Jassasiya is one of a dozen rock-carving sites in Qatar. Rock carvings, so called ‘petroglyphs’, can be found around the coasts of Qatar as well as on Bahrain's Al Hawar Island. But the greatest number of carvings can be found at this major petroglyph site, north of Doha, on low limestone hills (jebel). First discovered in 1957, the site was systematically studied in 1974 when 874 carved single figures and compositions were catalogued. These rock carvings consist mainly of cup marks in various arrangements, including rows, rosettes and stars, but also of carvings, such as boats, footprints and enigmatic symbols and signs. It is believed that the cup marks are used for playing ancient board games. One of these board games may have been mancala. The game was known in Qatar as Al Haloosa or Al Huwaila. While it has previously been suggested that the earliest might date back to the Neolithic period, new evidence makes it likely that they are not more than a few hundred years old. To get there you will need a four‑wheel‑drive. Arrange a tour with a local tour operator (see Local Tour Companies at the end of this section), or call Qatar Museums, 4452 5555.

Al Jumail Village On the northwest coast of Qatar lies the small traditional but ruined village of Al Jumail. It was inhabited by the Al Kubaisi family. It is a favourite weekend destination for local families, since it represents their heritage, history, roots and origin of their ancestors. The village comprises a set of important traditional buildings, including a small mosque with its minaret still intact. This village dates back to the second half of the 19th century and was inhabited until the beginning of the 20th century.

Al Khor Tower and Museum The tower can be seen overlooking the corniche at Al Khor. It was built in 1900. Nearby is the museum – learn about the myth of Ghilan and Mae, the region’s first female pirate, and see the displays of marine life.

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Al Khulaifi Heritage House D4 Al Khulaifi Heritage House is located within Muglina Unit Park. It has been recently restored by Qatar Museums and enlisted on the ISESCO Islamic World Heritage List in June 2021.

Al Rakayat Fort A one-hour drive northwest of Doha, you'll discover an area of forts, traditional architecture and old villages. Al Rakayat is one of several desert forts dating back to the 19th century. Located on the road between Al Zubara and Madinat Al Shamal, it is one of the few forts that were renovated in the 1980s. The restoration was done carefully so that the fort resembles the original structure. The remains of the original fort can still be seen in the courtyard. Al Rakayat means 'well' in Arabic, therefore it is believed that the fort was built to protect the essential sources of water. The existence of a freshwater well in the fort itself and the scattered remains of a village close to the fort support this assumption. In addition, the fort was a secure place for the nearby population in case of potential conflicts between tribes. Al Rakayat Fort has three rectangular towers and a round one. Around the three sides of the large central courtyard are aligned narrow rooms without windows, but with doors that open to the courtyard. The only entrance to the fort is located in the southern front wall.

Al Thaqab Fort Al Thaqab Fort lies about 10 km from Al Zubara, on the eastern side of the road. With finds such as fragments of pottery and Indian glass bangles, the fort could possibly date back to the 19th century. However the houses that surround it may indicate an earlier date. Thaqab means the 'water in the bottom of the valley after rain'. Al Thaqab is one of the forts that was renovated in the 1980s but unfortunately, not authentically and carefully enough. In proximity to the fort, towards the west, there is a deep well that has been in use since 1911. The water is pumped out rather than hauled up in buckets, the latter representing an old and traditional custom still in practice today. Al Thaqab is a desert fort built of rough limestone blocks or flat slabs of beach-rocks (faroush), with three round corner towers and one rectangular tower. The inside of the fort, typically, was used by villagers to store food and water in case they were besieged.

Al Wajbah Fort C1 (pictured) One of Qatar’s oldest forts; it was the site of a famous battle in 1893 when Sheikh Qassim bin Mohammed Al Thani defeated the Ottomans.

Al Zubara and Al Zubara Archaeological Site A historic coastal town that is now abandoned, Al Zubara is situated approximately 100 km northwest of Doha. Founded in the mid-18th century, the town developed into a centre for pearling and international trade, and rose to become the country’s largest and most important settlement. The success of Al Zubara attracted the attention of other Gulf powers, and after several attacks the town was eventually burned to the ground in 1811. It never fully recovered and was abandoned by the mid-20th century. ©

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Al Zubara Archaeological Site is Qatar’s largest heritage site. It has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered to be one of the best-preserved examples of an 18–19th century merchant town in the Gulf region. Al Zubara Archaeological Site covers an area of 60 hectares with remains of houses, mosques, large fortified buildings and a market. With the help of an international and local team of archaeologists and scientists, the site of Al Zubara and the visitor centre in the nearby fort offer a key to understanding Qatar’s cultural identity and a model to explain the history of the pearl trade – a significant factor in the development of the modern Gulf region. Open to the public, daily 9 am – 5 pm.

Abraj Barzan (Barzan Towers) or Umm Slal Mohammed Fort, and Al Sharqi Two towers built in Umm Slal Mohammed. Burj Barzan (burj meaning tower, abraj towers) was built during the late 19th century in a unique 'T' shape, a rectangular construction with three levels and an external staircase. Both towers have been completely restored. 20 km north of Doha and built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the fort was designed to combine civilian and military functions.

Jazirat bin Ghannam (Purple Island) Excavations at this site 40 km north of Doha in the Al Khor area have brought to light several hearths and rectangular structures. Layers of shells have also been found – the shellfish (thais savigny) lives under rocks and produces a bright dye when in contact with an enzyme and light. The site may have been used during the Bronze Age to produce dye. If true, it is the only documented dye production site in the Arabian Gulf, and the only one outside of the Mediterranean, where it was usually produced. The island is also known for the mangrove trees, tolerant tropical trees that survive in salty, inter‑tidal, shallow lagoons where other plants rarely grow. There are almost 50 species of mangroves, but in Qatar there is only one, known as Grey Mangrove. Jazirat bin Ghannam is perfect for birdwatching, as a large number of migratory birds stay in the area during the winter. This is an open site with off‑road access, approximately 5 km from the main road. Find it on the map of Al Khor.

Murwab archaeological site Murwab is the only sizeable Islamic settlement in Qatar not located on the coast. Dating back to the 9–11th century, Murwab used to be a settlement of some 250 houses, constructed in groups, a residence and two mosques. Excavations have revealed also a group of tombs scattered around the groups of houses. The Murwab palatial residence is known to be the oldest discovered Islamic palace in Qatar. The excavated foundation walls overlaying each other show clearly that the structure was rebuilt in the same place by reducing its size. This is a closed site.

Ras Abrouq (Bir Zekreet) (pictured) Ras Abrouq, which is also known as Bir Zekreet, is on the west coast, north of Dukhan, and is fascinating with its unusual landscape of white cliffs sculpted into strange shapes. This formation is known as hofuf, fine‑grained to pebbly coarse‑grained fluvial sandstones of the Late Miocene to Pliocene eras. This area of Qatar never experienced permanent erected housing, however one proof of life is the fort at Bir Zekreet, which is also one of the only forts in the west. It is thought to have been built between 1809 and 1812. Around the remains of the fort is a settlement of small houses and archaeologists have discovered the remains of a building between the fort and the sea, housing three date‑presses. Here you will also find Richard Serra’s public art installation – 'East-West/West-East'. 94

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A day at the beach, sunbathing on the sand and swimming in the sea can be the perfect remedy for the stresses of the city. Luckily, Qatar is a peninsula; the coastline is over 560 km long, so there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Mesaieed is the most popular beach destination because it is the only place in Qatar where the sand dunes meet the water. Some, like the Inland Sea (Khor Al Adaid) can only be reached by a four‑wheel‑drive while others, such as Al Wakra, are only a short drive away and suitable for all cars. Swimming in the Gulf waters is a relaxing experience, but beware of jellyfish in the summer! If you want to go camping, Ras Abrouq (Bir Zekreet) beach is very popular. Many of Qatar's beaches are isolated with no facilities and there may be some pollution and litter. Visitors to the busier family beaches should be aware that they need to wear appropriate clothing – nothing too revealing. Bring everything you need with you: food and plenty of water, sunscreen, towels and a first aid kit – and please take away all your rubbish.

Al Farkeeh A family beach with a 1,350 m seafront just outside Al Khor. To get there, coming through Al Khor, go past Al Khor Mall, and at the next interchange, turn left – there is a sign saying 'Al Farkeeh beach'. Follow the road for several hundred metres, past the sign for 'Marina Scouts Club', and keep going straight until the next sign for 'Al Farkeeh'. Turn left and the beach can be seen in the distance. There are play areas, wooden sheds, watchtowers, and other facilities. See our Al Khor and Al Thakhira. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 7 am – 10 pm; Thursday/Friday/Saturday is for families only, 7 am – midnight. Admission: Free.

Al Ghariya Just 4.5 km beyond Fuwairit (see entry on next page) is Al Ghariya beach. On Al Shamal (North) Road, take the Al Ghariya turnoff, follow the tarred road and keep to the right when the road splits. After the Al Ghariya Beach Resort, drive 1.5 km until you reach an abandoned village. The best spot is further north beyond the old Scout Camp.

Al Jassasiya Near the Al Jassasiya Petroglyphs are the beautiful turquoise waters and soft sand of Al Jassasiya beach, perfect for a camp or barbecue. The water is shallow and may not be suitable for swimming.

Al Kharaij Located near Umm Bab, a public beach with facilities. The only way to get there involves driving over 6 km on a dirt road and it does get pretty bumpy at times. Nearby is a beach for single men and labourers.

Al Mafjar Located in the historic and abandoned village of Al Mafjar on the northern tip of Qatar is Al Mafjar Beach, which is surrounded by abandoned historic ruins. It is a good beach for watersports, swimming, snorkelling and hiking. Al Mafjar Beach is close to Umm Tais National Park, an important protected habitat for birds and other animals.

Al Mamlha Al Shamal Municipality opened a new beach for women in Al Ghariya in December 2021. It's the second women's only beach in Qatar. Al Mamlha women’s beach is around 15,000 sq m and can be accessed through the main entrance from the north side. At night, the beach is lit up using eco-friendly solar energy. It is completely fenced and provides all basic facilities like toilets, guard rooms, umbrellas, barbecue places, rubbish bins, and rope barriers along the beach to prevent the entry of water bikes. Female guards provide protection for all visitors at the beach. Opening times: Daily 9 am – 10 pm. Admission: QAR25 for adults and QAR5 for children. ©

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Situated on the northern tip of Qatar, just before Fuwairit, Al Maroona is known as '42 km Beach' or 'French Beach'. The sand is soft and golden and the water is crystal clear with fascinating sea life to explore. You may see starfish, turtles, tiny hermit crabs, jellyfish and plenty of other fish.

Al Ruwais At the northern tip of Qatar, at the end of Al Shamal (North) Road and about 110 km from Doha, are some quiet beach areas with coves and inlets, and picnic and shaded spots. The rock formations are very different in this region and wildlife such as dugongs (an aquatic animal) can be seen. Al Shamal Municipality has started implementing a project to provide the beach with shades and solar energy-run lights.

Al Sultan Beach Resort Located on Al Khor beach, Al Sultan Beach Resort is just a short drive from Doha. With its own private beach, sizable swimming pool and Jacuzzi, the resort is wonderful for water activities and just relaxing the day away. Opening times: Daily 9 am – 6 pm. Admission: QAR125 adults, QAR75 children at the ages of 4 to 10. Contact: 4472 2555/2666, alsultanbeachresort.com

Al Thakhira The largest area of mangroves – and the oldest – can be found around Al Thakhira and Al Khor. A great way to explore the mangroves is by kayak, available from several tour operators and specialist companies. All of these can be booked in advance, and many companies offer both morning and afternoon trips. Al Khor is about 35 – 40 km from Doha. Drive through the town and bear left at the northern end of the Corniche, heading towards Al Thakhira. Turn right at the next roundabout; take the first left and pass through the gap between the houses. Heading left away from the village, pass the car park and jetty onto a track across the salt marsh, which eventually leads to a small wadi (desert depression) and then to the beach. At high tide the salt marsh can turn treacherous, so park near the wadi unless in a four‑wheel‑drive vehicle.

Al Wakra The old fishing town of Al Wakra is undergoing continuous redevelopment. The 4 km coastline stretches from the hills to the fishing harbour. The beachfront traditional village called Souq Al Wakra is a replica of life 200 years ago. Al Wakra family beach in the Al Jabal area has volleyball and football areas, sun shades, showers and toilets. The water is shallow but with lots of rocks, and children should be supervised. Solar power is being utilised to provide lighting.

Azerbaijani One of the best and most popular beaches in Qatar, the beach comes right before Al Jassasiya beach with beautiful turquoise waters and soft sand, perfect for a camp or barbecue.

Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara C5 (pictured) Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara feels a world away from bustling Doha but is only a 25-minute journey by luxury ferry from Al Shyoukh Terminal located on the Doha Corniche or a 10-minute helicopter ride directly from the airport with bird’s eye views of the spectacular coastline. Bask on their private 800 m beach, refresh yourself at the 100 m long lagoon pool, or master the waves in their surf pool and enjoy a wide range of watersports. You can also sign up for snorkelling and scuba diving adventures. Opening times: Daily 10 am – 7 pm. Admission: Weekdays: QAR350 per adult or child (5 years and above), QAR100 (for boat transfers) for children between 2 and 4, children under 2 enter for free. Weekends and public holidays: QAR500 per adult or child (5 years and above), QAR100 (for boat transfers) for children between 2 and 4, children under 2 enter for free. Contact: 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com 96

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marhaba.qa Dukhan Dukhan is one of the most popular destinations for public beaches. Once you arrive at the gates to Dukhan, turn left and follow the coast road for 9 km until you reach Dukhan Water Sports. The tarred road ends here, but to the south there are plenty of places to stop. The beaches are sandy but watch out for sharp rocks under the water.

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80 km from Landmark mall on the Al Shamal (North) Road, look out for interchange exit number 79, as the signpost for Fuwairit is just before the bridge. Come off the road, turn right at this sign and follow the surfaced road leading to a small village. Upon reaching the outskirts of the village, turn left onto a rough track running parallel to the coast. Drive for about a kilometre to get to the beach. From here turn right for the main beach and watch the kitesurfers, or turn left to see the unusual formations of eroded jebel that run down to the water’s edge. Watch out for rocks in the water.

Jazirat bin Ghannam (Purple Island) Also known as Al Khor Island, Purple Island is one of the most popular destinations for kayaking, stand up paddling and other water sports with lush mangroves and rich bird life including flamingos. 'Purple' Island gets its name from the dye extracted from the sea snail (shellfish called thais savigny), evidence of which can be found all over this coastal stretch of land. The 'island' is surrounded by mangroves and is accessed via a causeway (broken away in parts). Climb to the top of the jebel for a 360° view of Al Khor. Coordinates for the car park are 25.41.36N/51.33.16E.

Katara Beach B4 Katara Beach is a 1.5 km long public beach at Katara Cultural Village. A play area is located by the beach where children can enjoy a variety of activities, games and rides as well as child friendly watersports. The beach also includes the luxurious 4,600 sq m Katara Beach Club by LivNordic Spa & Wellness, which features two gender separated floors of Scandinavian-inspired health and wellness principles of health. Opening times: Beach opening and closing timings vary according to season. Call for up to date opening times or visit katara.net Admission: QAR10 for those at the age of 18 and above; separate fees apply for watersports and lessons. Contact: 4408 1017/1985, 7002 9360, katara.net Mesaieed (Sealine) Mesaieed is the industrial town at the original centre of the petrochemical industry, 40 km south of Doha. There are some good beaches to the south of the town and this is where the barchans (crescent‑shaped) sand dunes begin. Mesaieed is home to Qatar's most popular sand dunes and the luxurious Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort. Dune buggies and quad bikes can be hired here near the resort. It is busiest at the weekend – cars, buggies and quad bikes will be driving in all directions on the beach, so exercise caution. Four‑wheel‑drive vehicles are necessary if veering away from the main beach area – don’t forget to select your vehicle's lowest gear when approaching the softer sand.

Ras Abrouq (Bir Zekreet) The bay is at the tip of a peninsula northeast of Dukhan and is a popular spot for weekend campers and watersports enthusiasts. It can be a rough journey, but if you have a four‑wheel‑drive it's fun to explore. Follow the smooth and wide Dukhan Road, but turn off at the new interchange about 5 km before Dukhan. Pass The Cuban Hospital on the left and onto the road that heads up the northeastern side of the Ras Abrouq peninsula. After 2 km, turn left or right at the QatarEnergy site and pipeline. Turn left and you will see an abandoned police post on top of a jebel after 9 km. Go round the hill base and over the causeway on your left to get to the tip of the peninsula. Full of interesting coves and bays, you may see flamingos in the half-moon bay. If you turn right, you will go past the SCENR reserve for gazelles and ostriches. If travelling up to Bir Zekreet, it's worth taking some time going inland and finding the 'film set' built into the rock faces of the jebels with small, rough stone buildings where a film was produced several years ago. From here drive up the jebel face – if in a suitable vehicle – and in the distance you will see a small fort. This was used as the location for a TV series, and is open to the public. ©

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Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas Located on the sunny southwest coast of Qatar and spanning 3.5 km of private beach, Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas hideaway features a luxury spa, a marina, and a water and adventure park with slides, rides, and family-friendly attractions (See Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park in Leisure Activities in the Events and Activities section). More than 20 restaurants showcase global flavours, including an underwater dining experience. Savour garden vistas and views of the sparkling gulf from their collection of 361 rooms, suites, and exclusive villas with a pool, indoor to outdoor living spaces, and direct beach access. Opening times: Daily QAR150; purchase at q-tickets.com (Access to Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park, gym and Kids Club is not included, however access to the Kids Club is available at the rate of QAR75 per child, per hour). Admission: Daily 8 am – 6:45 pm. Contact: 4423 6666, salwabeachresort.qa

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort Rising majestically from the sands, where the blue waves of the Arabian Sea meet the dunes, lies Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort, a haven of comfort, luxury, and leisure. Qatar’s first leisure destination, Sealine Beach Resort is the perfect place to get away from the thriving urban life. With 58 luxurious villas equipped with modern facilities, and opening on to a rear patio, leading directly to the beach, Sealine Beach Resort offers a wide range of fine cuisine as well as recreational activities such as watersports, desert safari,​football, basketball, beach volleyball, etc. Opening times: Daily 8 am – 5 pm. Admission: QAR300 per adult, children above 5 can visit at half price, children 5 and below enter for free. Contact: 4021 4000, sealinebeachqatar.com

Semaisma North Beach Just 30 km north of Doha is the village of Semaisma. The Semaisma North Beach is a 7 km guarded and fenced family beach, which has been developed to include shades, open areas for barbecues, lighting, and bathrooms and shower rooms. The last 3 km of the beach is reserved for women only. Opening times: Daily 8 am – 8 pm. Admission: QAR50 per car. Nearby is the Semaisma public beach, which stretches out from a natural jetty, skirts around a small cluster of mangroves and continues around the bend. On the south end is a small hill with a derelict building; a nice silhouette at dusk. Enjoy the mangroves, which play a vital role in land preservation. Try to avoid crushing the mangrove roots. The beach also boasts palm and sidra trees, and a variety of seasonal plants.

Simaisma, A Murwab Resort (pictured) Simaisma, A Murwab Resort is a luxurious retreat on Simaisma Beach. The property features 52 villas, and facilities include a private beach area and watersports. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue area. The resort is also home to Six Senses Spa, which is arranged over two floors with dedicated male and female areas. Spa goers can enjoy a selection of signature massages, facials by Subtle Energies, locally-inspired treatments and beauty services. Opening times: 10 am – 7 pm. Admission: QAR250 per adult, QAR125 per child. Contact: 4479 9555, simaisma.com

Umm Bab There’s a small cluster of palm trees beside the breakwater that earned the beach its nickname ‘Palm Tree Beach’. From Doha proceed along Salwa Road for 29 km beyond the Industrial Area, and past the Mukainis satellite earth station. Turn right at the next interchange and follow the road for a further 40 km until you reach the roundabout at the Umm Bab cement works. Go straight across and on cresting a small hill, you will see the coast stretched out below and the distinctive group of trees. The sand is very soft, so proceed with caution. 98

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Mosque etiquette There are numerous mosques in Qatar, some of which are very old, that are still used for daily prayer by local Muslims. There are over 2,000 mosques across Qatar, managed by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, which was created in 1993. Non‑Muslims are able to enter most mosques, except for the Shioukh Mosque next to the Amiri Diwan on the corner of Al Rayyan Road and Jassim bin Mohammed Street. Entry to all mosques is free of cost. It is best to visit mosques outside of prayer times.

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Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar) organises tours of its own mosque near Souq Waqif, and those at Katara Cultural Village and Education City. Visitors must remember to dress appropriately: no shorts, short skirts or dresses, sleeveless tops or other revealing garments. Women will be asked to wear an abaya and to cover their hair. In some mosques, abayas and scarves are provided.

Abu Manaratain Mosque Even though manaratain means ‘two minarets’ in Arabic, this mosque only has one tall, slender tower. Restored in 2004, this unusual mosque in Al Wakra lacks the high walls typical of Qatari mosques. The mosque can only be visited externally.

Aspire Mosque D2 With 1,460 sq m, accommodating 700 men and 150 women for prayer, Aspire Mosque incorporates the most appropriate form and architectural finishes, falling into harmony with the adjacent buildings.

Education City Mosque C2 (pictured) The mosque, a large white cavernous structure with Quranic verses embossed into its large ceiling, is dotted with small lights, and has the capacity to hold approximately 1,800 people in its indoor prayer halls and outdoor courtyard. The main (male) prayer room on the first floor features an in-house library, and a large gilded mehrab, a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla (the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca and hence the direction that Muslims should face when praying), in a Quran verse-lined alcove. Upstairs, a female gallery room complete with a separate seating area is sectioned off from the main prayer room by a high wall. The mosque rests on five structural pillars and is decorated with verses. Underneath, water flows from four streams originating from a garden that lines the perimeter of the building. Two tall, slim minarets jutt out of one side of the structure, rising some 90 m in the air in the direction of Mecca. Islamic calligraphy forms the heart of the building, inscribed on almost every element of the structure’s surface, from roofs to ceramic tiles to glass windows. Contact: 4454 6600, qf.org.qa/community/education-city-mosque

Hamad International Airport (HIA) mosque D5 The public mosque is located just outside the passenger terminal, within walking distance of the Departures hall. The shape of a water droplet inspires the mosque’s architecture, and it offers spectacular views of the lagoon and Amiri Terminal.

Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab Mosque (The State Mosque) C3 Located on Khalifa Street/Onaiza Street, the renamed State Mosque is the largest in Qatar and can accommodate 10,000 worshippers inside and 30,000 outside. Traditional‑style lighting illuminates the outer courtyard, where there is granite seating. The main prayer hall has 28 large domes and a single minaret 65 metres high. Structurally inspired by the 'Bo Al Qabib' mosque designed by Sheikh Jasim bin Mohammed Al Thani, the founder of modern Qatar. While it is not open to the public, it is a very impressive yet understated piece of architecture and spectacular at night. ©

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Katara Masjid (Blue Mosque) B4 Located in Katara Cultural Village, the Katara Masjid is one of the most beautiful mosques in the country. Designed by globally-known Turkish mosque designer, Zeynep Fadıllıo lu, and a team of restoration specialists from Dolma Palace in Istanbul, the interior and exterior architectural designs, together with the minaret, the dome, and the prayer niche (mihrab) are all inspired by several famous mosques found in various cities and capitals of the Islamic world.

Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (Fanar) D4 (pictured) The distinctive curled minaret makes Fanar one of Qatar's most iconic buildings. Opposite Souq Waqif on Grand Hamad Street, the centre offers non‑Muslims the opportunity to learn more about Islam through various activities, including attending Friday prayers, taking a tour of the mosque, learning Arabic or downloading publications from the website. Check their Facebook page for events and schedules. Contact: 4444 7444, binzaid.gov.qa

Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Abdulrahman Al Thani Mosque D2 Also known as Al Rayyan Mosque, the Sheikh Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al Abdulrahman Al Thani Mosque is located opposite the Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club. The mosque is one of the largest mosques in Qatar with sky high minarets of up to 60 m and domes of 39 m, covering an area of over 9,000 sq m. As many as 2,500 worshippers are able to pray in the mosque, with a separate prayer area for women. The mosque also includes small libraries within the walls and pillars of the prayer hall consisting of a large collection of Qurans, and with at least 100 books and religious reading material in various langauges.

Simaisma Mosque North of Doha on Al Khor Coastal Road (Route 6) is Simaisma, a 19th century fishing and pearling town, where the mosque is open from sunrise to late afternoon. Dating back to 1938, it used to house a madrassa (school) teaching the holy Quran to children as well as being a place of prayer. Visitors are advised not to enter the mosque or to take photographs during prayer time. Snacks and refreshments can be bought near the mosque, and if you wander south along the coast when the tide is low, you can see the traditional hadra (inter‑tidal fishing traps).

The Golden Mosque B4 Located in Katara Cultural Village, The Golden Masjid is garnished with extremely small golden chips, and it represents Ottoman style. Katara offers, in masjids, several religious programmes and a series of religious lectures delivered by a group of prominent and esteemed religious scholars. Katara also organises advanced courses in Quran memorisation that are widely attended by a considerable number of children from different age groups. Such courses bear significance because they instil the virtuous values and the good manners of the holy Quran.

The Grand Mosque (Shioukh Mosque) D4 Situated on the Corniche next to the Amiri Diwan, and alongside the clocktower, the Grand Mosque features some striking architecture, with numerous domes and a distinctive green and white colour combination. Although not open to the public, it still presents a photo opportunity. 100

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3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum B2 Qatar Museums (QM) C4 (pictured) Designed by Spanish architect Joan Sibina, the museum is approximately QM, formerly known as 19,000 sq m, making it one the largest of its kind, Qatar Museums Authority and is built onto Khalifa International Stadium. (QMA), is a government 3-2-1 is one the world's most innovative and entity that oversees technologically advanced museums dedicated museums across Qatar to sports. It's also one of the world's most including National Museum comprehensive sports museums, offering an of Qatar, MIA, Mathaf, QM interactive journey through the history and legacy Gallery at Katara, Al Riwaq of sports around the globe and the Olympic and more. In addition, it oversees archaeological Games. Inside the museum there are also fresh, sites throughout Qatar such as the Al Zubarah healthy gourmet choices including 3-2-1 Cafe and World Heritage Site Visitor Centre. qm.org.qa Naua Restaurant by Michelin-star chef Tom Aikens. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Admission: Free admission for Qatar residents (with Qatar ID); free admission for children at the age of 16 and below; QAR50 for non-residents; QAR25 for students (with student IDs). Contact: 4452 5555, 321qosm.org.qa

al markhiya gallery Building 5, Katara Cultural Village B4 Fire Station Artist in Residence C3 Promotes emerging and established Arab artists. There are two exhibition spaces for al markhiya gallery – Katara Art Center, Building 5 and Fire Station Artist in Residence. Opening times: Exhibition space, daily 10 am – 9 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 6609 9687, 6600 8750, almarkhiyagallery.com

Anima Gallery and Lounge 30 La Croisette, Porto Arabia, The Pearl‑Qatar B4 The gallery focuses on local, regional and international contemporary art; there is also a restaurant. Opening times: Gallery: Sunday to Thursday 10 am – 7 pm, closed Friday and Saturday. Lounge: Daily 9 am – midnight. Admission: Free. Contact: 4402 7437, 4029 6726 (Anima Lounge), animagallerylounge.com

Doha Design District D4 The new Doha Design District is set to enhance Msheireb Downtown Doha’s position as a district of art and creativity, and serve as a state-of-the-art centre for local designers. Doha Design District will be home to galleries, showrooms, creative services, stores, and even eateries and cafes. Some of the most exciting names, classics, and trendsetters, can be found in the district. Centred around innovation and creativity, Doha Design District aims to be a world-class destination that prioritises the needs of creatives. It will be a landmark in Qatar and the region, and attract local and regional designers to interact with their global peers. Contact: 4000 4000, dohadesigndistrict.com

Fire Station Artist in Residence (Doha Fire Station) C3 The Fire Station is an interactive artistic platform that brings together talent from various disciplines in one creative and open space. The station was built in 1982 as a Civil Defence building, and was occupied by the fire brigade until late 2012 when it was transformed into an artistic hub. Today the Fire Station is a unique entity in the region, allowing artists to come together in one space to produce ©

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Katara Art Center B4

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Located in Katara Cultural Village, the centre is devoted to the support of local and regional art and design. The centre’s mission is reflected in a rich range of workshops, events and temporary projects. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday 2 pm – 9 pm. Contact: 4408 0244, dohakac.com

M7 D4 (pictured) M7 is located in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha, the 31-hectare (77-acre) multipurpose real-estate development. It is a new epicentre for design, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the heart of Msheireb. It is dedicated to empowering Qatari designers to explore, collaborate, and grow into successful entrepreneurs. M7 provides Qatari designers with all the necessary tools and expertise to enable them to take their ideas from concept to market. It houses an incubator, co-working and learning space with experts offering training and workshops for emerging talents and other offerings catering to the needs of designers. M7 includes a state-of-the-art cinema space and world-class exhibitions. Contact: 4402 8779, m7.org.qa Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art C2 A member of Qatar Foundation (QF), Mathaf is situated in Education City in a renovated former school building. QF is led by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, while Mathaf is part of QM, led by HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. An initial group of works, gathered by HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani, was transferred to the public institution. Now holding over 9,000 works collected over the past 30 years, the collection emphasises artistic trends and sites of production of modern art. Mathaf organises major exhibitions, both historical and experimental, and large-scale education programmes, performing an important role as a centre for dialogue, research, and as a resource for fostering creativity. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Admission: Free admission for Qatar residents (with Qatar ID); QAR50 for non-residents; QAR25 for students (with student IDs). Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Tickets must be booked/purchased online in advance of your visit. Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. The library and café are open during museum hours. Contact: 4402 8855, mathaf.org.qa

Msheireb Museums D4 Msheireb Museums celebrate the history of four historic heritage houses in the heart of Msheireb Downtown Doha. Located within the oldest part of the capital, they form an important part of Qatar’s national history. They reveal unique aspects of Qatar’s cultural and social development, inspiring to create trusted environments in which the people of Qatar will engage, converse and exchange thoughts about both their past and their future. Msheireb Museums are an integral aspect of the inner city’s regeneration of the old commercial centre with its traditional community-based lifestyle. The restoration of the four heritage houses, Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House, into world-class museums forms a vital part of the Msheireb Downtown Doha development. Msheireb Museums is open for guided tours by appointment. Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm, Friday 3 pm – 9 pm, Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, closed Sunday. Last admission 30 minutes before closing. Admission: Free. Contact: 4006 5555, museums@msheireb.com Guided tour: msheirebmuseums.com 102

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Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and Al Riwaq C4 (pictured) Representing the full scope of Islamic art, the MIA collection includes manuscripts, ceramics, metal, glass, ivory, textiles, wood and precious stones. Collected from three continents, including countries across the Middle East, and reaching as far as Spain and China, the museum’s artworks date from the 7th through to the 20th century. The pieces represent the diversity of the Islamic world, and are of the highest quality. Designed by noted architect I M Pei, the museum building rises from the sea at the end of Doha’s Corniche. Inspired by classic Islamic architecture, the building further glorifies the pieces contained within it. The MIA is the flagship project of Qatar Museums (QM). There is access to the MIA Park through the museum (see Parks). Adjacent to the MIA is the QM Gallery – Al Riwaq, a spacious, contemporary venue, covering a total area of 5,000 sq m, featuring temporary exhibitions by QM with a rotating schedule of exhibits of art and cultural artefacts. Opening times: MIA is currently closed for renovation until further notice, with the exception of the Education Centre and Library, QM Gallery – Al Riwaq, and MIA Park. Online tours of MIA are also available. Contact: 4422 4444, mia.org.qa

National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) D4 Designed by world-renowned French architect Jean Nouvel, the 40,000 sq m NMoQ building is forged using an interlocking disc design inspired by the desert rose. The museum is one of the most significant cultural projects and most recognisable landmarks in the country. The NMoQ tells the story of Qatar and its people from more than 700 mn years ago to present day. Serving as a monument to a historic way of life in Qatar, the museum officially opened in March 2019. Seemingly growing organically out of the ground, NMoQ’s structure surrounds the Old Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani – his family home and seat of the government for 25 years. The museum is organised in three 'chapters' – Beginnings, Life in Qatar, and Building the Nation – presented in 11 galleries. The visitor’s chronological journey, which extends through more than 2.7 km of experiences, starts in the geological period long before the peninsula was inhabited by humans and continues to the present day. Oral histories, archival images, artworks, music and storytelling contextualise the impressive array of archaeological and heritage objects as well as manuscripts, documents, photographs, jewellery and costumes. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm; Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm; closed Sunday. Admission: Free admission for Qatar residents (with Qatar ID), and children at the age of 16 and below; QAR50 for non-residents; QAR25 for students (with student IDs). Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing. Book your tickets online in advance. Fees apply for temporary exhibitions. Contact: 4452 5555, nmoq.org.qa

Qatar Photographic Society (QPS) Building 18, Katara Cultural Village B4 Photographic courses in English and Arabic, call for current schedule. Also ad hoc exhibitions. Opening times: Daily 8 am – noon/4 pm – 8 pm. Admission: Free; call or visit for details of course fees. Contact: 4408 1812, katara.net

QM Gallery Katara Building 10, Katara Cultural Village B4 The gallery is a temporary space allowing the museums in Qatar to present their upcoming collections and host Qatari and international artists. A wide range of exhibitions take place, such as photography, archaeology, art, sports, architecture and sculpture. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm, closed Sunday. Admission: Free. Contact: 182, katara.net, qm.org.qa ©

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Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Museum (FBQ Museum) (pictured) At his farm near Al Sheehaniya, 20 km west of Doha, Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani has built his own private museum of more than 15,000 pieces collected from his travels around the world. The museum has a huge and varied collection of artefacts in its different halls including fossils, manuscripts, textiles, weapons, ceramics, woodwork, contemporary art, pre-Islamic coins and foreign currency, as well as a special section devoted to Qatari and Bedouin heritage, including fishing boats and traditional Qatari houses. There are also vintage cars and motorbikes from around the world, with more than 100 models representing every decade of manufacture. The museum also includes Al Samriya Estate with Al Samriya Farm, which is home to a herd of more than 1,000 Arabian oryx and gazelles, and visitors will see a number of peacocks wandering around the wooded areas. The Estate also includes Al Samriya Riding School, a horse riding school at Al Samariyah Equestrian Center, which is an indoor/outdoor riding arena with horse stables for boarding and riding lessons for children and adults. Opening times: Monday to Thursday 9 am – 4:30 pm; Friday 2 pm – 7 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 9 am – 4 pm. Admission: QAR50 for adult residents and non-residents/tourists; QAR30 for students and young adults (ages 13 – 22), seniors (age 65 and above), teachers and museum professionals; free entry for children age 12 and under, people with disabilities/caretakers, press and tour guides; QAR30 for groups (over 10 or more); QAR25 per person for tour guide. Contact: 4490 2340 (museum), 4490 2359 (Al Samriya), fbqmuseum.org, alsamriyaestate.com

Souq Waqif Art Center Souq Waqif D4 An art gallery in Souq Waqif with exhibitions of local and international artists and art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, calligraphy, pottery, scrap art and more. The centre also hosts art workshops. Opening times: Daily 8 am – 2 pm/4 pm – 10 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4417 6204, see their Facebook page for more details.

The Gallery at VCUarts Qatar Education City C2 The art gallery at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar), a centre of excellence for education and research in art and design. There are also exhibitions of work by international artists, staff and students. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4402 0555, gallery.qatar.vcu.edu

The Media Majlis Education City C2 The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar is dedicated to the exploration of journalism, communication, and media in the Arab region. The Media Majlis features a multi-screen façade, as well as space where exhibition content and technology converge. The technology elevates a visitor’s experience by inviting them to participate in a global conversation on a continually changing media landscape. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4454 5000, mediamajlis.northwestern.edu See the Events Calendar in the Events and Activities section for details of exhibitions. For up to date information on museums and art galleries, visit marhaba.qa 104

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Natural World and Nature Reserves

Al Karaana Lagoon

Dahl Al Misfir Cave

Also known as Al Dosari Zoo and Nature Reserve, the private park is located in Al Khuraib, 7 km north of Al Sheehaniya and 40 km from Doha. Owned by Mohamed Al Dosari, a Qatari, the zoo houses various kinds of animals, birds and reptiles, and a heritage centre. The zoo is spread over 100,000 sq m. Every visitor is taken on a guided tour of the animal reserve, and offered tea and Arabic coffee. Open-air barbecues are permitted. There are umbrellas and Arabian huts, and many available spaces to sit under trees. Twelve housing units and 11 cottages have been added to the park for overnight visitors. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 7 am – 7 pm; Thursday to Saturday 9 am – 5:30 pm. Admission: Free.

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Al Dosari Zoo and Game Reserve

Al Karaana Lagoon Situated 60 km southwest of Doha along Salwa Rd, the lagoon is among the environmental projects of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to increase the number of birds and wildlife in the country. One of the most important components of the project are the three artificial lagoons, which were designed to store about 2.4 mn cubic metres of treated sewage effluent coming from Al Karaana treatment plant. The lagoon has emerged as a new, healthy and major habitat for wildlife especially a diverse number of birds and fish species. It also serves as a green rest stop with accessible clean water for migratory birds such as osprey, water pipit, purple heron, kestrel and more.

Al Shu'aa Nature Reserve Located in Al Khor, the 13,000 sq m family-friendly park is designed to be eco-friendly with solar energy lighting. The nature reserve boasts different kinds of trees and animals including Arabian oryx, deer, ostriches, goats, ducks, tortoises, geese, rabbits, birds and more. The family park also has lots of benches, shaded sitting areas, children's play areas and green spaces.

Bird Watching Several species breed in Qatar before escaping the summer heat. Ornithologists have identified over 280 species, of which 25 are year‑round residents. On the Al Khor coast there are gulls, cormorants and waders, geese, mallard and teal in the ponds and reeds. At Bir Zekreet, you can see flamingos. Other popular places to spot birds are Doha Golf Club, Khor Al Adaid, Al Ruwais and Sealine Beach Resort.

Dahl Al Misfir Cave Located off Salwa Rd near Rawdat Rashed, Dahl Al Misfir Cave is regarded as one of Qatar’s best-kept secrets and vividly exciting destinations. The 40 m deep cave can sometimes give off an ethereal faint, moon-like phosphorescent glow. The glow is the result of fibrous gypsum deposits, which are found in the centre of the peninsula and have given rise to the geological phenomena known as ‘desert roses’ (clusters of roughly rose-shaped gypsum crystals).

Desert Safaris A desert safari is a must. Most local tour companies offer package tours, which vary in price depending on the size of the group, with half and full-day trips, overnight camps and sunrise desert safaris available. Go dune-bashing with a professional guide. The overnight tour is at a desert camp with traditional Bedouin tents, filled with Persian carpets and plush cushions.

Irkaya Farm Located about 50 km west of Doha in the south central plain of Qatar, Irkaya is home to many resident species and lies on the flight path of migratory birds and insects passing through Qatar. It can even be seen from space on satellite maps. The fields consist of sandy and loamy topsoil on a flat, sandy plain with water-worn pebbles. The rest of the terrain is low, rocky limestone upland with scattered boulders ©

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Khor Al Adaid (The Inland Sea) The Inland Sea is one of Qatar’s finest treasures and a tourist hotspot. Best undertaken in a four‑wheel‑drive to reach the country’s southernmost point. Enjoy the crescent‑shaped sand dunes that rise above the shallow tidal lake. Local tour companies organise day trips and overnight camps and provide drives along the dunes, as well as picnics, barbecues, folkloric entertainment and occasionally, camel riding and sandboarding. If driving yourself, download the Inland Sea app, available for iOS and Android.

Mangroves (pictured) A large area of vegetation attracting varied bird life, including flamingos and herons, mangroves – the largest and the oldest – can be found just north of the seaside city of Al Khor and Al Thakhira, and present a large expanse of natural greenery in sharp contrast to the surrounding desert landscape. Qatar is home to the Avicennia Marina, also known as the grey or white mangrove tree, communities of which form several forests around Qatar's shores. A great way to explore the mangroves is by kayak, available from several tour operators and specialist companies. All of these can be booked in advance, and many companies offer both morning and afternoon trips. For further information, contact one of the local tour companies.

Scuba Diving Given the clear and warm waters surrounding the country, scuba diving is the perfect way of getting up close and personal with the local marine life. Qatar is making strenuous efforts to protect the marine ecosystem. Vehicles, tyres and old building materials have been deposited on the sea bed to draw back marine life and over the last 20 years these man‑made reefs have seen a resurgence in sea life. Various species can be seen, including: bottlenose dolphin; dugong (or sea cow); Hawksbill turtle; blue angelfish; long‑spined sea urchin; sea squirt; surgeonfish; blue‑spotted stingray; and ghost crabs.

Singing Sand Dunes Stories of strange, low‑pitched sounds in the sand have intrigued people for generations in Qatar and it's one of the few places in the world it can be heard. The sound is caused by the friction when a thin layer of sand blows down the leeward side of the dune. The eerie resonant humming can be heard from up to 10 km away as it is amplified by the crescent shape of the barchan (derived from Kazakh) dunes. The ‘Singing Sand Dunes’ are 40 km southwest of Doha. Although the ‘singing’ occurs naturally, you can trigger it by sliding down the dune or running along its crest.

Umm Tais National Park There is a national park on the northeastern tip of Qatar on the uninhabited island of Umm Tais. The mangrove forests, beaches and varied geological structures, changing water levels and sea currents, provide a varied habitat that is teeming with marine and bird life. It also nurtures an important turtle‑nesting beach. For further information, contact one of the local tour companies. Admission: Free.

Al Wabra Wildlife Preservation (AWWP) AWWP is an associated member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), the only member in Qatar. This is a quality stamp acknowledging that AWWP works towards the highest standards in the captive care of wild animals. AWWP is an internationally reputed research and conservation centre collaborating with several government and non-government organisations across the world. Close to the town of Al Sheehaniya, Lubara farm accommodates AWWP. This private breeding and research centre is home to a collection of wild and exotic animal species either rare in captivity or threatened in the wild. The preservation is noncommercial and not open to the public. Admission: Closed to the public. awwp.alwabra.com For more information on Qatar's nature reserves and natural world, visit enature.qa 106

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Parks and Recreation Areas

5/6 Park C4 (pictured) Located in Onaiza, the 5/6 Park contains open green space of about 107,000 sq m, including about 11,800 sq m of small shrubs and tree fences, in addition to 1,500 trees. In the heart of the park is a plant maze spread across 6,500 sq m shaped as the map of Qatar. Next to the maze is a 3,000 sq m hill about 5 m above ground level. The park includes many facilities, including toilets and prayer areas, garden furniture, lighting poles, shaded areas for families, play areas for children and games suitable for different ages, designated areas for celebrations and spaces to display artwork. The park also includes exercise areas, 1.3 km pedestrian path, 1.3 km jogging path and an 880 m cycle path, in addition to bicycle parking slots. The park hosts a collection of artwork including ‘Al Somoud’ designed by Qatari artist Faisal Al Hajri, and two others from the collection of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art – 'Poem' (1963–65) and 'Poem in Three Verses' (1963–65) by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair.

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The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change's Public Parks Department is responsible for the design, development and maintenance of public parks in Qatar. There are at least 92 public parks across Qatar. Doha is home to at least 38 parks, followed by 29 in Al Rayyan, three in Al Sheehaniya and five in Umm Slal. Entrance is generally free. mecc.gov.qa

Al Abraj Park C4 Located on Al Bidda Street, opposite Palm Towers, Al Abraj Park, which means towers, offers a variety of activities, including a green central events area, an exercise area and a walking track built with recycled rubber and local Qatari materials. The park also includes a cafeteria, toilets, tree-shaded seats and wooden pergolas. The park covers 5,800 sq m and houses 130 different and distinctive types of trees. The bushes cover about 240 sq m while the grass covers about 3,500 sq m of garden area. To date, 76 km of pedestrian and cycle paths have been completed, and other works such as landscaping, tree planting, street furniture, lighting and kiosks are still ongoing.

Al Bayt Stadium Park Adjacent to Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor is Al Bayt Park, which has a total area of around 1,331,900 sq m. It includes a park, a water body, 56,000 sq m of pedestrian walkways, a 4,415 m-long running track, a 3,444 m-long cycling track, and a car parking area that can accommodate up to 6,000 vehicles and 300 buses, among other facilities. The park itself occupies a space of 944,000 sq m and has 369,585 sq m of green areas, including playgrounds. The park has 1,050 trees and six restaurants in addition to 10 locations for mobile cafes and fast food joints. It has 54 light columns powered by solar energy and a number of kids' play areas and games besides other facilities such as toilets and playgrounds. Located near the entrance is the barbecue kiosk, where diners will find a delicious selection of grills on the menu. Guests can also purchase raw marinated grills and use one of the three equipped outdoor grill stations. Kiosks open from Tuesday to Saturday 12:30 pm – 10 pm.

Al Bidda Park C4 Bordering Al Corniche Street, Al Bidda Park is Qatar’s first pet-friendly park and the biggest green space in the country. For those more active, there are opportunities galore: running and cycling tracks, a human maze, gymnasiums, outdoor exercise equipment, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, an open theatre that seats 850 people, as well as playgrounds, barbecue areas and beautiful landscaping. A variety of bike rentals are available at the park's two bike rental shops. There are also buggies to help visitors move around the park comfortably. The park is approximately 1.25 mn sq m and has underground parking spaces for 6,000 cars. Pet owners are free to use the park but should ensure their pet is kept on a lead at all times, and to bring their own bags and pooper-scooper as these are not available in the park. Opening times: Open daily from 4 am. Park closing times are at midnight during the week and at 2 am on weekends. Barbecue stands are available for rental at QAR50 per four hours. Admission: Free. Contact: 4428 7709, 4428 7777, 5028 0404 (Saikl Bike) ©

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Al Khor Park (Al Khor Park and Zoo) (pictured) The 240,000 sq m park features a zoo, batteryoperated train, restaurant, mosque, museum, mini golf area, wall mural, skating area, children’s play area, basketball court, food kiosks, drinking fountains, and an amphitheatre. One of the park's main attractions is the mini zoo, which includes seven new sections with a large number of different birds and animals. There are 290 new animals, bringing the total number of animals to 315 (49 different species). There's also an aviary, which contains a waterfall and a lake, which is home to different birds. Opening times: Daily 8 am – 10 pm (Tuesdays: women and children only). Admission: QAR15 for adults; QAR10 for children under the age of 10 and persons with special needs. QAR50 to feed animals. Train ride: QAR5 per person, free for persons with special needs. Contact: 4426 5050

Al Legtaifiya Park B4 Al Legtaifiya Park, Zone 66, is an inclusive playground and the latest breakthrough for Accessible Qatar, a Sasol initiative designed to support inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in the local community. Sasol wanted to provide a solution for children with disabilities unable to play on playgrounds to be able to play with their friends. They found the right solution through the inclusive playground equipment. Information about accessibility of venues in Qatar is now available through the Accessible Qatar App.

Al Qamra Beach Park Al Qamra Beach Park in Al Khor spreads over an area of 10,500 sq m with a green sheet of grass covering an area of 650 sq m alongside a 3-km-long beach. The family-friendly beachfront park is only for ladies and children under 10 years old. Barbecues and playing football are not allowed nor are pets. However, there are various diverse plant and tree species, children's play areas, benches, huts, seating areas covered with wooden umbrellas offering shade, walking paths and solar-powered lighting. Admission: Free.

Al Tawasul Traditional Park The park is a miniature version of Al Khor Family Park. The 28,500 sq m park is home to a number of animals and birds. This family-only park has a train, a children’s play area, a basketball court, amphitheatre and skating area, among other offerings. Electronic ticketing gates have been installed to facilitate visitor access to the park. Opening times: Daily 4 am – 10 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4426 5050

Al Wakra Park (Al Wakra Public Garden) F5 A large landscaped park with different ornamental plants, as well as palm and olive trees, at the end of Al Aurouba Street and near Al Wakra beach. There are plenty of trees providing shaded sitting areas, a children's play zone and a large pool next to the cafeteria.

Aspire Park D2 One of Qatar’s biggest parks is behind Hyatt Plaza with a vast expanse of green lawn and baobab trees, a large lake with ducks and geese, football fields, a multi‑surface 3 km walking/jogging track and fitness equipment. There is plenty of parking and free Wi‑Fi. Aspire Play Park has two sandy areas, fitness stations and paved areas for cycling, roller‑skating and skateboarding, which can still be used at nighttime, thanks to solar‑powered lighting. The 'smart park' has introduced the first smart benches, which use renewable energy and advanced technology, providing wireless chargers, USB ports, and Wi-Fi access point. Opening times: Park: daily 24 hours; restaurants and restrooms: 8 am – 10 pm; lifeguard: 6 am – 10 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4413 8188

Box Park C4 The multi-coloured Box Park is at the soon-to-be Cruise Ship Terminal near the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). Comprising dozens of multi-layered recycled shipping containers overlooking scenic views of the sea, Box Park is part of the Doha Port redevelopment project. The park is set to be a shopping, dining and recreation destination. There are toilets, sitting areas, exercise equipment, a prayer room and a shower area. There's also ample parking spaces available. On the other side of the park is a wide green space, currently taking shape. 108

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marhaba.qa Crescent Park A3 Spreading over an area of 275,000 sq m, the park features a unique design to provide an exceptional experience of Lusail City's sustainable parks with the use of recycled water to irrigate green areas. The park has old waterways, bicycle and pedestrian tracks, and shaded areas, as well as public squares, seating areas, a forest and children’s play areas. Sports facilities include a large football field, two acrylic basketball courts, two beach volleyball courts, three acrylic tennis courts and other facilities. The park has two large restaurants, 530 parking spaces, direct access to Lusail Tram system, and easy access to the park directly from all areas of the city. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4497 7770, lusail.com

Dahl Al Hamam Park C3

Doha Corniche C4 A popular destination for strollers and joggers as the path curves along the waterfront from the port to the Hotel Park at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel. The Corniche is one of the most beautiful in the Middle East, with its many grassed areas and views across the turquoise water of Doha Bay. There are bicycles available for rent, a children's play area, fitness stations, café and restaurants, and free Wi‑Fi. Traditional dhow boats dock along the 7 km‑long Corniche for visitors to enjoy a ride on the sea during the day or night.

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Close to Landmark mall, on the corner of Jassim bin Hamad and Al Markhiya Streets, this large familiesonly park has a subtle modern design, calm ambience and more than 50 varieties of trees. The gardens have an extensive children's play area, a bicycle track, a football ground and basketball court. The park also boasts a cave and a newly-constructed maze, representing the streets of old Doha to discover traditional Qatari games. Amenities include cafeterias and toilets. The park is currently closed for maintenance and renovations.

Hotel Park C4 Situated adjacent to Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, Hotel Park provides over 34,500 sq m of green space to enjoy picnics, play areas and family-friendly playgrounds with 17 activities and fitness zones with 12 challenges. It's one of Qatar's few pet-friendly parks. Hotel Park has food and beverage outlets offering a diverse palette of authentic cuisine and desserts. There's also paid parking with over 2,500 spaces spread over four levels of underground parking with access to Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC), Al Corniche Street, Al Funduq Street and Al Majlis Street. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4456 7665, 5597 8387, hotelparkdoha.com

Katara Hills B4 (pictured) Set over 361,500 sq m of green spaces, Katara Hills is divided into Northern and Southern Hills with at least 3,300 plants and trees from different continents, featuring gardens and green meadows with manmade rolling hills, valleys, peaks, water features, play areas, exercise and jogging tracks, with bespoke urban art installations, lighting, outdoor furniture, and signages. Within Katara Hills is Katara Gardens, which is 32,700 sq m of flowers, plants and lawns in geometric shapes and styles with 225 trees from different countries. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 182, 4408 0000, katara.net

Lusail City, Marina Promenade A3 The promenades along the Marina District and South Qetaifan Islands form the urban waterfront edges. Seating is planned along the water with views out to the sea, in addition to walkways, restaurants and access to marinas. The promenade also features various musical water and light fountains as well as oversized outdoor chess sets. Opening times: Open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4497 7770, lusail.com

MIA Park C4 The MIA Park can be accessed through the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) or from the Port Road entrance on Al Corniche Street. Designed by PEI Partnership Architects of New York, it features '7', a vertical steel sculpture by internationally acclaimed American artist Richard Serra. Plants indigenous to Qatar have been ©

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marhaba.qa used and pedestrian pathways are shaded by the use of hills and 'swails' (sail shading). There are playground areas for children, and consideration for those with special needs or requiring wheelchair accessibility. Cafés and kiosks sell snacks and souvenirs. Bicycle rentals are available. Opening times: The park’s cafes are open daily 3 pm – midnight, while the children’s play areas are open 24/7. Admission: Free. Contact: 4422 4444/4402 8634, mia.org.qa

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Muglina Unit Park D4

Lusail City, Marina Promenade

A small green park, next to Sharq Village & Spa located right at the intersection of Al Corniche Street and Ras Bu Abboud Expressway. It is home to Al Khulaifi Heritage House, a watchtower, an arch and a pillar monument, a curved bridge, stone walkways and more. There are signs at the park prohibiting barbecues, cycling, playing sports, and pets.

Oxygen Park D2 Located in Education City, Oxygen Park features running tracks, equestrian facilities, underground pitches, recreation areas and soundscape-filled, refreshing folly spheres. The running tracks are embedded creating an exciting training ground with looping tracks, cooled tunnel sections and steep hills. Located within Oxygen Park, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden is the first of its kind in the world, home to at least 60 plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah, the sayings and traditions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The display gives an explanation of the significance of every plant's mention in the Holy Quran, as well as their scientific explanations. Date palm, olive, fig, citron, senna, ginger, aloe, camphor and other plants have been included. Opening times: 6 am – 10 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4454 0284, qf.org.qa, qbg.org.qa

Rawdat Al Khail Park D4 Also known as Al Muntazah Park, Rawdat Al Khail Park is one of the oldest parks in Qatar. It has recently reopened to the public after closing for renovation for a few years. Located along C Ring Road and Rawdat Al Khail Street, the park has ample green spaces and a number of facilities, featuring an 'open plan' – without fences. It is spread over an area of about 140,000 sq m and includes about 105,000 sq m of green spaces with 1,250 new trees including wild ghaf, samar and sidr, and 1,300 m of pedestrian and bicycle paths, in addition to 401 parking spaces. There are children play areas and sports equipments, and is suitable for physically challenged individuals. There are also food kiosks and stalls to serve visitors.

Shura Plaza D3 The Shura Plaza opened on the eve of Qatar's historic Shura Council elections on 1 October 2021. The project includes an electronic game-themed wall art of Qatari people inspired by the concept of 'Shura' among people, which was created by Qatari artist Buthayna Al Zamman in cooperation with Qatar Museums (QM). The plaza sits in an area that connects the B Ring and C Ring Roads from each side. The Shura Plaza Project covers an area reaching up to 15,000 sq m with green areas covering 80% of the space or about 12,000 sq m. It also has a 500 m pedestrian path.

Simaisma Park The park first opened in 1991 with an area of 5,099 sq m and then reopened in 2013, after maintenance and rehabilitation, covering 9,477 sq m. The park includes water coolers, toilets, a shaded children's play area, and pergolas with shaded seating. The park's highlight is its botanical garden, which contains distinctive canary palm trees, date palm trees, Sidr trees, Parkinsonia trees, tecoma shrubs, perennial plants and seasonal flowers.

The Desert Park The family park opened in April 2019 in Al Sheehaniya. The 13,804 sq m park is distinctive as it is designed in the form of a desert tree. It has 62 different types of wild trees and a 400 m walkway. The park also has a mini zoo with a number of different animals such as oryxes and gazelles. There are also 12 designated pergolas for barbecues, a shaded children's play area, sitting areas, two exercise areas and restrooms. 110

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Since ancient times, traders and merchants have congregated in traditional markets to both socialise and provide for the daily needs of the local community. These souqs are still very much part of modern life in Qatar. Some specialise in a particular product area such as fish, fruit and vegetables, or spices. Others cover a vast and varied range of different items such as clothing and fabric, gold and jewellery, spices or kitchen wares.

Souq Waqif D4 (pictured) A cultural hotspot, Souq Waqif includes a covered labyrinth lined with shops and stalls selling spices, dried fruit, nuts, textiles, Arabic oud and incense, pots and pans, and much more. Getting lost and enjoying the atmosphere is a fun way to spend a morning or an evening. Remember to haggle with the shopkeepers! Follow up your shopping by dining at one of Souq Waqif's many restaurants. For more information, see Souq Waqif in the Discovering Qatar section, which includes a map of the souq area and a detailed description of what the souq has to offer. Opening times: 10 am – noon/4 pm – 10 pm; restaurants generally remain open all day until late.

Gold Souq D4 In Souq Al Najada on Ali bin Abdulla Street, in front of Al Najada Doha Hotel, is the new Gold Souq, a block of over 40 shops that specialise in quality 18‑ and 22‑carat jewellery. Gold is often beautifully handcrafted by second and third generation skilled craftsmen, many of whom will be happy to make up a piece of jewellery to your own unique design, as well as resize, repair or buy gold from you. To sell gold you need a purchase receipt or authorisation from the police. Traditional 'bridal jewellery' is on display in many of the shops – solid gold belts, headdresses, necklaces and hair ornaments, given to Qatari girls by their future husbands prior to the wedding. Gold is priced according to the weight of the gold on the day’s market, whether it is hand or machine crafted. Prices are significantly lower here than in most other parts of the world, and with skilled bartering you can walk away with a really good bargain. Look out for pearls, which used to be Qatar’s economic backbone. The older, second gold market is located behind Souq Al Faraj D4 near the old Karwa bus station around Ali bin Abdulla Street and Al Ashat Street.

Souq Al Wakra F5 Built to look old and traditional, Souq Al Wakra (Heritage Village) gives one a feeling of having stepped into the past. The small shops in the complex resemble conventional Qatari buildings featuring walls with a mud coating and classic big wooden doors and lanterns. The ceilings of the roofs are made of palm leaves. The souq also houses a mosque with gates and a walkway made of wood and a well symbolising the old lifestyle in Qatar. Its ample parking space and fresh sea air make a welcome difference. Souq Al Wakra welcomes visitors to swim or just relax on its beach from 10 am – 6 pm under the supervision of lifeguards. While travelling from Doha to Mesaieed, it’s located to the left. For more information, see Souq Al Wakra in the Discovering Qatar section.

Other souqs There are dozens of souqs across Qatar. It depends on what you're looking for. For affordable ready made clothing, fabric, tailoring, electronics, carpets and more, visit Souq Al Ali D4, Souq Al Asiery D4, Souq Al Dira D4, Souq Al Jabor D4 or Souq Najada D4. For more information on souqs in Qatar, see Shopping in Qatar in the Shopping section. ©

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Buildings Qatar Museums (QM) has been actively restoring many of the old buildings in Qatar. So far these include: Al Wajba Castle, dating back to the famous battle when the Qataris defeated the Ottomans in 1893 under Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad Al Thani; the Al Nejada Houses in one of old Doha's streets date back more than 60 years and were built of traditional materials; and the houses at Al Mufair Village in Al Shamal were restored in 1988 to be used as a set for a Qatari television series. QM has a number of ongoing projects – visit qm.org.qa for details.

House of Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned Located in Al Khor and currently under restoration. The Father Amir, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani’s consort, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser was born and raised in this house. Designed to look like a traditional Qatari private residence it was built in the second half of the 20th century by her father, the late Nasser bin Abdullah Al Missned. Qatari authorities are developing a master plan that will best preserve this site as a remembrance of Her Highness for future generations.

House of Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani F5 Built by pearl merchant Majid bin Saed Al Saed at the beginning of the 20th century on the beach at Al Wakra, Sheikh Ghanim bin Abdulrahman Al Thani bought the house in 1960. Debis, a traditional date‑based food, was once produced, stored and later sold from the ground floor of the house. It was restored in 2004.

Sheikh Abdulla bin Jassim Al Thani Palace (The Old Palace) D4 The Old Palace was originally built in the early 20th century by Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, the father of modern Qatar. For approximately 25 years the palace was at the centre of Qatar’s political leadership, serving as residence of the Royal Family and seat of government. In 1975, the palace was converted into the Qatar National Museum, which included a Museum of the State, a lagoon and a very popular marine aquarium. In 1980, the building won the Agha Khan award for restoration and rehabilitation of Islamic architecture. The Old Palace is now fully restored and is at the heart of the new National Museum of Qatar. The latter has been designed by renowned French architect Jean Nouvel.

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last remaining building of its kind in Doha, the Wind Tower House, just off Grand Hamad Street in the former Najada Shopping Plaza, used to be an ethnographic museum. Built in the early 20th century and first restored in 1982, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Agriculture took the building over and made it a Gulf Architectural Heritage Centre. Although closed to the public, the Wind Tower House provides a unique photo opportunity.

Katara Cultural Village B4 Katara is Qatar's focal point for multi‑cultural activities, with concerts, festivals, and art and photography exhibitions throughout the year. Katara also hosts educational and religious events, and bazaars. Katara is a beautiful collection of Arabian-style buildings, with alleyways protected from the sun with 'swails' (sail shading). There is a stunning mosaic‑covered mosques and bird‑feeders, and plenty of outlets offering snacks and al fresco dining. The Katara Opera House is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra and concerts are regularly held in the theatre and amphitheatre. There is also a beach (see Beaches) and art galleries (see Museums and Art Galleries). For more information, see Katara Cultural Village in the Discovering Qatar section. Opening times: Daily 24 hours – visitors should check first with individual restaurant, society or gallery. Admission: Free (except for beach activities). Contact: Call Centre 182, katara.net

Sports AL SHAQAB C2 AL SHAQAB was established in 1992 to build on Qatar’s Arabian horse heritage and be a leading equine centre of excellence while providing an engaging experience for the community. Originally started as a stud farm, it has now developed into a multi-dimensional equestrian centre that not only breeds pure Arabian horses but also educates children on the art of horsemanship and equestrianism, as well as train riders and horses for long-distance endurance races. An equine veterinary medical centre has also opened. In 2004, AL SHAQAB became a member of Qatar Foundation. AL SHAQAB’s impressive facilities, which are distinctively designed in the shape of a horseshoe, cover 980,000 sq m. With a stateof-the-art main arena comprising both an indoor and outdoor venue capable of holding over 5,000 spectators, AL SHAQAB is part of Qatar’s growing reputation on the world stage that showcases its ability to host major international sports events at the highest level.

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Camel Races Camels have been synonymous with this region since the Bedouin started using them for transportation, as well as for food and milk. The camel is still a prized animal – now this includes for entertainment purposes! A 30-minute drive west of Doha on the Dukhan road will take you to the camel racetrack in Al Shaihaniya, where you can see camels in one of the Middle East’s most popular sports. The racing season is from October to May, with several prestigious events held in March and April. Behind the racetrack

is a ‘camel city’, where thousands of men and camels live all year round, increasing in numbers when there is a big event. Colourful camel trains can be seen, with traditionallydressed riders and camels adorned with bright colours. Local tour companies may be able to arrange trips to coincide with races – see local tour companies for contact details.

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Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 9 am – 3:30 pm. Al Shaqab also organises tours of its facilities for institutions and the general public to raise awareness on equestrian culture. Visit the website to register for tours which take place Sunday to Thursday at 7:30 am and 3:30 pm. Admission: Free. Contact: 4454 7361, alshaqab.com

Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club (QREC) D2 QREC has been the centre of equestrian activity for generations. Horse racing is a popular sport in Qatar, with around 40 race meetings a year. See purebred Arabian and Thoroughbred horses in action when they take part in prestigious events such as the Amir’s Sword and the Qatar International Trophy races. Opening times: Races are usually on Wednesday and Thursday 4 pm – 7:30 pm, October to April. Admission: Free. Contact: 4419 7722, qrec.gov.qa

Tours If you want to explore off-road, it is often easier and safer to go as part of an organised tour. Tour companies offer half and full days, including overnight camping trips to the Inland Sea. Heritage sites are popular destinations. Other ideas include: • Activities, such as diving trips, deep‑sea fishing, sandboarding, and more. • A boat cruise along Doha’s Corniche or out to Al Safliya Island. • Local knowledge: an experienced guide will provide commentary while touring around the camel market, Doha’s Corniche, the dhow‑building yard, the falconry market, malls, parks, souqs and mosques (appropriate clothing required).

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Transforming the centre of the capital city, Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD) is the world’s first sustainable downtown regeneration project that is reviving the old commercial district with a new architectural language that is modern, yet inspired by traditional Qatari heritage and architecture – its proportion, simplicity, space, light, layering, ornament and response to climate.

Comprising more than 100 buildings, MDD is becoming a new social and civic hub in the city centre – a place where it is enjoyable to live, work, shop, visit, and spend time with family and friends. Utilising the latest in sustainable technologies, MDD adheres to the highest standards in green building. The strategic objective of MDD is to reverse the pattern of development in Doha, which has tended towards isolated land use, reliance on car transportation and energy hungry structures.

of the old commercial centre with its traditional community-based lifestyle. The restoration of the four heritage houses, Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House, into world-class museums forms a vital part of MDD.

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An emerging leader in sustainable development, Msheireb Properties is a real estate development company and a subsidiary of Qatar Foundation (QF). MDD is its signature project, employing a new approach to urban planning by combining traditional methods and modern technology aimed at preserving the environment as well as the cultural identity of Qatar. The company was established in 2010 as a commercial venture to support QF's aims, as well as the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Msheireb Museums Msheireb Museums celebrate the history of four historic heritage houses in the heart of MDD. Located within the oldest part of the capital, they form an important part of Qatar’s national history. They reveal unique aspects of Qatar’s cultural and social development in inspiring to create trusted environments in which the people of Qatar will engage, converse and exchange thoughts about both their past and their future. Msheireb Museums are an integral aspect of the inner city’s regeneration 116

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Opening hours: Monday to Thursday 9 am – 5 pm; Friday 3 pm – 9 pm; Saturday 9 am – 5 pm; closed on Sunday Contact: 4006 5555, msheirebmuseums.com The epitome of shopping, dining, leisure and art, customised to meet the needs of the local community, and visitors. Situated in one of the oldest trading areas in Doha, it embodies a place where old meets new. Galleria offers a new shopping experience with 30 pop-up stores spread across the ground floor of the mall with even more to discover in the coming months. It's expected to have more than 100 stores spread across four levels of shopping, dining, leisure and entertainment, including a luxury cinema and a children’s edutainment centre. Monoprix Msheireb is the first Monoprix in Qatar with the SMART Retail Solution and the first in the region with one of the most advanced retail software solutions for an enhanced customer service. In addition, the store provides Concierge and the Shop & Go concepts. Monoprix Msheireb offers an extensive organic range of 12,000 items sourced internationally. In addition, Galleria's west wing offers residences and offices above the shops.

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Whether you're driving, walking, using private or public transport, getting to Msheireb Galleria is easy. The nearest parking is Galleria West Heritage Quarter/Sahat Wadi Msheireb and the nearest tram stop is Galleria Station. The Msheireb Metro Station (Red/Gold/Green Line) is the largest station in Qatar and is situated at the corner of MDD where Wadi Msheireb and Al Diwan Streets meet. msheirebgalleria.com Operating hours: Retail: Saturday to Wednesday 10 am – 10 pm; Thursday 10 am – 11 pm; Friday 10 am – 11:30 am/1 pm – 11 pm Cafés: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – midnight; Friday 9 am – 11:30 am/1 pm – midnight Smart Msheireb Monoprix: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – midnight; Friday 9 am – 11:30 am/12:30 pm – midnight

Doha Design District The new Doha Design District is set to enhance MDD’s position as a district of art and creativity, and serve as a centre for local designers. Doha Design District will be home to galleries, showrooms, creative services, stores, and even eateries and cafes. Some of the most exciting names, classics, and trendsetters can be found in the district. Centred around innovation and creativity, Doha Design District aims to be a world-class creative landmark in Qatar and the region, and attract local and regional designers to interact with their global peers. 4000 4000, dohadesigndistrict.com

M7 M7 is a new epicentre for design, innovation, and entrepreneurship. It is dedicated to empowering Qatari designers to grow into successful entrepreneurs. M7 provides Qatari designers with all the necessary tools and expertise to enable them to take their ideas from concept to market. It houses an incubator, co-working and learning space with experts offering training and workshops for emerging talents, and other offerings catering to the needs of designers. It also includes a cinema space and exhibitions. 4402 8779, m7.org.qa

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AlHosh Gallery A premier art gallery based in Doha. Founded in 2008, AlHosh Gallery has been working on a new approach, which is a pop-up concept. They are very passionate about enriching the Qatari art scene and bringing something new to the market. It hosts art exhibitions by local artists such as Ahmed Al Maadeed, Ali Hassan, Al Johara (AJ) Al Thani, Dimitrije Bugarski, Othman Khunji, Bachir Mohamad, Mohammed Faraj Al Suwaidi, Nasser Al Kubaisi, Rashid Al Kuwari, Shua’a Ali and more. alhoshgallery.com

Msheireb Tram With nine stations, the self-powered environmentally friendly Msheireb Tram interconnects all of MDD, making it easier for visitors to move from one spot to the other. Visitors, residents, and tenants can find a tram car on the loop every six minutes with a 400-m hopon/hop-off zone along the single 2 km, closed-loop track system. Fare: Free Operating hours: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – noon/4 pm – 9 pm; Friday 4 pm – 9 pm

And more... MDD is also a hospitality destination, home to some of Qatar's leading five-star hotels, including Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery alwadihoteldoha. com, Mandarin Oriental, Doha mandarinoriental. com/doha/msheireb/luxury-hotel, and Park Hyatt Doha parkhyattdoha.com Make sure to walk the almost 7,000 sq m piazzastyle square, Barahat Msheireb, which is the largest open-air covered square in the Middle East, featuring the biggest retractable roof in the region. It is designed to host lively events in collaboration with private and public organisations. MDD is also the new home to the seasonal Torba Farmers Market, which takes place at Sikkat Wadi Msheireb on weekends. For more information on MDD, visit msheireb.com or call 800 DOHA (800 3642) or 4000 4000 m ©

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Souq Waqif is Doha's lively traditional market. Take a stroll down the bustling alleys of Souq Waqif to explore the authentic taste of traditional commerce, architecture and culture.

Souq Waqif, the oldest souq in the country, dating back around 250 years, is situated in the heart of the city and is the most iconic spot in Qatar. It was originally a weekend market used by the Bedouins when they came to town to trade their meat, wool, weaving materials and milk for staple goods. Souq Waqif is named 'the standing souq' because it is believed that water from the sea would rise, swamping the souq. However, shop owners would continue selling their products while standing in the midst of the water. It still is a bustling business area, popular among both locals and tourists. The souq underwent a complete restoration in 2006–2008 and provides the perfect setting to shop for traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and souvenirs, or dine at one of its wide range of cafés and restaurants or boutique hotels.

Inside the souq The maze of narrow alleyways is lined with small shops, displaying their wares piled high and spilling out onto the walkway. This maze of small shops offer an array of Middle Eastern merchandise from spices and seasonal delicacies such as fresh dates and nuts, to perfumes, ornate jewellery, clothing, handicrafts and a treasure trove of souvenir bargains. The souq is also home to art galleries and hotels. Traditional music, art and cultural shows add to the ambience of the souq. At the heart of Souq Waqif, Qatar Museums (QM) has installed a public art piece in shape of a giant gold thumb called Le Pouce as it translates to 'The Thumb' in English, by acclaimed French artist César Baldaccini. 120

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Fitting all price brackets, Souq Waqif is also home to many restaurants and coffee shops, offering traditional Qatari food as well as dishes and treats from Asia and North Africa – Indian, Syrian, Iraqi, Moroccan, Turkish, Thai, Persian, Malaysian, Egyptian and more! For a lighter choice, there are also cafés serving only sweets or snacks or just plain coffee. Souq Waqif is the ideal destination for those wanting to collect memories of Qatar with fridge magnets, shisha bottles, intricately designed plates, lanterns, keychains, mugs, jewellery and more. Other souvenirs include dhow boat miniatures, traditional Arab dallah (coffee pots) and brassstudded wooden chests in many sizes. Woven items include bedouin weaving, traditional floor cushions, kilims and carpets as well as colourful baskets. Silver jewellery, misbah (prayer beads) and traditional gypsum carvings make attractive mementoes.

Perfumes, garments and textiles The perfume vendors sell everything, from well known international brands to blends of essential oils as well as oud, the aromatic agarwood burnt as a sign of hospitality. Traditional clothing includes richly decorated items or the plain and practical. Shayla and abaya are ladies' embroidered headscarves and black cloaks worn in public. The shayla make pretty evening scarves. Sirwal are baggy trousers with highly embroidered, tight ankle cuffs and are great casual wear around the home. Menswear includes bisht, embroidered cloaks worn at ceremonial

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Spices Upon entering the souq, visitors are greeted by the aroma of spices like cardamom, rose buds, cinnamon sticks, saffron and more. The spice and coffee traders lend their part of the souq a unique aroma, with displays of whole and ground spices and coffee. Spices are either purchased by package or weight. You can also purchase sweets, rice, nuts, dried fruits and honey.

Falcon souq Falconry is prevalent in Qatar and the region. Today, falcons can be worth up to millions of Qatari riyals. One way of knowing the value is through their feathers. It takes a lot of risks to catch a falcon and to tame one. Qatar is the only country to have a hospital for falcons.

Horses stables Next to the falcon souq is the horse stud that showcases the beauty of Arabian horses. Equipped with all the facilities to ensure the wellness of these animals, it also has a majlis for caretakers.

Souq Waqif Art Center Souq Waqif Art Center is a hub for artists in Qatar and a venue for art exhibitions, workshops and for finding art materials. The traditionally decorated centre enhances the mood, encouraging visitors to not only appreciate the artwork but also the interior. swacqatar.com

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Traditional robes, swords, blown-glass and brass lanterns that are made in Qatar can be found in the handicrafts area. This part of the souq gives a glimpse of Qatari tradition, with stalls that show how these hand-crafted items are carefully assembled by artisans working in the shops. Souq Waqif is also an excellent source of great value jewellery, precious metals and stones.

Novo Cinemas Novo Cinemas opened in Souq Waqif in June 2018 with five screens in 2D and 7-star luxury cinema. The cinema is in parallel with the style of Souq Waqif, decorated in traditional Qatari style.

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels What better way to get immersed in this 'mysterious' place than to stay in one of the hotels inside Souq Waqif. Each room at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels is decorated Arabian style, a chance for guests to experience the full pleasure of being in Doha's most iconic place. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels offers a variety of local experiences tailored to your tastes. Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels include: • Al Bidda Boutique Hotel • Al Najada Boutique Hotel • Al Jomrok Boutique Hotel • Al Jasra Boutique Hotel • Al Mirqab Boutique Hotel • Arumaila Boutique Hotel • Bismillah Boutique Hotel • Musheireb Boutique Hotel • Najd Boutique Hotel. For more information, visit tivolihotels.com m There is ample parking in Souq Waqif with three separate air-conditioned underground parking spaces: • Underground under the Souq Waqif park. Entry can be found along the Corniche. • Inside Souq Waqif near Al Koot Fort. • Adjacent to Shioukh Mosque and the Amiri Diwan, off Al Rayyan Road, with an underground walkway connecting to Souq Waqif. See the map for precise locations. Access to cash is available at the Doha Bank ATM, a branch of QNB, and Doha Exchange. Opening times: Most shops operate 10 am – noon and reopen 4 pm – 10 pm. On Fridays, stores will close for the afternoon prayers. Most restaurants open all day from 8 am – midnight. Some are open 24 hours. ©

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Katara Cultural Village

Katara Cultural Village is one of Doha's premier attractions, with something to entertain both residents and visitors alike. Take a stroll with us as we explore the unique experience of Katara.

Katara sits on the waterfront along Lusail Street, just a few kilometres north of Al Dafna. Founded in 2010 under the direction of the Father Amir​, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Katara's aim is to position Qatar on the international, regional and local stage for art, music, theatre, photography and much more. Some form of the name 'Katara' has long been used to represent Qatar. The country was first known as 'Catara', due to the map drawn by the geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus in 150 CE, published in 882 CE – 1477 CE and afterwards the Historical Atlas of Islam. It also gave the geographical location of the Qatar peninsula under the name of Catara, North West of Gerra or near it, and to the west of the town of Cadara. 'Catara' became 'Katara' after it appeared on the geographical and historical maps of the early 18th century, first depicted in a French map of the Arabian peninsula coastline, sea and gulf. It was decided to revive Qatar's old name to maintain the connection to the country's heritage. Today, the multidimensional project brings together all the cultures of the world, with festivals, exhibitions and art galleries, and other cultural events. Adhering to the goals laid out in Qatar National Vision 2030, Katara preserves the heritage and traditions of the country while also embracing those of other nations. When in Katara, you cannot miss the Pigeon Towers. Three are located near the Katara Masjid and the others are near Al Jazeera Media Café. Pigeons and other birds can rest within the holes of the towers, which can house up to 14,000 birds. Katara also provides water and food to the pigeons. Constructed of unfired mud brick, lime plaster and gypsum, the towers range from 10 to 22 m in diameter and stand at least 18 m high. Situated prominently in the middle of Katara, the amphitheatre is an architectural masterpiece

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based on the classical Greek theatre and Islamic features with seating for 5,000 spectators, who over the years have been treated to many open-air concerts and film screenings. Just outside the ampitheatre stands Lorenzo Quinn's The Force of Nature II. The bronze, stainless steel and aluminium sculpture by contemporary Italian artist Quinn also appears in London and New York and is a piece created in the wake of the 2009 tsunami in the Pacific Ocean. Look out for another visual masterpiece: Gandhi’s Three Monkeys by Subodh Gupta. Three sculptures show heads wearing military gear: one wears a gas mask, one with a soldier’s helmet, and the third with a terrorist’s hood. Each piece is made up of cooking appliances, buckets and glass bowls, and are based on Gandhi’s famous visual metaphor – the three wise monkeys that ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’. For music fans, the Opera House at Building 16 is home to the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), as well as hosting other concerts. The orchestra performs and promotes Western and Arabic music with approximately 40 performances a year at the opulent Opera House, which blends modern architecture with traditional Islamic design. qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org Building 16 also houses Katara's excellent Drama Theatre, with traditional Arabic architecture bringing a sense of being out in the open air to the stage. It is used for plays and film screenings, with separate space for receptions and functions before and after performances. There are also a number of halls and galleries available to use for conferences, seminars and exhibitions. Designed by globally-known Turkish mosque designer, Zeynep Fadillioglu, the Katara Masjid, which is also known as the Blue Mosque, is one of the most beautiful in Qatar. The decorations of the Masjid

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(which means 'mosque') were designed by a team of restoration specialists from Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul. The outer surface is lavishly adorned with turquoise and purple mosaic. The interior and exterior architecture, together with the minaret, the dome, and the prayer niche (mihrab) are inspired by famous mosques in cities of the Muslim world. Meanwhile the Golden Masjid is inlaid with tiny golden chips, representing the Ottoman style. Visitors are welcome to walk in and see for themselves the architectural wonder of these mosques. Both offer religious programmes and lectures delivered by prominent religious scholars, as well as courses in Quran memorisation for children of all ages. The Katara Publishing House promotes culture, knowledge and literature in Qatar. Every year a Qatari personality who has made important contributions in culture, literature or thought will be honoured as part of its 'Litterateur Trophy.' To date, Katara Publishing House has published over 100 books, including 60 novels in Arabic, English and French. Katara Publishing House can be found next to Building No 15, near the Amphitheatre Boulevard. kataraph.com The 1.5 km Katara Beach is perfect for relaxing and to partake in one of the many beach activities, such as parasailing or kneeboarding. Admission: QAR10 for those at the age of 18 and above; separate fees apply for watersports and lessons. In addition, Katara Beach Club by LivNordic Spa & Wellness is gender separated over two floors with treatment rooms including their signature snow room, saunas and salt rooms. The relaxation areas are inspired by the Aurora Borealis and even have a fireplace. Those using the gym and fitness studios will be treated to views of the private beach with cabanas and beach bags. Katara has a 38,000 sq m outdoor luxury shopping complex, 21 High Street (Katara Plaza), which is home to Galeries Lafayette Doha, the

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first Evian Spa in the Middle East, and the first dedicated children’s mall, which is set to open soon. 21highst.net Set over 361,500 sq m of green spaces, Katara Hills is divided into Northern and Southern Hills with at least 3,300 plants and trees from different continents, featuring gardens and green meadows with manmade rolling hills, valleys, peaks, water features, play areas, exercise and jogging tracks, with bespoke urban art installations, lighting, outdoor furniture, and signages. There's also an outdoor Padel Garden where the public can register to play the unique racket sport. Katara continues to grow in both size and the amenities offered to the public. Phase IV, also known as the Southern Expansion Project and which began in 2016, has been completed. The iconic and unique mixed-use development consists of a wide range of facilities to complement those already offered, with 12 buildings and further parking spaces. The buildings house a chain of restaurants and cafes, libraries, exhibition hall, cinema and other cultural centres such as the first planetarium and astronomical observatory in Qatar, Al Thuraya Planetarium, and the Marina District with a maritime restaurant and eight marine chalets. Opening this year is The Chedi Hotel & Resorts, which will be a luxurious boutique hotel with 59 rooms and suites, and 32 villas and chalets. The property’s rooms and suites feature terraces with views over the Arabian Gulf and the city’s skyline. For a more intimate escape or private family gatherings, the villas offer private pools, landscaped gardens and between one and five bedrooms. Onsite facilities include a swimming pool alongside the beachfront promenade and a stunning infinity pool at the resort’s family-friendly beach club. An expansive spa and state-of-the-art fitness centre will also ensure that guests can pamper themselves, relax and energise away from the hustle and bustle of the city. For more information, visit katara.net, or call 182 or 4408 0000. m ©

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Lusail City

Lusail City

At the very heart of Doha, Lusail is a model for the city of the future; an anchor of thriving economies and societies, a beacon of smart living, and a blueprint for Qatar’s urban transformation.

Lusail City is an extension of Doha to the north across an area of 38 sq km and includes four exclusive islands and 19 multipurpose residential, entertainment and commercial districts. Featuring 22 hotels with international star ratings, Lusail’s vibrant, multicultural mixed-use destination promises a boon for hospitality, tourism and investments in Qatar. The city will be home to more than 200,000 residents its scenic surroundings, 170,000 professionals in 19 districts, and 80,000 visitors to entertainment, recreation, and retail and hospitality facilities – a population of nearly 450,000 people. Each of Lusail’s districts features an array of residential, commercial, hospitality, and retail destinations, integrating communal living in a self-contained model, complete with schools, mosques, medical facilities, as well as sport, entertainment and shopping centres.

Al Kharayej Al Kharayej district is designed to accommodate 42 residential towers. The area includes spacious open pavements, a landscaped neighbourhood golf course and private spaces blended with contemporary international design. In addition, it will be in close proximity to beaches and crystalclear waters in a picturesque setting.

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hotels, theme parks, theatres, and fitness centres, as well as a cinema multiplex. Plans are underway to develop a major museum, park and luxury hotels with public and private beaches. The jewel of the district, Place Vendôme, stretches over 1,000,000 sq m. The Parisian-inspired development pays ode to the famous high-end shopping street in Paris, Rue de la Paix, where Place Vendôme originated. The destination is home to a new luxurious mall, featuring up to 600 different retail outlets with an exclusively luxurious wing dedicated to top designer labels, two upcoming five-star luxury hotels and a central entertainment hub of landmark attractions and experiences.

Al Wessil At the centre of business and economic transformation, Al Wessil is a hub built exclusively for the commercial, technical and human resource requirements of the region and adjacent industries, as well as a number of other sectors. Professionals and businesses in Al Wessil will be privy to the best and latest technologies in high-quality, worldclass facilities; the epitome of sustainability.

Fox Hills North and South Fox Hills was envisioned, built and designed as a refined and elegant medium density, inner-city residential area, featuring mixed-use buildings. The district is split by Lusail’s main commercial street, running from north to south, and is surrounded by beautifully landscaped, naturally green parks for walkable streets and pedestrian mobility. The buildings in this neighbourhood reflect and embody unique, exquisite modern interpretations of classic architecture.

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The first phase of Lusail, the Marina District, is the lively hub of the city, overlooking the marinas, and featuring mixed-use residential, commercial and hotel waterfront properties and spaces with large open areas leading to the seaside boardwalk. The Marina District is serviced by the newly-opened Lusail Tram that connects to the rest of Lusail City and to the Doha Metro. Marina Promenade along the Marina District and South Qetaifan Islands form the urban waterfront edges. Seating is planned along the water with views out to the sea, in addition to walkways, restaurants and access to marinas. The promenade also features various musical water and light fountains as well as oversized outdoor chess sets. Marina District is also home to the Marina Food Arena, a vibrant, lively place where you can find more than 65 popular local street eateries and coffee shops in the style of a typical food truck park.

Waterfront Residential Waterfront Residential district epitomises the pinnacle of seaside living, with state-of-the-art amenities in a safe and secure environment. Comprising a slew of middle-to-high-rise residential towers and hotels, it stands as one of the most exclusive districts in Lusail City, where residents can enjoy the luxury of privacy, breath-taking beaches and crystal-clear waters in a picturesque setting.

Downtown Lusail Downtown Lusail is the magnetic epicentre of Lusail and home to the city’s hustle and bustle. A paragon for uniquely modern, integrated lifestyle experiences, Downtown Lusail captivates the In addition to Al Kharayej, Al Tarfa and Al Maha Island, Al Wessil, and Fox Hills North and South, Marina District, and Waterfront Residential, other upcoming residential districts include Naifa, Al Nafel & Al Khuzama, Al Erkyah, Al Yasmeen, and Huzoom.

Privacy is an integral part of the Qetaifan Islands lifestyle, and green living and design, a model for others to follow. Green spaces and leisure facilities on the islands stretch alongside a range of luxury boutiques, parks, high-end restaurants and cafés. The islands also feature a multitude of docks, with a capacity to host over 400 boats and yachts. Offering unprecedented access to freehold projects on the islands, non-Qataris will be able to own a range of exclusive residential properties, connected to a wide array of commercial projects via the pedestrian bridge, as well as to facilities and landmark attractions. qetaifanislands.qa

Lusail Tram Lusail Tram is a light-rail transit (LRT) network for convenient travel within the new city of Lusail, connecting all 19 districts, including the Marina, Energy City and Qatar Entertainment City. The network will include four lines and 25 stations across 38 km of rail aboveground and underground. Looking to reduce vehicular emission and saving energy, it is designed to be environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, and connects to the Doha Metro network. The newly operated Lusail Tram connects to the Doha Metro through two interchange stations, at Lusail and Legtaifiya. qr.com.qa/metro-tram

Lusail Stadium Lusail City is home to the iconic Lusail Stadium, which will host the opening and closing games of the upcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The stadium is the biggest in Qatar with a seating capacity of up to 80,000 spectators with fan zones entertainment areas. m Lush greenery and pocket parks flourish across Lusail’s residential and commercial areas, bringing to life Lusail City’s green, sustainable living ambitions. For more information on Lusail City, visit lusail.com ©

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The Pearl Island

The Pearl Island is an innovative urban development in Qatar. With Mediterranean-style yacht-lined marinas, state-of-the-art residential towers, luxury villas, 5-star hotels and residences, chic shopping at top brand name boutiques, a host of world-renowned restaurants, and leisure and entertainment facilities, The Pearl Island is the perfect destination for tourists and residents alike.

Abraj Quartier Abraj Quartier consists of seven towers, five of 36 storeys and two of 42 storeys, the latter straddling the access road to the mainland and forming the 'gateway' to The Pearl Island. Also known as the Avenue of Towers, the Abraj Quartier is considered the ideal location of choice for many businesses, with the two highly prestigious 42 storey towers standing at 201 m, each housing a panoramic floor of breathtaking views towards the mainland across the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf.

Costa Malaz Costa Malaz is an oasis of calm and quiet luxury. Both architecture and landscaping evoke the atmosphere of a tropical island with 2,000 sq m of luxury beachfront villa plots. The luxurious Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha is situated on an islet in the central bay of this precinct. Fringed by pristine sand, this hotel provides an elegant sanctuary with delightful views, privacy and seclusion.

Floresta Gardens Located east of Viva Bahriya, Floresta Gardens is one of the most prized locations at The Pearl Island. Floresta Gardens offers a variety of community living options, characterised by a Mediterranean-style architecture. Floresta Gardens spans an area of 145,967 sq m and will be home to 5,000 residents, 10 mid-rise residential towers

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and 115 villas within three-gated villa compounds, and a 3,500 sq m shopping centre.

Giardino Village The exclusive Giardino Village is located in a tranquil enclave with close proximity to the vibrant retail hubs of Medina Centrale and Porto Arabia, making it perfect for those wanting a discrete residence in a more sheltered locale. Giardino Village offers a variety of investment options for individual investors or property developers as it embraces a mixture of properties, ranging from 470 to 2,427 sq m and including completed villas, villa plots and low-rise building plots with a ground floor and three or five additional storeys.

Isola Dana The jewel in The Pearl Island’s crown, Isola Dana comprises nine independent islands and is the largest, most private residential precinct in the island. Named after the world’s rarest and most valuable pearl, Dana, and the Spanish word for ‘island’ – Isola Dana is accessed via a private causeway. These private islands enable investors to style their own residences. Palatial homes adorn the exquisite 18,000 sq m islands, which are unquie in the Middle East and throughout the world. Each island has its own expansive beach and protected harbour for yachts and motor cruisers. The complex is served by an access channel 4 m deep to facilitate passage to larger private vessels.

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Qanat Quartier

The popular Medina Centrale is a town square inspired by the charming ambience of the Mediterranean. With a mixture of public plazas, gardens, terraces, canopies and piazza, it is a residential destination that brings together the unique qualities and charm of the island. The precinct regularly comes alive with celebrations and events as it turns into a pedestrian-only area. It provides its residents with a wide variety of lifestyle activities, all within walking distance. A number of play areas are provided for kids to enjoy themselves while parents sit back and enjoy a selection of sidewalk cafés. It's home to more than 500 residential units, 130 retail shops, the indoor Megapolis Entertainment Center, a popular entertainment centre for high-end arcade games, from car racing simulators, to bowling, billiards, and karaoke, and also Novo Cinemas.

Qanat Quartier (QQ) is a private and picturesque community where Venetian charm meets Arabian chic. With pastel-coloured low-rise buildings, intricate canals, pedestrian-friendly piazzas, Qanat Quartier is Qatar’s very own little Venice. Each waterway is spanned by stylish bridges further evoking Italian romantic living. A wide choice of boutiques and outlets offer a great shopping experience. Residents and visitors can pick from a variety of F&B outlets. The district boasts a worldclass beach front with outstanding views, and a visitor parking space for over 1,000 cars. Don't miss stepping on the Music Steps, linking QQ7 boardwalk with the mezzanine level.

Perlita Gardens Perlita Gardens is a mixed villa and townhouse development in a secluded environment located immediately to the south of Medina Centrale. Characterised by lush landscaping, seclusion is the defining feature of Perlita Gardens.

Porto Arabia Porto Arabia represents a modern Mediterranean district with a mix of indoor and outdoor retail outlets. With a wealth of popular international brands, a broad range of F&B options and a planned five-star hotel and resort, Porto Arabia is a complete upscale living, leisure, and recreational destination. The precinct offers friendly services and amenities ranging from climate-controlled shopping arcades, open-air boardwalk with access to valet parking facilities, water taxi drop-offs and golf cart transportation. A range of residential options is available including one to four-bedroom apartments, penthouses and one to three-bedroom townhouses with unit sizes from 116 to 900 sq m.

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Viva Bahriya Viva Bahriya is architecturally themed to echo the very best of the Arab Maghreb with Moroccan-styled townhouses and apartments exuding Moorish elegance. Viva Bahriya is perfect for families and those seeking a more relaxed locale. A range of residential options is available including one to four-bedroom apartments and penthouses located in elegant tower residences, with unit sizes ranging from 107 to 623 sq m. Townhouses and low-rise towers offer innovative design and features with direct beach views. Among the most significant residential features in Viva Bahriya are Al Mutahidah Towers. Comprising two connected towers of 24 floors each, the high-rise structure features 480 residential units of various dimensions including studios, lofts, luxury apartments, and townhouses as well as high-level penthouses.

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Qatar's second Souq Waqif stands in Al Wakra and is becoming a top destination for residents and tourists alike.

Souq Al Wakra, also known as Souq Waqif, Al Wakra or Heritage Village, officially opened on Al Wakra seafront in late 2014.

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Following Doha, Al Wakra is the second largest city in Qatar. Located in eastern Qatar, just south of Doha, the city is believed to have a history of its own, independent from that of the capital.

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In the charming, ancient city of Al Wakra is an enchanting, thriving souq that is well worth a visit for anyone interested in Qatari heritage and culture, and seeing Qatar outside of the bright lights of its capital city. Al Wakra's own thriving market – Souq Al Wakra – is full of popular restaurants and coffee shops. The souq stretches for approximately 3 km along the town’s coast, with a corniche for people to walk along. The souq is divided into 10 zones of markets, restaurants, shops, stables, and a kids playground, as well as parking and the Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar. Setting off southward from Doha, stop for a visit at Souq Al Wakra with its maze of courtyards and alleyways, leading to a promenade of traditional shops and authentic restaurants. The souq's beach is its charm. There is much to see and do here.

Inside the souq The souq or Heritage Village is designed to resemble old Qatari homes and villages. The alleyways take you to individual 'homes' that are developing into designated markets:

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Relax and soak up the vitality and atmosphere at one of its eclectic mix of great restaurants and cafés which offer traditional Qatari food. The souq is known to be home to many local restaurants and coffee shops with modern twists such as E'asair Cafe, Al Baranda, Al Noukhaza Restaurant and more. Restaurants serving dishes from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Asia are also on offer. Popular dining options are Al Aker Sweets (Arabic), Royal Tandoor (Indian), Danat Al Bahar (barbecue fish), Barahat Al Wakra (Indian), and Bennigan's (American) to name a few. For a lighter choice, there are also cafés serving only sweets or snacks or just plain coffee. Try Gharissa for local ice cream or dessert.

Souq Al Wakra Beach Souq Al Wakra stands out with its promenade, allowing visitors easy access to the beach. When it first opened in mid-2017, the beach was open and free to all for use. Now, the beach charges for certain water activities on the beach. The beach is a 'family beach' so keep in mind the conservative culture of Qatar. Swimsuits are required to access the water, and changing rooms are available for both men and women.

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Collect memories of Qatar with Arab male and female salt and pepper shakers or cups, fridge magnets, shisha bottles, intricately designed plates, lanterns, keychains, mugs and more. Other souvenirs include dhow boat miniatures, traditional Arab dallah (coffee pots) as well as brass-studded wooden chests in many sizes. Woven items include bedouin weaving, traditional floor cushions, kilims and carpets as well as colourful baskets. Silver jewellery, misbah (prayer beads) and traditional gypsum carvings make attractive mementoes.

Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar has an idyllic setting, woven into the fabric of the souq on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. The hotel comprises two buildings with a total of 101 guest rooms. Both buildings are former heritage houses, which have been preserved with the architecture mirroring a traditional Qatari house. In keeping with local heritage, each of the guest rooms and suites features classic thatched roofs, reflecting traditional basket weaving elements. The guest rooms have been designed with colourful motifs reflecting the jubilant blues of the sea and the sandy tones of the desert, inspired by Al Wakra’s history as a pearl diving and fishing village. Open walkways and maze-like paths lead to courtyards where multiple guest rooms can be blocked off to create private areas for groups. Large groups will be able to stay together in guest

Tivoli Spa offers separate treatment rooms for men and women as well as a hydro pool, steam room, Vichy Shower and Jacuzzi. A multi-functional gym in each building is also available for guests. The hotel is only a 15-minute drive to Hamad International Airport (HIA). It also has direct access to the adjacent Al Wakra Family Beach. For more information, visit tivolihotels.com Parking at Souq Al Wakra is ample, right off Al Wakra Main Street as you access the souq. The extensive parking is still free at the moment. Convenient golf carts are available in the evenings to take you from the parking lot to your destination. Access to cash is available at the Doha Bank ATM. Opening times: Most shops operate 10 am – noon and reopen 4 pm – 10 pm. On Fridays, stores will close for the afternoon prayers. However, only a few shops and restaurants are open during the day so it's best to plan your visit to the souq after 4 pm. m

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Souq Al Wakra Hotel Qatar has five restaurants and lounges. Jarnen offers Mediterranean all-day dining with fresh seafood sourced daily from the Al Wakra Market and barbecue grilled to order at live cooking stations. Markhan, an Arabic fusion lounge, offers the ideal place to enjoy the sunset from the terrace overlooking the gulf. Emshoot invites guests to discover the culinary delights of Asia’s diverse flavours with dishes ranging from sushi to tandoori kebabs. Serving a selection of light international dishes, guests can dine upstairs and embrace the sights and sounds of the nearby souq at Mahaadeg’s terrace. Guests can grab a quick bite for breakfast or an afternoon snack at the Lobby Lounge. In addition, majlis are situated across the property offering an authentic Bedouinstyle evening of live barbecue and other social gatherings.

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Souq Al Wakra Only a few minutes from Hamad International Airport, you can revisit the life that Qataris used to lead. Souq Al Wakra is calm and has great old world charm. Today’s visitors require modern standards and the restroom facilities are first class and well maintained. The many cafes and restaurants serve delicious fare – choose your favourite cuisine from around the world. The family-friendly beach and beachfront promenade are especially attractive in the cool evenings when walkers and joggers benefit from clean air and absence of big-city bustle.

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Qatar International Art Festival 25 Sep - 30 Sep 2022 | 4th Edition

FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES 1. Qatar Cultural Tour 2. Painting & Sculpture Exhibition 3. Live Painting Symposium 4. Artistic Fashion Show 5. Master Classes 6. Art Panel Discussion 7. Art Conference 8. Cultural Evening 9. Networking Dinner Night 10. Award Night

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Events August – November See the key at the end of the calendar for contact details of various venues. Events are subject to a change of dates/cancellation due to COVID-19. See daily updates at marhaba.qa and follow the advice of the Ministry of Public Health.

August 2022 The Year of Culture Qatar–MENASA 2022 This is the 10th Year of Culture, and to celebrate, Qatar Museums is partnering with an entire region – MENASA – with the participation of 26 embassies representing countries from across the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. This will be a year of specially curated museum and art exhibitions, films, music and food festivals, and other cultural exchanges. See news and events at yearsofculture.qa and marhaba.qa

Ongoing

QNL Heritage Library permanent exhibition More than 400 books, manuscripts, historical photographs, maps, globes and travellers' instruments, depicting the interaction between Arabs and the West over the last few centuries, along with the history of science, literature, writing and travel. qnl.qa

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Zwara Second Edition: Doha Dreams Pop‑Up Exhibition Zwara fosters creativity and collaboration in Qatar’s creative landscape. The event invites artists to explore exhibitions, archives and collections and respond to a design brief. In this edition, seven local designers explored the recent 'Christian Dior Designer of Dreams' exhibition before presenting their designs and creations. m7.org.qa M7, Msheireb Downtown Doha

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Until 10 Sept Road to Makkah Exhibition Artworks by three alumni of VCUarts Qatar are on display at Eiwan Al Gassar Gallery at The St. Regis Doha. In total, 30 artists from 12 countries – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Bangladesh, Sudan, Tunisia, and the UK – are participating. Until 24 Sept Abeer Al Tamimi: Beyond the Rules (right) Exhibition by Qatari artist Abeer Al Tamimi featuring her signature experimental works regarding today's social issues. Abstraction: Subverting Reality A group exhibition exploring the sixth sense, asking visitors to make their own mind up about what they see in the artwork. qm.org.qa Fire Station: Artist in Residence

September 16 Sept – Majaz: Contemporary Art Qatar Exhibition celebrating five years of the Artist in 25 Feb 2023 Residence programme at the Fire Station and the flourishing art scene in Qatar. Part of Qatar–MENASA 2022 Year of Culture. qm.org.qa Fire Station: Artist in Residence 27

IDC Qatar CIO Summit Research by IDC has shown that businesses in the Middle East are reviewing digital infrastructure models and strategies. This year the summit will examine the increasing pace of innovation and the region's evolving technology landscape, with keynote speeches, panel debates, and networking opportunities. idc.com/mea/events Grand Hyatt Doha Hotels and Villas ©

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What's on at National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) Pipilotti Rist: Your Brain to Me, My Brain to You NMoQ presents a new large-scale installation by internationally renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist, her first immersive video installation in the Middle East. Visitors are invited to embark on a journey of self-discovery through a multisensory experience that symbolises humanity’s collective unconscious and the power of the mind. A prominent part of the installation is the 'pixels', 12,000 LED lights strung on cables throughout the gallery representing neurons firing and communicating with each other. The bulbs have been programmed in choreography with sound and video featuring abstract footage of Qatar’s landscapes. The exhibition is best experienced if personal devices are switched off in order to shift focus towards activating different senses.

Until 14 Jan 2023

On the Move Exploring the lives of nomadic and semi-nomadic pastoralists across three distinct regions – Central Sahara, Qatar and Mongolia – and how these groups created and maintained rich and meaningful social lives while producing complex and beautiful cultural forms in challenging environments. It features a selection of objects, historical images and archival footage from the collections of the NMoQ and Qatar Museums, along with loans from international museums such as the National Museum of Mongolia, Musée du Quai Branly and the Weltmuseum Vienna.

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A Sneak Peek at Qatar Auto Museum The exhibition features three amazing cars in the Mawater Gallery. The new Qatar Auto Museum will explore the past, present and future of the automobile and is in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 to support the cultural, educational and tourism sectors, the strong investments in the automotive industry, and Qatar's role as a host for global automotive events such as the Qatar Geneva International Motor Show and Formula 1.

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1963 Ferrari 250 GTO Photo: Ali Al Anssari, courtesy of Qatar Museums ©2022

Opening times: Galleries and shops: Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Jiwan Restaurant: Monday to Thursday, Saturday 12:30 pm – 8 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 8 pm. Admission: Adult residents of Qatar, children and resident students: Free. Non-resident adults: QAR50. Non-resident students: QAR25. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Visitors to the Desert Rose Café, Jiwan Restaurant and the gift shops do not need to purchase an entry ticket. Visitors are asked to dress modestly in keeping with Qatari culture. 4452 5555, nmoq.org.qa C4 144

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Earthna: Center for a Sustainable Future, a member of Qatar Foundation, is proud to announce the continuation of Qatar Sustainability Week which will take place 8 – 15 October 2022. Qatar Sustainability Week 2022 (QSW 2022), a national campaign, has attracted more than 200,000 people over the last six years, with the participation of more than 500 partners. It aims to further engage the community in a wide range of sustainability-oriented activities and is a unique platform to promote the nation’s sustainability vision as well as community engagement with relevant stakeholders.

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marhaba.qa The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) and QM Gallery Al Riwaq 26 Oct – 25 Feb 2023 Baghdad: Eye's Delight The museum's first exhibition in its new galleries, celebrating Baghdad as the most important and influential city ever created in the Islamic world. It will show Baghdad’s outstanding heritage as the capital of the great Abbasid caliphs (750–1258 CE) and also of the 20th century when the city once again experienced a renewed period of prosperity with the discovery of oil. The exhibition features objects on loan from 22 institutions such as the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Benaki Museum, the Vatican, and the Barjeel Foundation.

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The museum's galleries, IDAM restaurant, MIA Café and the gift shop are closed until the museum reopens in October 2022. The Education Centre remains open – MIA Library opening hours are Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. There is a free interactive 3D guide to the museum available while it is closed, and visitors can access MIA Park for sport activities in accordance with government guidelines. The Mathaf bus is a free shuttle service between Mathaf and the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar National Library, and Fire Station: Artist in Residence. 4422 4444, mia.org.qa C4

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WISH 2022 At the time of going to press, preparations were still underway for the next summit. Previous summits have brought together more than 1,000 global leaders, healthcare experts, ministers of health, and representatives from the UN, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the European Union. wish.org.qa/summits

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10th Ajyal Film Festival – 2022 Special Edition The festival is the Doha Film Institute’s tribute to the country in this historic year. The Jury experience is 1 – 8 October, inviting nearly 500 Ajyal Jury members aged 8 to 25 to watch and analyse films from around the world. The Public Programme, 22 November – 16 December, allows residents and visitors to experience cinema screenings across a number of locations in the country. Part of the Year of Culture – Qatar MENASA 2022. dohafilminstitute.com

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Teaching and Learning Forum 2022 This one-day event held by the Education Development Institute at Qatar Foundation invites educators to share their experiences with service learning with a view to building a suitable framework. qf.org.qa Awsaj Academy, Education City

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What's on at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Ongoing

Mathaf Collection, Summary Part 2 A selection of the museum's most iconic pieces. The new display features 20th and 21st century modern and contemporary art by artists from the Arab World, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe, all historically connected to Qatar and the Arab Peninsula.

Until 11 Sept

Dadu's Light Atelier Different installations allow children to discover concepts about light and shadow, colour mixing, reflections and more, with the chance to play, explore and experiment. The installation is a temporary exhibition at Mathaf by Dadu, Children's Museum of Qatar.

16 Sept – 21 Jan 2023

Sophia Al Maria: INVISIBLE LABORS daydream therapy The first large-scale museum exhibition in the Middle East by QatariAmerican artist Sophia Al Maria, and an invitation to all to discuss histories, dreaming, futures, and the Gulf’s relation to surrounding regions, with installations, videos and soundscapes. Part of the Qatar – MENASA 2022 Year of Culture.

16 Sept – 21 Jan 2023

Taysir Batniji: No Condition is Permanent A reflective space with productions and reproductions of the artist's work created between 1997 and 2022. While the exhibition’s title refers to a single artwork, on display are a mixture of photography, drawing, video, installation and performance. Part of Qatar–MENASA 2022 Year of Culture.

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Paint Palette: Abstract Art for Children Inspired by the works of Samia Halaby, an abstract painter and a scholar of Palestinian art, Paint Palette encourages young children to explore colour, learn art vocabulary and identify shapes while producing their own vibrant, abstract works on canvas.

Opening times Saturday to Thursday 9 am – 7 pm, Friday 1:30 pm – 7 pm. Admission: Adult residents of Qatar, children and resident students: Free. Non-resident adults: QAR50. Non-resident students: QAR25. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Visitors to the Desert Rose Café, Jiwan Restaurant and the gift shops do not need to purchase an entry ticket. There is a free shuttle service between Mathaf and the Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar National Library, and Fire Station: Artist in Residence. The Mathaf stop on the Education City public tram service is approximately 3 minutes away from the museum. Visitors are asked to dress modestly in keeping with Qatari culture. 4402 8855, mathaf.org.qa C2 Labour of Love: Embroidering Palestinian History Visitors can take a journey of discovery of tatreez embroidery through different historical periods in Palestinian society, via gender, labour, commodification, and class. Part of the Qatar – MENASA 2022 Year of Culture. ^QM Gallery, Katara Cultural Village

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Experience Al Jazeera Discover how the Al Jazeera Media Network has grown over the past 25 years, from a single pioneering TV channel in Qatar to a global media phenomenon. There are interactive exhibits, such as a Studio Experience, where visitors can experience the Al Jazeera studio setting first-hand, and an Al Jazeera Immersive section, which explores the use of virtual and augmented reality storytelling techniques in broadcasting. Fire Station: Artist in Residence

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24 Oct – Art Mill Museum 2030 A presentation of the 30 Mar 2023 vision of the upcoming new museum. Reflecting the site's transformation, artists have created films and photographs showing parallels between the former flour mill and the future museum. The exhibition is in two locations: 'From Flour to Art' at Qatar Flour Mills Warehouse, and 'The Museum’s Garden' at Al Najada Heritage House #15. Reservations are required via qm.org.qa 24 Oct onwards

Lusail Museum: Tales of a Connected World Introducing the new museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron under development in Lusail City. On display are Orientalist art, archaeological artefacts and media from prehistoric times to the 21st century, creating a new, enlightened and constructive way of looking at the world. qm.org.qa

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Qatar International Art Festival (QIAF) One of the largest art festivals in Qatar, where hundreds of local and international artists can showcase their works. There are different events each day, including exhibitions, live painting symposiums, fashion shows, masterclasses and cultural tours. qiaf.net Katara Cultural Village

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Generation Amazing Festival Young leaders from around the world join together in festival activities, a football tournament, and educational workshops, covering aspects such as active citizenship through football and project management and social development initiatives. The Football for Good tournament sees young people apply their new skills with an awards ceremony to close the festival. qf.org.qa Education City Education City Fan Experience Members of the Qatar Foundation (QF) community will introduce visitors to Arab culture, with fun activities and insights about Education City and the QF mission. The Education City Fan Experience will take place on certain match days – see the online schedule. qf.org.qa Education City

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D’reesha Performing Arts Festival Theatre, poetry, research, education and technology will explore performing arts to engage a new generation of artists, culminating in an annual festival that transforms Education City into an open stage. qf.org.qa

16 Dec

Qatar Fashion United by CR Runway Qatar Creates brings more than 100 brands from five continents alongside a concert featuring international artists. Stadium 974

March 2023

5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) LDC5 is being held in two parts: the first was in New York in March 2022 at which the Doha Programme of Action (DPoA) was adopted – commitments between the least developed countries and development partners, such as the private sector and governments. The second part in Doha sees world leaders form plans and partnerships to ensure the delivery of DPoA over the next 10 years. un.org/ldc5 Venues to be announced

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Expo 2023 Doha, Qatar Under the theme 'Green Desert, Better Environment', The International Horticultural Expo will bring together the world to unite in the fight against desertification – one third of the world’s land surface is threatened by this global problem, increasing by 12 mn hectares per annum. There are four sub-themes: Modern Agriculture, Technology and Innovation, Environmental Awareness, and Sustainability. This is the first horticultural exhibition to be held in a region with a desert climate and supports the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030. dohaexpo2023.gov.qa Al Bidda Park

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marhaba.qa Throughout the Year Lectures, exhibitions and workshops • Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Dean’s Lecture Series. 4454 8400, qatar.cmu.edu C2 • Embrace Doha Workshops and events aimed at enriching the cultural experience of expats and visitors. embracedoha.net • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar Faculty Lectures. 4457 8100, qatar.georgetown.edu C2 • Katara Exhibitions, cultural and music events, and workshops. Call Centre: 182, katara.net B4

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• Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art Exhibitions, workshops and artist encounters. 4402 8855, mathaf.org.qa C2 • Museum of Islamic Art Workshops and educational programmes. 4422 4444, mia.org.qa D4 • National Museum of Qatar Online tours, workshops, lectures, and activities for schoolchildren. 4452 5555, nmoq.org.qa C4 • Qatar Foundation Convocations, summits, and lifestyle and business-related workshops. 4454 0000, qf.org.qa C2 • Qatar National Library Workshops, educational and academic programmes, reading events and chess club. qnl.qa C2 • Virginia Commonwealth University of Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) Gallery lectures, exhibitions, and community classes in art, design and crafts. 4402 0555, qatar.vcu C2

Music, drama and more • Doha Film Institute Film screenings and festivals, workshops and educational programmes. dohafilminstitute.com • Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra Regular performances of Western and Arabic music. qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org • Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha Pub Quiz at Shehrazad on the last Monday of each month. 4428 1555, radissonblu.com D3/4 • The Doha Players An amateur dramatic society that presents a range of shows and open mic nights throughout the year. See their Facebook page • The Doha Singers Qatar's largest and oldest amateur choir. dohasingers.com Events are subject to a change of dates/cancellation. The Sports Events Calendar can be found in the Sports section.

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Marhaba updates this information for every issue; however, details may change after going to press. Please check with the organisation concerned. If your organisation is listed in these pages, email any changes to us at marhaba@qatar.net.qa. Many of the locations for the following listings can be found using the map pages in this guide. Marhaba pocket maps can be purchased at bookshops and stores around town. ✔ Indicates either an activity for children or an activity in which children can participate.

Arts and Crafts Arts and Crafts Center B3 A vibrant centre in Al Duhail South, offering art classes and workshops for all ages. Caters to events, birthdays, schools and universities. 4486 5201, artsandcrafts.qa ✔ IAID Performing Arts (IAID) D4 Offers progressive courses from beginner to advanced covering colour theory, art styles, drawing and painting techniques, visual art perception and portraits. 4432 0974, 4441 1234, iaidonline.org ✔ International Artists of Doha (IAD) Group for professional artists living in Qatar who get together and exhibit on a regular basis. 6699 0122, see their Facebook page for more details. Fire Station C3 A contemporary art space committed to supporting artists, curators and the wider public through their residencies and public programmes. 4422 4222, firestation.org.qa Katara Art Center (KAC) at Building 5 at Katara B4 Courses and workshops in photography, printmaking, design, drawing, painting, ceramics and more. 4408 0244, dohakac.com ✔ Paint The Town Qatar Multiple locations A division of Trinity Talent Qatar. A leisurely event, where participants are taught how to paint. Each session consists of a different painting taught by an artist. 7759 1219, paintqatar.com Qatar Art Center (QAC) C3 Art residency and art hub, founded in 1993 by HE Sheikh Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali Al Thani. 4487 7488, qatar-art-center.business.site Qatar Fine Arts Association at Building 13 at Katara B4 Aims to raise the level of scientific and technical artists, and maintain their production. 4408 1469, see their Facebook page for more details. ✔

VCUarts Qatar Community Education C2 Courses in jewellery design, fashion design, dressmaking, drawing, Photoshop, Illustrator, watercolours and more. 4402 0555, qatar.vcu.edu Visual Art Center at Katara B4 Acts under the umbrella of the Ministry of Sports and Youth, offers services in all aspects of visual art. It covers basic drawing techniques, painting, printmaking, graphic design and illustration, photography, ceramics, basic design and computer graphics. katara.net

Boat and Fishing Trips, and Watersports Many tour companies offer half- and full-day dhow trips and fishing trips, which often include lunch. Trips to Safliya Island are popular and watersports are available at an extra cost. See Sightseeing in the Discovering Qatar section for tour companies and Sports Activities in this section for watersports. AquaSports (Previously Paddle Qatar) B4/C4 Runs a range of tours, camping activities, school, educational and team building trips, beach barbecue and kayaking tours at The Pearl Island and the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). 3319 4445, aquasportsq.com ✔ Blue Pearl Experience Multiple locations Organises outdoor adventure, camps and watersports activities at The Pearl Island, Doha Golf Club, Fuwairit, Zekreet and Sealine. 6660 2830, bluepearlexperience.com ✔ Fishing and parasailing trips Call Bassel on 5551 8100 National Cruise Organises cruises and tours on the sea including dinner cruises, city tours, corporate cruises, birthdays and other special occasions as well as fishing and beach trips. 6600 0926, 7799 9666, nationalcruise.com ✔ ©

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marhaba.qa Qatar Sea Angling Association Founded in 1987 to encourage anglers to meet up regularly to share knowledge, bait and tackle tips, and a little adventure fishing around Qatar as well as support local research. qsaa.net

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Regatta Sailing Academy B4 Windsurfing instruction offered for all ages. 5550 3484, regattasailingacademy.com Ronautica Middle East B4 Yacht charters, day boat charters and fishing trips. Contact the Harbour Master at The Pearl Island. 6674 1577, 4409 5279, ronauticame.com

Cinemas Asian Town Cinema F3 Offers four cinemas with 500 seating capacity each. 4499 9013 Cineco 3, Al Khor Mall A 3-screen cineplex. 4029 6503/4453 3445 Cineco, Gulf Mall C3 A 13-screen multiplex. 4031 0600 Cineco, Villaggio Mall D2 Offers 13 cinemas including one IMAX 3D. 4451 7001 Cinema Land, Landmark Mall C3 Offers three screens. 4487 5222 Flik Cinemas, Lagoona Mall B4 Platinum and Gold Class multiplex offering four screens. 4443 2757 Flik Cinemas, Mirqab Mall D3 Offers eight screens. 4434 0737 Mall Cinema, The Mall D4 Offers three cinemas. 4467 8666 Novo Cinema Call Centre 4031 5803, novocinemas.com/qatar • Novo Cinema, 01 Mall E3 Five-screen cinema. • Novo Cinema, Doha Oasis D4 19-screen cinema. • Novo Cinema, Mall of Qatar C1 19-screen cinema, IMAX, and MX4D. • Novo Cinema, Souq Waqif D4 Four standard theatres and a VIP 7-star screen. • Novo Cinema, The Pearl Island B4 10 screens including IMAX and VIP. Qatar Bahrain Cinema, City Center-Doha C4 A 14-screen multiplex. 6503 6086, 4493 3355 Roxy Cinemas, B. Square Mall E4 Five screens with VIP screen. 4017 1614 The Cinema Palace, The Royal Plaza D3 Offers three screens. 4432 0938 VOX Cinemas, Doha Festival City B2 A 19-screen cinema multiplex including one 4DX. 4435 4444

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Clubs and Hobbies Doha Stitches A ladies only sewing and crafting non-profit charity group where members use their sewing and crafting skills to give back. Join their private Facebook group for more details. Doha Writers' Workshop A community of teachers, students, and professionals interested in writing, reading, and the art of sharing experiences through words. Join their private Facebook group for more details. Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) C3 Raising environmental awareness and conservation. 4487 4125/7301, fec.qa (Arabic) ✔ Friends of Nature (FON) in Ezdan Mall C3 A non-profit organisation, which organises environmental awareness programmes and activities. 7002 0543 (Arabic) ✔ HOG Qatar Chapter D3 (Harley Owners Group®) Aims to increase the level of enthusiasm toward Harley Davidson motorcycles. 4463 2429/28, harley-davidsondoha.com Qatar Billiards & Snooker Federation (QBSF) D4 Founded in 1991 to establish a base of players who are able to lead the sport of billiards, pool and snooker. qbsf@qbsf.qa, qbsf.qa Qatar Chess Association D4 Chess training and tournaments for children. 4494 4290/91/92, 4469 4349 (girls), 4465 9791 (boys), qatarchess.com ✔ Qatar Duners Connect with other bikers, and take on the dunes. Join their private Facebook group for details. Qatar Flying Club A private flying company in Al Khor Airport, offering pilot training, gyro-copter training and weight shift, discovery flights from above, and private pilot’s licence. 4457 1491, qatarflyingclub.net

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marhaba.qa Qatar Motor & Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) The federation organises motor and motorcycling rallies, and accepts volunteers interested in marshalling at the rallies. 4437 9885, qmmf.com Qatar Natural History Group (QNHG) Share a broad range of interests including archaeology, geology, botany, marine life, conservation and the natural world. qnhg.org ✔

Qatar Poetry Center (Diwan Al Arab) Operating under the Ministry of Culture, the centre works to promote poetry and literature, taking into account the Qatar's literary heritage, and be the right platform for Qatari poets to develop and succeed. 4405 5736/38, diwanalarab.qa Qatar Quilt Guild A guild of ladies meet for sewing and technique workshops and contests. See their Facebook page for details. Qatar Reads C2 Previously known as the National Reading Campaign (NRC), Qatar Reads is a programme by Qatar Foundation (QF) that hosts a variety of outreach initiatives to communicate the importance of reading and create interest in reading among all residents. qatarreads.qa ✔ Qatar Scientific Club E3 Over 4,000 members attend classes and seminars including scuba diving, remote-control aero modelling, astronomy and electronics. Children aged 9 – 12 can join the Children’s Club. 4469 6200, qsc.org.qa (Arabic) ✔ SustainableQatar An independent, volunteer-based organisation addressing environmental issues relevant to Qatar. sustainableqatar.com The Official Elvis Presley Fan Club of Qatar Officially recognised by Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. Join events, activities and outings. qatarelvisfans.qa Youth Hobbies Center at Katara D4 Photography programmes for teens. Basic skills required. 4408 1812, youthobbies.org ✔

Clubs – Recreational A few of the social clubs in and outside of Doha provide a wide range of facilities for sport and leisure activities. Many membership options are available and cater for singles, couples and families. Al Jasrah Cultural and Social Club D4 A government club at Souq Waqif established by the Ministry of Sports and Youth in 1960. One of the

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oldest literary clubs in the Arab world, the club hosts many writers and intellectuals from the Arab world and offers many free training courses in various creative areas such as writing, theater and music. 4427 3124, 3318 1359, moc.gov.qa Al Khor Community A housing complex, offering excellent facilities to employees of Qatargas and Al Khor International School (AKIS) with three clubs, including Al Dhakira Club, Al Nakheel Club, and Al Waha Club. 4473 4555, akcommunity.org Al Khor Cultural Center A cultural and social centre of the Ministry of Sports and Youth established in 1981 for men with specialised cultural activities, recreational and scientific programmes. It was expanded in 2006 to include a ladies section with social and cultural programmes. 4472 2015 (men's section), 4472 0362 (women's section) Al Khor Girls Center Established by the Ministry of Sports and Youth in 2012 as a youth centre to empower women and young girls and highlight their abilities in commitment to Islamic customs and values by organising various activities and initiatives. 4472 0600, 7747 0887, kgc.org.qa Deema Community Center A fun, interactive environment where families gather to develop new skills while fostering a love of learning. 5593 1053, see their Facebook page for details. ✔ Dukhan Recreation Club (DRC) One of the oldest clubs managed by QatarEnergy and open to its staff only with several fitness and entertainment facilities. 4014 1879 Dukhan Water Sports Club A sailing club for QatarEnergy employees only. 4014 1894 Indian Cultural Centre (ICC) D3 Formally inaugurated in 1992, the centre is a meeting of prominent Indian community members. 4468 6607, iccqatar.com Qatar Fertiliser Company (QAFCO) Clubs Al Banush Club 4409 1777 (for employees only) See Sports Activities in this section for a comprehensive list of sports clubs. ©

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Qatar Photography Center at Building 18 at Katara B4 Established in 2021 by the Ministry of Culture as Akkas Photography Center, it offers courses and workshops with the aim of improving and enriching the local photography scene. 5583 3807

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International Centre for Music (ICMQatar) Multiple locations One of the pioneers in Qatar to offer courses to learn the solos and variations in the classical as well as contemporary ballet. 4467 1354, 4490 7878, icmqatar.com ✔

Culinary Leaders Cooking Academy D4 A cooking and barista academy and cafe as well as a hospitality and food consultancy. 3330 6677, see their Instagram page. Qatar Culinary Professionals (QCP) D3 An association representing professional chefs in the food service industry in Qatar. 4418 0654, qatarcp.org The Cooking Academy C3 A local culinary start-up providing cooking classes for professionals and food lovers. 4039 0497, cookingacademy.qa

Cultural and Language Courses See Education Courses, Tutoring and Lectures and Arabic/Islamic Culture Courses in the Education section.

Dance B/Attitude Spa at Beverly Hills Tower B4 Offers zumba, salsa, latino fitness and more. 4412 2046, battitudespadoha.com ✔ Bailamos Salsa Multiple locations Teaches salsa, bachata, tango, hip hop and more at all levels. 7040 4143, bailamos-salsa-doha.business.site Brava Studio at 22 La Croisette, The Pearl Island B4 Offers a wide variety of dance, dance fitness and aerial arts classes to all ages. 4002 2000, bravastudio.co ✔ Cabana Club at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D4 Holds ballet, hip hop, salsa, bachata and more for adults and children – various levels. 4428 1428 ✔ Fitness First at City Centre-Doha C4 Offers a wide variety of dance including Irish, Bollywood, Modern and more. 4411 5999, qatar.fitnessfirstme.com IAID Performing Arts (IAID) D4 Classical and contemporary dances of India, jazz, classical ballet; contemporary, dance and hip hop for teens and kids. 4432 0974, 4441 1234, iaidonline.org ✔ 158

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Salsa n Candela C3 Founded by Candela Entertainment, Salsa n Candela provides salsa, Cha-Cha, bachata, Brazilian Zouk, kizomba, tango and other latin dance classes, as well as organises events and provides entertainment services. candelaentertainment.com Skills Development Centre (SDC) D3 A centre for fine arts and performing arts, and is one of the leading institutes in Qatar offering Indian classical dance, modern dance, classical music, fine arts, karate, yoga and personality development. 4441 3955, sdcqatar.org Swasthi Academy D3 Provides training in classical and contemporary dance forms, classical and instrumental music genres, martial arts as well as wellness programmes. 5077 0025, swasthiacademy.com The Ritz-Carlton, Doha B4 Offers jazz, zumba and hip hop classes. 4484 8000, ritzcarlton.com ✔

Debating and Public Speaking Al-Banush Club Toastmasters Online meetings on the first and third Tuesday every month at 6:30 pm. 3354 6316, toastmasters.org Al Khor Toastmasters Club Meetings on the second and fourth Monday every month at 7 pm on Zoom. 5563 8213, 6678 2272, toastmasters.org Birla Gavel Club at Birla Public School D4 Fee: first year QAR225 and annual QAR100. 7727 9583 ✔ Doha Toastmasters Club D4 Meetings on first and third Saturday from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm on Zoom. 5516 9399, doha.toastmastersclubs.org Doha Gavels Club D4 Toastmaster club for children. Part of Doha Toastmasters Club. 5572 0680 ✔ QatarDebate Center C2 A member of Qatar Foundation (QF) and the national debating organisation for Qatar. qatardebate.org Qatar Toastmasters Club D4 Meetings on the first and third Sunday every month at 7 pm 9:30 pm on Zoom. 7400 6238, toastmasters.org

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Doha Players Theatre C2 An amateur dramatic society that produces plays and musicals on weekdays between 8 am and 1 pm only. thedohaplayers.com ✔

Mockingbird Academy C2 Delivers a high-quality performing arts programme and classes with several fundamental abilities, including self-esteem, confidence, creative thinking, acting skills, public speaking skills, as well as leadership and teamwork skills. 4407 6851, mockingbirdacademy.com ✔

Groups and Associations 1st Doha Scout Group, British Scouting Overseas (BSO) Delivers an active programme of indoor and outdoor activities for English-speaking children aged 6 – 18 years from all backgrounds. 1st-doha-scout-group.org ✔ American Women's Association Active women's group for all nationalities, providing a variety of ongoing activities and events. awaqatar.com British Guides in Foreign Countries (BGIFC) For girls only, aged 5 – 14 years. To register your daughter visit bgifc.org.uk, dess.org ✔ Canadians in Qatar Bringing Canadians of Qatar together through social events by holding monthly social events. Join their private group on Facebook. Doha Mums Group of over 1,000 mums from 90 countries, offering more than 80 events a month, including New Arrivals Coffees; playgroups and holiday parties; support groups; children with special needs; children's library. dohamums.com ✔ Dutch Speaking Association of Qatar (DSA) Welcomes those who speak Dutch. dsaqatar.org ExpatWoman Qatar Join the forum and get to know other expatriate women; organises activities, meetups and gatherings. expatwoman.com/qatar How Women Work (HWW) A community group empowering women to succeed through workshops, conferences, and professional events. hwwglobal.com Indian Women's Association, Qatar (IWA Qatar) Exchange expertise in various cultural social fields. iwaqatar.com

Lebanese Community in Qatar (LCIQ) A community group for Lebanese in Qatar with more than 4,000 members to get to know each other, and organise events. Join their private group on Facebook. Qatar Expat Women Helps women with the transition from their homeland to Qatar. See their Facebook page for more details. Qatar Irish Society Organises social, sporting and cultural events throughout the year in order to promote closer relations in the Irish community in Qatar. Join their private group on Facebook. Qatar Professional Women's Network (QPWN) An informal networking group for any woman regardless of nationality, profession, age or educational background. qpwn.org Scots in Qatar Holds regular functions throughout the year including St Andrew's Night Ball, Burns Supper and summer ceilidhs. scotsinqatar.com Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center (previously known as Fanar) D4 Hosts numerous events for people of all nationalities and beliefs. 4444 7444, binzaid.gov.qa Sudanese Professional Association and Sudanese Women's Association (SWA) in Qatar A formal association of Sudanese professionals that organises professional, business, social and cultural events throughout the year for the Sudanese community in Qatar. See their Facebook page for more details. Swedish Association of Qatar (SAQ) Regular gatherings and social events for children and adults. saq.nu ✔ The Cambridge Society of Qatar Cambridge University alumni in Qatar who meet regularly to socialise, listen to eminent speakers and to discuss ways of promoting links between Qatar and Cambridge University. alumni.cam.ac.uk Tuesday Ladies Group (TLG) D4 Support group for expatriate women. Meets at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha for tea, coffee and cakes every other Tuesday. tuesdayladiesgroup.com ©

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Film and Theater Academy Multiple locations Acting classes, workshops and courses for adults and children. actingclassesdoha@gmail.com, 7751 9168 ✔

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Qatar Volunteers A volunteer group that participates in fundraising events, blood donation, beach cleanups, and disaster response. See their Facebook page for details.

Women's Circle By Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel and life coach Anahi, hosting women's events, bringing women together to share, discuss and witness each other's journeys in a safe and enriching way. See their group on LinkedIn.

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Reach Out To Asia (ROTA) Volunteer Club ROTA supports neighbouring countries as they overcome developmental difficulties. To volunteer, call 4454 1603, reachouttoasia.org

2nd Chance Rescue – Qatar A branch of Park View Pet Centre provides fostering, adoption and dog walking services. 5540 6254, see their Facebook page for details.

Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) (Qatar 2022) Join over 271,000 volunteers from around the globe – and make history with SC as they prepare for the Middle East's first FIFA World Cup™. qatar2022.qa

Animal Resources Department D4 The government vet has a trap-neuter-return (TNR) team and offers free treatments, neutering, spaying, vaccinating and microchipping. 184/4426 1656

TNR Qatar A volunteer organisation promoting trap-neuter-return (TNR), the humane solution to the cat overpopulation problem, saving cats lives. See their Facebook page for details.

BarkinQ – Volunteers for Dogs Run by a dog-loving couple, rescuing stray or abandoned dogs to rehome abroad – not a shelter. 5573 2144, see their Facebook page for details. Cat Assistance Team of Qatar (CAT) Volunteer-based cat rescue group that fundraises to support cat rescue in Qatar. All proceeds go to TNR (trap-neuter-return), cat care and rescue. See their Facebook page for more details. Doha Environmental Actions Project (Deap) A team of volunteers seeking to restore the natural beauty of the beach and sand dunes in Qatar and raise awareness on the importance of preserving the environment. See their Facebook or Instagram pages for more details. ✔ Paws Rescue Qatar A group of individuals who rescue and rehome dogs and cats. pawsrescueqatar.org Qatar Animal Welfare Society (QAWS) A non-profit organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals in Qatar. Funded purely by public donations along with offers of support from volunteers, it is home to over 200 animals. 5539 6074, qaws.org ✔ Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) Multiple locations Qatar's first volunteering charitable organisation, QRCS works to help and empower vulnerable 160

Qatar Voluntary B3 One of the youth centres of the Ministry of Sports and Youth. It strives to spread a volunteering culture to all members of the Qatari society through organising activities, programmes and events. 4467 4888, voluntary.qa

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Health and Fitness See Sports Activities and Health and Wellness in this section for comprehensive listings of activities and classes.

Libraries British Council Qatar D3 Information Centre has books, magazines, videos, DVDs and internet access. 800 5501, britishcouncil.qa ✔ Institut Français du Qatar B3 Provides information about different aspects of French and Frenchspeaking culture and civilisation: literary, artistic, social, scientific and technical. 4493 0862, institutfrancais-qatar.com ✔ Qatar National Library (QNL) C2 Gives residents access to nearly one million books, periodicals, and special collections. QNL members can pick up a membership card, while those not yet registered can do so by presenting their Qatar ID. Register at library.qnl.qa/selfreg. For more information, visit qnl.qa or call 4454 0100 ✔ VCUQatar Library C2 The public may join the library for a small deposit and borrow art, design, architecture and innovative media books, ebooks, research, articles, images, videos and more. qatar.vcu.edu/library ✔

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marhaba.qa Music Groups and Choirs Doha Chamber Choir A cappella choir has vacancies for all voice parts, especially tenor. Rehearses weekly from September to June. Varied repertoire. Performs for booked events only (weddings, parties, etc). 7011 8887, qatarconcertchoir.com Doha Community Music Ensembles A full size symphony orchestra and wind symphony for amateur musicians. Open to new members of all ages and nationalities. 3385 7784, dcmeqatar.com ✔

Drumming Qatar Teaching African djembe drumming and rhythm. Open to all. Contact Patrick Dilley on 3384 2330, drummingqatar.com ✔ IAID Performing Arts (IAID) D4 Music courses include piano, keyboard, guitar and vocals in Western notations, following the London College of Music (LCM) syllabus. Examinations are held every six months by LCM examiners. 4432 0974, 4441 1234, iaidonline.org ✔ International Centre for Music (ICMQatar) Multiple locations Offers classes in piano, keyboard, violin, guitar and music theory, as well as voice lessons. 4490 7878, icmqatar.com ✔ Music Affairs Centre D3 Established in 2016 under the Ministry of Sports and Youth, it aims to raise awareness of music culture and its importance in society. 4478 9356, qmusic.qa Qatar Concert Choir A not-for-profit audition choir performing a wide range of classical and contemporary choral music. qatarconcertchoir.com Qatar Little Voices Led by the director of Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs, Little Voices is a lively once-weekly music appreciation programme and a pre-choir entry class for young children. Class size is limited. 4036 3139, hub@sisq.qa ✔ Qatar Music Academy (QMA) at Katara Cultural Village B4 Member of Qatar Foundation (QF) and Qatar's leading academy of music. It offers a comprehensive music education programme, which draws on practice, music theory and incorporates both Arab and Western classical music curriculum. 4454 8191, qatarmusicacademy.com.qa Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra (QPO) C2 A member of QF, founded in 2007 by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. It consists of more than 100 musicians chosen by a jury of international music professionals. They perform western and Arabic music in local and international settings. 4454 8185, qatarphilharmonicorchestra.org

Qatar Youth and Junior Choirs Qatar Youth Choir, for singers aged 14 – 18, is an ambitious youth choir, singing from the great classical and contemporary choral repertoires. Qatar Junior Choir is for younger boys and girls aged 8 – 13 years and is the feeder choir to the more senior Qatar Youth Choir. qyj-choir.com, qatarconcertchoir.com ✔ Siwar Choir Qatar's leading Arabic youth choir established by JeemTV, formerly known as Al Jazeera Children's Channel (JCC), bringing together Arabic traditions with fresh and exciting music. jeemtv.net ✔ The Doha Singers A choral group that presents several concerts every year. dohasingers.com

Water Parks and Play Zones Adventure Rooms Qatar D4 Qatar's first 60-minute real life escape room game, where you need to solve puzzles, find keys, and beat the clock to escape. It is an exciting recreational activity for friends, families, students and coworkers. Suitable for ages 7 and above. 7050 0139, adventureroomsqa.com ✔ Baladna Park Located in Umm Al Hawaya, Baladna Park is an outdoor family entertainment park, which includes a restaurant, farm, zoo, lake, carnival area and outdoor activities and entertainment such as pedal car racing, cow chariot, trampoline, zip lining, bumper boats, obstacle course and more. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 10 am – 7 pm; Friday noon – 8 pm; Saturday 10 am – 8 pm. Admission: Free. Prices range for the outdoor amusement and theme park activities. 4424 6000, baladnapark.com ✔ Desert Falls Water & Adventure Park Features 18 attractions with 56 rides and slides at Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas. Opening times: Daily 10 am – 6 pm. Admission: Juniors (Below 1.2 m in height) QAR195, Adults QAR255. Pre-booking is required and tickets can be purchased on Q-Tickets. Access to adventure attractions such as canyoning, diving, go karting and laser tag are not included in the general admission ticket and can be purchased separately on site. 4423 6666, salwabeachresort.qa ✔ ©

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Doha Jazz Performs several genres of jazz and other styles such as blues, Arabic and classical music. 5571 0746, dohajazz.com

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Doha Quest D4 An area of 27,500 sq m with more than 30 rides and attractions, which include the world’s tallest indoor roller coaster and tallest indoor drop tower. The theme park is split into three different time-dimensions: Oryxville is a portal of the ancient Arabian past; the City of Imagination focuses on the present day; and Gravity offers a gateway into a futuristic space age. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 2 pm – 10 pm. Admission: Junior Ticket (4 – 12 years old): QAR150, Adult Ticket (13 years old and above): QAR225, children 4 and below enter for free. 4410 3444, dohaquest.com ✔ Farah Multiple Locations A full indoor theme park that combines the typical Family Entertainment Center (FEC) environment with Various Activity Rooms (VAR) designed to encourage imaginative play, social and pretend play opportunities, skill development and other open-ended play opportunities. Opening times: Daily 1 pm – 10 pm. Admission: Playing card with QAR100 minimum charge. Top-up avaliable. 4427 2807/4017 8934, farahqatar.com ✔ Funderdome Multiple Locations An indoor family entertainment centre, which focuses on fun, healthy exercise and creative activities. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 10 am – 11 pm, Friday 1 pm – 11 pm. Admission: Prices vary per location. 4443 9740, funderdomedoha.com ✔ KidZania Doha D2 In Aspire Zone, children can explore a 5,500 sq m child-sized city, and perform real-life tasks with more than 60 handson activities designed for children aged 1 – 14. Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 2 pm – 8 pm, Thursday and Friday 2 pm – 9:30 pm, Saturday 11 am – 8 pm, closed on Sunday. Admission: QAR95 for children aged 2 – 3, QAR160 for children aged 4 – 16, QAR50 for adults 17 and above, and free for children below 1. 4482 6222, kidzania.qa ✔ Megapolis Entertainment Center B4 An indoor entertainment destination in Medina Centrale at The Pearl Island, offering an array of games and

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Qatar Bowling Center (QBC) D4 The 2,000 sq m bowling facility is operated and managed by the Qatar Bowling Federation (QBF), and is the official training ground of Qatar National Bowling Team. The centre includes a 32 bowling lanes, billiards, snooker, table tennis and mini football as well as ProShop, offering a variety of branded bowling equipment. Opening times: Sunday – Saturday 2 pm – midnight, Friday 6 pm – midnight, Saturday noon – midnight. Admission: QAR35 per hour; QAR8 per game from 2 pm – 4 pm; QAR12 per game from 4 pm onwards. Shoe rental free of charge and QAR3 for bowling socks. 4435 3054/3336 2722, qatarbowlingcenter.net ✔

City Center-Doha C4 Fun City Rides, activities and video games for the whole family. Opening times: Saturday – Wednesday 10 am – 10 pm, Thursday and Friday 10 am – 11:45 pm. Admission: Playing card with top-up value per game. 4483 9501, citycenterdoha.com ✔

Doha Festival City B2 Angry Birds World The world's first Angry Birds World, featuring over 20 rides and attractions for all ages. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 1 pm – 10 pm, Thursday and Friday 2 pm – midnight; Saturday 11 am – 9 pm. Admission: QAR100 individual card, QAR250 family card with minimum QAR50 top-up value. 4042 0444, angrybirdsworld.qa ✔ Snow Dunes A snow park at -4˚C all year round, themed around a fantastical Arabian town, complete with an Arabian-style castle. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 1 pm – 10 pm, Thursday and Friday 2 pm – midnight, Saturday 11 am – 9 pm. Admission: Silver Package QAR180, Gold Package QAR240, Platinum Package QAR420. 4035 4444, snowdunes.qa ✔ Virtuocity A digital gaming hub equipped with full motion racing simulators, escape rooms and a multipurpose eSports arena. Opening times: Saturday to Wednesday 1 pm – 10 pm, Thursday and Friday 3 pm – midnight. Admission: Sunday to Wednesday Day Pass QAR150, Thursday to Saturday Day Pass QAR200. PC and Console Gaming Arenas: QAR50 – QAR150 (per hour). 4042 0499, virtuocity.qa ✔

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Hyatt Plaza D2 Jungle Zone This indoor jungle-themed playground has rides for different age groups and a video arcade area. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday noon – 10 pm, Friday 1 pm – 11 pm. Admission: Playing card with top-up value per game/activity. 4499 9699, hyattplaza.com ✔

Mirqab Mall D3 Funderdome An indoor family entertainment centre. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 10 am – 11 pm, Friday 1 pm – 11 pm. Admission: Toddler Play Area QAR50 per child (up to 100 cm), Active Play Area QAR80 per child. 4443 9740, funderdomedoha.com ✔ Hangout A gaming hub with an extensive range of games from consoles and cars, and flight simulators, through to an Escape Room, VR and arcade games. Opening times: Daily 10 am – 11 pm. Admission: Playing card with top-up value per game/activity. 4476 1127, hangoutqatar.com ✔ Jump Trampolines, soft play and plenty of physical activity. Opening times: Daily 10 am – 10 pm. Admission: QAR60 to QAR90. 4447 9313 ✔

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Royal Plaza D3

Circusland Has rides, games, trampolines and a large activity zone suitable for the whole family. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 1 pm – 10 pm, Thursday and Friday 1 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 9 am – 10 pm. Admission: Tokens per game/activity. 4487 6111/333, landmarkdoha.com ✔

Ray's Reef A play area for children between the ages of six months and 14 years, offering arts and crafts, mini movie theatre, water play zone and more. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 11:30 am – 10 pm, Friday 3:30 pm – 11 pm. Admission: QAR40 for entry. Tokens for video, redemption games and spin art can be purchased as an extra. 4413 1122, royalplazadoha.com ✔

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Rush Action Par Attractions include trampolines, a zipline, motorised ninja course, a net course and a football cage arena. Gaming, interactive activities and a scoreboard system suitable for children aged four to 14. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 2 pm – 10 pm, Friday 1 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 10 am – 10 pm. Admission: QAR100 per hour. 4028 5990, mallofqatar.com.qa ✔ Xtremeland A multi-entertainment centre with 7D Theater, Drop and Twist Tower, Giant Slide and Clip N Climb, and more for children of all ages. Teenagers will enjoy motion fun at Trampoline Park while TagaJ and soft play will provide rotating inflatable fun and activities for toddlers and kids.

Tawar Mall C3 BOUNCEinc Qatar An indoor trampoline park with more than 100 interconnected trampolines. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday 2 pm – 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday 10 am – 10 pm. Admission: Prices range from QAR80 – QAR110 per hour. 4408 6500, bounce.qa ✔

The Mall D4 Fun Day An indoor children's theme park. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday noon – 8:30 pm, Friday 3:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Admission: QAR30 per child. 4465 7969, themalldoha.com ✔

Villaggio Mall D2 Gondolania Theme Park and Ice Arena The indoor theme park includes a 4D cinema, bowling, laser wars, go-karting, ice arena and more. Opening times: Sunday to Wednesday noon – 9 pm, Thursday and Saturday 9 am – 10 pm, Friday 1 pm – 10 pm. Admission: Playing card with a minimum of QAR50 with top-up value per game/activity. 4403 9800, gondolania.com ✔ m ©

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KidzMondo Doha More than 70 scaled-down businesses including a central plaza, fire station, clock tower, police station and hospital theatre. Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, Friday 1 pm – 10 pm. Admission: QAR90 for children aged 1 – 3 and adults above 18, QAR135 for children aged 4 – 14, QAR85 special needs, and free for children below 1. 4028 5888, kidzmondodoha.com ✔

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GOFUN Qatar An indoor facility, providing a variety of play areas and game machines. Opening times: Sunday to Thursday 1 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 11 am – 10 pm. Admission: Playing card with top-up value per game/activity. 4031 0651, gulfmalldoha.com ✔

Opening times: Saturday to Thursday 10 am – 11 pm, Friday noon – midnight. Admission: Playing card with top-up value per game/activity. 4486 5473, mallofqatar.com.qa ✔

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Parks, Parks & More Parks By Ola Diab Qatar is becoming greener with the opening of new parks such as Rawdat Al Khail Park, Al Gharrafa Park and Umm Al Saneem Parks. And yet, there is more to come!

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ccording to Public Works Authority (Ashghal), there is an increasing need for more public parks and a pressure on the existing public park network due to the population growth in Qatar. This has necessitated Ashghal to implement three parks in wider lands at Al Gharrafa and Umm Al Seneem, in addition to developing the Rawdat Al Khail Park. All three parks were originally expected to open in 2021; however, only Al Gharrafa Park opened in 2021 (fourth quarter), Rawdat Al Khail Park opened in 2022 (first quarter), and Umm Al Seneem Park is expected to open in the third quarter of this year. Located at Umm Al Zuber Street, Al Gharrafa Park officially opened in December 2021 as Qatar's first ever air-conditioned park. Ashghal has provided an integrated cooling and air conditioning system for walking and jogging tracks throughout the park, ensuring temperatures between 26°C and 28°C. This innovative cooling and air conditioning system reduces the operational cost by more than 50%.

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The environmentally-friendly cooling and air conditioning system uses solar panels and the tracks are designed to automatically reduce the temperature. In addition, the 50,000 sq m park features a green area of 36,000 sq m, over 300 trees, 650 m long pedestrian and bicycle tracks, and 208 car parking spaces. There are also shaded seating and activity areas, four food kiosks, bicycle rental kiosk, drinking water basins, and more. Once known as Al Muntazah Park, Rawdat Al Khail Park is located in the Rawdat Al Khail area on C Ring Road. One of the oldest parks in Qatar, the park closed for renovations and recently reopened in April 2022. Spread across 140,000 sq m, the park has expanded with more to offer with facilities for visitors of all ages such as exercise equipment, chidren's play areas, food kiosks, barbecue stations and more. In addition, the park features a green area of 105,000 sq m with 1,250 trees, 1,300 m long pedestrian and bicycle tracks, and 401 car parking spaces.

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Umm Al Seneem Area Park

Rawdat Al Khail (Al Muntazah) Park

The proposed Umm Al Seneem Park is located at Hayr Al Zahra Street and Waab Lebarg Street in an area of about 130,000 sq m, with many facilities for visitors of all ages. Like Al Gharrafa Park, Umm Al Seneem Park is expected to have air-conditioned walking, running and cycling tracks. The park's features include a 102,000 sq m green arena, 740 trees, 1,200 m pedestrian and bicycle tracks, and 378 car parking spaces. The new, renovated parks will ensure social, environmental and recreational benefits. The three parks will have thousands of trees, including local species Ghaff, Samar and Sidra, and plants across vast green areas along with facilities for visitors. The trees will serve as wind breaks and help in reducing dust and lowering heat. In addition to restaurants, fitness equipment, and jogging and cycling tracks, each park will include two children’s play areas with new designs to enhance the physical and mental well-being of children for two different age groups – 2–5 years

and 6–12 years – as well as children with special needs. Local companies will have kiosks to offer food and drinks, and other products and services to visitors.

Al Rayyan Parks Al Rayyan Municipality has joined hands with Ashghal to set up new parks in Al Rayyan within two years. In addition to Umm Al Seneem and Al Gharrafa parks, three other parks will open in Al Rayyan. The parks will have thousands of trees and plants amid vast green areas along with facilities for visitors such as restaurants, fitness equipment for adults, children’s play areas including those for children with special needs, and jogging and cycling lanes. There is also a plan in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport to develop pedestrian and cycle paths within various areas of the municipality in order to encourage healthier lifestyles. m

About Parks in Qatar At present, there are a total of 95 parks in Qatar. There are 38 parks in Doha, followed by Al Rayyan with 29 parks, Umm Salal with 5, and Al Sheehaniya with 3. In recent years, Ashghal, along with the Ministry of Municipality, has opened new parks, including 5/6 Park in June 2020 and Al Bayt Stadium Park in February 2020. In addition, the renovated Al Khor Family Park reopened in February 2020.

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• Karate, Judo and Taekwondo • Motor and Motorcycle • Paralympic • Rugby, Cricket and Hockey • Sailing and Marine Sport • Shooting and Archery • Sports for All • Women's Sports • Swimming • Table Tennis • Tennis, Squash and Badminton • Volleyball

Sports Facilities Qatar Olympic Committee Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) was established in 1979 to oversee sports events and subsequently became members of the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Council of Asia, and the Arab Sports Games Federation. QOC merged some national federations in December 2016, and in January 2017 Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani was re-elected President of the QOC. Doha successfully won the bid to host the 21st Asian Games 2030 in December 2020, the second time the event will be held in Qatar, and the fourth city to host the games twice. QOC runs several campaigns to engage residents in keeping fit and healthy, including National Sport Day on the second Tuesday of February each year – one of only a few countries to hold such a public holiday – as well as events for schoolchildren and the promotion of women in sport. olympic.qa

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) D3 Activities, sports medicine, research and education. Facilities include Aspire Dome, Aspire Park, Hamad Aquatic Centre, Khalifa Stadium, the Ladies Sports Hall and Ladies Club, tracks and playing fields. AZF runs the community sports initiatives Aspire Active, Step Into Health and Namat. 4413 8188, aspirezone.qa

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Aspire Academy Applied sports science support to student‑athletes; hosts international sports stars using the facilities. 4413 6570, aspire.qa Aspetar The first specialised orthopaedic and sports medicine hospital in the Gulf region, offering treatment for injuries. 4413 2000, aspetar.com Other sports faciities include: • Asian Town Cricket Stadium • Doha Golf Club • Doha Sports Park • Education City Golf Club • Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex • Losail International Racing Circuit • Lusail Olympic Shooting Range • Qatar Racing & Equestrian Club

Previous international sporting events include • Tour of Qatar (men's and women's cycling) • 15th Asian Games (2006) • AFC Asian Cup (2010) • 12th Pan Arab Games (2011) • FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) (2014) • Men’s Handball World Championship (2015) • AIBA World Boxing Championships (2015) • UCI Road World Championships (2016) • FIG Artistic World Gymnastics Championships (2018) • 2019 IAAF World Championships Annual international events • Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar (MotoGP) • Commercial Bank Qatar Masters (golf) • IAAF Diamond League (athletics) • Longines Global Champions Tour (equestrian) • Qatar Classic Squash Tournament • Qatar ExxonMobil Open (ATP tennis) • Qatar Ladies Open (WTA tennis) • Qatar Table Tennis Open Coming up • World Padel Championship 2022 • FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM • 2024 FINA World Aquatics Championships • 2030 Asian Games

Get Involved! Also in this section: Sports Activities has a list of clubs and associations to join, while the Sports Calendar has an overview of events. Make sure you keep up to date with all the latest news – visit marhaba.qa, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on social media. m ©

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Inauguration of Lusail Stadium The iconic Lusail Stadium, one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, will be inaugurated for the QNB Stars League match between Al Arabi and Al Rayyan at 7:40 pm. The Qatar Stars League, also known as the QNB Stars League for sponsorship reasons, is the premier football league in Qatar; games continue until mid-2023. For ticket information for the inauguration and all other matches, visit qsl.qa

September 4 – 10

QTerminals Qatar Classic 2022 The world's best squash players once again thrash it out at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. qatarsquash.com

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Lusail Super Cup Lusail Stadium will stage the Lusail Super Cup between the Saudi Pro League champions and Egyptian Premier League winners, followed by a concert from a famous singer. Ticket details for the event to be announced. qatar2022.qa

26 Sept – Play to Par September Program Enrol your child in the Junior Golf Development course, for any level. Included is all necessary equipment for the classes and instructional sessions. 23 Oct At Education City Golf Club. ecgolf.com

October Until Equestrian sport: A new season of race meetings, every Wednesday and Thursday May 2023 afternoon at Al Rayyan Park and Al Uqda Racing Complex in Al Khor. qrec.gov.qa 5 – 15

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Street Child World Cup Doha 2022 (SCWC 2022) Young people from across the world will come together to take part in a football tournament and a festival of arts, while advocating for their rights and protection at a child-focused Congress and General Assembly. Street Child United is a group of international organisations, volunteers, corporate partners and sponsors, influencers and experts, football clubs, media and artists, schools and clubs, giving the most vulnerable children the chance to represent their countries and tell the world ‘I am somebody’. In partnership with Qatar Foundation, held at Education City. streetchildunited.org/our-sports-events/street-childworld-cup-doha-2022 FIBA Asia Cup 2025 Pre-Qualifiers A basketball competition being played from June 2022 to February 2025 to determine the FIBA Asia-Oceania nations who will qualify for the FIBA Asia Cup 2025. At Al Gharrafa Club Hall.

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IPF Padel World Championships The Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation will host the XVI World Padel Championship by National Teams, after successfully hosting the event last year – the first time it has been held in the Middle East and Asia. The men's event will bring together 38 teams, including Qatar as the host country, while the women's event has 34 teams. At Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. padelfip.com, qatartennis.org

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FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ The wait is almost over, as one of the world's most prolific sporting events is finally coming to Qatar! As well as the football tournament itself, there are a number of associated activities taking place around town, including exhibitions at Qatar National Library and Qatar Foundation, and picnic brunch at Doha Golf Club. Read more about the event in our special section in this edition, also available as a free e-guide at marhaba.qa, or visit fifa.com and qatar2022.qa

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FEI Jumping World Cup The international governing body of equestrian sports, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), brings its prestigious world-class event to Qatar. At Al Shaqab in Education City. fei.org

Upcoming Events Feb 2023 ATP Qatar Open (Qatar ExxonMobil Open) Men's hard court ATP 250 tennis tournament and WTA Qatar TotalEnergies Open Women's hard court WTA 1000 tennis tournament. See many of the world's top players in action at Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex. qatartennis.org GKA Kite World Tour 2023 Qatar Tourism (QT) is an Official Tourism Partner of the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) Kite World Tour in a three-year deal. Qatar Airways is the Kite World Tour’s Title Partner and Official Airline, with QT acting as title sponsor for events held in Qatar, at the upcoming new kite beach resort opening soon in Fuwairit. Schedule to be announced. gkakiteworldtour.com

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World Championships Senior Individual and Teams 2023 The International Judo Federation brings their flagship event to Doha for the first time, as part of a partnership to support the promotion and development of judo in Qatar. ijf.org

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20th FINA World Championships Originally scheduled for November 2023, and now taking place in January 2024, this is the leading competition for aquatic sports, like swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, artistic swimming, and water polo. fina.org m ©

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Marhaba updates this section every issue, but as information may change, check with the organisation concerned for up to date details. If your organisation is listed on these pages and you need to amend your entry, or if you would like to be included in future issues, let us know by emailing marhaba@qatar.net.qa. Locations can be found on the map of Doha at the front of the guide. Also see: • Leisure Activities in this section for dance classes, fishing, and motor sports clubs • Health and Wellness in this section for wellness, Pilates and yoga • Hospitality in Qatar for a complete list of hotels and their fitness facilities 3 An activity for children or one that children can participate in – check first for any age restrictions

Archery Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For adults and children aged 3+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3

Aviation Qatar Flying Club Al Khor. For newcomers or for those who already hold a licence, also sightseeing tours. 4457 1491, qatarflyingclub.net

Badminton Dynamic Sports Multiple locations For adults and children. 7744 3124, dynamicsportsqa.com 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Floodlit court. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3

Basketball Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For children aged 3+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Floodlit court. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 170

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SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations For children aged 3+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3

Bowling Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 8-lane bowling alley with authentic American diner. Open daily 10 am – 10 pm. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3 Gondolania Bowling Center Villaggio D2 12‑lane bowling alley. Open Saturday to Wednesday 10 am – 10 pm, Thursday 10 am – 11 pm, Friday 1 pm – 11 pm. 4403 9800, gondolania.com 3 Qatar Bowling Center D4 32-lane bowling alley. Open Sunday to Thursday 2 pm – midnight, Friday 8 am – 6 pm leagues/6 pm – midnight open to all, Saturday 10 am – midnight. 4432 9178, qatarbowlingcenter.net 3

Clay Shooting Al Ramii Shooting Club Near Losail International Circuit Target ranges are open Saturday to Wednesday 4 pm – 8 pm. 4495 3114, qsaa.qa

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Qatar Chain Reaction Multiple locations Volunteer branch of the Qatar Cycling and Triathlon Federation open to all road and mountain bike riders. Friday morning rides, track nights at Losail International Circuit and more. qatarchainreaction.com

Aspire Active Aspire Zone D2 Hundreds of classes for men, women, and children aged 6 months+. Registration form and schedule are available online. aspireactiveqa.com 3 Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 TRX and personal trainer on request. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha Banyan Tree Doha D4 Fitness classes and exercise rooms. 4410 3333, banyantree.com 3 Bounce Fitness Multiple locations Bootcamp, martial arts, yoga and gymnastics for adults and children. 5061 1266, bouncefitness.com.qa 3

Qatar Cycling Federation Near College of the North Atlantic‑Qatar B3 Events and development of the sport. 4447 5522, qatarcycling.org 3

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha B4 Fitness centre and studio, HIIT and Tabata core, kids club and two swimming pools. 4009 5555, centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/cwq 3

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CrossFit Oryx Doha College D3 Classes and open gym. 5080 5705, crossfitoryx.com

Doha Darts League Shamrock Tavern, Magnum Hotel B4 The league runs from October to March. Join the Facebook group for details

Fencing Clement Fencing Academy Lycee Voltaire Al Waab D3 and Al Dafna B4 Training for ages 4 to adults, after school activities and French language sessions (French is the official language of fencing). Classes are available for those in wheelchairs using specially adapted chairs, under the Definitely Able initiative run by Sasol. 7751 2469, clementfencing.com 3 Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For adults and children aged 3+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3

Fitness Classes and Gyms For dance and Zumba see Leisure Activities; for Pilates and yoga see Health and Wellness, both in this section Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha E4 Outdoor bootcamp, personal training and jogging tracks. 4445 0000, marriott.com Altitude Elite Lusail City A4 Personalised training for peak performance. 5085 5825‬, altitude.qa Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery D4 Personal training and TechnoShape body slimming sessions at M|Fit gym, for hotel guests. 4009 9999, alwadihoteldoha.com

Dana Club C4 Aquarobics, aerobics and HIIT including ladies-only classes and Jump Gym for kids. 4496 0600, danaclub.com.qa 3 Dynamik QA The Pearl Island B4 Mansoura D4 Fitness, yoga/pilates and martial arts, separate gyms, juice bar, spa and salon. See their Instagram page for details Education City Golf Club C2 Use the gym to improve fitness, or consult a PGA golf professional for coaching on golf swing, and stretching and core stability exercises. ecgolf.com 3 Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations Daily EvoFit classes: boxercise, bootcamp, teenfit, Metafit/HIIT and more. Must be aged 16+. 7783 9559, evosportsqatar.com Evolve Multiple locations Fitness classes at several hotels, personal training and nutritional advice. See the online schedule. 5040 3234, evolvemindbodysoul.com 3 Fit20 West Bay Al Bidda Street C4 One 20-minute training session per week. 5057 0350, fit20.qa First Fit Training Multiple locations Martial arts, tennis, gymnastics, football and more for adults and children aged 3+. 3300 0779, fftsports.com 3 Fitness First City Center Doha C4 Fitness classes and separate male/female gyms. 4411 5999, qatar.fitnessfirstme.com ©

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Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Explore the island by bike or Segway. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3

Anytime Fitness Multiple locations Daily fitness and yoga classes. 4414 4999 (Al Muftah Plaza), 4469 7215 (Al Wakra, ladies), 4411 1999 (Al Wakra, men), 4411 4999 (Mall of Qatar), anytimefitness.qa

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Golden Tulip Doha D4 Personal training, daily classes. 4419 8888, doha.goldentulip.com

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Grand Hyatt Doha B4 CrossFit, aqua gym, Tae Bo and core. 4448 1060, doha.grand.hyatt.com 3 Hilton Doha C4 Personal training and daily classes including body combat and aquarobics. For club members only. 4423 3333, hilton.com 3 Hilton Salwa Beach Resort Hotel guests can use the gym and sport centre, with a football pitch, and tennis and basketball courts, and beach volleyball. 4423 6666, salwabeachresort.qa 3 InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Daily circuit training, Tabata, bootcamp, cardio boxing, CrossFit and Burn. See the online schedule. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com InterContinental Doha – The City B4 Bodypump, Latino Cardio and EMS (Electro Muscular Stimulation). Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity Mandarin Oriental, Doha D4 TRX, FunXtion experience, Octagon multi-functional training. 4008 8888, mandarinoriental.com/doha Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl – Doha A4 Daily group and one-to-one classes, two fitness areas (one ladies/men, one ladies only). 4035 5555, kempinski.com/marsamalaz Mondrian Doha A4 Open 24/7, complimentary Diet or Fitness DNA Test with membership. 4045 5555, sbe.com/hotels/mondrian/doha OxFitness Lab The Gate Mall C4 The Pearl Island B4 Six studios: The Street (CrossFit box), Ride Tribe (indoor cycling), Beat Box, Encore Pilates, Niya Yoga, and Raise the Barre. 4020 6430, oxfitnesslab.com Park Hyatt Doha D4 Separate female/male gyms. 4009 1234, parkhyattdoha.com Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Personal training and aquacise. Free daily stretching classes for club members and hotel guests. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Mixed, ladies only and children's classes. See the online calendar for up to date schedule. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3 Sharq Village & Spa D4 Fitness, spinning, yoga, Tai chi. 4425 6185, ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage 172

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Open 24/7, fitness training and assessment, yoga and spinning studios. See the online monthly schedule for classes. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3 Strongbox Qatar Doha Sports Club B4 CrossFit, conditioning and personal training. 5050 2954, strongboxqatar.com The Diplomatic Club B4 Unisex and ladies-only gyms, fitness classes and recreation facilities. 4484 7450, thediplomaticclub.com 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Core conditioning and toning, low impact, power walking, spinning and more. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/doha 3 The St. Regis Doha B4 Free classes and personal training for guests and members. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 Warrior Fit Lagoona Mall A4 Integrated training model offering metabolic conditioning, strength training and yoga. 6655 8308, warriorfit.com The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa D4 WestinWORKOUT offers circuits, stretching, abs, HIIT and personal training. 4492 1600, marriott.com W Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Fully equipped FIT gym with punchbags and boxing gloves. 4453 5555, marriott.com

Football Aspire Zone Foundation D2 Five-a-side pitch with FIFA quality artificial turf and foam shock pad underlay. Open daily 4 pm – 11 pm. Book online at booking.aspirelogistics.qa, lifeinaspire.qa 3 Ability Friendly/Inclusive Sports Qatar Foundation Multaqa C2 Sunday – Thursday, small group sessions available for anybody with a disability or special need, ages 5+. 4454 0772, abilityfriendly@qf.org.qa 3

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SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Gymnastics classes for children aged 2+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3

Garvey's European Family Club Off Salwa Road E3 Grass 5‑a‑side football pitch. 5583 0475

The Gymnastics Academy Multiple locations For gymnasts of different abilities, aged 3+. Follows the British Gymnastics floor and vault syllabus but also trains on bars, beams and trampolines. gymacademydoha.com 3

Lusail Football Academy Doha Sports Park B4 Qatar’s first QFA-approved private football academy for children aged 3+, with league games for adults. 3067 7463, lfa.qa 3

Frisbee Qatar Ultimate Frisbee Games Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. See their Facebook page for details 3

Gaelic Football Qatar GAA Multiple locations Male, female and children's teams, playing 9-a-side games with 12 players. Games are seven minutes long, with 10 minute finals, as per the Middle East GAA County Board Rules. There are also hurling teams. qatargaa.qa 3

Golf Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 9‑hole putting course; Starting New At Golf is suitable for all ages. Open daily 8 am – 6:30 pm. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3 Doha Golf Club B3 18-hole championship course, 9-hole floodlit academy course, putting and chipping greens and world-class practice facilities. Coaching available with PGA professionals from the Qatar Golf Academy. The New Golfer Membership offers everything needed to get started. Open daily 6 am – 9 pm. 4496 0715, dohagolfclub.com 3 Education City Golf Club C2 Designed by Jose Maria Olazabal, the course offers an 18-hole Championship course, 6-hole Championship course and 9-hole par 3 course. The Centre of Excellence is a golf development facility along with a driving range installed with Power Tee automated teeing system and TrackMan technology. Golf lessons available with PGA professionals. The 9 hole par 3 course is floodlit for night golf. Open daily 6 am – 8 pm. ecgolf.com 3

Gymnastics and Trampolining Bounce Inc Tawar Mall C3 Indoor trampoline park, plus training classes, free jumping, dodgeball and more, for adults and children aged 3+. 4408 6500, bounce.qa 3

Hockey Doha Hockey Club Multiple locations Welcomes players of all levels keen to play social hockey. Join the Facebook group for details Wanderers Hockey Qatar Field hockey in Qatar since the 1970s. bosco_menezes@hotmail.com

Horse Riding Lessons and Camel Rides Al Samriya Riding School Al Samriya Estate, next to Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani's farm near Al Sheehaniya. Lessons for adults and children, pony club, trails and events; café; shop with equestrian items. 7797 3397, alsamriyariding.com 3 Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort Enjoy a leisurely horse or camel ride along the beach. 4476 5299, sealinebeachqatar.com 3

Ice Hockey and Ice-Skating Gondolania Ice Arena Villaggio D2 Olympic size rink. See online for information about public sessions. 4450 7873, gondolaniaicearena.com 3 Qatar International Ice Hockey League Villaggio D2 A fun, recreational league with organised games. qhockey.com

Kids Clubs Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha E4 Little Explorers' Kids Club has a mini gym with kid-friendly equipment, a large outdoor playground, cinema, and an edu-training lab. 4445 0000, marriott.com 3 Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Kids and Teens' Clubs offering a safe environment with fun and games, movies and books. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3 Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations Training camps offering football, swimming, rugby and basketball. For ages 2+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3 InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Tennis competitions, sports days and much more – an extensive range of activities and seasonal events. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com 3 ©

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Weekdays 8 am – 1 pm, for ages 5 –12. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3

Martial Arts and Boxing Evolve Multiple locations Boxing and Muay Thai workouts. 4407 6772, evolvemindbodysoul.com 3 InterContinental Doha The City C4 Kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, karate for kids. Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity 3 Mandarin Oriental, Doha D4 Thai Chi, Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing. 4008 8888, mandarinoriental.com/doha Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Aikido for adults. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Kickboxing, karate and taekwondo for adults and children. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3

Multipurpose and Family Clubs Aspire Zone Foundation D2 Public fields open daily 8 am – 9 pm. Football fields and basketball and volleyball courts are free to use on a first come, first serve basis. Also paddle boats, cycling tent and mini pitches. lifeinaspire.qa 3 Dana Club C4 Basketball, mini‑football, table tennis and volleyball facilities for members and their guests. 4496 0600, danaclub.com.qa 3 Doha College Al Waab D3 and West Bay C3 Facilities for hire include multipurpose sports halls, 3G pitches, external basketball court and swimming pools. 4407 6777, dohacollege.com 3 Garvey's European Family Club Off Salwa Road E3 Gym/fitness rooms, squash court, swimming pool, and more. 4450 5176 3

Netball Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations For ladies and girls aged 8+. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3

Padel, Squash and Tennis Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha E4 Outdoor tennis and padel courts. 4445 0000, almessiladoha.com

Sharq Village & Spa C4 Tai chi. Call ahead for schedule. 4425 6185, ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage

Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Synthetic grass tennis court. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3

The Korea Taekwondo Centre Al Muthana Complex, Salwa Rd D3 Daily from 3 pm (except Friday). For adults and children aged 5+. 5556 3305, see the Facebook group for details 3

Dana Club C4 Two indoor tennis courts, individual coaching. 4496 0656, danaclub.com.qa 3

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First Fit Training Multiple locations For adults and children age 4+ of all abilities. 3300 0779, fftsports.com 3 Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Complimentary racquets and balls for use on the outdoor Rebound Ace courts. 4485 8888, fourseasons.com/doha 3 InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Tennis and squash lessons, tennis socials Sunday and Friday 6 pm. Outdoor padel court. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com 3 Padel Garden Doha Katara Cultural Village B4 Seven outdoor courts in Katara Hills. 4032 5528, see their Instagram page 3 Khalifa Tennis & Squash Complex C4 Courts available for hire by the hour; advance booking required. The tennis school offers training for children aged 5+. 4440 9666, qatartennis.org 3

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Running, Athletics and Triathlon Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha C3 Running/jogging tracks, fitness trail and nature trail. 4445 0000, marriott.com

Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl – Doha A4 Two padel courts, one tennis court. Kids’ tennis lessons Saturday/Thursday by appointment. 4035 5555, kempinski.com/marsamalaz 3 Padel In Multiple locations Qatar’s first indoor padel club. Court hire can be booked online. thepadelin.com 3 Padel Qatar Qatar Sports Club C4 Court hire can be booked online. 3381 2201, padelqatar.com 3 Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Tennis training for groups and individuals; tennis and squash courts available for hire by the hour. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort Floodlit tennis court. 4476 5299, sealinebeachqatar.com 3 SFQ Sports Academy Multiple locations Tennis classes for adults and children aged 2+. 6622 2962, sfqsportsacademy.com.qa 3 Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Indoor tennis and squash courts, outdoor padel court. Private and group lessons for adults and children, tennis socials. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Tennis and squash courts, lessons available. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/middleeast 3 The St. Regis Doha B4 Tennis and padel court hire, lessons for adults and children aged 12+. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa D4 Two squash courts for hire. 4492 1600, marriott.com 3

Rock Climbing EsQalar Sports Aspire Zone D2 Qatar's first company dedicated to rock climbing sports, for adults and children aged 4+. Thursday to Tuesday 2 pm – 10 pm. 5553 7177, esqalar.qa 3

Doha Bay Running Club Multiple locations Informal group, meeting weekend mornings and weekday evenings. Open to beginners and experienced runners alike. Join the Facebook group for details Katara Cultural Village B4 More than 2 km of walking/running track in Katara Hills. Please observe the dress code when visiting. 5544 9862, katara.net 3 Qatar Triathlon Federation Near College of the North Atlantic‑Qatar B3 Events and development of the sport. 4447 5522, qatartriathlon.org 3 TriClub Doha Multiple Locations Training, events and socialising for local triathletes of all levels and ages. The season begins each September. triclubdoha.com 3

Sailing Regatta Sailing Academy InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Royal Yachting Association and International Award training centre. Sailing and powerboating certification courses for adults and juniors. School programmes, corporate activities and yacht charters upon request. 5550 3484, regattasailingacademy.com 3

Scuba Diving and Snorkelling Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Scuba diving and diving courses, also RAID certification and snorkelling. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3 Doha Sub Aqua Club (DSAC) Between Doha Marriott and Sharq Village & Spa hotels D4 Qatar's British Sub Aqua Club. Diving trips, training and social events. Meets every Tuesday at 7 pm. See their Facebook page for details ©

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Doha Athletic Club Multiple Locations Founded by Liz McColgan Nuttall, former middle- and longdistance track champion. The Adult Run Club holds indoor circuits and outdoor running sessions. The Junior Group is for ages 9 – 17, the Mini Group for under 9s. 6605 1263, dohaathleticclub.com 3

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Poseidon Dive Center Hilton Doha C4 PADI courses, professional dive training, Rebreather programmes. 6608 4040, pdcqatar.com 3

Freestyle Aquatics at Aspire Aspire Dome Swimming Pool D2 Swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving for people with special needs and disabilities. For more information and to register, contact programme founder Kathleen Bates at tryfreestyle@aspirelogistics.qa, facebook.com/freestyleaquatics2012 3

Qatar Marine Go Sport, City Center‑Doha B3 Courses, diving excursions and specialist services. 5531 9507, qatarmarine.net

Grand Hyatt Doha B4 Three outdoor pools, two children's pools, one indoor pool for adults. 4448 1060, doha.grand.hyatt.com 3

Pearl Divers–Qatar Al Mirqab Al Jadeed Street D3 PADI training, tuition, equipment rental and tank filling. 4444 9553, pearl-divers.com

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Spinning Fitness First City Center‑Doha C4 Separate classes for men and women. 4411 5106, qatar.fitnessfirstme.com Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Classes every Friday/Saturday/Sunday. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Daily classes; booking is essential. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/doha

Swimming Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton C4 Al Dafna's highest indoor pool on the 52nd floor; ladies only days available. 4004 7000, alephdoharesidences.curiocollection.com 3 Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha E4 Outdoor Grand Pool set in an oasis of indigenous trees, plus an indoor recreational pool. 4445 0000, marriott.com Aspire Active Aspire Zone D2 Classes for men, women and children. Registration form and schedule are available online. 4413 6219, aspireactiveqa.com 3 Ability Friendly/Inclusive Sports Qatar Foundation Recreation Center C2 and Al Khor Recreation Center. Sunday – Thursday, 1:1 classes for all levels, from beginner to advanced. Available for anybody with a disability or special needs, aged 4+. 4454 0772, abilityfriendly@qf.org.qa 3 Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 100m long pool, water slides, and a surf pool with lessons available. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3 Dana Club C4 SwimSafe academy for adults and children. 4496 0600, danaclub.com.qa 3 Evolution Sports Qatar Multiple locations Extensive coaching programmes for children. 4407 6772, evosportsqatar.com 3 Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Grotto pools and family-friendly pools with water slides, for spa members. 4485 8888, fourseasons.com/doha 3

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H2O Swim Club Multiple locations Competitive and leisure programmes, for adults and children aged 8 months+. 5564 1475, h2oswimclub.com 3 Mandarin Oriental, Doha D4 Two rooftop pools with private cabanas; Learn to Swim programme available. 4008 8888, mandarinoriental.com/doha Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl – Doha A4 Eight outdoor pools, including a large whirlpool bath and a pool for children. 4035 5555, kempinski.com/marsamalaz 3 Mondrian Doha A4 On the 26th floor, the pool shares the space with the gym. 4045 5555, sbe.com/hotels/mondrian/doha 3 Mövenpick Hotel West Bay Doha C4 Classes in a chlorine free indoor pool; booking required. 4496 6410, movenpick.com/west-bay-doha 3 Oryx Rotana Hotel D4 Courses and lessons for children of all levels and abilities. 4402 3485, rotana.com/oryxrotana 3 Park Hyatt Doha D4 Semi-covered pool on the 6th floor. 4009 1234, parkhyattdoha.com Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Aquacise classes, private swimming lessons. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/en/hotel-doha 3 Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Lessons for children. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3 The Diplomatic Club B4 Classes for adults and children. 4484 7450, thediplomaticclub.com 3 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 Indoor Junior Olympic pool, outdoor freeform pool. Classes for all ages. Call first for availability of instructors. 4484 8173, ritzcarlton.com/middleeast 3 The St. Regis Doha B4 Olympic-sized pool and children's pool for use by guests and members only. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa D4 Indoor and outdoor swimming pools, outdoor wave pool and outdoor children’s pool. Lessons for adults and children. 4492 1600, marriott.com 3

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Water Sports For fishing see Leisure Activities in this section Angry Dragons Qatar Katara Beach B4 The Pearl‑Qatar B4 New and seasoned paddlers always welcome. See their Facebook page for details

Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Stand up paddle boarding, banana/donut rides, surf pool, water bicycles, kayaking, and the HamacLand Floating Lounge. 4040 5050, anantara.com/en/banana-island-doha 3 Discover Arabia Adventure tours at Al Thakira nature reserve, educational programmes for schools, mangrove planting and environmental clean-ups. Also kayaking, snorkelling and overnight camps. 3023 3207, discoverarabia.today 3 Discover Qatar The destination management division of Qatar Airways and partner of Qatar National Tourism Council offers tours and excursions with sun, sea and sand. 4423 7999, discoverqatar.qa 3 Doha Dragons Qatar Katara Beach B4 Paddling sessions according to the weather. Equipment is provided. See their Facebook page for details 3 Four Seasons Doha Hotel

Grand Hyatt Doha B4 Banana boat rides, jet skis, kayaking, pedal boats and stand up paddle boarding. 4448 1060, doha.grand.hyatt.com 3 Hilton Salwa Beach Resort Desert Falls Water and Adventure Park, one of the largest theme parks in the Middle East with 18 attractions and 56 rides and slides. Open Saturday to Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm, Thursday/Friday 10 am – 6 pm. 4423 6666, salwabeachresort.qa 3

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AquaSports Qatar Multiple locations Kayaking in Al Thakira mangroves and other locations, stand up paddle boarding and kiteboarding. Events and private parties. aquasportsq.com 3

Flokiteschool Multiple locations Kitesurfing lessons for adults and schoolchildren. 3315 5628, flokiteschool.com 3

InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Jetskis, tubes, wakeboarding, kitesurfing, stand up paddle boarding and a water trampoline in the lagoon. 4484 4828, doha.intercontinental.com 3 Katara Beach B4 Waterskiing, kneeboarding, parasailing, jetskis, boat/gondola rides, sailing and kayaking. Wearing a life jacket is compulsory. The beach is open daily 3:30 pm – 11 pm; swimming is not permitted after sunset. Please observe the dress code when visiting. 5544 9862, katara.net 3 Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl–Qatar A4 Knee boarding, wakeboarding, kayaking, boat rides, pedal boat, hydrobike and stand up paddle boarding. 4035 5555, kempinski.com/doha 3 Qatar Dragon Boat The Pearl–Qatar A4 Dragon boat team building, festivals and youth programmes. New members of all levels are welcome. 5505 2204, qatardragonboat.com 3 Q-Explorer Multiple locations Mangrove kayaking, jet ski tours of Doha's Corniche, scuba diving, and dhow and yacht cruises. Events for schools and corporates, also private parties. 4472 5146, q-explorer.com 3

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort Day visitors can use the pool areas and beach; activities include jet skis and boat rides. 4476 5299, sealinebeachqatar.com 3 Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Banana/donut rides, wakeboard, water skiing, kayaks, jet skis, stand up paddle boarding, water bikes, cruises and fishing. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com 3

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Regatta Sailing Academy InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences B4 A Royal Yachting Association training centre offering numerous activities, available for corporate events and parties. 5550 3484, regattasailingacademy.com 3

The St. Regis Doha B4 Jet skis and waterskiing. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com 3 m ©

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• Leisure Activities for dance classes, fishing, and motor sports clubs, and Sports Activities for fitness classes, gyms, clubs and associations – both are in the Events & Activities section • Places to Stay in the Hospitality in Qatar section for a complete list of hotels and fitness facilities 3 An activity for children or one that children can participate in – check first for any age restrictions

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Holistic Wellness Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha E4 Ladies-only wellness retreat with hydrothermal facilities and 'The Worlds' hydro-wellness areas (Oriental, Mystic, Mineral and Floral); yoga also available. 4445 0000, almessiladoha.com Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Holistic advice, alternative therapies and life coaching. 4040 5050, anantara.com Four Seasons Hotel Doha B4 The hotel offers 'Thrive' in conjunction with Evolve, a customised wellness programme with one-to-one consultations. 4494 8888, fourseasons.com/doha The Ritz-Carlton, Doha A4 The country's first cryosauna; sessions last 90 seconds to 3 minutes, with temperatures dropping to –180˚ C. 4484 8183, ritzcarlton.com/doha

Pilates Encore Pilates The Gate Mall C4 The Pearl Island B4 Qatar's first dedicated studio for Reformer Pilates. 4020 6430, oxfitnesslab.com Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Call first for monthly schedule. 4485 8888, fourseasons.com/doha

Mandarin Oriental, Doha D4 Mat Pilates, Reformer, posture assessment with a certified physio. 4008 8888, mandarinoriental.com/doha

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha B4 Hatha and Vinyasa. 4009 5555, centarahotelsresorts.com/centara/cwq Four Seasons Hotel Doha C4 Vinyasa yoga. Call first for monthly schedule. 4494 8888, fourseasons.com/doha InterContinental Doha The City C4 Swasthi and body balance. Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity Mandarin Oriental, Doha D4 Classes, yoga therapy. 4008 8888, mandarinoriental.com/doha Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha D3/4 Power yoga sessions and monthly full moon. 4428 1621, radissonblu.com/hotel‑doha Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Hatha, power and detox. See the online monthly schedule. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com W Doha Hotel & Residences B4 Yoga/pilates – call first for availability. 4453 5555, marriott.com Yama Yoga Studios Asas Twin Towers, Al Dafna C4 All levels including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and vin/yin; see the online monthly schedule. Teacher training and retreats at centres in Koh Phangan, Thailand and Veliko Tarnovoa, Bulgaria. 6617 5802, yamayogastudios.com m

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel C4 Pilates Reformer available upon request. 4485 4600, fitness.sheratongranddoha.com The St. Regis Doha B4 Gender-specific Yoga, Pilates, and Power Plate classes. 4446 0304, stregisdoha.com Yama Yoga Studios Asas Twin Towers, Al Dafna C4 Usually courses, drop-in also available: intro, mixed level, dynamic, advanced, and core. 6617 5802, yamayogastudios.com 178

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InterContinental Doha The City B4 Schedule changes weekly, call first. 4015 8888, intercontinental.com/dohathecity

Yoga Banana Island Resort Doha By Anantara C5 Ashtanga, Hatha, yoga stretch and meditation. Booking essential, call first for up to date schedule. 4040 5050, doha.anantara.com

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183 Tourism in Qatar 188 Feature – More Hospitality Accommodation

Qatar’s hospitality sector is expected to add 12,250 more keys by the end of the year with the opening of many new hotels.

194 Places to Stay 212 Spas & Beauty Centres

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219 Dining in Qatar 220 Places to Dine

Details of places to eat and drink in Qatar, from fine dining establishments to fast food outlets

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Tourism in Qatar

A range of visa measures announced by Qatar Tourism (QT), formerly known as Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) and Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), have been widely welcomed by tourism industry professionals, as well as the country’s hospitality and retail operators.

marhaba.qa On 5 January 2021, at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt restored diplomatic relations with the country and reopened land, air and sea routes. Due to the lifting of the blockade and visitor entries opening to GCC citizens in January 2021, visitation by nationals from Saudi Arabia and the UAE increased significantly, by 193% and 208% respectively, between Q3 2020 and Q3 2021. Other smaller increases were seen from Indian (+18%) and Nepalese (+90%) nationals. Declines continued to be seen across the rest of Qatar’s top 15 visitor arrival nationalities. Qatar has seen a rise of about seven times in the number of visitors flocking to the country during the first quarter of 2022 compared to previous years, according to QT. January and March 2022 alone saw 316,000 visitors to Qatar.

The introduction of the free, 96-hour transit visa and +Qatar (an initiative to promote Qatar as a stopover destination by QT and Qatar Airways) has resulted in bringing close to 200,000 visitors to Qatar.

QT's latest tourism statistics, from May 2022, report international arrivals exceeded 166,000, marking it as the month with the highest number of visitors in 2022.

In August 2017, Qatar introduced visa waivers for citizens of more than 95 countries. Since inception, at least 275,000 visitors have entered Qatar visa-free.

Qatar’s hospitality sector is witnessing a strong rebound with hotels across segments seeing an increase in occupancy rates. Among the hotels, two- and one-star hotels recorded the highest occupancy rate in May 2022, surging to 93%.

In September 2018, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) ranked Qatar as the 8th most open in the world in terms of visa facilitation in its '10 Most Open Visa Countries in the World'. In addition, Qatar was ranked number one in the Middle East and number eight globally in business environment by the World's Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2019. In 2021, Qatar retained its position as the second safest country in the world by Numbeo, the world's largest database of user contributed data. Qatar offers a wide range of authentic tourism experiences, in addition to hosting close to 80 sporting events annually, and will be the first Middle Eastern country to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM and the 2023 FINA World Swimming Championships.

Tourist arrivals As with the rest of the world, Qatar's tourism industry was heavily impacted by the COVID–19 pandemic in 2020. However, the country is now opening its borders to visitors again.

Hotel and hotel apartment performance

Hotels and hotel apartments in Qatar witnessed a robust performance with the overall occupancy rate being at 58% in May. Hotels of all categories, ranging from five-star to two- and one- star, have seen a rise in occupancy rates and revenue per available room. The three-star hotel occupancy rate jumped to 86% in May from 82% in the same period in 2021. Similarly, the occupancy rate of four-star hotels rose to 63%. In the case of five-star, the hotels’ occupancy rates stood at 59% in the review period. The occupancy rates of deluxe hotel apartments and standard hotel apartments for May were 47% and 78% respectively.

Cruise industry Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic that distrupted the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons, QT saw the recovery of the tourism sector, with a strong performance on the cruise tourism. The cruise tourism trips returned with the start of 2021–22 cruise season, which takes place between ©

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marhaba.qa Next Chapter On World Tourism Day 2017, held annually on 27 September, Qatar launched the Next Chapter of its National Tourism Sector Strategy 2030, which charts the next five years of the tourism sector’s growth in Qatar.

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According to QT, the next chapter aims to attract 5.6 mn visitors to Qatar annually by 2023. It also aims to achieve a 72% occupancy rate across all hotel establishments, through a combination of increasing demand and diversifying the country’s tourist accommodation offering. December 2021 and April 2022 and during the first half of it, almost 58,000 passengers and crews were welcomed. At mid-season, 18 cruise ships had docked at Doha Port with 12 additional cruise calls by the end of the season. According to QT, the top nationalities to arrive at Doha Port are from Belgium, Brazil, France, India, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the UK. GCC visitors have also grown and are expected to further increase by next year via the QT partnership with Emerald Cruises. QT and Mwani Qatar, the organisations responsible for managing the country’s shipping terminals and seaports, expect to witness a growth in cruise visits in the coming period, particularly in the leadup to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. Over the past few years, QT has established a number of strong relationships with international cruise operators as well as with other specialists involved in the industry. This has proved to be of great importance as Qatar will be benefitting from cruise ships during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM, as a means of providing additional accommodation for fans and visitors over the period. A minimum of 6,000 rooms on cruise ships will be contracted for the 2022 tournament.

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Tourism is expected to play a greater role in Qatar’s economy as the sector’s share of the country’s GDP will be nearly QAR133.5 bn in 2028, reports the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Travel and tourism investment in Qatar may exceed QAR14.5 bn, or 4.2% of total investments in the country, in 2028. m

Qatar Tourism (QT) In November 2018, The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Decision No 74 of 2018 establishing Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC), cancelling QTA and the government committee to coordinate conferences and events. In 2021, Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) was renamed Qatar Tourism (QT) QT promotes Qatar as a destination around the world, through its destination branding, international representation and participation at trade shows, and by developing a rich calendar of festivals and events. QT is growing internationally with representative offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Singapore and more cities. In 2014, Qatar launched the Qatar National Tourism Sector Strategy (QNTSS), which seeks to diversify the country’s tourism offering and increase the sector’s contribution to Qatar’s economy by 2030. Chaired by Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani, QT works in partnership with public and private stakeholders to achieve this mission by planning, regulating and promoting a sustainable and diverse tourism industry while perpetuating Qatar’s culture.

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Cruise passengers can also avail of the new transit visa. As part of the new operating procedure –­ which includes the use of enhanced technology and close collaboration between cruise operators and security officials – a passenger manifest containing the passport details of passengers and crew will be shared with immigration officials 48 hours prior to a ship’s arrival in Qatar. This will allow the authorities to process all relevant information and clear passengers for entry before the ship's berthing, enabling travellers to disembark within minutes and begin on-shore excursions.

Visitor arrivals in Doha are projected to grow by 104% by 2025, making it the fastest-growing tourist destination among major cities worldwide. The city is expected to see more than 4.51 mn visitors in 2025.

For more information, visit visitqatar.qa or qatartourism.com

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More Hospitality Accommodation By Ola Diab Qatar’s hospitality sector is expected to add 12,250 more keys by the end of the year with the opening of many new hotels.

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atar’s hospitality sector is expected to deliver more than 12,250 keys with the opening of many new hotels this year, according to the latest report released by ValuStrat, the Middle East's leading international consulting and advisory group. The report noted that 12,250 keys are in the pipeline for the remainder of 2022. According to Qatar Tourism, hospitality stock was estimated at 29,386 units (21,689 hotel keys and 7,697 hotel apartments) at the end of 2021. The hospitality sector has already registered healthy growth in the first quarter of 2022 as the country gears up to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM at the end of the year, from 21 November – 18 December 2022. According to ValuStrat, the total supply of serviced and hotel apartments is predicted to exceed 10,000 keys with the opening of Hampton by Hilton Doha Old Town in Old Salata (221 keys) and Central Inn Al Sadd (279 keys), adding 500 keys to the total supply. In addition, Rabban Suites West Bay and Swiss Belhotel Doha were rebranded as Voco Doha West Bay Suites and AMT Mena.

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According to ValuStrat, in February 2022, hotel and hotel apartment stock exceeded 30,000 keys and the pipeline for 2022 was adjusted upwards to 13,300. In terms of year-to-date (YTD) March 2022 hotel performance, total international arrivals included 315,831 visitors, expanding by a significant 691% as compared to the same period in 2021. Asia and GCC provided 60% of total international visitors. Average occupancy of hotel and hotel apartments (excluding keys being used for quarantine) was 58% as of YTD March 2022, down 5% year-onyear. Average Daily Rate (ADR) for hotels and hotel apartments stood at QAR459, up 14% over the year.

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In addition, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (SC) has announced 130,000 rooms are available to accommodate the projected 1.5 mn fans for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. SC is responsible for the delivery of the required infrastructure and host country planning and operations for Qatar to host the historic FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM – the first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Arab world.

Residential occupancy According to ValuStrat, residential occupancy has been estimated to have reached 80%, propelled by short long-term leases by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM and pick-up in demand from companies looking for staff accommodation. Residential stock in Qatar was estimated at 308,000 units with the addition of 700 during the first quarter of 2022. Two residential projects in The Pearl Island including a tower, and seven apartment buildings in Lusail, were completed adding 600 apartments. Ezdan Real Estate announced the launch of 4,000 units across eight compounds in Al Wakra municipality this year. Barwa Real Estate announced the lease of the Madinatna project, comprising 6,780 apartments in Al Wukair to the Supreme Committee for six months during 2022, and Qetaifan Island North launched the sale of phase 3, consisting of 40 residential villa plots. Dar Al Arkan, a Saudi developer, has launched Les Vagues residences (70 apartments) in Qetaifan Island North to start development in the second quarter of 2022.

Qatar Tourism boosts investment opportunities in the country’s growing hospitality sector, providing offerings that suit all the needs of visitors during and after the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. In addition to hotels and hotel apartments, there will be various accommodations in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. This includes cruise liners, fan villages and more, providing around 1,600 rooms in total. In addition, fans can stay in private homes as part of the Host a Fan intiative. The Holiday Homes initiative is similar to SC's Host a Fan initiative, which was launched in 2021, ahead of the FIFA Arab Cup 2021™, enabling households across Qatar to volunteer to host visiting sports fans during upcoming sporting events. An expression of the Arab world’s famed hospitality, the firstof-a-kind programme links supporters travelling to Qatar for major tournaments with locals and residents. The Host a Fan initiative is part of the SC’s strategy to provide fans visiting Qatar with a variety of culturally rich accommodation options. In addition, the initiative is completely free of charge. Visiting fans will not be required to pay for their accommodation, nor will hosts be paid for hosting a fan. Hosts, however, will be able to choose where fans will stay, and how long their visit will be. Most importantly, hosts will act as cultural guides, showing their guests Qatar’s most significant cultural destinations, and introducing them to local customs and traditions. Residents will also be able to host up to 10 family members and friends during the championship. m

As of first quarter of 2022, ValuStrat Price Index (VPI) – Residential stood at 64.9 points and saw a marginal increase of 0.2% quarterly.

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gulfpearlshotel.com

D4

307 4031 3333

ihg.com

D4

234

holidayvilladoha.com

D4

136 4445 5444

horizonmanor.com

D4

110

jourihotel.com

D4

108 4433 3000

k108hotel.com

D4

175

4446 2222

mercuredoha.com

D4

134

6 4449 3333

millenniumhotels.com

D4

154 4429 1111

movenpick.com/doha

D3

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newbluerose.com

D4

60

D4

520

D4

111 4444 3444

ramadaencoredoha.com

C4

288

retajalrayyan.com

D4

133 4445 5333

safirhotels.com

D4

174 4033 7000

sapphire-hotels.com

D4

95 4041 4444

stratohotelbywarwick.com

D4

154

12 4407 8888

swiss-belhotel.com

D3

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1 4424 9111

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154 4020 9777

theroyalrivierahotel.com.qa

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3 4034 2111

timehotels.ae/time-rako-hotel

D3

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7 4476 5666

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FITNESS CENTRE

RESTAURANT

LICENSED BAR

SPA

SWIMMING POOL

BEACH

FACILITIES MAP

Al Muntazah Plaza Hotel

D4

1

Asherij Hotel

D3

7

Century Hotel Doha

D4

2

Chairmen Hotel Doha

D4

6

Doha Dynasty Hotel

D4

8

Golden Ocean Hotel

D4

9

Grand Qatar Palace Hotel

D4

9

Green Garden Hotel

C4

4

Kingsgate Hotel Doha

D4

1

Le Castle Hotel

D4

1

Le Park Hotel

D3

1

Musherib Hotel

D4

6

Premier Inn Doha Airport

D4

1

Premier Inn Doha Education City

C2

2

Rawda Hotel

D4

2

The Town Hotel

D4

1

Tourist Hotel, Doha

D4

9

Zubarah Boutique Hotel Doha

D4

4

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Places to Stay

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Four Seasons Hotel Doha

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SUITES

ROOMS

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4435 5677

almuntazahplaza.com

119

3

72 4408 2828

N/A

4

215 4445 5111

centuryhoteldoha.com

4

68 4426 0444

chairmenhotel.com

4

84 4449 9222

N/A

4

93

goldenoceanhotel.com

4

92 4441 4140

grandqatarpalacehotel.com

4

48 4426 0100

greengardendoha.com

4

140 4408 5555

millenniumhotels.com

4

110 4473 3111

lecastlehotel.qa

3

113

leparkhotel.com

4

60 4430 6000

musheribhotel.website

4

105 4009 5222

mena.premierinn.com

2

219 4007 8333

mena.premierinn.com

4

22 4041 2525

rawdahotelqatar.com

4

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thetownhotelqatar.com

4

91 4432 1321

touristhoteldoha.site

4

45 4447 0000

zubarahhotels.com

37 4443 3005

4425 5555

10 4410 7100

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

Mandarin Oriental, Doha

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CONFERENCE & EVENTS FACILITIES Elegantly designed to cater to all of your needs, equipped with an array of audio-visual equipment and high-speed internet access with ample parking space. The facilities include the Grand Ballroom, four meeting rooms, and a business center along with prayer rooms for him and for her. In addition, our hybrid suite meeting facilities offer the perfect choice to deliver exceptional online conference events.

Grand Ballroom

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Meeting Rooms

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SPA

SWIMMING POOL

BEACH

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Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

C4

2

Al Mansour Plaza

D4

7

Al Najada Doha Hotel Apartments by Oaks

D4

Al Safa Royal Suites

D4

Fraser Suites Doha

D4

Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences

B4

Imperial Suites Doha

D4

Le Mirage City Walk

D4

Magnum Hotel & Suites West Bay

C4

Marriott Executive Apartments

C4

Royal Mirage

D4

Sedra Arjaan by Rotana

B4

Staybridge Suites Doha Lusail

B4

Voco Doha West Bay Suites

C4

Al Madina Suites

D4

Al Mansour Park Inn Hotel Apartments

D4

Al Sadd Suites Hotel Apartments

D3

Doha Palace Residence 2

D4

La Villa Inn Hotel Apartments

D4

Liberty Suites Hotel

D4

Qairawan Hotel Apartments

D4

Retaj Inn Hotel

D4

Wakra Inn

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Places to Stay

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240 4004 7000

alephdoharesidences.curiocollection.com

4

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N/A

4

25 4031 2888 4470 4444

oakshotels.com

4 282

4403 8383

safaroyalsuites.xyz

4

4424 3443

doha.frasershospitality.com

4

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365 4492 4444

thepearlresidences.hilton.com

4 80

4405 2222

imperialsuites.com.qa

4 400

4419 0044

lemirage.qa

4 191

4445 1555

magnumdoha.com

4 254

4497 1234

marriottexecutiveapartmentsdoha.com

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70 42

4444 0111

N/A

4 250

4044 1888

rotana.com

4

119 4456 5000

staybridge.com/dohalusail

4

270 4495 5000

vocohotels.com/dohawestbay

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4431 8800

almadinasuites.com

4 105

4031 2000

almansourparkinn.com

3 48

4444 4199

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4 12

4443 6221

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4 88

4437 6613

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4 40

4441 1212

N/A

4 23

4402 5000

N/A

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4410 0300

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49

4463 3737

wakrainn.com

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Mondrian Doha

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Health spas and beauty salons abound in Qatar, with an abundance of choice. Choose from a number of award-winning spas, in both traditional Qatari style and ultra-modern environments.

Beauty treatments are wide and varied and available for both men and women, although some will have 'ladies only' days, or are single-sex establishments. Separate facilities are available for men and women at most of the spas, as are couples treatment rooms.

Many beauty salons not only provide hair and nail services, but also have separate rooms for treatments. Similarly hotels will generally have a spa and/or a beauty centre on site, as well as some of the larger apartment block towers.

For looking good from top to toe, generally available are hair and nail services, make-up and wedding preparations, hair removal (waxing and threading), and tanning.

Visiting a spa can be a five-star experience, with luxurious treatment rooms, providing massage and facials, alongside oxygen therapy, sauna and steam rooms, slimming treatments, aromatherapy, hot stone treatments, and pre‑ and postnatal massages.

To further enhance the luxurious experience, spas and salons are increasingly focusing on healthy refreshments and menus, and relaxation spaces with mood music and comfortable sofas to ensure you feel your very best, both inside and out. Visit the spa or salon's website to learn more about the packages available, and their before and aftercare.

SPAS

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MAP

WEBSITE

Al Messila Resort, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha

4445 0000

C3

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Banyan Tree Spa Doha

4410 3314

D4

banyantree.com

Devarana Spa, Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4444

C4

dusit.com

eforea Spa, Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas

4423 6401

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ESPA at Mondrian Doha

4045 5550

B4

sbe.com

Heavenly Spa, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1682

D4

heavenlyspadoha.com

M|Spa, Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery

4009 9710

D4

alwadihoteldoha.com

Ozone Gym & Spa, La Cigale Hotel

4428 8100

D3

lacigalehotel.com

Park Hyatt Doha Spa

4009 4330

D4

parkhyattdoha.com

Qi Spa, Hotel Golden Tulip Doha

3361 8000

D4

doha.goldentulip.com

Quan Spa, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

4429 5000

C4

marriott.com

Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1621

D3/4

radissonblu.com/hotel-doha

Saray Spa, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 6090

C4

Serenity Spa, Zulal Wellness Resort By Chiva-Som

4446 5600

Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

4485 4600

Sisley Paris Spa, W Doha Hotel & Residences

marriott.com

zulal.com

C4

fitness.sheratongranddoha.com

4453 5555

B4

marriott.com

Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels

4433 6878

D4

tivolihotels.com

Spa by Clarins, Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha

4035 5555

A4

kempinski.com/en/doha

SPA InterContinental, InterContinental Doha

4484 4060

B4

ihg.com

Spa & Wellness Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8802

C4

fourseasons.com/doha/spa

The Ritz‑Carlton Spa, Doha

4484 8174

A4

ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/qatar/doha/spa

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

D4

mandarinoriental.com/doha

The Torch Doha

4408 7777

D4

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Spa treatments often derive their inspiration from the ancient sciences and practices of the East, with accents from the Middle East and Asia. The Ottomans introduced the world to the hammam, which quickly became an important social meeting place for both men and women. Several of the major hotels offer ritual packages to enjoy, with hammam, massage and facial treatments.

The practice of some forms of alternative treatment was officially approved by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners in 2016. The list includes homeopathy, Ayurveda, acupuncture, chiropractic and hijama (wet cupping). Regulatory framework will ensure only licensed, qualified practitioners will be allowed to offer these services – the Ministry of Public Health has defined the requirements and specifications for opening complementary medicine centres in the country.

Also popular are hydrotherapy treatments and natural healing methods, such as chakra wellbeing and Ayurveda aromatherapy facials. Choose anything from a 20-minute scalp massage or up to three minutes of cryotherapy, to a multiday body and mind rejuvenating retreat – you are guaranteed to feel your absolute best afterwards.

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WEBSITE

Aldo Coppola, Park Hyatt Doha

3118 9982

D4

parkhyattdoha.com

Desert Princess, Al Ali branch, Al Luqta

4479 5945

C3

desertprincessdoha.com

4486 4169

E3

Elie & Ralph Beauty Salon, InterContinental Doha

3363 5678

B4

Fadia El Mendelek, The Ritz‑Carlton, Doha

4417 7755/66

A4

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Franck Provost, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8844

C4

fourseasons.com/doha/spa

Jaula Spa & Club Salons, Grand Hyatt Doha

4448 1235

B4

doha.grand.hyatt.com

Jean Louis David, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4417 5771

C4

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Kozma & Kozma, Salwa Road

6686 4220/1

D3

kozmaandkozma.com

(for all salons)

B4

Luce Giovani, InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8666

B4

N.Bar, The Gate Mall

4020 6408

C4

Nails, Ezdan Mall

4480 2252

F5

Salwa Road

4416 3348

C4

The Pearl-Qatar

4481 2316

B4

Pace e Luce, The St. Regis Doha

6612 6650

B4

paceeluce.com

Patrice Alexandre, The Gate Mall

4407 7107

C4

patricealexandre.net

Pour Elle, Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1740

D3/4

Roots Hair and Beauty

4411 4463

C3

rootshair.net

Sabit Akkaya Ladies’ Hair and Beauty Salon

5566 4710

D4

mandarinoriental.com/doha

Sabit Akkaya Men’s Grooming Lounge

5566 4710

D4

mandarinoriental.com/doha

Skin and Soul (ladies), Sheraton Grand Doha

4485 3840

C4

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Skin and Soul (men), Sheraton Grand Doha

4485 4840

C4

skinandsoul.com.qa

The Barber Shop Doha, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

6616 0349

C4

andtrading.net

Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4483 0623

C4

Heavenly Beauty, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1682

D4

Wispy Hair by Riad, Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4303

C4

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Foot Care Centre, LuLu Hypermarket, Al Gharrafa

4478 0510

C3

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Int'l Chinese Body Care Houses, Mirqab Mall

4411 5728

D3

icbodycare.com

Ain Khaled branch

West Bay Lagoon

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Reflecting its multicultural society, Qatar has a huge range of cuisines to choose from. Venues range from local cafeterias to gourmet restaurants in the finest locations. Many international franchises have branches countrywide for those addicted to certain brands. However, for patrons wishing to 'eat like a local', there's a plethora of options for Middle Eastern dining.

Dining around town Qatar residents are spoiled for choice when it comes to dining out in and around Qatar. There are numerous local and international dining outlets and cafés. Food trucks are everywhere selling juices, coffee, tea, sandwiches, sweets and other quick bites while the more discerning palate can find mid-range, casual dining restaurants in malls and around town. Throughout the year, hotel restaurants offer great choice and value-for-money promotions that include happy hours, early dinner offers and more. With the high tempertaures of the summer, you can still enjoy al fresco dining as most restaurants provide coolers, fans and splinkers for cooler outdoor dining. For weekday dining options, one popular choice is a 'business' lunch, which usually runs from noon until 3 pm, and includes a two or three course menu for a set price. Thursday evenings, and Friday and Saturday brunches have become very popular with both locals and expatriates, and are widely available in hotels and outlets around town.

Buffet food and à la carte offerings abound with tiered pricing, making it a great option for family, friends and colleagues.

Dining at home and outside catering A large number of restaurants offer a takeaway service; this will often include home delivery with a nominal delivery fee. Many restaurants and hotels provide a full outside catering service for special occasions.

The following pages list some of the places to eat and drink in Qatar.

Helpful tips Many restaurants have a family section and there are some with closed-off rooms should you require more privacy. According to Law No 10 of 2016 on the control of tobacco and its derivatives, smoking is prohibited in closed public spaces. However, some licensed restaurants may have a smoking section. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Qatar is 21. Your ID or passport may be requested if dining at a licensed restaurant, as well as at bars and clubs. Some clubs and bars will ask you to pay a joining fee, and issue a membership card to use on return visits. On 1 January 2019, Law No 25 of 2018 on Selective Tax (Excise Tax Law) came into effect to regulate the consumption of 'health-damaging' goods, with a 100% tax on tobacco and alcohol products, energy drinks and special purpose goods, and a 50% tax on carbonated drinks. m Qatar Clean Qatar Clean is an initiative launched by Qatar Tourism and the Ministry of Public Health to ensure maximum safety for all travellers and residents, rolled out across the hospitality sector and expanded across tourism sectors. This initiative introduces expert protocols for hygiene and cleanliness, and follows strict sterilisation and disinfection practices applied to hotels and restaurants across the country. Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, indoor dining will only be available to those who have been fully vaccinated, while outdoor dining will be allowed for everyone. Your Ehteraz status will be checked at entry. If you've been vaccinated outside of Qatar, ensure you have your vaccination certificate with you. ©

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Brunches can be anything from all-you-can-eat buffets to a multiple course à la carte option. Brunches are most usually on Fridays with many establishments offering food in a family-friendly environment, and may include live music and other forms of entertainment. Prices vary with alcohol and non-alcohol packages.

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Al Aziziyah Boutique Hotel 4445 5555 Glass House All-day dining Patio Cafe Outdoor dining Primavera Italian Victoria Tea, desserts

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Residences Doha

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Dalchini

Indian

Thai Kitchen

Thai, international

The Mezze House

Lebanese bar and restaurant

Arabic, Mediterranean

Aramede

International

Arguelina

Arabic, shisha

Liquidity

Pool side drinks and snacks

Cafe, light bites

Misturado Tex-Mex, international

Rodizio

Central Inn Al Sadd

4419 1000

Central Grill Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Meesh Me-Time Cafe

Brazilian Churrascaria

Savor International

DoubleTree by Hilton Doha Downtown

4446 8888

La Serre

All day dining

Mood

Rooftop bar, shisha lounge

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd

Blu Terrace Pool Cafe

Pool side bar and cafe

Broadway Brasserie

Southern cuisine, cocktails

Espressolab Coffee Cafe

Coffee lounge

Indo-Chin Restaurant

Asian

StrEAT Culture Urban Bar

Street food, market style

Elements, Four Seasons Hotel Doha

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Join us every Friday afternoon and surround yourself with good vibes, good food and delicious sips at Aramede's 'Global Friday Brunch' from 12:30 PM – 04:00 PM with prices starting at QAR 280 per person. For Reservations,

+974 6641 5504

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LUNCH

DINNER

French

Benjarong Thai

Rooftop Lounge Lounge

Taste All-day dining

The House Steak and seafood

Dusit Doha Hotel

TELEPHONE

Places to Dine

CUISINE

4004 4444

Antoinette's

Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8888

Après Spa Café

International

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Arabica Café

Cafe

Elements

International

Nobu Doha

Japanese

Pool Grill

All-day dining

Seasons Tea Lounge

Lounge

Shisha Terrace

Arabic

The Library Lounge And Study

International bar bites

International

Golden Tulip Doha

4419 8888

Symphony Hilton Doha

4423 3333

Bab Al Bahr Outdoor

Mawasem

International

Pool Bar

Light bites

Shots Diner

Sushi On

Japanese

Tahitian Village

Outdoor, light bites

Trader Vic's

Asian, Polynesian

Ya Hala

Lobby lounge

Jamavar, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel

224

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BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Places to Dine

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Your weekends are sorted at Dusit Doha. Whether looking for a lively brunch or an indulging themed dinner, we bring you vibrant dining offerings fit for every palate.

Orient Express Thursdays, Asian buffet, 6:30pm to 11pm Starts at QAR 222 per person

Arabian Bazaar Fridays, Arabic buffet, 6:30pm to 11pm Starts at QAR 222 per person

Mad About India Saturdays, Indian buffet, 6:30pm to 11pm Starts at QAR 169 per person

Elixir Brunch Fridays, unlimited drinks + a set of party bites Starts at QAR 299 per person

Saturday Thai Brunch Saturdays, Authentic Thai family-style, 12:30pm to 4pm QAR 240, soft beverages QAR 348, enhanced beverage package

For reservations, Call or WhatsApp 3070 1295

SCAN TO BOOK VIA WHATSAPP

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LICENSED

Italian ✔ Arabic, Levantine, Qatari ✔ Lobby lounge ✔ Arabic, Asian, European international ✘ Poolside ✘

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CUISINE

Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park 4031 3333 Meesh Express Light bites Sirocco Italian Stock Burger Co. Speciality burgers

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Hyatt Regency Oryx Doha 4141 1234 Al Nafourah Garden Arabic Choices International Jazz Club Nightclub Sky Lounge Lounge Splash Pool side bar and cafe The Cellar International

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JW Marriott Marquis 4429 5000 City Center Doha Fuego Argentinian La Maison Martinez Afternoon tea Santorini Greek Shanghai Club Chinese Sridan Arabic, international

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Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha 4405 3333 Maya Mexican Zengo Asian

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Market by Jean-Georges, W Doha Hotel & Residences

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Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas 4423 6666 Dante Cucina Italiana Levantine Nesma Lounge Souk Kitchen South Bay

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

Places to Dine

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Places to Dine

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INDIAN NIGHT BUFFET

EVERY WEDNESDAY 06:30 PM TO 11:00 PM QAR 195 PER PERSON

SEAFOOD NIGHT BUFFET

EVERY THURSDAY 06:30 PM TO 11:00 PM QAR 280 PER PERSON

For Reservations, +974 5007 8212 ©

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DINNER

LICENSED

CUISINE

Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888 Baraha Lounge Afternoon tea, pastries Gelato Dessert IZU French, Mediterranean Liang Chinese Mandarin Lounge Afternoon tea Mosaic International

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Marriott Executive Apartments 4497 1234 Campagnia Caffe International ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ ✘ Marriott Marquis City Center Doha 4419 5000 Aqua Lounge Lounge, Arabic snacks Crossroads Kitchen International Cucina Italian Ipanema Brazilian Churrascaria New York Steakhouse American steakhouse Quick Bites Sandwiches, snacks West End Cafe Snacks, afternoon tea

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha 4035 5555 Amwage Beach Grill Barbecue and seafood Al Sufra Arabic Bohemia Lounge Cafe Murano Afternoon tea El Faro Spanish, tapas Lobito de Mar Spanish, Seafood N'awlins Jazz House Cajun Pearl Social Mediterranean Public House Doha All day dining, bar The Secret Garden Rooftop lounge Torotoro American steakhouse

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Opus, Park Hyatt Doha

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BRUNCH

Places to Dine

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Places to Dine

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BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

LICENSED

Places to Dine

Mondrian Doha 4045 5999 CUT by Wolfgang Puck EllaMia Hudson Tavern Morimoto Smoke & Mirrors

American Cafe, lobby lounge Craft burgers Fine Japanese Cigar lounge

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Park Hyatt Doha 4009 1234 Anis Opus Sora The Living Room

Organic beverages, local food Local flavours Japanese Lounge

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Premier Inn Doha Education City 4007 8333 Omnia

All-day dining

Premier Inn Doha Airport 4009 5222 Omnia

All-day dining

Pullman Doha West Bay 4009 4000 Avenue Cuisinmotion All-day dining, international Bice Restaurant Italian Echo Pool Cafe Cafe Sukar Cafe Terrace Restaurant Outdoor The Junction Cafe The Score Bar/Lounge

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha 4428 1428 Bentley’s Grill Premium steaks Bombay Balti Indian – curries and fresh naan Chingari Indian – Tandoori The Frying Scotsman fish and chips Hyde Park International Inginuity Contemporary bites Qube Snacks, nightclub Ruby Wu’s Authentic Chinese Sakura Express Japanese masterpieces Shehrazad Sports bar, pub quiz nights The Italian Job Italian food with singing waiters

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Places to Dine

HOTELS

TELEPHONE

Q Lounge & Restaurant, Banana Island Resort by Anantara

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Quick Bites, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

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Places to Dine

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort

4021 4000

Al Odaid International, Arabic

La Merenda

Italian

Reef & Burger

Burgers, seafood

The Edge

Beverages, shisha bar

All-day dining, seafood

Lounge

Arabic

Pub, Irish Indian Meat lovers Poolside dining

Sheraton Grand Doha

4485 4444

Resort & Convention Hotel

Al Hubara Atrium Lounge Em Sherif Irish Harp Jamavar Nusr-et Steakhouse Pool Cafe

Steigenberger Hotel Doha 4020 1666 Avenue Café Cake, coffee, mocktails Crust All-day dining Genuss Modern Bistro Olea Terrace Lounge and terrace Sun Deck - Pool Bar Rooftop lounge The Avenue, A Murwab Hotel 4042 8222 Baaya Restaurant All-day dining, international Nektaar Light bites Tché Tché Outdoor dining The Flame and G Lounge Bar, lounge Viola Lobby lounge

Rodizio, Crowne Plaza Doha - The Business Park

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Ramada Encore Hotel Doha 4444 3444 The Hub All-day dining, international

DINNER

CUISINE

LUNCH

TELEPHONE

BRUNCH

HOTELS

BREAKFAST

Places to Dine

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Sel & Miel, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

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BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

LICENSED

Places to Dine

Chinese

International Indian

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The Ritz–Carlton, Doha 4484 8000 B-Lounge Doha Flamingos Sel & Miel STK Doha The Lagoon

Asian fusion Poolside dining French brasserie American International, Arabic

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The Torch Doha 4446 5600 Kufic Lounge The Flying Carpet Three Sixty Torch Tea Garden

Light bites, pastry, live piano International, all-day dining Fine dining Tea lounge

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa 4492 1555 Hunter’s Room & Grill Signature grills, steak, seafood Mix Bar Lounge & Terrace International Sabai Thai Signature Thai dishes Seasonal Tastes All-day dining, international Waves Pool Cafe Snacks, light bites

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W Doha Hotel & Residences 4453 5000 COYA La Spiga by Paper Moon Market by Jean–Georges Spice Market

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HOTELS

TELEPHONE

Places to Dine

The St. Regis Doha 4446 0000 Hakkasan Al Gassar Resort Bibo 4424 4870 Riyasat

Shanghai Club, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

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Peruvian Italian International Southeast Asian

Sofra, Alwadi Hotel Doha - MGallery Hotel Collection

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FOOD

AL FRESCO

LICENSED

Al Mansour Suites 4020 8400 The Red Lion

British pub

Al Najada Doha Hotel 4470 4444 Pool Bar

Mocktails, juices, sandwiches

AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton 4489 9000 Pool Bar

Refreshing juices, light bites

Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery Hotel Collection 4009 9999 Infinity Rooftop Lounge International drinks, cocktails O'Glacee Pool Bar Mediterranean flavours

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Best Western Plus Doha Krossroads

International drinks, light bites

Light bites

Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park 4408 7777 Liquidity Misturado

Poolside cafe Tex-Mex, international

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Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay Brewskis and Grub

Live DJ

Sports bar

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Old Town 4034 3333 Pure Light bites

Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas Dunes

Holiday Inn Doha – The Business Park 4031 3333 Stock Burger Co. Sports bar, speciality burgers, salads

Hilton Doha 4423 3333 Shots Sports bar, diner

CLUBS AND BARS

Places to Dine

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

Centara West Bay Hotel & Residences Doha Pool Bar

TELEPHONE

4424 0000

4009 5555

4019 9999

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Doha – Al Sadd 4004 7400 StrEAT Culture Urban Bar

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CUISINE / ENTERTAINMENT

EVENING

Places to Dine

4448 1234 International

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FOR RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CALL OR WHATSAPP 5506 2798 JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS CITY CENTER DOHA | CONFERENCE CENTER STREET, WEST BAY

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EVENING

ENTERTAIN

FOOD

AL FRESCO

LICENSED

Places to Dine

Sports bar, speciality burgers

InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences 4484 4444 Belgian Cafe Lava La Vue Manko

Belgian beer, food Fusion drinks Cigar lounge Parisian lounge bar

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InterContinental Doha The City 4015 8888 Hive La Vista 55

Sports bar Cuban lounge with tapas

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JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha 4429 5000 The Den

Lounge bar, light bites

Kempinski Residences & Suites 4405 3333 Skybox61

Sports bar and restaurant

La Cigale Hotel Managed by Accor Sky View

Cocktails, snacks, sushi

Magnum Hotel & Suites West Bay 4445 1555 Aviary Shamrock Tavern

Night club Pub

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Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888 Ambar Aqua

Stylish cocktail bar Rooftop lounge, bar

✔ ✔

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Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel Champions Glo Cocktail Bar

Sports bar, international International, tapas

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Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha 4035 5555 Antika Levantine The Secret Garden Rooftop lounge

✔ ✔

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Mercure Grand Hotel Doha City Centre The Old Manor

CLUBS AND BARS

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

Places to Dine

Hilton Salwa Beach Resort & Villas The League

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4423 6666

4428 8888

4419 5000

4446 2222 Bar, steakhouse

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LICENSED

Night club Cocktail lounge Cigar lounge

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Night Club Sports bar

✔ ✔

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Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha 4428 1428 Manhattan Orion Qube Shehrazad The Library

Lounge bar ✔ Cocktails and snacks ✔ Snacks, nightclub ✔ Sports bar, pub quiz nights ✔ Soft music, panoramic views, international food ✔

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Saray Corniche Hotel, Doha 4497 3777 Aquaview Sports Lounge

Sports bar

Sealine Beach, A Murwab Resort 4021 4000 The Edge

Outdoor lounge, cocktails

Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Doha 4425 6666 El Cedro Tasting Room IRIS

Cigar lounge Outdoor lounge, cocktails

✔ ✔

✘ ✘

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Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel Irish Harp

Irish pub, fast food

Cigars, vintage wines

The St. Regis Doha 4446 0000 Oyster Bay & Bar The Club at the St. Regis The Rooftop Vintage Lounge

Caribbean, light bites International Rooftop lounge Cocktails and snacks

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The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa Mix

Bar, lounge and terrace

VIP Hotel 4426 1111 Senario Club

Night club

W Doha Hotel & Residences Wahm

Poolside lounge bar

CLUBS AND BARS

ALWAYS TAKE YOUR PASSPORT/ID WHEN VISITING HOTELS

TELEPHONE

Places to Dine

Mondrian Doha 4045 5555 Black Orchid Rise Smoke & Mirrors New Blue Rose Hotel The Red Bar The Pavilion

The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Habanos

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CUISINE / ENTERTAINMENT

Places to Dine

EVENING

Places to Dine

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4484 8000

4492 1555

4453 5000

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Public Hour 8 hours of happiness

Everyday from 12 till 8 pm

Live Entertainment All-Day Dining Live Sports in one house

Saturday Thursday is the new

Bites, sips & a whole lot of fun Marsa Malaz Kempinski The Pearl Doha +974 4035 5011 +974 7479 0864 publichousedoha.com ©

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Places to Dine

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BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

Al Mourjan *Al Corniche, Souq Waqif

4483 4423

Lebanese, international

Aloosh Restaurant *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4451 4444

Arabic

Al Sayyad The Diplomatic Club

4484 7420

Lebanese, seafood

Amara Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4416 0707

Indian

Asha's *Villaggio, Mall of Qatar two other locations

4452 9662

Indian

Barrio Fiesta Al Muthanna Complex, Salwa Road

4490 4886

Filipino

Biella *The Mall, City Center–Doha, Landmark Mall, TPQ

4467 7732

Italian

AROUND TOWN * Multiple locations, respective number listed

TELEPHONE

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Places to Dine

BREAKFAST

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Carluccio's *DFC, The Pearl-Qatar, Mall of Qatar 5084 8259 Italian, gluten-free menu ✔ ✘ ✔ ✔ Casper & Gambini *Landmark Mall, Mirqab Mall

4417 8406

International

Chili’s *City Center–Doha, six other locations

4411 5848

American, Tex-Mex

Debs W Remman *The Pearl-Qatar, Mall of Qatar

3333 4663

Lebanese

Eataly *Doha Festival City, Mall of Qatar

4028 5055

Italian

Eatopia The Gate Mall

4020 6400

International, bakery

Emirgan Sutis *Al Emadi Financial Square, TPQ

4037 5287

Turkish

Gerry’s Grill *Al Nasr St, Barwa City

6673 5178

Filipino

Huda Restaurant Hotel Park Doha, Tawar Mall

4447 5086

Lebanese

IDAM Museum of Islamic Art

4422 4488

Mediterranean

INDIGRILL Barwa Tower

4483 3855

Indian grill

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BRUNCH

LUNCH

DINNER

AROUND TOWN * Jamie's Italian Doha Festival City

4455 4812

Italian

Jiwan National Museum of Qatar

4452 5725

Qatari

Jones the Grocer The Gate Mall

4407 7175

Australian

Layali *Salwa Road, Lagoona Mall

4431 0005

Lebanese

MRA *Al Ghanim, six other locations

4442 2070

Bakery, Indian, sweets

Mado *The Pearl-Qatar, Ezdan Mall Al Wakra

4436 4622

Turkish

Maison de Sushi *01 Mall, Tornado Tower, DFC

7050 1373

Japanese, sushi

Max's Restaurant *Al Sadd, Al Muntazah

4444 6297

Filipino

Nando’s *Salwa Road, six other locations 4444 2345

Afro-Portuguese flame-grilled chicken

Naua Restaurant 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum

4452 5190

Healthy fine dinning

Nassayem Qatar Diplomatic Club

4484 7470

Qatari

Neo *Mall of Qatar, Salwa Road

4431 1577

Chinese, Japanese

Ocean Basket Mall of Qatar

4490 2944

Fish and chips, seafood

Orient Pearl Restaurant Al Corniche

4410 6666

International

Outback Steakhouse *Lagoona Mall, City Center–Doha

4414 9028

Steakhouse

P.F. Chang’s *Villaggio, Mall of Qatar, DFC

4452 8541

Asian bistro

Paper Moon Doha Jaidah Square

4016 6000

Italian

PAUL *Villaggio, six other locations

4495 9815

Patisserie, light meals, French

Ric's Kountry Kitchen Al Emadi financial square, C Ring Road

4443 7846

American, diner

Romano’s Macaroni Grill Villaggio

4451 7585

Italian

Royal Tandoor *Al Sadd St, five other locations

4444 2343

North Indian

Roti & Boti Ras Bu Abboud

3355 5777

Indian

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Sabah W Masa *Salwa Road, The Pearl-Qatar

4466 6001

Lebanese

Shakespeare and Co *Dar Al Salam, four other locations

6676 8812

International

Shiraz Garden Salwa Road

4466 6213

Persian

Spikes Doha Golf Club

4496 0716

International

Sushi Minto *Salwa Road, City Center–Doha

4467 5577

Japanese, Asian, international

Tamarind Indian Lagoona Mall

4466 6876

Indian

Tandoor Express *Old Airport, five other locations

4462 0100

Indian

The Butcher Shop & Grill Villaggio

4495 9847

South African, steak

The Cheesecake Factory *Mall of Qatar, DFC, Villaggio

4452 9019

American, international

The French Olive Barwa Complex, The Pearl-Qatar

4444 4777

French, Italian

The Locker Room Doha Sports Park

4469 0444

Pub food

The Noodle House *City Center-Doha, two other locations

4411 5063

Southeast Asian

The Village *Salwa Road, Souq Waqif

4444 6601

Indian, Iranian

Tofu House *Al Jazeera St, Al Mansoura

4435 8678

Korean

Vapiano *The Gate Mall, Al Mana Tower

4407 7188

Italian

Wagamama *Lagoona Mall, Doha Festival City

4463 3876

Japanese, Pan Asian

Wok of Fame Villaggio

4413 4772

Asian, international

Yee Hwa *Al Kinana St, Al Jazeera St

4441 9898

Korean, Japanese

Yugo The Gate Mall

4407 7118

Asian, Thai

Zahr El Laymoun Shoumoukh Towers

4444 9197

Lebanese

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CAFES/ LOBBY LOUNGES * 3-2-1 Café 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum

4452 5847

Healthy

Al Amaken Fraser Suites Doha

4424 3787

Arabic sweets

Al Jalsa Cafe Sharq Village & Spa

4425 6666

Coffee, tea, sweet treats

Al Jalsa Garden Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Lounge, Arabic dishes

Al Kut Cafe Wyndham Grand Regency Doha

4434 3333

Sweet and savoury

Al Mandarin *Salwa Road (multiple locations)

4442 5588

Juices, snacks, sandwiches

Antoinette's Dusit Doha Hotel

4004 4444

French

Atrium Lounge Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Conv. Hotel

4485 3000

Afternoon tea, snacks

4419 5000

Poolside cafe

Baraha Lounge Mandarin Oriental, Doha 4008 8888

Tea, coffee, iced drinks, light bites

Cafe #999 Fire Station

4458 2556

International

Espression LavAzza The Gate Mall

4407 7199

Italian

Figaro Ghanem Business Centre, Bin Mahmoud

4462 0878

Italian

Gelato Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

Desserts, gelato

Gelato Mondo *Al Hilal, City Center-Doha (multiple locations)

4488 0466

Ice cream, cakes

Gourmet House Kempinski Residence & Suites

4405 3333

European fine foods, bakery

Hyde Park Coffee Shop Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1428

International

✔ ✔

Jazz Cafe *New Salata

4411 1969

Bakery

Kufic Lounge The Torch Doha

4446 5600

Light bites, pastry

✔ ✔

La Parisienne Intercontinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Fresh baked items, patisserie

La Cigale Traiteur La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8803

International

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Lobby Lounge InterContinental Doha The City

4015 8888

Light bites, afternoon tea

Lobby Lounge La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8803

Fresh juice, desserts

Luxe Lounge The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa

4492 1658

Afternoon tea

Magnolia Bakery *Dar Al Salam, MoQ, Ezdan Mall

4450 9407

Cupcakes, cakes

Mandarin Lounge Mandarin Oriental, Doha

4008 8888

Afternoon tea

Meesh Me-Time Cafe Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7744

Snacks, sandwiches, raw juices

MIA Cafe Museum of Islamic Art

4422 4168

Healthy French-Arabic fusion

Moda Lounge AlRayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton

5513 3472

Chic, high tea

Mondo Cafe Aleph Doha Residences, Curio Collection by Hilton

4004 7000

Lobby lounge

Orangery Cafe La Cigale Hotel, Managed by Accor

4428 8803

International

✔ ✘

Palm Garden Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha

4428 1555

International

Quick Bites Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Healthy, all-day dining

✔ ✔

Ristretto Cafe Golden Tulip Doha

4419 8807

Light snacks

Riqqa Lounge Crowne Plaza West Bay

4019 8875

Gourmet coffee, tea, desserts

Savor Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park

4408 7777

Snacks

Sugar & Spice *Aspire Park, Lagoona Mall

4038 9668

Light bites, desserts, pastries

Seasons Tea Lounge Four Seasons Hotel Doha

4494 8888

Lounge

The Lobby Lounge The Ritz-Carlton, Doha

4484 8000

Afternoon tea, desserts

W Cafe W Doha Hotel & Residences

4453 5385

International

West End Cafe Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel

4419 5000

Quick bites, meals

Ya Hala Hilton Doha

4423 3333

Lobby lounge

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Bombay Chowpatty *Old Airport, five other locations

4462 2100

Indian fast food, chaats

Burgeri Aspire Park

4449 3958

American

CinnZeo *City Center-Doha, Hyatt Plaza, The Mall 4469 7316

Cinnamon rolls, beverages, desserts

ChowKing *Dar Al Salam, Mirqab Mall, Hawdar Al Khail St

4486 6077

Asian fusion, Chinese, Filipino

Fuddruckers *Khalifa Tennis Stadium, Ezdan Mall

4483 3983

American

Hot Chicken *Al Najma St, seven other locations

3058 3386

International, fast food

Johnny Rockets *Salwa Road/ C Ring Road Junction, three other locations

4455 2792

American

Jollibee *Old Airport, eight other locations

4444 9492

Asian, Filipino

Mooyah *Al Sadd Sports Club, Al Jamiaa St

4444 4048

American, burgers

Sandwich Factory The Gate Mall

4020 6500

Arabic, Lebanese

Shake Shack *Villaggio, Gulf Mall, Mall of Qatar, DFC

4452 9668

American burgers, milkshakes

Shater Abbas *City Centre Mall, 10 other locations

4483 9230

Persian, Arabic barbecue

Subway *Salwa Road, 26 other locations

4444 4043

Subs, salads

Take Away *Al Sadd St, seven other locations

4442 7778

Arabic, sandwiches, sweets

Thai Smile *Umm Ghuwailina, Barwa City

4441 5222

Traditional Thai

The Chippy Bin Omran

5022 0126

British, multi-cuisine, quick bites

Turkey Central *Al Nasr, Al Mirqab Al Jadeed St, Najma

4442 3423

Turkish

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4412 3666

Healthy bites

Chef’s Garden Education City

4409 5040

Organic meals, salads

two other locations

4444 0609

Salad bar, healthy curries

Diet Factory Al Mirqab Al Jadeed

4444 3477

Healthy, fitness food

Diet Delights Nuaija

4433 9444

International healthy food

4444 4911

International healthy food

The Gate Mall

4472 0437

Organic, vegan

Freshii Al Muntazah

6658 8815

Healthy meals

Umm Salal Mohammed

4488 8864

Healthy food

Ideal Diet Ali Bin Ali St

4488 7745

Healthy food

4042 8222

Healthy food

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Dean and David Ezdan Hotel,

Diet House Bin Omran, six other locations Evergreen Organics Hamad International Airport, The Pearl-Qatar,

Healthylicious Barzan Souq,

Nektaar The Avenue,

The Avenue, Pullman Doha West Bay

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Affordable and Budget Al Rawnaq* (Bin Omran) C3 Ansar Gallery* (Barwa Village) E5 Daiso* (Doha Festival City) B2 Dollar Plus (City Center-Doha) C4 Dragon Mart (Industrial Area) F3 HEMA* Mall of Qatar C1 Ramez Shopping Complex* (Salwa Rd) D3 Saving Square (Tawar Mall)* C3

4488 4448 4469 7478 4006 4036 4443 4442

5808 6000 6883 5161 1188 6000 1373 9100

Audio Visual/Computers/Electronics Almana & Partners (Old Rayyan) C3 Almuftah Group (Al Sadd) D3 Domasco (Asian Town, Industrial Area) F3 Darwish Trading (Old Airport) D4 Emax* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 Mannai Trading Co (Salwa Rd) D3 Salam Stores* (The Gate Mall) C4 Starlink* (Call Centre)

4431 4444 4435 4456 4428 4455 4448 4428

1072 6867 8168 6426 9245 8888 5639 3888

Caramel Sweet Arts (Al Waab) D3 FAUCHON* (Salwa Rd) D3 Magnolia Bakery* (Dar Al Salam Mall) E3 Opera Café* (The Mall) D4 Sugar and Spice* (Aspire Park) D2

4471 3942 4441 8548 4433 5599 4483 4486 4444 4432 4411 4495

8117 3533 0212 4235 0147 9060

Cakes and Sweets Batteel Bakery & Café* (Salwa Rd) D3 4444 1414 Edible Arrangements* (Al Gharrafa) B2 4491 1112

Chopin (Qmall)* C3 Dulce Chocolate* (Muraikh) D2 Gardenia* (Al Nasr St) D3 Interflora (C Ring Rd) D4 Larissa Chocolates & Flowers* (Al Sadd) D3 Luxury Flowers & Chocolates* (Duhail) B3 Patchi* (Salwa Rd) D3 Patisserie Suisse* (Al Nasr St) D3

4483 4443 4444 4432

Plaza Hollandi* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Tasmeem Flowers & Chocolates* (Al Rayyan) D2

4450 7262

4747 3080 0789 2717

4444 1824 4444 5432 4469 3350 4432 1213

4417 9993

Furnishing Articles (Royal Plaza) D3 City Lifestyle* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 CREU Concept (Al Sadd) D3 Home Centre* (Al Asmakh Mall) D3 Homes R Us* (Hyatt Plaza) D2 IKEA (Doha Festival City) B2 Pottery Barn* (Mall of Qatar) C1 Simex Group (D Ring Rd) D4 Spazio Interni (Salwa Rd) D3

4413 1188 4428 9256 3322 7776 4413 1940 4469 8999 800 4532 4452 9529 4441 4447 4468 2618

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Chocolates, Sweets and Flowers

Bookshops, Stationery and Art Supplies Borders* (Doha Festival City) B2 Colour Note Company* (Al Nasr St) D3 FNAC* (Lagoona Mall) Gulf Greetings (Hallmark)* (City Center-Doha) C4 Ibn Al Qayyim Bookstore* (Al Markhiya) Jarir Bookstore* (Call Centre) Naaz Store (Old Airport) D4 Sensory Souk* (Royal Plaza) D3 Virgin Megastore* (Villaggio Mall)

3382 4432 4450 4467 4038

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Party Decorations and Costumes

Freesia Gifts (Royal Plaza) D3 7000 0480 Gulf Crafts (Salwa Rd) D3 4468 7373 Gulf Greetings (Hallmark)* (The Mall) D4 4467 8383

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Jewellery and Watches

Key Cutting/Shoe and Watch Repair 4017 2845

Kitchenware Articles (Royal Plaza) D3 Lakeland* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Table Arts* (Mall of Qatar) C1 Tavola* (City Center-Doha) C4 Villeroy & Boch* (Salwa Rd) D3

4413 4417 4411 4493 4436

1188 5385 6338 0102 3561

Musical Equipment 51 East* (Call Centre) 4436 1111 Badie Studio & Stores (Al Souq Area) D4 4442 3554 Virgin Megastore* (Villaggio Mall) D2 4495 9060

Opticians

4442 7152 4412 4380

Bradran Persian Carpets (The Mall) D4 4467 Oriental Carpets (Bin Mahmoud) D4 4447 Reshi (Landmark Mall) C3 4486 Shahrzad Iranian Carpets (Gold Souq) D4 4442

8886 9794 4795 3210

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Pet Shops Pets & More (City Center-Doha) C4 5569 4222 For more information on pets and vets, see Pets in Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section.

Photographic Studios/Photographers Benny Antoun (also tunes pianos) Boom Art Studio (Al Markhiya) C3 Gulf Colours* (Najma) D4 Picture World Digital Studio & Stores* (Salwa Rd) D3

5551 4501 4411 1070 4431 1181 4469 4710

Sports Equipment Decathlon* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Doha Golf Club B3 Foot Locker* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Go Sport* (City Center-Doha) C4 Sports Corner* (Call Centre)

4495 4496 4413 4463 4036

9080 0750 5315 1644 2211

Tailoring, Textiles and Haberdashery Al Misk Tailors (Al Ghanim) D4 4432 Century Textiles & Tailors (Al Khaleej St) D4 4442 Lexus* (Gents/Al Sadd) D3 4432 Sara's Secrets (Ladies/Al Sadd) D3 4432 Singer (New Salata) D4 4443

1141 1283 2761 1030 5731

Toys and Children's Items 4436 3461

Oriental Crafts and Carpets

Hempel Paints* (Industrial Area) F3 Jotun Paints* (Call Centre)

Boots* (Villaggio Mall) D2 Kulud Pharmacy* (Al Markhiya) C3

4455 9000 4441 2728

Babyshop* (Gulf Mall) C3 Early Learning Centre* (Hyatt Plaza) D2 Kiddy Zone* (Landmark Mall) C3 Sensory Souk (Royal Plaza) D3 Toys 'R' Us* (Al Sadd) D3

4430 4469 4421 4411 4443

8305 7964 7215 0147 5904

Water Storage Tanks Qatar Rotomould (Industrial Area) F2

4460 2315

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Al Dar Optics* (Al Nasr St) D3 Al Jabor Vision Technology (C Ring Rd) D4 Yateem Optician* (Lagoona Mall) B4

4413 1155 4435 3501 4441 8810

Personal Care/Pharmacies

Ali Bin Ali Watches & Jewelry* (Mall of Qatar) C1 4444 0228 Al Jaber Watches* (The Mall) D4 4467 8484 Al Muftah Jewellery* (Al Sadd) D3 4444 1313 Al Sulaiman Jewellery & Watches* (Gold Souq) D4 4437 6677 Awal Jewellery (Gold Souq) D4 4443 4551 Damas* (Al Mana Center, Al Sadd) D3 4442 5428 Domasco* (City Center-Doha) C4 4483 9327 Marhaba Jewellery (Gold Souq) D4 4431 8055 Pearl Gallery* (Wathnan Mall) D2 4480 0124 Tribal Gems (Gold Souq) D4 5539 7578

Mr Quality* (City Center-Doha) C4

Events (Royal Plaza) D3 Party Kingdom (Bin Mahmoud) D4 Party Mania (The Centre) D4

4021 7777 800 3835

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Going to shopping malls, souqs or other shopping destinations is the most popular pastime in Qatar. People enjoy going to shopping destinations to shop, eat, watch movies or just walk. No VAT or Sales Tax in Qatar ensures prices are competitive with other shopping destinations. However, the General Tax Authority (GTA) implemented the Excise Tax Law (No 25 of 2018) on 1 January 2019 on 'health-damaging' goods, with a 100% tax on tobacco and alcohol products, energy drinks and special purpose goods, and a 50% tax on carbonated drinks.

Malls Qatar continuously witnesses the opening of new malls. Early this year, Qatar saw the opening of the massive and luxurious Place Vendôme. In 2021, Msheireb Galleria opened in Msheireb Downtown Doha. The first shopping and entertainment mall to open in Qatar was The Mall, which opened in 1997. Prior to The Mall, residents shopped at The Centre since the 1970s. Malls vary in size, but all provide an opportunity for shopping, entertainment and dining. Many banks in the malls are open outside normal banking hours. Shopping festivals occur throughout the year offering great discounts, special offers and prizes.

Hypermarkets/Supermarkets There are many local and international hypermarkets and supermarkets in Qatar both in and outside malls. Popular international hypermarkets include Carrefour carrefourqatar.com, Family Food Centre (FFC) family.com.qa, Lulu Hypermarket and Lulu Express qatar.luluhypermarket.com, Mega Mart, Monoprix monoprix.qa, and Spar Hypermarket spar-qa.com. Other hypermarkets and supermarkets include Safari Hypermarket safarihypermarket.com, Shoprite, Marza Hypermarke marzahypermarket.com, and Saudia Hypermarket saudiagroup.com. Al Meera Consumer Goods Co is one of Qatar’s leading retailers with the largest network of branches, consisting of at least 50 stores, almeera.com.qa Retailers link up with partners to give shoppers the opportunity to earn points and rewards: • Air Miles shopping rewards scheme. airmilesme.com • Aura Rewards, formerly known as Alshaya Card, is a loyalty programme where you can earn and redeem points when you shop or dine at brands operated by Alshaya Group. alshaya.com • Blue is a loyalty programme by Al Futtaim Retail Group that lets you shop at their group brands

across the GCC and Egypt while earning rewards every time. mybluerewards.com • Family Club is a loyalty card by FFC, which allows its cardholder to earn points and redeem them at all FFC outlets. familyclub.qa • Festival Rewards is a customer loyalty mobile app by Doha Festival City, which gives you access to exclusive offers, special sale events, freebies and discounts. The free app can be downloaded on all iOS and Android devices. dohafestivalcity.com • Lulu app makes you a LuLu Loyalty member where you can earn points and redeem them at all Lulu outlets. luluhypermarket.com • Meera Rewards is Al Meera's loyalty programme and mobile application. almeera.com.qa • MyClub app from Carrefour Qatar. Valet Trolley service provides free home-delivery to MyClub cardholders for purchases of QAR250+ when shopping in-store. carrefourqatar.com • Nojoom from Ooredoo. ooredoo.qa • Shukran loyalty programme from Landmark Retail Ltd which includes Centrepoint. shukranrewards.com Banks have also teamed up with retailers to make similar offers. Doha Bank and LuLu Hypermarket entice customers with the LuLu-Doha Bank shopping credit card providing customers with 5% savings on purchases at their stores throughout Qatar. QNB LIFE Rewards loyalty programme offers its debit and credit customers rewards at three levels of membership, dependent upon salary. QIC Advantage Club and QGrabs offer a different shopping concept – members can take advantage of great deals when shopping, dining, or using health and beauty facilities: qicadvantageclub.com and qgrabs.com. The Entertainer and Urban Point are money-saving 2-for-1 and discount app with thousands of offers that renew every month: theentertainerme.com and urbanpoint.com ©

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Al Sulaiman Jewellery & Watches, Mega Mart Startech Middle East, I AM, Maison de ✘ ✘ ✘ Sushi, Kababs & Kurries 8 am – 10:45 pm

Daily 8 am – 11 pm

A3 Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight

Fri closed 11 am – 12:30 pm

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D4 Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight

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Fri closed 11 am – noon

Startech Middle East, Al Abed Roastery, Care n Cure Pharmacy, Saloon Sea Palace

FFC

7:30 am – midnight Spar

Caribou Coffee, Wellcare Pharmacy

7:30 am – midnight

Sun – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Galeries Lafayette – Katara Plaza, 100% Capri, Alberta Ferretti, Ermanno Thu – Sat 10 am – 1 am Scervino, Philipp Plein

Abu Sidra Mall E2 Daily 8 am – midnight 5511 4425/4496 9888 Fri closed 11 am – noon abusidramall.com

Lulu Department Store, Cell Planet Phones, Le Cheval Jewelry, Al Tulu Flora

Al Hazm 4411 1444 alhazm.com

Daily 9 am – midnight

Al Jazeera Perfumes, Hadarah ✘ Perfumes, IL Bernardo, Little Ones, Scentsation, Sole Avenue, Style de Vie

Daily 8 am – midnight Fri closed 11 am – noon

City Lifestyle, Daiso, Payless, Mothercare, Splash, Claire's, Nayomi, Giordano, Bath & Body Works

Daily 10 am – 11 pm

Spar 300 Bowling Centre, Al Aker Sweets, Eli ✔ ✔ ✔ France Café, Kidsland, Java U, Outlet 63, Saving Square, The Chemist Cafe 8 am – midnight

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 1 pm – 11 pm

Al Meera Centrepoint (babyshop, City Lifestyle, ✘ ✘ ✘ Shoemart, Splash), Emax, Homecentre 8 am – midnight

C3

Al Khor Mall 4453 3445 alkhormall.com B. Square Mall

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A neighbourhood mall in Al Daayen.

A two-storey mall with skylight roof in New Salata.

A high-end luxury openair shopping mall in Katara Cultural Village.

Farah Play Area

Farah Play Area

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Over 60 stores open over two levels.

Two levels of family entertainment with 300 parking spaces.

Two levels with underground parking.

FunVille

Cineco Three Velocity

Roxy Cinema Fun City

Al Hazm

A three-level mall in Al Rayyan with over 200 retail and F&B outlets. Exclusive luxury brands in a fashionable setting.

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C4 Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm

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E3 Sat -- Thu 10 am – 10 pm

Doha Festival City 4035 4444 dohafestivalcity.com

B2 Sun – Wed 10 am – 10 pm

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Ezdan Mall, Al Wakra

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Centrepoint, Bath & Body Works, MaxFashion, Merch, Mothercare, Nayomi, Payless, The Body Shop, Zohoor Al Reef

Thu – Sat 10 am – 11 pm

Kipling, Naturalizer, Victoria's Secret, Ted Baker, Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols Doha, Debenhams, H&M, Zara

Sat – Thu 7:30 am – midnight Fri closed 11 am – 12:30 pm

Jumbo Electronics, Saving Square, Sports For Less, Lez Watches, Madam Prestige, Wooden Bakery, Jollibee

Daily 7:30 am – midnight

Aldo, Anotah, Aéropostale, New Yorker, Riva, Neal's Yard Remedies, The Toy Store, Athlete's Co., Bath & Body Works

H&M, LC Waikiki, R&B, Voile, Bath & Body Works, Footlocker, Vision Express, Tim Hortons, American Eagle Outfitters

Adidas, Antique Corner, Babyshop, Bath & Body Works, Matalan, Morgan, R&B, Sephora, Splash, Victoria's Secret

HomesRUs, Rasasi, Aldo, Charles & Keith, Daiso, LC Waikiki, Highland, Pari Gallery, Laura Ashley, Nayomi, Triumph

Fri 2 pm -- 11 pm

Daily 7:30 am – midnight

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D2 Sat – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

Sun – Thu 9 am – 10 pm Fri and Sat 9 am – 11 pm

Thu 9 am – 11 pm Fri 2 pm – 11 pm

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Thu 10 am – midnight Fri 1 pm -- midnight Paid parking

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8 am – midnight

Monoprix

10 am – 11 pm

Family Mart

7:30 am – midnight

Carrefour

7:30 am – midnight

Carrefour

7:30 am – midnight

Al Meera

7 am – midnight Al Meera

8 am – midnight

Doha Festival City

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Neighbourhood mall over two floors.

Kiddyzone

Over 500 outlets, ranging from day-to-day shopping to high-end fashion.

Seven entertainment areas

Over 200 shops on four floors.

VOX Cinema

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Four-storey neighbourhood mall in Al Mirqab Al Jadeed St.

FunVille ✘ ✘ ✘

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Three levels with over 170 stores.

The first and only mall in Al Wakra; two floors with parking for more than 1,500 cars.

Three levels with shaded parking.

Mostly one level with over 100 outlets and kiosks.

FunVille, KiddyZone

Go Fun

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Jungle Zone

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B4 Thu -- Sun 10 am – 10 pm 51 East, Table Arts, Rituals, Armani Exchange, Bang & Olufsen, Bridal Lounge, Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

Fri 2 pm – 11 pm

Landmark Mall 4487 5222 landmarkdoha.com

C3 Sat – Wed 9 am – 10 pm

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Mirqab Mall 4036 2777

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Aljazeera Perfumes, Armani Exchange, Bershka, Daiso, Damas Jewellery, BHS, Mango, illy, Lush

Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu 10 am – 11 pm Fri 10 am – 11:30 am/ 1 pm – 11 pm

Alhosh Gallery, Fallini, Kaltham's Jewelry, Spaceship, Project Two

Sat – Thu 9 am – noon Fri 1 pm – midnight

Gorgeous Couture, Zohoor Al Reef, Technical Care Center, Al Jazeera Perfumes, Jumbo, Sports Corner

9 am – midnight Carrefour

8 am – midnight Monoprix

9 am – midnight Carrefour

8 am – midnight Monoprix

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Ahgar, Al Ameer Al Oud, Al Asjad, Al Rawnaq, Al Qasr Jewelers, Panache London, Vintage Boutique

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Bath & Body Works, Bershka, Aldo, Calvin Klein, Christian Louboutin, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Dune, Daiso

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8 am – 10 pm

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Adidas, Aldo, Call It Spring, Victoria's Secret, Pottery Barn, Bath & Body Works, Bulgari, Calvin Klein

Sat – Wed 10 am – 11 pm Thu & Fri 10 am – midnight

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Msheireb Galleria 4008 4777 msheirebgalleria.com

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BHS, Boots, Bershka, Borders, H&M, Holika Holika, Lush, Marks & Spencer, Mac, Migato, Sephora, Zara

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Boutique mall over three levels with over 140 outlets.

DHL Desk ✔ ✔ ✔

58,000 sq m single-storey mall.

300 Bowling Center

Flik Cinemas Circus Land

Cinema Land XtremeLand/KidzMondo

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Over 500,000 sq m of retail, dining and leisure activities.

A 26,000 sq m mall with 250 car parking spaces.

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Situated in Msheireb Downtown Doha, with more than 30 pop-up stores.

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Neighbourhood mall in Muaither, Al Rayyan with more than 30 retail and F&B outllets.

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A 1 mn sq m development of retail, leisure, entertainment and luxury in Lusail City.

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Two levels of local shops and restaurants.

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D3 Sat – Thu 9 am – 10 pm

Tawar Mall 4437 9333 tawarmall.qa

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The Centre 4444 0202 thecenterqatar.com

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The Gate Mall 4407 7201 thegate-qatar.com

C4 Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm

The Mall 4467 8888 themalldoha.com

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Villaggio 4422 7400 villaggioqatar.com

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Wathnan Mall 4487 6691 wathnanmall.com

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Fri 3:30 pm – 10 pm

Aida, Al Muftah Jewellery, Al Rawnaq, Articles, Mont Blanc, Pari Gallery, Quatro, Sensory Souk, Sizy

Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu & Fri 10 am – midnight

Anotah, Caracole, Karisma, Merch, Momento, Riva, Saqr, Saving Square, Sports Corner, The Face Shop

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 4 pm -- 10 pm

Al Jaber Watches, Brands, GEM Centre, NBK Fashions, Party Mania, Redtag, Scholl, Sulaiman Jewellery

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Aldo, Al Motahajiba, Boots, Calvin Klein, Claire's, Highland, Mango, Milano, Mothercare, Next, La Senza, Lovisa

Thu & Sat 9 am – 11 pm Fri 9 am – 11 pm

Al Motahajiba, Bath & Body Works, Desigual, H&M, Mango, Marks & Spencer, Virgin Megastore, Zara

Sat – Wed 10 am – 10 pm Thu – Fri 10 am – midnight

Al Jaber Watches, Al Rashdi, Al Suwlujan Jewelry, Gold Mine, Turkiana, Zarabi Department Store, Zohoor Al Reef

Sat – Thu 10 am – 10 pm Fri 4 pm – 10 pm

Mega Mart

Al Baker Art Boutique, Botany Lab, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, JustKidding, Salam Stores

Fri 1:30 pm – 10 pm Paid parking

7 am – 11 pm

8 am – 10 pm Al Meera

8 am – midnight Carrefour

8 am – midnight Masskar Hypermarket

5 am – 1 am

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Features a musical water fountain, a traditional souq and a boutique hotel.

One level with beauty, jewellery and clothing kiosks.

Boutique mall with three floors of high-end outlets and luxury brands.

Two levels with a range of high- and middle-range shops.

DHL Desk ✔ ✔ ✔

Italian-themed mall with luxury brand area Via Domo.

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First mall with dedicated opening hours for families only.

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Over 100 shops across three levels with high-end outlets.

Most malls have ample parking and offer car wash and/or valet services at a reasonable price. Facilities at malls are subject to change. Call ahead.

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Furjan Markets

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In addition to malls, there are plenty of other shopping destinations in Qatar including wholesale markets and traditional souqs.

Al Furjan Markets Al Furjan (neighbourhood) markets have house provision stores, bakeries, butcheries, pharmacies, ATM kiosks, laundries, barber shops, fruits and vegetables, and vending areas and eateries, among other facilities. Al Furjan Markets aim to have a store in each zone and can be found in areas such as Al Qutaifiya, Rawdat Al Hamama, Rawdat Aqdim, Al Thumama, Al Mearad, Umm Al Seneem, Al Ebb and Jarayan Nujaimah. The Al Furjan project aims to have 44 markets in designated areas with a total of 645 shops, covering 28 basic commercial activities, providing for the main needs of inhabitants of the neighbourhood.

Al Sailiya Central Market E1 Aswaq for Food Facilities Management, a subsidiary of Hassad Foods, relocated the previous Wholesale Market in Mesaimeer to the new Al Sailiya Central Market in January 2020. Covering over 78,000 sq m, the central market is the largest in Qatar. The market is divided into several connected and air-conditioned sections for fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables, and a slaughterhouse for camels, cows and sheep. The market has nine air-cooled storages. It includes a traditional market with 52 shops, in addition to the existing 102 shops in the retail market and the 50 shops in the wholesale market. Moreover, there are imported products at the auction hall, which spans over 8,000 sq m. Upon completion of the auction, the products are loaded either out of the market, or to the wholesale market or air-cooled storage. The Omani Souq E1 has relocated to Al Sailiya Central Market. Tangy, salty aromas of dried fish compete with the sweet smell of ripe dates. It 274

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offers a large variety of goods, including desert truffles, spices, nuts, perfumes, gardenware, plants, camel sticks and incense burners. 4407 1111, aswaq.com.qa/aswaq-sailiya

Al Wakra Central Market F5 Aswaq for Food Facilities Management opened Al Wakra Central Market in January 2020. Spread over an area of approximately 230,000 sq m, the facility includes a livestock central market with an automated slaughterhouse, cattle barns, shops, hypermarket, traditional and vegetable markets, shops and administrative buildings. The 14,000 sq m automated slaughterhouse has the capacity to handle 9,000 livestock a day. There are more than 600 livestock barns. The public can buy animals from the barns and transfer them to the slaughterhouse. The retail, wholesale and hypermarket sections are air-conditioned. The market includes 102 shops to support the market’s main activity such as fodder, grain, and veterinary supplies. The market also includes fodder storage space of more than 5,200 sq m. Additionally, the retail section includes 76 shops and a traditional market that sells vegetables and fruits, dried fruit, honey and dates. There are several seasonal farmers markets across Qatar. Local farmers sell produce directly to customers. Fresh fruit, vegetables and plants can be bought in bulk. Open Thursday to Saturday 7 am – 7 pm, between October and June. 4407 1111, aswaq.com.qa/aswaq-wakra

Souq Umm Salal Spanning over 70,000 sq m, Souq Umm Salal, also known as Umm Salal Central Market, connects directly to the main ports in Al Wakra, Al Ruwais, Al Khor and Doha, supplying nearly 80% of the fish to the market. It includes 62 fish shops, an auction yard of 2,100 sq m, as well as a fish cleaning section, visitors waiting area, and an ice factory to meet the needs of traders. The market is an integrated marketing platform for all basic commodities, which contributes in achieving food security.

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Barwa Village E5 Barwa Village, just off Al Wakra Road, is a residential and commercial complex that has much to offer. In the centre of Barwa Village is The Plaza – home to Mega Mart and Centrepoint – and also a health club, an international school, a nursery and a medical clinic. There are also a few gold, perfume and gift shops as well as electronics shops and a bookstore. An abundance of affordable restaurants await, offering tastes from India, China, and other parts of Asia, as well as the Arab region. Next to Barwa Village is Retaj Real Estate’s newly launched residential and commercial development, New Souq Al Haraj. It consists of 552 units: 22 showrooms that start from 165 sq m – 220 sq m; 243 shops that start from 46 sq m – 130 sq m; 51 kiosks; 211 residential apartments with one and two bedrooms; and 25 offices approximately 100 – 130 sq m.

Souqs In addition to the popular Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra (see Souq Waqif and Souq Al Wakra in the Discovering Qatar section), there are various souqs or market complexes scattered around town. When people in Qatar talk of the 'souqs', they usually refer to the city’s oldest market area, in the heart of the city near the old Amiri Diwan.

Souqs range from the traditional-style Souq Waqif, which still retains the atmosphere and spirit of the old bazaar, to the more modern air-conditioned, marble-clad complexes. When shopping in the souqs, you have the opportunity to bargain. You have cheaper imports, high-end designer items and just about everything else, including clothing and home accessories to kitchenware, souvenirs and unique gifts. Kitchenware shops stock everything from huge cooking pots to dainty glasses, cutlery and table ornaments. Luggage, tools, general hardware, DIY and gardening equipment are also available. Clothing includes a wide range of inexpensive clothes, casual wear and shoes. Shopping hours at the souqs are usually 10 am – 1 pm and 4 pm – 7 pm (Souq Waqif has longer opening hours). A map of the central souqs is in Souq Waqif in the Discovering Qatar section. Parking is limited at the most of the souqs. The earlier you arrive, the better. Consider parking at any of the underground car park around Souq Waqif. Some are air-conditioned. See the map of Souq Waqif for precise locations. Also consider taking the Doha Metro – Souq Waqif Metro Station (Gold Line). Access to cash is limited at most of the souqs. ATMs are avaliable but it's best you carry cash with you at all times as most shops take payment in cash only. First in the downtown souq area is the busy Souq Faleh D4 shopping centre, which houses several abaya, clothing and body accessories stores. Adjacent to Souq Faleh is Souq Al Asiery D4, which is known as the 'Escalator Souq' – as it was the first and only one in Doha to have an escalator. It has a massive selection of fabrics available at prices to suit all. Other outlets include clothing, shoes, perfume and accessories. Connected to Souq Al Asiery is Souq Al Dira D4, your one-stop shop for upmarket textiles. The building has huge arches, lantern-style lights and stained-glass windows and, can be found right behind Souq Al Asiery. High-quality beaded fabrics, heavy lace and 'designer' fabrics are all ©

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The central market offers all basic commodities such as meat, fish and vegetables to serve the needs of all – traders, producers and consumers. In addition, the market includes a private slaughterhouse with a production capacity of up to 1,000 heads per day (under the management of Widam Food), in addition to livestock barns, vegetables and fruits shops, multi-service shops, cold stores, a supermarket, a mosque, and a number of administrative offices. The Ministry of Municipality has recently opened Al Mazroua Yard in Souq Umm Salal, while Aswaq for Food Facilities Management developed and fully equipped the yard, which extends over 1,800 sq m and includes 44 counters dedicated to selling local produce. 4407 1111, aswaq.com.qa/aswaq-umm-salal

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on sale. The souq also has shoes, perfume and accessory stores, and cloakroom facilities. Many Indian and Filipino eateries can be found there. Right behind Souq Al Asiery and Souq Al Dira D4 is Central Souq or Souq Al Madina, which is a one-stop destination for embroideries, decorating fabric or other materials for dressmaking as well as custom tailoured abayas and jalabiyas. Facing you at the end of Al Ahmed Street is Souq Al Jabor D4. Stores along the outside as well as inside the block offer a good selection of footwear, clothes and a wide range of other products. One of the oldest markets in the country, Souq Al Haraj D4 in Al Mansoura is the best destination for second-hand goods especially used furniture and household appliances. Souq Al Ali C3 in Al Gharrafa houses textile, tailoring and abaya stores, and a few pet shops. It's also a popular destination for shoe repair and carpentry stores. There's a KFC, Yellow Cab and other eateries in the souq as well. The old yet urban Thursday and Friday Souq E3 is located on the Wholesale Market Street in the

Bu Hamour and Mesaimeer district. The shopping centre is a well-known destination for abayas, jalabiyas, affordable clothes and other garments as well as toys. There are also a few spice, dates and honey shops. In addition to souqs, there are many low-budget shopping centres in Qatar with branches across the country where you can buy clothing, home accessories and kitchen appliances at affordable prices such as Al Rawnaq, Ansar Gallery, Dragon Mart and Ramez. See Where to Shop in this section for numbers.

The Gold Souq There are several jewellery shops in the gold souq area, surrounding Grand Hamad Street and Ali Bin Abdullah Street. In addition to buying and/or selling gold, most jewellers will repair and replace jewellery, providing a receipt. Designs cater for Western and Eastern tastes and are of local and international manufacture. Traditional bridal jewellery is an interesting sight and comprises solid gold belts, gub (small gold caps), hair ornaments, mirtash (chest-length decorated chains) and bracelets.

Coins, ingots and gems of various weights are available at most jewellers. High-quality second-hand watches on sale at specialist shops include brands such as Rolex and Cartier. Buying gold is safe as all gold sold in Qatar is tested and hallmarked in the country, so quality is guaranteed. Most of the gold is 18 and 22 carat. Some modern and traditional jewellery items have artificial stones and this is reflected in the price. You are welcome to try anything on, and the salesmen are willing to bring pieces from a nearby shop if they don’t have what you are looking for. You will need the purchase receipt when selling

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Selling gold The Ministry of Interior lists procedures for obtaining the mandatory no-objection certificate (NOC) from the police to sell gold. A fee of QAR10 has to be paid through a debit/credit card to get the NOC. Other requirements are necessary such as bringing the gold for inspection, producing bills for the gold, and bringing the ID and passport of the owner or seller. The gold should belong to first or second degree relatives. The service is provided by the Gold Sales Office in Souq Waqif and security departments across the country. Invoice Many jewellery shops issue invoices based on the format prescribed by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI). The MOCIapproved format, introduced in 2016 to protect consumers' interests, offers customers a detailed sales invoice. It shows particulars such as unit price without processors, price of workmanship, purity degree, and trademark. Other details include information about the piece of jewellery like the total price, carat, gram, number, description, item code, the shop’s stamp, seller’s name and signature, shop data, invoice number, customer name and customer’s Qatar ID number. m

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Le Pouce by César Baldaccini Novo Cinema Police Post Souq Waqif Art Centre Traditional Majlis Msheireb Museums Toilets (F & M) Ladies Waiting & Prayer Room Entrance to Souq Waqif Metro Station Oud & Arabic Perfumes

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Usta Turkish Restaurant The Rice & The Noodle Saida Lebanese Rest. Little Sailor Al Mourjan Al Adhamiyah (Iraqi) Layali Al Qahira Second Cup Al Mandarin Le Gourmet Al Bandar Fish Market La Boca (Argentinian) Zaatar W Zeit

14 Tajeen (Moroccan) 15 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 16 The Village 16 Abdel Kader Alhallab Sweets 18 Tea Time 19 Damasca One 20 Khariss Cafe (Lebanese) 21 Parisa Persian 22 Al Koot Cafe 23 Coffee Beanery 24 Ghanabi Fresh Juices

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No More Single-Use Plastic Bags! By Ola Diab The Ministry of Municipality has approved a draft decision controlling the use of plastic bags in the country.

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rime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani chaired a Cabinet meeting at the Amiri Diwan on 25 May 2022, approving the draft decision of the Ministry of Municipality controlling the use of plastic bags in the country. The ban will come into effect on 15 November 2022. The preparation of the draft resolution comes within the framework of the strategic objectives of preserving the environment and optimal investment in waste recycling. Among the provisions included in the draft resolution are the following: • Institutions, companies and shopping centres are prohibited from using single-use plastic bags in packaging, presenting, circulating, carrying or transporting products and merchandise of all kinds. • Replacing single-use plastic bags with multi-use plastic bags, biodegradable plastic bags, paper or “woven” bags, and other biodegradable materials. A single-use, plastic carryout bag means any bag less than 2.25 millimetre thick and made

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predominately of plastic derived from petroleum or bio-based sources, such as corn or other plant source, and includes compostable, noncompostable, and biodegradable plastic bags. According to earthday.org, five trillion plastic bags are produced worldwide annually. It can take up to 1,000 years for a bag to disintegrate completely. By switching to reusable shopping bags, we can eliminate that waste– which amounts to about 307 bags per person. In addition, when plastics end up in landfills, they break down into tiny toxic particles that contaminate the soil and waterways, and enter the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them. Eco-friendly shopping practices In recent years, many hypermarkets across Qatar have taken steps to introduce eco-friendly and sustainable shopping practices, as well as initiatives to encourage shoppers to adopt green and environmentally friendly lifestyles. Many retail outlets have introduced various measures to reduce plastic use, such as issuing reusable bags or using paper carrier bags to reduce single-use plastic products.

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In 2019, the Ministry of Municipality and Carrefour Qatar introduced a no plastic bag campaign called ‘No Plastic Tuesday’ on the third Tuesday of each month, in all Carrefour stores. Carrefour Qatar did not provide any single-use plastic bags at checkouts on that day. Customers received a reusable bag for free and 10 extra MyCLUB points on each transaction. Customers were encouraged to bring their own reusable bags as well. Under the campaign, Carrefour aimed to familiarise the public with the best ways to use eco-friendly bags and the benefits behind using them, and eliminate singleuse plastic bags from cash counters. Apart from championing various eco-friendly initiatives throughout the year, Carrefour is also investing heavily in several areas designed to reduce its environmental impact. For example, green checkout counters called 'Connecting with Nature Counter' have been implemented in stores nationwide. The counters are dedicated for reusable bag users. To help protect the environment, the Ministry of Municipality has been campaigning against the use of plastic bags and has urged retailers to start using biodegradable, compostable and reusable bags. Biodegradable and compostable bags are an environment-friendly alternative to plastic bags. Biodegradable are often still plastic bags that have microorganisms added to break down the plastic, while compostable bags are made of natural plant starch, and do not produce any toxic material. Compostable bags break down readily in a composting system through microbial activity to form compost. Mega Mart is leading the use of biodegradable bags, providing customers with bags at checkout that say 'This bag is 100% bio'. LuLu Hypermarket has introduced paper bags, joining some other major outlets across the country, including Monoprix, Carrefour and IKEA,

which adopt environmentally sustainable practices. LuLu has also printed a message on each of its paper bags, made from 100% recycled paper, saying 'Good for the planet, Good for us' aimed at creating public awareness on the importance of using safer alternatives. Besides shifting to biodegradable plastics, Lulu also has affordable reusable bags, which can be used multiple times. If damaged, LuLu will replace the bag with a new one since it has a lifetime warranty to encourage shoppers to make a habit of always bringing their reusable bags with them. LuLu is also the first in the region to allow customers to borrow shopping bags in an effort to cut down on plastic waste. The ‘Borrow A Bag’ initiative allows shoppers, who have forgotten a shopping bag or purchased more than expected, to borrow a bag rather than purchase one. Lulu will be introducing the ‘refill’ option in some selected categories soon. Lulu wants to offer a range of options to its shoppers to help them reduce plastic waste rather than imposing any one solution to its customers. In 2019, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company launched an innovative recycling initiative in some of their branches. Al Meera has placed branded recycling machines for plastic and aluminium products. Customers can drop a plastic bottle or an aluminium can into the recycling machine and in return, earn Meera Rewards points, which can be used later at any Al Meera branch. To receive the rewards, customers need to register with the Meera Rewards loyalty programme, which was launched in 2018 where customers can earn and redeem points. Meera Rewards members will also be able to accumulate additional loyalty points for their recycling contributions across Al Meera branches. Al Meera's recycling machine initiative aims to encourage the public to recycle. m ©

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and Services 293 Utilities • Water and Electricity • Gas • Telephone and Internet • Public Wireless Internet • Postal Services and Mail • Courier Services • Birth, Marriage and Death • Liquor Permit

282 Feature – Qatar Digital ID Card The Ministry of Interior has launched a new app, Qatar Digital ID Card, to provide an easy way to access electronic services on their website.

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• Primary Health Care Centres • HMC Hospitals and Services • Ministry of Public Health • Private Medical Centres • 24‑hour Pharmacies • Dental and Optical Centres • Support Groups

305 Map of Khalifa Bin Hamad Medical City 306 Healthcare in Qatar

• Healthcare News • The Ministry of Public of Health • Hamad Medical Corporation: HMC Hospitals; Additional Services; HMC Hospitals with Emergency Departments; Qatar Blood Services; Organ Donation; Meeting international standards of care; Working towards a healthy Qatar; Delivery of medical reports and consumables • PHCC and Sidra Medicine • How the Health System Works Together

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Qatar Digital ID Card By Ola Diab The Ministry of Interior has launched a new app, Qatar Digital ID Card, to provide an easy way to access electronic services on their website.

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uring the 14th Milipol Qatar 2022 in May 2022, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) launched the Qatar Digital ID Card (QDI) application with an aim to reduce identity theft crimes in cyberspace.

The new digital application service is available for iOS users, and will include all cards issued by MOI, including your Qatari ID, driving licence, and car licence. In addition, it will provide storage and accessibility services for other official cards, and electronically signed and sealed transactions for individuals at MOI. QDI offers the highest degree of confidence for users to obtain their digital identity securely and easily, and it contributes to reducing identity theft crimes in cyberspace. Face recognition has been introduced and stored in MOI's system as a core factor in creating a digital identity, to document the authenticity and validity of the ID of the person. In addition, it ensures the protection of online transactions and solidifies the concept of secure cyberspace. The identity of the user has also been created, upgraded and linked to a distinctive electronic signature of the person, which includes national digital certificates that can be further utilised by the user via the same application, to approve electronic transactions in compliance with the enforced regulations and legislations in the State of Qatar for the sake of protecting these transactions against fraud. The new service provides a practical and reliable process to promote confidence in online or electronic transactions both locally and globally. In addition, electronic seals have been introduced to primarily enable MOI and other affiliated authorities in Qatar to electronically seal their documents and protect them against forgery and 282

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tampering. In addition, it helps find easier ways to access copies of official documents to compare documents that have been authenticated through certification and electronic stamping services from the Ministry of Interior's website. The programme will positively contribute in the integration of various digital systems in a more secure and easy way, in addition to maintaining confidentiality and security in the area of sharing and transmitting electronic information. MOI aspires to protect a user's privacy within its national programme that applies maximum security in electronic transactions and international standards through offering accessibility to the electronic government services in a more secure and efficient way. This step comes in the framework of MOI to offer cutting edge and distinguished services for Qatari and non-Qatar users. In addition, it also offers a significant contribution in the national digital transformation and automation systems among all ministries and authorities in the State of Qatar within the persistent efforts aimed at achieving the objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030. Currently on Metrash2, there is a digital wallet feature where you can find a digital copy of your ID card, driving licence, vehicle registration and other necessary documents. New e-services on Metrash2 At Milipol 2022, MOI also launched 17 new e-services on Metrash2. The newly added Metrash2 e-services include six services related to residence permits, which previously required visiting the Expatriate Affairs Department. Now, they can be submitted through Metrash2. The new services are:

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ensure the quick departure of a person who is urgently required to leave the country. Personal or corporate employers of the departing employee can pay it after ensuring that the employee has left the country. • Visa purpose violation complaint: The employer or an authorised person can submit a complaint against an employee who did not complete the residency permit (visa) procedures and left employment without any legal justification. • Witness approval: This service allows the employer or an authorised person to add witnesses to the complaints of an employee leaving and/or violating employment contract. Residency Services • Applications for renewal of residence permits (RP): Receiving applications for renewing an RP that require approval from Expatriate Affairs Department for various reasons such as restricted period, age and more. • Applications for changing passport details: That require approval from Expatriate Affairs Department for various reasons such as restrictions on the person and passports with accompanying persons. • Applications for issuing RP: That require approval from Expatriate Affairs Department for various reasons such as passport expiry, fingerprint issues, medical test issues, etc. • Applications for RP cancellation: That require approval from Expatriate Affairs Department for various reasons such as vehicle ownership, employing/hosting expatriating, etc. • Applications for reducing residence violation fines: Receiving applications for reducing fines imposed on expatriates that requires approval from the Expatriates Affairs Department. • Tracking applications for residence services: To know their status and options to complete the application from the same screen. Services of search and follow up department • Complaints of leaving employment: The employer or the authorised person can submit a complaint against the employee who obtained his residence permit and left the work without any legal justification. • Financial claims (fines): This service allows the person's employers or companies to pay overstay fines, including fines for overstaying of persons required to leave the country. • Financial claims (tickets): This service allows the employer to pay the amount of travel tickets previously paid by the Ministry of Interior to

Applications for Recruitment Approval • Applications for approval of domestic worker recruitment by Qataris: This service allows Qatari citizens to get approval for recruiting domestic workers after presenting a detailed list of domestic workers at the time of application. If all the conditions are met, instant approval will be granted, or the application will be referred to the relevant committee, if the requirements have not been met. • Applications for approval of domestic worker recruitment by non-Qatari residents: This service allows expatriate residents to get approval for recruiting domestic workers. If all the conditions are met, the application will be referred to the relevant committee to look into it. • Tracking recruitment approval applications: This service allows applicants to track and follow up on the status of recruitment approval applications by uploading additional requirements if asked by the relevant committee to do so. Establishment Card Services • Issuing establishment card: The authorised person in the commercial register can get the establishment card issued electronically, whether for the main office or its branches, as per the required conditions. • Cancellation of establishment card: The authorised person in the commercial register can cancel the establishment card electronically, provided that there are no pending services on it, such as valid residence permits, visas and vehicle. Al Adeid Reporting Service (Communicate with us – Preventive Security) This service aims to communicate with members of society, and receive information and complaints regarding public morals:• Wrong behaviour • Threatening incidents • Administrative corruption • Violations in tourist destinations • To take necessary measures in coordination with relevant authorities. m ©

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Day to Day Qatar Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Qatar, there are many things to know about your stay in Qatar, from day to day activities to government tasks.

Visas See Traveller Information in the Discovering Qatar section. Accidents and Medical Emergencies Call 999.

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There are three local English daily newspapers published in Qatar: Gulf Times Founded in 1978, the newspaper is the first English newspaper in Qatar, and the first publication of the Gulf Publishing and Printing Company in Qatar. gulf-times.com The Peninsula Launched in 1996 by Al Sharq, the newspaper has extensive news coverage from around the world with a primary focus on life in Qatar. thepeninsulaqatar.com Qatar Tribune Launched in 2006 by Dar Al Watan publishing, printing and distribution, the newspaper covers news from Qatar and around the world. qatar-tribune.com There are other international titles that arrive in Qatar, but a little later, including the international New York Times. The Arabic dailies published in Qatar include Al Arab alarab.qa, Al Sharq al-sharq.com, Arrayah raya.com and Al Watan al-watan.com. Most newsagents deliver newspapers if asked. Dailies are also available online.

Television and Radio Al Jazeera The most watched Arabic news channel in the Arab world is broadcast from Doha in English (101.7 FM, aljazeera.com) and Arabic (102.6 FM, aljazeera.net) 24/7. Alkass A group of eight sports channels that are broadcast 24/7 from Qatar focusing on domestic football. alkass.net Al Rayyan TV An Arabic satellite television network that broadcasts cultural and family entertainment programmes. alrayyan.tv beIN Sports Watch and stream live sports including La Liga, Ligue 1, Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, and MLW. beinsports.com Golfo Radio Spanish and Portuguese radio station in Qatar transmits on 98.3 FM. golforadio.com Habaieb FM 93.7‎An Arabic broadcast and internet radio station. habaiebradio.com Oryx FM A French service, transmits 24/7 on 94.0 FM. oryxradio.qa 284

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Qabayan Radio First and only Filipino radio channel in Qatar, operating on 94.3 FM. qabayanfm.com Qatar Television (QTV) Government-owned public service national television channel, operating Channel 1 in Arabic. qtv.qa QBS Radio Operates daily under Qatar Media Corporation (QMC) on 97.5 FM in English. qbsradio.qa QFM 95.3 Bangla, Sithula, and QFM Tamil First Sri Lankan radio stations in Qatar broadcast in Sinhalese, Bangla and Tamil languages. sithularadio.com, qfmradio.qa QFM Malayalam 98.6 FM First Malayalam radio station in Qatar. radio986.com Quran Radio Qatar Operates 24/7 in Arabic with more than 10 talk shows on 103.4 FM. quranradio.qa Radio Olive A Hindi FM station, broadcasts 24/7 with information, music and entertainment to the diaspora fom the Indian Sub-Continent on 106.3 FM. olive.qa Sout Al Khaleej (Voice of the Gulf) An Arabic live radio station, broadcasts Arab music and entertainment on 99.0 – 100.8 FM. soutalkhaleej.fm Urdu Radio Operates daily on 107 FM in Urdu under Qatar Media Corporation (QMC). urduradio.qa

Places of Worship Islam is the official religion of Qatar but many expatriate communities hold church services. All religious associations need to register with Qatar International Christian Ministry (QICM) to be considered legitimate. Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Rosary E4 The Catholic Church in Qatar is a part of the universal church whose spiritual head is the Pope. Daily Mass: early morning and evening in English and other languages. 4416 5550/5400, ourladyofrosarychurch.org, catholicchurchqatar.org Immanuel Mar Thoma Church – Doha, Qatar E4 Member of Inter Denominational Christian Church. 4416 5701, imtcdoha.com RCCG Rehoboth Assembly E4 A parish of the redeemed Christian Church of God. Teenage Church and Children's Club available. 7770 7783, rccgrehobothqatar.org

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Whether you are a resident or a visitor to Qatar, dealing with one or more of the country's government offices is going to be a necessity at some point in your stay. You can do some services by visiting the offices and transacting directly with government officials; however, most services can be done online. Government apps You can also use your mobile phone to perform personal and corporate government transactions. Amerni Provides residents access to services of the Ministry of Labor to perform personal and corporate services such as those related to housing, security or family affairs, and employment or establishment data. EHTERAZ Created due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visitors and residents of Qatar are required to have the app to enter public places. It's the official contact tracing app by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH). ehteraz.gov.qa Hukoomi Enables the use of up to 650 online services accessible remotely without having to visit a government office.

Metrash2 Offers residents an easy way to access MOI services through their mobile devices including enquiring about official documents, creating and paying for individual/company exit permits, enquiring about and settling traffic violations, and more. Oun Helps users in Qatar to access the services provided by the Ministry of Municipality such as pest control, tree-pruning and rain water removal, among other services. Qatar Digital ID (QDI) Aims to reduce identity theft crimes in cyber space. Launched in May 2022 by MOI, the new digital wallet includes all cards issued by MOI, including your Qatari ID, driving licence, and car licence. In addition, it provides storage and accessibility services for other official cards, and electronically signed and sealed transactions for individuals at MOI.

Sila A new app launched by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) in 2021, bringing together Qatar's public transport modes into an integrated network – metro, bus, tram and taxi. sila.qa There are other important apps such as Kahramaa, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry's MOCIQatar app and HIA Qatar. There is also Nar'aakom, which allows people in Qatar to benefit from many of Primary Health Care Corporation's (PHCC) digital services from their smartphones. All government apps are available on iOS and Android.

Hukoomi This is the award-winning government website, hukoomi.gov.qa. Available in English and Arabic, it is the first place to look when you have governmentrelated queries, offering more than 500 services. It serves as an access point to the many services provided by the government and allows everyone, visitors and residents alike, to make transactions online. Regularly updated, it has many e-services and links to various government ministries, councils, departments and institutions. It also provides information and articles about Qatar. Hukoomi is also available as an app on iOS and Android. Registration: Some services, such as driving licences, require online registration with a Qatari ID card for residents and nationals or a passport number for users outside Qatar.

Ministry of Interior (MOI) Services MOI is committed to keeping both citizens and residents continuously informed and updated about their services and ease of access to them. They can be found at portal.moi.gov.qa, on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Some services are available in Arabic, English, Hindi and Urdu to meet the diverse language needs of its users.

Metrash2 MOI introduced its unique service Metrash2 that enables Qatari nationals and residents to apply for and obtain more than 150 services that save their time, effort and money, while enjoying the convenience of using their smartphones. ©

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Metrash2 includes: Visa services • Personal and corporate traffic services • RP services • Exit permit issue • General MOI enquiries MOI's Emergency Service for the Deaf 992 uses advanced technological equipment to enable users to contact the emergency centre by: • Dialling 992 using a 3G camera from their computer or mobile phone. • Sending an SMS to 992 mentioning clearly the type of the problem and service needed – such as Ambulance, Civil Defense or Police – and the name of the user, address, and the injuries or deaths if any. • Emailing 992@moi.gov.qa

Qatar Digital ID In May 2022, MOI launched the Qatar Digital ID (QDI) application with an aim to reduce identity theft crimes in cyber space. The new digital wallet includes all cards issued by MOI, including your Qatari ID, driving licence, and car licence. In addition, it provides storage and accessibility services for other official cards, and electronically signed and sealed transactions for individuals at MOI. The digital wallet offers the highest degree of confidence for users to obtain their digital identity securely and easily. The application is available for Android and iOS users.

eCASH Card MOI will only accept credit, debit and eCASH cards as payment for many services including visas, residence permit applications and renewals, and payment of fines. The eCASH Card is a non-personalised prepaid card, obtainable from Qatar National Bank (QNB), which can be used to pay for such fees at ministries and government departments displaying the eCASH symbol. To purchase the card you need to show your ID card, or if you are a nonresident, your passport. Features: Valid for two years • No bank account needed • Reloading facility • Refundable credit 286

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Immigration Department branches: Al Gharrafa C2, the Industrial Area, Hamad International Airport (HIA) D5, Al Wakra and Al Khor. Report your lost or stolen card as soon as possible. To report any suspicious transaction not initiated by yourself, call your bank, some of which have dedicated fraud lines.

Useful Documents/Processing You need to prove your identity in Qatar for all government and commercial transactions, so have plenty of: • Passport-size photos and several copies of the passport of each family member. • Copies of your marriage (attested) and birth certificates. • Original educational qualifications (copies are not accepted), which will need to be authenticated in your country of origin, along with a Bonafide Certificate. Translating a document: The official language in Qatar is Arabic. Each page of each document must bear the translation firm’s official stamp for it to be considered valid. Asia Translation and Services Centre 4444 0943 National Translation Services of Qatar (NTS Qatar) 7048 2217 Qatar Translation Center 4443 5354 The Language Professionals Translation Services 4031 6680 TrustLink 7030 3534 Mandoub: Most organisations offer help to their employees on arrival and have a government liaison officer (mandoub) who is responsible for completing much of the official documentation. Government Services Complex: There are government service complexes across the country – Al Wakra, Al Daayen, Al Sheehaniya, Mesaimeer, Onaiza, Al Zubara, Al Hilal (C Ring Road), Al Rayyan, Umm Salal and The Pearl Island. Opening times: Sun to Thu 7:30 am – 1 pm/3 pm – 7 pm, Fri and Sat closed. Call the Government Contact Center at 109 for more information.

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The Qatar Labour Law – Kafala The relationship between an employer and employee is regulated by the Qatar Labour Law. A copy of this can be downloaded via Hukoomi or read on qatarlaborlaw.com/qatar-labor-law, qatarlaborlaw.com/amendments

Sponsorship: All expatriate workers in Qatar require sponsorship to work in the country. Minimum Wage: According to Law No 17 of 2020 on Setting the Minimum Wage for Workers and Domestic Workers, the minimum wage for all private sector workers, including domestic workers, is set at QAR1,000 per month as a basic wage, as well as QAR500 per month allocated by the employer for accommodation expenses and QAR300 per month for food, unless the employer already provides adequate food or accommodation for the employee or domestic worker. The new law came into effect in March 2021. Working hours: A 48-hour week is the maximum allowed under Qatar Labour Law without overtime pay. Government offices and many private companies have a two-day weekend on Friday and Saturday, although a one-day holiday on Friday is still common in the private sector. Hours of business: Government offices tend to work a single shift 7 am – 2 pm; private companies may work a single shift or split morning/late afternoon shifts with longer hours. Contract: Three copies of the employment contract should be signed by both parties. The employer and employee each retain a copy, the third copy is kept at the Ministry of Labor C4 after verifying it. It is illegal for sponsors to keep their employees' passport and travel documents after the visa formalities are over. Sponsor fine: not less than QAR10,000. End of service benefits: Employees completing a period of continuous service for more than one year are entitled to an end of service benefit on the termination or expiry of the contract of employment. This is mandatory in the current labour law, effective from January 2005.

Ministry of Labor (formerly Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs): C Ring Road D4 including a Women's Section. There is also an office on Street 13/ Al Kasarat Street in the Industrial Area (see map in the Motoring section). 4028 8888

Workplace Disputes The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 13 of 2017 amending some provisions of the Labour Law, and forming the Labour Dispute Resolution Committee. All labour disputes are received through the Ministry of Labor to resolve disputes. The maximum period for reviewing the disputes before the committee is one month, including the time for any potential appeal. Labour Relations Department: File your complaint within one year of the event with the section for workers’ rights and grievances. 4028 8888 Ministry of Labor: Formerly Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA), has its own dedicated 24-hour confidential hotline number for its own employees who have employment grievances. 16008, adlsa.gov.qa National Human Rights Committee in Qatar: Protects and consolidates human rights of all, subject to the jurisdiction of Qatar. Hotline 800 2222, SMS number 119, nhrc-qa.org

Register at your Embassy All nationals working or residing in Qatar are advised to contact their country’s embassy to register or subscribe to its services. See Foreign Embassies in the Discovering Qatar section for contact details. ©

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Since 2018, Qatar has been taking major steps to reform its labour laws, and ease restrictions of the Kafala or employee sponsorship system, including abolishing exit permits, removing the no-objection certificate (NOC) requirement, introducing a minimum wage and more.

Migrant workers can now change jobs before the end of their contract subject to a notice period. The adoption of Law No 19 of 2020 provides greater clarity regarding termination of employment. To terminate an employment contract and change jobs, workers must provide at least one month’s written notice if they have worked with the employer for two years or less, or two months’ notice if they have worked with the employer for over two years.

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Every member of the family residing in Qatar, including babies, must have an individual family residence permit. Holders of residence work permits can sponsor their immediate family (spouse and children) if they earn over QAR10,000 a month. Workers are allowed to sponsor their sons under 25 years of age who have not completed university studies and unmarried daughters of any age. The sponsorship law allows women in independent jobs to sponsor their husband and children (conditions apply).

Residence/Work Permits Expatriate workers must have a residence permit for themselves and each member of their family unless they fall into exempted categories. You need a Qatari sponsor to obtain a residence work permit enabling you to sponsor your family. Work residence permit: QAR1,260 per year (QAR1,000 annual fee, QAR100 for the ID card, QAR100 for the Labour Department paperwork costs, QAR60 for validation stamps). Work Residence Permits are renewed each year by the expatriate’s employer. It is usually the sponsor’s responsibility to deal with all the paperwork and to pay the annual fee at the Immigration Department in Al Gharrafa C2, the Industrial Area E2 or Mesaimeer E3. Families residing in Al Wakra F5 and Al Khor should apply locally. Register as a working woman (On husband’s sponsorship): QAR500 per year. Women on family sponsorship can work in Qatar without a separate residence work permit by obtaining a licence from the Ministry of Labor's Women’s Section. When you have been offered a job, the company must obtain an application form from the Labour Department and submit it with the following: • Three original copies of your employment contract (QAR60 for authentication). • A no objection letter (NOC) signed by the family sponsor giving his consent for you to work. • Originals and photocopies of passports and ID for you and your family sponsor. • Originals and photocopies of all your relevant academic and professional qualifications. • A certificate of good conduct from the MOI. • Copy of your resignation letter from your previous employment (if applicable). • A photograph and fees. Payment: Via credit card or eCash card from Qatar National Bank (QNB) sold on or near the premises. Family residence permit: Spouse and child over 18 – QAR500 per year, child under 18 – QAR400.

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The General Directorate of Passports is in the process of introducing new procedures that will enable people to submit their family residency applications electronically and online via the Hukoomi website, Metrash2 and the internal services system. Documents required: Salary certificate from employer; copies of passports of family members; attested marriage, birth and degree certificates (as required); copy of electricity bill; six months worth of bank statements; stamped and registered accomodation lease. Final approval of the residence permit depends on the decision of the recruitment committee. Check hukoomi.gov.qa in case of changes. Domestic staff residence permit: QAR300 per year (on personal sponsorship). Employees must have a minimum salary and be married with a resident working spouse in Qatar (proof of which is required). Fill in the application form at your local Immigration Department. There are sometimes restrictions on the nationality you can employ so check before you start the process. In August 2017, HH the Amir ratified Law No 15 on service workers in the home (Domestic Workers Law). The cabinet adopted the law in February 2018. The law guarantees workers a maximum 10-hour workday, a weekly rest day, three weeks of annual leave, and an end-of-service payment of at least three weeks per year. Recruiting privately: Obtain the visa yourself for domestic staff (or use the office mandoub), register a contract with the Qatar Labour Department and complete any paperwork with the national’s embassy in Qatar. You must then go through an official recruitment agency to complete the entry process. Domestic workers in Qatar earn an average of QAR1,500 a month. Requirements and regulations are subject to change so please check when applying. Recruitment agencies: These have a list of staff for you to choose from and will complete all the formalities for you.

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marhaba.qa The card bears your name, nationality, date of birth, occupation, an ID number and its validity. Containing personal data of the holder, the card also bears your passport number, passport expiry date, residency type, sponsor's name, signature and more. The cards also have electronic chips for storing personal and biometric data. You will be required to present your card every time you enter and exit the country. It will also be accepted at airlines/airports around the world as the official document to prove residence in Qatar.

Qatar makes it mandatory for workers from several Asian, African and Middle Eastern countries to submit a health certificate before their entry into the country. You must complete these procedures before you can get a residence work permit or family residency: Blood-type certificate: This can be obtained from any clinic for both adults and children. You must have this certificate before going for your medical test. Medical test: This includes a blood test (not to be confused with blood type) and a chest X-ray, for adults only, carried out by the Medical Commission in Abu Hamour E3, 4467 9111. Cost QAR100. Alternatively the service can be provided at Al Ahli Hospital, Doha Clinic, Al Emadi Hospital or American Hospital Doha. moph.gov.qa Fingerprinting: A few days after completing the medical test, only adults need to go for electronic fingerprinting. Headquarters are at Salwa Road (by the Industrial Area Interchange) F2, open Sunday to Thursday 6:30 am – 5:30 pm, 234 6666. Other service centres are located in Al Khor, Al Shamal, Duhail, the Industrial Area E2 and Mesaimeer E3. Large organisations can ask the MOI’s mobile unit to do fingerprints on site. Collecting Residence Card: Usually ready after three days to one week; collect from the issuing office, Immigration Department, Al Gharrafa C2, 4489 0333. The Residence Permit sticker in the passport has been abolished and replaced by an all-encompassing Residence Card, also held by children.

Residency Permit A Residency Pemit (RP) is an identity card, which is compulsory for all residents of Qatar, including children, with a work or family residence permit. It is issued after the formalities for residence permits are completed and can be used instead of your passport for all transactions in Qatar. Carry your card with you at all times.

Your sponsor must renew your residence work permit, but you can renew your family’s residence permits. In October 2021, HH the Amir issued Law No 22 of 2021 on regulating healthcare services, making it compulsory for expatriates and visitors to have private health insurance in order to receive basic medical services. Health insurance is also required for a new RP or for renewal, but check with Hukoomi and the relevant ministry for current or up to date requirements. Qatar Post’s e-Resident online service: You can renew your Residence Permit and passport with an optional home delivery service via Metrash2 and Qatar Post. To apply at Qatar Post, get ID Card application forms at the General Post Office in Al Dafna C3; the form must be completed and signed by both applicant and sponsor. Submit with a valid passport, ID, one photo and the relevant fee, either to the Post Office or Immigration Department. Cost: Spouse or child over 18 years – QAR500; child under 18 years – QAR300; domestic staff – QAR300. Additional charges apply for the renewal of the ID card and processing fees – QAR20. Call Centre 104, qatarpost.qa Renew online: Fill out the required information via the online application form. Select renewal period (from one to three years). Select delivery option and pay the appropriate fees. portal.moi.gov.qa MOI currently has Self-service Machines (SSMs) at at least 15 locations including the main post office, Landmark Mall, Villaggio Mall, Royal Plaza, Hamad International Airport, Lulu Hypermarket – D Ring Road, Ministry of Interior headquarters, MOI Services building at Mesaimeer, MOI Traffic Department, Police Training Institute, Education City, and MOI administrative building. Visit hukoomi. gov.qa for details of all locations. Users, both individuals and licensed company representatives, can renew certain residence cards, collect exit permits, pay traffic violations, check expiry dates of passports, visas, driving licences and more. ©

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marhaba.qa The MOI has added 17 new e-services on Metrash2, including residency services, employment complaints, financial claims, applications for recruitment approval, establishment card services and more. To issue a new RP, fingerprinting is necessary.

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Exit Permits The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani signed Law No 13 of 2018 (Amending Law) in September 2018, amending certain provisions of Law No 21 of 2015 that required all migrant workers getting permission from their employers before leaving Qatar. The amended law, which came into effect in October 2018, allows most migrant workers covered by the Labour Law to leave the country without having to obtain an exit permit. Decision No 95 of 2019 was issued to allow expatriates in the following categories to have the freedom to temporarily or permanently leave the country during the period of validity of their employment contract: staff in ministries and other government agencies; employees in public bodies and institutions; employees in the oil and gas sector and affiliated companies; employees working on marine vessels; workers engaged in agriculture and grazing; and workers in private offices. As per Decision No 95 of 2019, domestic workers should notify employers at least 72 hours prior to the departure. In September 2018, the Ministry of Labor announced that employers may submit names of up to 5% of its employees who will continue to require exit permits. Companies need to upload the list of such employees on the ministry's website. The ministry will then move those lists to the MOI. Employers are not required to seek an employee’s consent prior to including a name on the list. Wives and dependent children under the sponsorship of their husbands or fathers do not require an exit permit.

Electronic exit permits: Government agencies and private companies can issue exit permits electronically through an authorised signatory within seconds using Metrash2 or portal.moi.gov. qa. Sponsors can issue the permit via the internet and their mobile phones worldwide. Manually processed exit permits: Many smaller organisations still process exit permits by hand. The mandoub is licensed as a company representative to obtain this on your behalf. Paperwork must be signed by your sponsor and bear the company stamp. Permits must be presented, along with your passport, at the Immigration counter at Departures. Overstay fines: Check hukoomi.gov.qa for current fees. Online visa/permit information Detailed information about all types of visas and visa applications in English can be found online at hukoomi.gov.qa or portal.moi.gov.qa

eGate The MOI has activated free eGate service for expatriate passengers at the arrivals and departures terminal of Hamad International Airport (HIA). Expatriates and their children above 18 years of age can avail of the service using their residence cards or passports after registration at the airport. HIA currently has 40 e-gates installed – 21 at the departures terminal and 19 at the arrivals terminal. The service comes under the 'smart passengers' project launched in early 2017.

Health Related Services Health Cards To access the government healthcare system and facilities, it is essential to apply for a health card. This can be issued only after you obtain a residence permit. Babies under one year receive free vaccinations and medical treatment under the state healthcare system. Cash is not accepted for payment at Primary Health Care Centres (PHCC) – only a valid debit or credit card or payment card obtainable from QNB (see eCASH cards, earlier in this section).

The Expat Exit Grievance Committee remains in place to accept complaints from workers prevented from leaving the country for any reason. Until advised otherwise, the following fees remain in place for those who still require an exit permit: Multiple use exit permits for expatriates: Valid for one year – QAR500. Exit permit for those sponsored by companies or organisations: Valid for one week – No charge. Exit permit for those on personal sponsorship: Valid for one week – No charge. 290

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Process Citizens and residents of Qatar may apply for a health card to access services at any of the Hamad Medical Corporation’s healthcare facilities or hospitals. It contains your ID number, nationality, photo and date of issue. To obtain a health card, visit the PHCC centre nearest to where you live. There you need to fill out the appropriate forms. You will be issued a PHCC health file number. The health centre will either issue you with your card immediately or ask you to return within a few days to collect it. Health cards are issued during morning working hours only. Call 107 or 16060 for more information. phcc.qa, hamad.qa Cost Qatari and other GCC adult residents and children QAR50; non-Qatari adult residents and children QAR100. If you lose your health card but it is still valid, Qatari nationals will need to pay QAR50 for a replacement, non-Qataris QAR100. If you lose your health card and it has expired Qatari nationals will need to pay QAR100 for a replacement, non-Qataris QAR200. You must pay using a credit or debit card. No cash is accepted. Renew or replace your Health Card through Hukoomi via these simple steps, hukoomi.gov.qa – Load the online application. – Enter your ID number. Choose to renew, or 'Reprint' if you wish to replace your lost or damaged Health Card. – Choose your preferred delivery option. – Pay appropriate fees online.

Private Health Insurance In October 2021, HH The Amir issued Law No 22 of 2021 on regulating healthcare services, which makes it compulsory for expatriates and visitors to have private health insurance in order to live in Qatar or visit the country. Some companies provide their employees with free health insurance (but this may be tied to using a local private hospital) or you can

Vaccination Vaccinations for overseas travel, for visitors to Qatar, and childhood immunisation are all available from the Vaccination Unit at Mesaimeer Health Centre E3, 4406 4222. The Communicable Disease Centre in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City C3/D3 operates the Travel Clinic where people can go for vaccinations and health advice before travelling. Vaccinations are by appointment only, 4025 4003. Some Primary Health Care Centers (PHCC) offer travel immunisation as well, 107 The Department of Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control and the expanded immunisation programme in Qatar have developed an advanced and modern child immunisation programme. The National Vaccination Committee is also constantly reviewing and making adjustments to the vaccination schedule in accordance with the trends of disease prevention in the country. Currently, there are 12 vaccines used in the national programme for basic vaccinations in Qatar, providing children with immunity against 14 diseases. Some PHCC provide immunisation services to the public, and to obtain them, you can visit the hospital/health centre that you belong to, and there are a number of private health facilities that also provide vaccination services, either under private health insurance or for a fee. COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Qatar's COVID-19 vaccination campaign comprises Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, and AstraZeneca vaccines. All citizens and residents, aged 12 and above, regardless of their health conditions, can receive the COVID-19 vaccination. The current vaccination rollout includes two doses of the vaccine, plus a third booster dose for which all individuals are eligible from six months after receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine dose. A fourth dose is applicable to individuals 60 years of age and older, and those with chronic diseases at high-risk for severe COVID19 infection. More than 2 million people have been vaccinated in Qatar, which makes up 92% of the population.4027 70​​77, covid19.moph.gov.qa ©

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Application Qatar guarantees health services to all citizens and residents in government medical institutions through a health card system. The system provides the cardholder with a medical record file containing all his/her medical data saved in the nearest healthcare centre. You can renew your health card online, or replace a lost or damaged card.

Health, Home and Life insurance Al Koot Insurance & Reinsurance Arabia Insurance GIG Gulf (AXA Insurance) GlobeMed Qatar Libano-Suisse MetLife Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) QLM Seib Insurance & Reinsurance

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Many employers provide accommodation or a housing allowance for their employees as part of their contract. You are strongly advised to ensure that it is sufficient, especially with the continuing trend of fluctuating rent prices in Qatar. You may rent a stand-alone villa or a villa located in a compound with a pool and leisure facilities from around QAR12,000 monthly, with studio/one bedroom apartments starting at about QAR5,000. Alternatively, an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment leases for somewhere QAR6,000 to QAR8,000 per month at The Pearl island, Lusail City and Msheireb Downtown Doha (MDD).

If you are looking to buy a property you may wish to contact one of the following legal companies for advice:

The Rent Dispute Resolution Committee is responsible for settling rent disputes between landlords and tenants. The party that files the complaint before the committee must pay a fee of QAR100, in most cases giving tenants a six‑month eviction period. All contracts, whether new or old, must be registered by the landlord at the Office of Registration of Rental Contracts within 30 days of signing the contract. The lease you sign must be written in English and Arabic. Check exactly what is included as necessities, such as air conditioners, are expensive to purchase and maintain. Serviced flats: Furnished flats with cleaning and laundry services provide another option for long or short-term stays.

Letting Agents These agents have a wide variety of property on their lists as well as experience in the local market. Al Emadi Enterprises

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Alfardan Properties

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Al Jazi Real Estate

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Coreo Real Estate & Relocation

4016 7000

Cushman & Wakefield

4483 7388

Just Real Estate

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Mirage Int'l Property Consultants

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Al Tamimi & Company 4457 2777 Clyde & Co 4494 1000 Dr Ghada M Darwish Karbon Law Firm 4488 9050 Gulf Legal Consultants – Dr Jumah Nasser Al Kaabi Law Firm

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Hassan Al Khater Law Office 4443 7770 Law Offices of Gebran Majdalany 4442 8899 Simmons & Simmons 4409 6700 Sultan Al Abdulla & Partners 4442 0660

Relocation Services/Removal Firms There are several moving companies in Doha and many international employers will pay for your relocation. You can move locally by doing the packing yourself and hiring a truck from the Najma Souq area D4, but you will not be insured! CEVA Logistics

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GAC International Moving & Relocation Services

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Gulf Warehousing Company (GWC) 4402 3555 Professional Real Estate & Relocations 4031 6639 Qatar Logistics 4407 6262

Other Housing Considerations Furnishing: See the Shopping section for details of furniture outlets. There is always plenty of second-hand furniture around. Look on display boards at supermarkets and in schools, try websites such as qatarliving.com or Buy it, Sell it, Swap it, Qatar on Facebook. Najma has locally produced furniture and a second-hand market D4. Air conditioning: This is essential in summer and requires regular maintenance and servicing. Home Cleaning/Pest Control Services: Home cleaning services are available which can be flexible to meet your requirements. Major pest control is usually carried out once or twice a year to coincide with the start and end of summer. Cleaning Specialists and Pest Control: Al Mutwassit Cleaning & Pest Control

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Boecker Public Health

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Hegy International Qatar Home Services

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Qatar Pest Control Company (QPC)

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Utilities and Services Water and Electricity Kahramaa, Qatar’s Water and Electricity Department, provides both electricity and water. The mains electricity is usually 220 – 240 volt with three square pin sockets. If you are visiting from a country that has 110V supply, please check the suitability of your electrical appliances before plugging them in. Many appliances have two pin plugs but adaptors are available in local shops.

Caution The amended clauses of Law No 26 of 2008 under Law No 20 of 2015 on rational consumption of water and electricity states that Qatar is taking all measures to stop extravagance of the country’s vital resources of electricity and water and ensures resources are protected for future generations. Severe penalties for wasting water through a hose or pressure pipe can reach up to QAR20,000 for first-time offenders, while wasting electricity can incur a fine of QAR10,000. Kahramaa runs a campaign known as Tarsheed to help Qatar reduce its consumption of electricity and water by 20% and 35% respectively. Connecting to electricity and water: To activate the supply, download an application form from hukoomi.gov.qa, and include the reference number of the property for both electricity and water. These are supplied by the owner or found above the door to the property. Kahramaa has announced it has stopped receiving paper applications. • Sign the application form using the same signature as that on your tenancy agreement and ID (a copy of both are required). • The owner of your rental property will have to give you a completed transfer form to put the utilities in your name, in addition to the owner's ID (if privately owned) or a copy of the building's commercial registration (CR) commonly referred to as the company's computer card. • Take these and a refundable deposit of QAR1,200 for electricity and QAR800 for water to any of the Kahramaa offices.

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Paying water and electricity bills: Amounts for both utilities are sent out monthly on one bill, sign up to receive an email. The monthly estimate is adjusted from time to time with a meter reading by Kahramaa. There is an online ready reckoner to help you estimate your household consumption. Sanitation fees: As of January 2021, Kahramaa, in cooperation with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), began charging non-Qatari houses and organisations for sanitation services, equal to 20% of the value of the monthly water bill. This service is provided free of charge to Qataris. Payment for services can be made: • At all major banks, via banking apps, and at QNB ATM's • Online through Hukoomi at hukoomi.gov.qa or Kahramaa at km.qa • Via Ooredoo Self Service Machines • By the Visaphone service – call 991, select 3, give your Visa card number to the customer service operator • Via an application available on iOS and Android 24-hour hotline (all branches): 991 Customers can report complaints or make enquiries. Main Office: Al Dafna C4, 4484 5555. The Customer Service Department is open Sunday to Thursday 6:30 am – 2:30 pm. Call centre: 991 Service centres: Al Hilal • Al Khor • Al Wakra • City Centre Commercial Centre • D Ring Road • Madinat Khalifa • Musheireb • Salwa Centre Home delivery of mineral water: Al Manhal & Nestlé Pure Life Rayyan Natural Water

4433 5777 4443 6999

Water tank cleaning: Al Mutwassit Cleaning & Pest Control 4436 7555

Gas Shafaf containers are lightweight LPG cylinders made from a fiberglass and plastic composite, and are available in all WOQOD service stations, various supermarkets and other retail outlets. Cylinders are available for consumers in two refill sizes, 12 kg and 6 kg, to fit various domestic household needs, or to be used outdoors during trips and camping. The cylinders are fireproof and do not explode, even in the case of fire. Additionally, you can monitor gas levels for prompt replacement. Each empty cylinder weighs only 5 kg, that is half the weight of regular steel cylinders, making these cylinders easy to carry and use. woqod.com.qa ©

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Water: Buildings in Qatar usually have tanks to store water as mains water is not pumped continuously and often has low pressure. The supply network and domestic storage tanks require regular cleaning and replacement. Tap filters of various kinds are readily available. Many people prefer to drink bottled water and you can arrange to have one of the water companies deliver five gallon flagons to your home. Some areas still rely on water tankers to deliver. Always use a government licensed tanker as they are cheaper than private ones.

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marhaba.qa Telephone and Internet To obtain a local telephone number, you can only do so with a Residence Permit. Local mobile numbers can be obtained at any of Qatar's two service providers, Ooredoo or Vodafone Qatar. A new mobile sim card costs QAR50.

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The international dialling code for Qatar is +974. Local calls from private houses and businesses are free, but hotels charge a nominal fee for local calls made from the room. For international calls inquiry, call 150. Ooredoo (formerly Qtel) and Vodafone Qatar provide International Direct Dialling (IDD) to most countries. Dial 00 (or +) to call out. Mobile Number Portability (MNP): Users are able to keep their existing mobile number when switching to another service provider.

Ooredoo Qatar Public Telecommunications Corporation (Qtel) was the first and sole telecom provider in Qatar for 20 years. In 2013, Qtel rebranded to become Ooredoo. It offers a comprehensive package of services ranging from landline to mobile phones, fixed and mobile internet, broadband and entertainment services. ooredoo.qa 4G LTE wireless technology is available. Customers can access the network only through 4G-enabled devices such as the Ooredoo My-Fi device and the Ooredoo 4G USB modem. Ooredoo 5G is ready now, and Ooredoo is the first-in-the-world to launch it on a commercially available network. Ooredoo is able to use 5G through the apps they are developing.

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Landline Telephone Rates: Local landline to landline calls are free. Off-peak rates apply to mobile and international calls from 11 pm – 6 am. Residential Packages: This three-in-one service includes the core pay-monthly mobile phone plan, high-speed internet connection (ADSL), and landline subscriptions with three options. Residents over 18 years old can apply at Ooredoo shops or their authorised dealers. Visit an Ooredoo Shop with your Qatari ID and home electricity number (Kahramaa) to book your installation time and finalise your Internet service. eShop: Buy services and hardware online. Broadband Internet Services: Offers customers a range of packages to suit individual needs, in and outside the home. There is an online service which allows you to view bills, make payments and add, modify, or suspend a service. Alternatively, visit an Ooredoo shop, a bank, SSM or one of their authorised dealers. Nojoom is the customer reward programme. Subscribers can earn points to spend on all their services (mobile, landline, internet and TV) and redeem them with the company or with a number of their partners. Call 111 from an Ooredoo phone, visit the website or register via the app.

Ooredoo's app is available for download at ooredoo.qa/app for iOS and Android, to aid customers in managing their accounts and services.

Ooredoo Passport Travel without worrying about roaming charges with Ooredoo's Passport Partners in more than 60 countries (including GCC). Weekly: QAR100, get 100 roaming minutes for calls and 1GB of roaming mobile data (2GB in the GCC). Monthly: QAR350, get 300 roaming minutes and 4GB of roaming mobile data (8GB in the GCC). Check availability in the country you're travelling to.

Mobile phone

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• Hala is a pay as you talk, no contract option. Credit can be topped up by a variety of recharge methods, from top-up cards available at many retail outlets to credit transfer from other Ooredoo mobile users, eVouchers, eTopUp, online or direct top up from their Self Service Machines (SSMs). • Shahry is a pay monthly service with a choice of price plans and packs. • Other mobile services include mobile money with MoneyGram and HD Voice. • 5G service is now available

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Vodafone Qatar Vodafone Qatar is part of an international telecom company, Vodafone Group, and is owned by Qatar Foundation. Vodafone Qatar offers a choice of flexible mobile phone, internet and broadband services. Visit vodafone.qa, one of their stores or a partner outlet.

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• Vodafone Passport Pack is a roaming pack, which gives you the freedom when travelling to receive 100 minutes of incoming calls, calling Vodafone Qatar numbers and 1GB of data for QAR100/week (1GB extra in GCC countries). • All-new Unlimited 5G plans: All plans allow you to experience 5G speed with unlimited data, calls and SMS. Vodafone Qatar also offers a choice of pre- and postpaid internet services. Details of its Superfast Broadband Home Phone Service, including an update of its fibre coverage in Qatar, are available on the website. Call Vodafone Qatar on 800 7111 from your Vodafone mobile, visit vodafone.qa or one of their outlets.

Accessing television services There is an ever-increasing number of options for receiving satellite or cable television, installed through any of the local cable companies. Through Ooredoo Ooredoo tv has replaced Mozaic TV, and offers over 400 live channels, 4K picture quality and advance control through phone or tablet computers. Ooredoo has become the first operator in the region to offer a commercial 4K service, which allows viewers to enjoy a high definition experience even on the largest screens. In addition to watching channels on tablets, the service has been designed as an evolution in home entertainment services, combining apps, on-demand and live television in one easy-to-use box. Ooredoo tv offers four feature-filled packages called ‘Extras’ – Arabia Extra, Asian Extra, International Extra and Super Extra. To subscribe call 111 or visit any Ooredoo or Starlink shop. ooredoo.qa

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Qatar Multitech Trdg & Contg

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Rukun Al Qala Trdg & Contg

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Public Wireless Internet Internet connections: All hotels as well as some restaurants, cafes, parks and other public venues in Qatar offer free internet connectivity. Hotspot Broadband Wi-Fi Services: Ooredoo and Vodafone offer high-speed internet access at selected locations within Qatar, connecting Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Hotspots include many cafés, coffee shops, libraries, the airport and other public places. iParks: The following are some public parks with free wireless internet: Al Khor, Al Khor Corniche, Al Maamoura Family Park D4, Al Wakra F5, Dahl Al Hamam C3, Dukhan, Hotel Park C4, Al Sheehaniya, Umm Slal, Aspire Park D2, MIA Park D4, and Simaisma. More iParks will follow in due course. Hotline (24/7): 4406 9955 How to connect Using a computer: Connect to the iParks WiFi, enter your mobile number and click the ‘submit’ button on the web page. You will receive an SMS notification with a PIN. Enter this PIN into the authentication field and click the ‘connect’ button. Using a smartphone: Enable your Wi-Fi and simply SMS 'iParks' to the toll free number 92194. Click on the link received to gain access.

Postal Services and Mail Mail delivery in Qatar is the responsibility of Qatar Postal Services Company (Qatar Post). The General Post Office: The main post office is located in the Al Dafna area of Doha C4, near the Corniche. Postal services offered include regular letter and parcel postage/delivery, bill payment, ID renewal, and money transfers/orders. Qatar Post recently opened a new branch in Madinat Khalifa. Paid parking is applicable at the main post office. In 2017, Qatar Post revamped its brand and logo, and prioritised modern services such as e-commerce and Express Delivery, and also continously opens new branches and smart lockers. Visit qatarpost.qa, or download their app available on iOS and Android, call 104 ©

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Mobile phone • There is a wide choice of prepaid and postpaid plans to suit different requirements, plus welcome packs. Recharge is available online or at Vodafone stores and their partner outlets.

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marhaba.qa Open: Sunday to Thursday 7 am – 9 pm; Saturday 8 am – 11 am/5 pm – 8 pm; Friday closed Options to receive mail locally and globally • PO Box Personal • PO Box Zero • Home delivery • Smart lockers Options to send mail locally and globally • 24 retail stores • 201 street post boxes • Standard, Express, Priority, Premium services For Business Solutions, contact business@qatarpost.com

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Post Office Boxes To apply: Download and complete the application form or obtain one from any post office. Return it with the original, plus one photocopy of your ID and a refundable deposit of QAR100. Companies need to provide a copy of a commercial registration licence, a copy of the authorised signatory and a refundable deposit of QAR100.

Courier Services Aramex DHL Express FedEx Qatar Post

4420 4458 4484 4446

Cost: Personal electronic boxes at the General Post Office cost QAR500 per year including one key. Company electronic boxes start at QAR1,500 per year including one key.

UPS Express

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At other branches, personal standard boxes cost QAR200 per year, plus QAR60 for three keys. Company standard boxes cost QAR500 per year plus QAR60 for three keys. Call 104 or visit qatarpost.qa

Under Qatari law, a woman must be married to give birth in Qatar.

Qatar Post e-Resident An online service in partnership with the Ministry of Interior and Immigration Department, which allows residents to renew their dependents' residence card.

Qatar Post’s e-commerce Qatar Post’s e-commerce service allows shoppers to buy items online and get them delivered directly to their homes or to a 'smart locker'. Shoppers can sign up online, and avail of hasslefree shopping and delivery from the US, the UK, and Asian online stores. They can then buy items online that can be sent to these locations. Packages will be forwarded on to them in Qatar – either directly to their homes, to one of 30 post office branches in the country or to a smart locker. These smart lockers are in locations across the country, open 24/7, making it a convenient option for registered users to pick up their packages. With lifetime membership, shoppers can buy goods online using the overseas address as a shipping location. The items are stored in a warehouse for up to 21 days, allowing shoppers to bundle together a number of parcels to minimise shipping costs. Qatar Post aims to get parcels delivered within five to eight working days, and has an online tracking system. Parcels can be up to 1.5 m in length and 296

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Birth certificate: The authorities in Qatar issue a birth certificate to every child born in the country (including expatriates) but children born to non-Qatari parents are not entitled to Qatari nationality by reason of their birth here. The registration department registers all births electronically and issues electronic certificates within 60 minutes. The hospital will advise you on the process. Cost for expatriates: QAR20, moph.gov.qa The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 3 of 2016 on regulating the registration of births and deaths in Qatar. The law makes it mandatory to report all births that take place within the country to the offices concerned at the Ministry of Public Health. Births in Qatar have to be reported within 15 days. Persons who can report births include the father of the newborn, if present; male adult relatives of the child, or female relatives, if males are not available; the physician or any authorised person who helped in the delivery of the baby; directors of public hospitals or penal institutes or officials of the place where the delivery took place; and the captain of a ship or an aircraft or any other means of transport where the birth took place. The information to be provided include the date of birth according to the Hijri and Gregorian calendars, time and place, and the gender of the baby along with his/her name. The name should not be shared by a sibling or be a compound name.

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Other mandatory information includes the names of both parents, the person who helped in the delivery and the person who reported the birth. The hospital provides two letters after the birth, one of which will bear a government number. In private hospitals, go to the hospital administrator who will allocate a number. Take these two letters plus both parents’ passports, parents’ birth certificates, marriage certificate, residence permits, visas, vaccination card and copies of all documents to an approved hospital. Complete a form and pay QAR20 for each copy of the certificate, which may be issued the same day. Expatriates can then register their child’s birth at their embassy and obtain a passport (not all embassies provide this service, check with yours). A newborn can accompany its parents until it is two years old, but an application for a residence permit (RP) for a newborn must be submitted within 60 days of the birth, or the parents face a fine of QAR10 a day.

Marriage Couples wishing to get married in Qatar are required to undergo the premarital health checkup or screening in order to avoid any genetic, hereditary and communicable diseases in addition to controlling the prevalence of disability and other diseases. The screening can be done at one of the accredited health centres in Qatar. Once the checkup is complete, Muslim marriages take place at the Family Court or if prefered, at their home with the presence of a mazoon, an official for civil ceremonies. There is no civil marriage in Qatar for non‑Muslims. The only non-Muslim marriages granted official recognition by the State of Qatar are Christian marriages performed by churches registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by clergy recognised by the ministry to perform non-Muslim marriages. Certain embassies and churches will perform marriages for expatriates. See Places of Worship earlier in this section. The church will

issue your marriage certificate. Translate a copy of the marriage certificate into Arabic through a translator recognised by Qatar Chamber (QC). Then register the marriage certificate and Arabic translation at the Office of Land Registration and Legalization at the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry will stamp the back of the marriage certificate with a registration number and keep the copy and Arabic translation for its records. Check with your embassy to see if you need to register the marriage in your home country.

Divorce The process of getting divorced in Qatar is different for Muslim and non-Muslim couples. Couples of any religion and nationality that can prove their residency in Qatar can file for divorce, although the process can differ. For Muslim couples who were married in Qatar and seeking to dissolve their marriage, they will have to meet certain requirements, such as proving their residency. In addition, the wife will have to honour the iddat, a period of three months where she cannot remarry. If the divorcing couple can reach a settlement, they can have their lawyers draw up an agreement and fast-track their case through the courts. If this isn’t possible, the person requesting the divorce will have to provide a reason for doing so – adultery, impotency, and abuse – along with evidence to support their claims. If you want to dissolve a marriage that took place in Qatar, there are a number of firms well-versed in local law who could assist and advise you (see Lawyers and Legal earlier in this section). If you were married outside of Qatar, seek advice from your embassy or law firms in your country on how to dissolve your marriage. It may be easier and more cost-effective to file for divorce in your home country. Note: If you are in Qatar on your spouse’s visa, you will lose your Residence Permit (RP) after divorce. You will need to get another RP, either under the sponsorship of your employer or another eligible family member. Advice is recommended. ©

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Registrating a birth can also be done online at moph.gov.qa. See Healthcare in Qatar in this section.

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marhaba.qa Death Notifying the police is mandatory and in some cases they may require a post-mortem. Get help from the relevant embassy, which will be able to advise you. Newborn deaths and stillbirths have to be reported within seven days.

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When one dies in Qatar, the law of the country that issued their passport will be honoured. Qatari law will apply only if the deceased has assets in Qatar but no heirs in the country. If one dies in Qatar and a will is not in place, their assets, including their bank accounts, cars and other valuables registered in their name will be frozen until the heirs provide the Family Court with proof of their entitlement to those assets. Heirs may prove their entitlement to the deceased’s assets by producing a legal statement from their country of nationality. In the unfortunate event of both parents dying, children residing in Qatar will go into the care of the Qatar Foundation for Child and Women Protection (QFCW). QFCW will attempt to contact the children’s next of kin and will keep the children until they can be released to the proper guardian or family member. The next of kin will require proof (birth certificates) that they are indeed the sibling or parents of the deceased for QFCW to release the children. A person's bank account will be frozen as soon as notification of his or her death reaches the bank, until such time as the deceased's beneficiaries produce an official inheritance certificate duly authenticated by all relevant authorities. The exact format of this will be dependent upon the jurisdiction of the deceased's home country. If a will is in place, a court order or other approved and authenticated document will be required. The bank may then forward payment to the relevant benficiary/beneficiaries. For joint accounts, Article 351 of The Commercial Code states that joint account holders will be considered to have equal shares unless otherwise agreed in the contract. When one of the account holders dies, the remaining holder must inform the bank of their intention to either continue with the account or to close it within 10 days of the date of death. Further details can be obtained from the relevant bank. Humanitarian Services Office This office has been set up in coordination between Ministry of Interior (MOI), Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hamad Medical Corporation, General Authority of Customs, Qatar Airways, Public Prosecution and other relevant authorities. 298

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The office is managed by the Unified Services Department of the MOI, and will provide services for repatriating the deceased abroad via a single window system. The new unified service office is located behind Hamad Hospital mortuary, next to the Retaj Residence Al Sadd. The office is open daily from 7 am – 9 pm.

Making a Will Neither Qatari family law nor the Qatar Civil Code requires residents of Qatar or Qatari nationals to have a will in place. However, it is strongly recommended that you draw a will in your home country. Then you will need to get it attested at the Qatar Embassy in your home country, and then translate it into Arabic. You will need to get it registered in Qatar at the Ministry of Justice. If you want to make a will in Qatar, there are a number of firms well-versed in local law who could assist and advise you (see Lawyers and Legal earlier in this section). In addition, seek advice from your embassy.

Liquor Permit The purchase and transportation of alcohol by individuals in Qatar is strictly regulated. Liquor for home consumption is available only from the Qatar Distribution Company (QDC) E3 which issues a permit. Call their Permit Department on 4429 9777. QDC is open Saturday to Thursday 8:15 am – 9:30 pm, Friday 1 pm – 9:30 pm. New memberships and renewals can be made online at qdc.com.qa. You will need a letter from your employer addressed to QDC detailing your position, salary, benefits, and accommodation, together with a copy of your passport or RP. On approval, the applicant will be required to pay an annual licence fee, paid on a prorata basis, based on your RP's validity. Entry into the shop and purchases can only be made by those holding a valid membership card. The permit holder's spouse can also hold a card for the same account. Retail Store and Permit Office appointments must be made online at qdc.com.qa. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment, which must be presented along with your Permit Card for entry and purchase at QDC. There's also a Click & Collect service on their website and home delivery for selected areas. In addition, the shop at QDC has a range of pork products. Pork products will not be deducted from your monthly alcohol allowance. The shop is closed during the month of Ramadan, and 10–14 days before Eid Al Adha. Rules issued should be strictly adhered to. Alcohol is for personal consumption only and must be taken home directly from QDC.

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Exporting a Pet All pets must be vaccinated against rabies and must be microchipped. You will then need to arrange rabies serology tests to obtain the necessary certification. You are strongly advised to check all health requirements and regulations with relevant government authorities and the relevant country well ahead of time, up to six months. Contact your local vet, animal support organisation and pet relocator specialist in Qatar and refer to the relevant countries' government website. Airlines require a health certificate, obtainable from the Animal Resources Department. You will need to take your pet for an examination and show current vaccination records. The export document is valid for seven days. Present it at the QNT Office in the Cargo Section at Hamad International Airport at least five days before you wish your pet to travel and book a flight there. You will need to pay the full fare plus handling charges at this stage. Your pet needs a travel kennel that complies with the airline’s regulations. As regulations and requirements relating to the import and export of pets are subject to change, it is recommended that you contact a pet relocator specialist to help you. m

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Short-nosed cats and dogs (eg Persians and pugs) are embargoed on many airlines, including Qatar Airways. Your pet's travel kennel must comply with the IATA regulations, iata.org. Some dog breeds are banned in Qatar – check with a pet relocator specialist or visit portal.moi.gov.qa

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The Ministry of Municipality's Department of Animal Resources is in charge of animal control and veterinary supervision of animal diseases. The department issues import permits, and oversees the exportation, transfer and transit of pets across borders. There are strict controls on the movements of endangered species. The Municipality's Department for Animal Resources operates a large veterinary clinic in Al Rayyan D2. For the Main Veterinary Clinic call 4426 1656, or apply online to request an appointment via the Ministry of Municipality: 184, hukoomi.gov.qa

As you cannot obtain an import permit from outside the country, it is recommended that you use one of Qatar’s pet relocation specialists to handle the importation.

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The information contained in this guide has been checked and verified as correct as at the time of compilation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, information is subject to change. Follow marhaba.qa for the latest updates. ©

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Useful Numbers EMERGENCIES – AMBULANCE, FIRE OR POLICE – 999 COVID-19 ENQUIRIES – 16000 Medical facilities in Qatar are open to all citizens, residents and visitors. Visitors need to pay for treatment at government hospitals and Primary Healthcare Centres; residents holding a valid Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Health Card pay nominal fees.

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For all enquiries call Hayyak 107, download the Nar'aakom app, visit phcc.gov.qa

North Region: • Al Daayen • Al Kaaban (24-hour Urgent Care Service) • Al Khor • Al Leghwairiya • Al Ruwais (24-hour Urgent Care Service) • Gharrafat Al Rayyan (24-hour Urgent Care Service) • Leabaib (Qataris only) • Madinat Khalifa C3 • Qatar University B3 • Umm Slal (24-hour Urgent Care Service) Central Region: • Airport D4 • Al Thumama (Qataris only) • Al Wakra F5 • Omar Ibn Al Khattab C3 • Rawdat Al Khail (24-hour Urgent Care Service) C4 • South Wakra F5 • Umm Ghuwailina D4 • West Bay (Qataris only) B3 Western Region: • Abu Bakr Al Siddiq (24-hour Urgent Care Service) D2 • Abu Nakhla • Al Jemailiya • Al Karaana • Al Rayyan D2 • Al Sheehaniya (24-hour Urgent Care Service) • Al Waab D2 • Al Wajba • Mesaimeer E3 • Muaither (Qataris only; 24-hour Urgent Care Service) D2

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Healthcare in Qatar Many changes and improvements have been introduced since the country opened its first hospital over 60 years ago. Billions of dollars are being spent on improving and expanding Qatar's healthcare system to cope with the rise in population. According to the World Health Organization, Qatar is spending more money per capita on healthcare than any other country in the Gulf. The healthcare system is available to all – citizens, expatriates and visitors. The public healthcare service provides free or extremely subsidised healthcare; the exception to this may be treatment for highly specialised services. Under the new health insurance law, visitors and residents require proof of medical insurance. Residents should check with their employer to see what health insurance is provided, or contact one of the insurance companies to take extra personal cover – see Day to Day Qatar in this section for a list of companies.

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Healthcare News Minister of Public Health presented with a Director-General’s Health Champions 2022 Award HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health, was joined by senior leaders from Qatar’s healthcare sector at World Health Organization’s 'Walk the Talk: Health For All Challenge' in Geneva. HE Dr Al Kuwari had been invited by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's Director-General, ahead of the 75th World Health Assembly. Prior to the start of the walk, Dr Tedros presented HE Dr Al Kuwari with a special ‘DirectorGeneral’s Health Champions 2022’ award, in recognition of her outstanding advocacy in global health promotion and security. Commenting at the presentation, Dr Tedros highlighted WHO’s close collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, particularly the 'Healthy FIFA World Cup 2022 – Creating a Legacy for Sport and Health’ partnership also involving FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. 'Such initiatives demonstrate the great potential of sport to help people enjoy higher levels of physical and mental health', he said. The Ministry of Public Health and WHO will jointly host 'Walk the Talk Doha' in October, the first time this initiative has been held in the country. Visit moph.gov.qa for more details.

PHCC Medication Home Delivery Service The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has a fast, safe and convenient way to deliver medication to your home. The service is available to all patients registered at a PHCC health centre, with a valid health card, credit card and correct address details, as per your residence's blue plate (ie building, street and zone). Each of the health centres has a dedicated number – simply send a message via WhatsApp saying 'Hello'. A pharmacist from your health centre will call you and start the process. After the call, a payment link will be sent via SMS; the cost is QAR30 and must be paid online. The medication will then be delivered within two working days by Q-Post. Note that this delivery service is for standard prescriptions only – narcotics and controlled medications require a special prescription and can only be obtained from your registered health centre.

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The Ministry of Public Health In 2016 the Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani disbanded the Supreme Council of Health and reverted their responsibilities to the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH, moph.gov.qa).

service for companies and corporations with over 15 employees; they must register their workers’ data online for tests and make electronic payments through Hukoomi, gov.qa.

The MoPH will continue to oversee the nation’s health services, with policies, goals and objectives to achieve that vision, and monitoring and evaluation of its progress and the quality and effectiveness of health service providers. The ‘Caring for the Future’ programme encourages healthy lifestyles, provides community‑based primary care, and ensures that the world’s most advanced, highest quality care is available locally in secondary and tertiary medical facilities.

For more information about medical procedures, see Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section.

All private hospitals in Qatar must be accredited by an internationally‑recognised body. A list of licensed practitioners and pharmacies is on the Ministry website. Facilities must also have surveillance cameras and a security system. MoPH is responsible for the issuance of birth and death certificates. See Day to Day Qatar in the Living in Qatar section for full requirements.

Departments and Services • Medical Commission: Examines all travellers to the country and residents; issues medical certificates to: º Prospective and current employees. º Non-Qataris arriving to work, reside or visit family in the country, or to change sponsorship. º Applicants for Qatari citizenship. º Non-Qatari men who wish to marry Qatari women. º Students for university enrolment. º Citizens travelling overseas. º Applicants for special categories (eg pilgrimage contractors, citizens marrying outside Qatar).

Most medical check-up procedures are conducted at the Medical Commission (MC) on Industrial Area Road near Abu Hamour, although the service is also available at Al Ahli Hospital, Al Emadi Hospital and Doha Clinic Hospital. The main MC unit has four sections: one for expatriates taking up jobs in senior positions; one for families; one for domestic workers; and one for labourers. There is an electronic registration

• Health Promotion: Develops and implements health promotion policies and action plans, such as occupational health, tobacco law and mental health. • Health Information Center: Collects health data and information, conducts statistical surveys, liaises with international health institutions, and oversees birth and death registrations. • Food Safety: Implements health policies in all food safety-related matters, as per Law No 8 of 1990 regarding regulating human food control. • Health Emergency: Responsible for plans and projects related to health emergency preparedness and response, in cooperation with partners in the health sector such as Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation, and the private sector. • Health Financing and Insurance: Develops health financing and insurance systems that support the wider goals of the healthcare landscape and the National Health Strategy. • Healthcare Professions: Draws up the specifications and conditions of accrediting hospitals, health centres and clinics, and training and rehabilitation centres for health practitioners. Issues licences for practicing health and medical professions and revokes where necessary. • Health Facilities Licensing and Accreditation: Oversees the licensing and accreditation standards for health facilities, and conducts inspections. • Pharmacy and Drug Control: Responsible for regulating the dispensing, import, and circulation of medicines, including the registration of pharmaceutical companies and supervising drug prices. E-services available at moph.gov.qa include: • birth and death certificates • medical commission requests • finding a health practitioner or pharmacy • clinical guidelines ©

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One of the pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030, 'Human Development', represents Qatar's ambition to develop a physically and mentally healthy population. The first phase was the National Development Strategy (NDS) 2011–2016, and the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2011–2016. These developments will be built on under NDS 2017– 2022 and NHS 2018–2022.

• Health Protection and Communicable Disease Control: Monitors and controls communicable diseases, oversees the national vaccination programme.

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Hamad Medical Corporation Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC, hamad.qa) is the main provider of specialist healthcare in Qatar and one of the leading hospital providers in the Middle East. HMC’s network is made up of 13 hospitals as well as the national Ambulance Service, home and residential care, and other services such as mental health and physiotherapy.

> When an appointment becomes available you will be contacted with the date, time and location. Once processed, you will also receive an appointment notification by SMS.

Since Rumailah Hospital first opened in 1957, HMC has significantly expanded its portfolio of hospitals. As Qatar has grown and developed over the recent decades, so too has HMC. This long history of caring for the residents of Qatar ensures HMC is uniquely positioned to understand the specific cultural and healthcare needs of the population, and provide the best possible care.

Fees for services at HMC Qatar residents with a valid Qatar ID and health card are entitled to heavily subsidised consultations and prescriptions. Without these documents patients will be charged a higher fee for services. Emergency medical services are provided free of charge.

The clinical teams at HMC deliver a wide range of specialist healthcare services to patients. These services differ to those provided at primary health centres as they diagnose and treat complex cases that cannot be treated in a primary care setting. In 2021, HMC marked 15 years of accreditation by Joint Commission International (JCI) under the Academic Medical Center accreditation programme and is the first healthcare system in the world to have all its hospitals accredited. How to get an appointment at an HMC hospital Getting an appointment is simple and convenient by following these steps: > Visit your primary healthcare provider (Primary Health Care Corporation or private clinic). Your primary care doctor will refer you to HMC if specialist care is required. • Referrals from private clinics need to be taken in person to the relevant HMC hospital. • Referrals from PHCC health centres are made automatically. > Once your referral has been received by HMC, you will be sent an SMS acknowledging receipt.

> You will receive an appointment reminder three days before your appointment and an SMS one day before.

Contacting HMC HMC’s dedicated customer service team, Nesmaak, can help with questions and inquiries. Nesmaak teams are on hand in all HMC hospitals to assist patients and visitors, via 16060 or by emailing nesmaak@hamad.qa. Nesmaak staff speak many languages to make your experience as smooth as possible. Availability Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 10 pm, Friday 2 pm – 10 pm, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

HMC Hospitals Ambulatory Care Center The centre offers patients an exciting new approach to surgical and clinical care in Qatar, providing day care surgery, some inpatient surgical care and clinical care in a single dedicated location. This means that within 23 hours of receiving surgery or a medical procedure, patients will be able to leave hospital and recover in the comfort of their own home. Al Khor Hospital Al Khor was the first Hamad hospital outside of Doha, a 115-bed facility providing healthcare services to the growing population in the northern region of Qatar. The hospital offers patients treatment in a pleasant and modern environment, with a wide range of clinical departments providing advanced care. The hospital has the Antenatal and Postnatal Exercise Center, unique to HMC, and a Breastfeeding Resource Center, as well as the offices for Home Healthcare Services. Al Wakra Hospital Al Wakra Hospital provides healthcare services for the rapidly growing towns of Al Wakra and Mesaieed to the south of Qatar. Al Wakra Hospital provides patients with safe, high-quality care in an efficient way. The opening of the hospital has meant that people from the Al Wakra community no longer need to travel to Doha as the care is readily available here at home.

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Hamad General Hospital One of the region's leading tertiary hospitals, offering highly specialised care since 1982. The 600+ bed facility offers a wide range of medical care and clinical services, including trauma, emergency medicine, paediatrics, critical care, specialised and sub-specialised surgery, specialised medicine, laboratory medicine, diagnostic imaging, and adult rehabilitation. There are more than 65 specialty clinics, one of the world's busiest emergency departments, five intensive care units, eight operating theatres and a large pharmacy. Modern diagnostic facilities include laboratory, medicine, pathology and radiology. A state-of-the-art Trauma and Emergency Center was officially opened in 2019 by the Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, with a Hyperbaric Therapy Unit and the first hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber of its kind in Qatar. The National Center for Diabetes Treatment opened in 2013 and provides diabetics with improved patient care and access to specialised services through a multi-disciplinary approach. The hospital also manages the Fahad Bin Jassim Kidney Center, offering some of the most advanced treatment standards in the region for patients with acute and chronic kidney ailments. Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital Located in the Industrial Area of Doha, the hospital provides inpatient and outpatient care, surgical services, and emergency care services. With a 14-bed Emergency Department and 118 inpatient and intensive care unit beds, the hospital can treat hundreds of patients each day. The hospital welcomes all adult male patients, providing them with access to the highest quality treatment and care within their community.

National Center for Cancer Care and Research The 60-bed hospital specialises in the delivery of diagnosis, treatment and management for the care of people with cancer and blood disease. Advanced technology, such as the region's first PET CT scanner, combined with teams of specialists and highly trained staff offer high-quality healthcare tailored to patients’ individual needs. Qatar Rehabilitation Institute The Institute is the region’s largest tertiary rehabilitation hospital, providing world-class integrated rehabilitation services and the most technologically advanced patient-centred care. At the heart of this care is a passionate multidisciplinary team of clinicians working together to coordinate and deliver a personalised package of advanced rehabilitation services tailored to every one of their patient’s individual circumstances. The ‘Easy Street’ rehabilitation facility, opened in 2021, simulates real-world situations in a safe clinical environment so that patients can take their first independent steps towards recovery after a lengthy illness with life-changing medical issues. Rumailah Hospital Rumailah Hospital is Hamad’s longest-serving hospital and provides healthcare services for both acute and long-term rehabilitation patients. It is a multi-speciality teaching hospital with 605 beds across seven sites. Most services are provided from the original main site, such as dermatology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and care for the elderly. Rumailah Hospital has achieved Joint Commission International (JCI) Triennial Hospital Reaccreditation as well as JCI accreditation for Long Term Care Standards, the first hospital in the GCC to attain this status. The Cuban Hospital Located in Dukhan in the west of Qatar, the hospital is a joint venture project between the State of Qatar and the Cuban Government. With 65 beds and approximately 400 highly qualified Cuban healthcare professionals, the hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology serving Dukhan and its surrounding communities. ©

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Communicable Disease Center The CDC is a specialist tertiary centre to support and treat patients with communicable diseases. It has been purpose built with the mission to detect, treat and prevent infectious diseases in Qatar, particularly those of public health importance. Its highly specialised team of doctors, nurses and allied health professionals provide consultations and treatments for patients who have infections that are often beyond the scope of primary and other secondary care services.

Heart Hospital The state-of-the-art centre is committed to delivering high-quality care and treatment for adults with heart conditions. The specialist hospital integrates all cardiothoracic medical and surgical facilities in one centre. Heart Hospital is committed to academic health as well as medical education with an active cardiology fellowship programme, and a strong commitment to the education of residents, fellows and specialists.

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The centre is the region’s largest tertiary hospital providing women in Qatar with specialised care through all stages of their lives. The hospital offers a range of surgical and clinical services from preconception to childbirth, post-natal care and beyond, provided by a passionate multidisciplinary team of highly trained clinicians specialising in gynaecology, obstetrics, and newborn care. The Obstetric Anesthesia Services has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology in the US, the first hospital in the Middle East to receive the prestigious designation recognising institutions and programs that demonstrate excellent obstetric anesthesia care.

Additional Services Ambulance Service Each year HMC’s Ambulance Service receives more than 250,000 calls, many of which request emergency support for life-threatening incidents. The Ambulance Service teams are quickly dispatched to assist the injured patient using the most appropriate fleet vehicle for their needs. The Ambulance Service fleet includes air ambulances (helicopters), advanced road ambulances and rapid response vehicles, 4x4s for the desert, and bicycle units for Qatar’s parks. The helicopters ensure air ambulance coverage even in the most remote areas of the country. The pilots of the helicopters are from the Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF). The Ambulance Service’s Medical Communication Center was named the Middle East’s first Accredited Center of Excellence by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch for its high level of commitment towards delivering safe and efficient healthcare in Qatar and the region. The service itself has been accredited three times by the Joint Commission International for quality and safety, and the LifeFlight service has also been 310

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accredited by the European Aeromedical Institute for both adult and paediatric critical care. The Mobile Healthcare Service (MHS), launched in 2015, provides senior physician support and nursing care to patients outside the hospital setting. The service works in collaboration with the Home Healthcare Service, responding to urgent calls and supporting clinical teams in delivering care to patients in their homes. MHS doctors support early discharge by working with the hospital's medical teams to identify patients who are able to go home but might still need support. The programme reduces the length of stay of many patients by providing extra support following discharge from the hospital. 'Know the 5 to save a life' campaign In order for the Ambulance Service to provide the best possible support quickly, it is vital that members of the public follow the Know the 5 to save a life’s five key steps. For any medical emergency call 999 and request an ambulance. Residential and home care Caring for partially or long-term dependent patients outside a hospital setting is of great importance. The Enaya Specialized Care Center provides services for patients with 24-hour specialist care needs, in conjunction with Hamad General Hospital and Rumailah Hospital. ​​Continuing Care is for patients who need care outside of a hospital in specialised facilities, in the community or at home. Dental services Hamad Dental Services offers patients access to specialised oral and dental care at the stateof-the-art Hamad Dental Center and several other locations within HMC. This includes both routine dental exams and more complex procedures. Mental health services HMC plays a leading role in the delivery of care for people with a mental health illness. Guided by Qatar's National Mental Health Strategy, HMC is working with partners in Qatar to develop a highquality mental health system and transform the way mental illness is perceived and treated. The strategy will drive important structural changes which allow HMC to be more focused in its delivery of community-based care, providing the people who need it with the right care, at the right time and in the most beneficial environments. HMC has partnered with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Qatar’s healthcare providers on an awareness campaign to educate the public about mental health and to remove social stigma. The first Guide to Mental Health was launched

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for all patients up to 14 years of age. Trauma and other emergency cases should go directly to a main emergency department.

Extensive information regarding mental health can be found at sehanafsia.moph.gov.qa, an initiative run by MoPH to provide information to the public about wellbeing, mental health conditions and how to access services in Qatar. More than 25 organisations in Qatar joined their 'Are You Ok?' campaign in 2021.

• PEC Al Daayen: Al Khor Road

Qatar Metabolic Institute Under HMC's Academic Health System, several educational, research and clinical institutions in Qatar have united to drive forward significant improvements in the health and disease outcomes of the Qatar population affected by diabetes, obesity and metabolic disorders. Partners include HMC, PHCC, Sidra Medicine, Qatar Biomedical Research Institute, Qatar University, Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar; College of North Atlantic in Qatar, and University of Calgary in Qatar.

• PEC Al Rayyan: Al Fourousiya Street • PEC Al Shamal: Al Ruwais • PEC Airport: Airport Street

Qatar Blood Services As Qatar is witnessing rapid growth in all fields, especially in the health sector, the Blood Donor Center is the only health entity providing blood supplies for the whole of Qatar. The centre's main target is to attract voluntary blood donors in order to meet the needs of both public and private hospitals in Qatar. The procedure for donating blood at the centres, including donor registration, a medical interview, physical examination and assessment, as well as blood collection and post donor care, only takes about one hour. Work Hours Main Blood Donor Center (near Hamad General Hospital): Saturday 8 am – 8 pm; Sunday to Thursday 7 am – 7:30 pm; Friday closed.

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New Blood Donor Center (near HMC Surgical Specialty Center): Sunday to Thursday 7 am – 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday closed.

Patients with emergency medical conditions should call 999 for an ambulance or visit the emergency department at one of these HMC hospitals:

Mobile blood donation buses also often operate for urgent donation. Call 4439 1081/2 for confirmation of working hours before visiting.

• Hamad General Hospital • Al Wakra Hospital • Al Khor Hospital • The Cuban Hospital • Heart Hospital (for patients with emergency heart conditions only) • National Center for Cancer Care and Research (for emergency cases related to cancer only) • Women’s Wellness and Research Center (for emergency gynaecological and obstetrics conditions only) Reasons for going to an emergency department Emergency departments are designed to care for the patients with urgent medical conditions. Patients presenting at an emergency department in Qatar are triaged on arrival to determine the severity of their condition. This allows the emergency teams to prioritise those patients with the most serious conditions and treat them first. Pediatric Emergency Centers (PEC) The PECs provide appropriate urgent care 24/7

Organ Donation The Qatar Organ Donation Center is an internationally acclaimed centre that practices high professional and ethical standards. The Doha Donation Accord, prepared by HMC and endorsed by world-leading international experts in the field of organ donation and transplantation, ensures ethical, equitable, safe and legal processes for organ donation. The national organ donation and transplantation programme supports the vision of HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of ‘Healthcare for all’. As a result of ongoing awareness campaigns, the number of registered donors has grown significantly. The Donor Registry is unique in its design and includes over 100 nationalities. Deceased organ donations and living organ donations have increased to make the number of transplant surgeries recently completed the highest since the start of the programme. ©

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For more information about mental health services, visit hamad.qa, call Nesma'ak on 16060, or the mental health helpline on 16000. For immediate assistance, go to an HMC hospital emergency department (see list below).

• Main Pediatric Emergency Center: Al Sadd Street/Suhaim bin Hamad Street

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Hamad Medical Corporation has sought and achieved accreditation from leading organisations in recent years across many areas. Accreditation demonstrates Hamad’s ability to deliver high standards of care to our patients. HMC is the first healthcare system in the world to have all of its facilities and services accredited by US-based Joint Commission International (JCI) under the Academic Medical Center accreditation programme, including four of HMC's newest hospitals in May 2019, as well as the Hamad Dental Center and Mental Health Service. The National Ambulance Service, Home Healthcare Service, Stroke Service and Palliative Care have also all received accreditation since 2011.

Working towards a healthy Qatar Improving the health of the people of Qatar is a priority for HMC. Hamad works closely with local healthcare partners, including the Ministry of Public Health and the Primary Health Care Corporation, to raise awareness of important health and injury prevention issues. Hamad Trauma Center HMC’s Trauma System at Hamad General Hospital provides comprehensive care for patients including pre-hospital, while at the centre, and rehabilitation services. Education and outreach programmes are supported by data from the National Trauma Registry, analysed by the Clinical Research Unit and Hamad Injury Prevention Program (HIPP).

HIPP, a research initiative to improve public health and safety, is a collaboration with many partners related to injury prevention, such as for construction workers and pedestrians. HIPP activities also engage those in other high-risk groups for injury, such as children and young drivers. HIPP's two National Priorities Research Program Grants from Qatar Foundation are for improving the use of child restraints in children aged under five, and for creating a unified registry for all occupational injuries in Qatar. Public awareness campaigns Another focus for HMC is educating the public about the signs, symptoms and care options of important health issues. A number of public awareness campaigns have been run for such things as stroke, diabetes, organ donation, psoriasis and smoking cessation. Major campaigns include breast cancer awareness each October and dedicated information to ensure a safe and healthy Ramadan. This all provides patients with the tools and knowledge to take responsibility for their own health, leading to a healthier society.

Delivery of medical reports and consumables Patients of Hamad General Hospital, Heart Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, National Center for Cancer Care and Research, Al Wakra Hospital, The Cuban Hospital and Hazm Mebaireek General Hospital can have HMC medical reports delivered to them directly by Qatar Post. When requesting reports, patients need to provide their Qatar ID details, mobile number, a preferred delivery time, and a delivery address. The day before, Qatar Post will call to confirm the time of the delivery. Under HMC's Home Healthcare Service, patients with valid health cards can also have medical consumables such as gloves, bandages, and dressings delivered to their home, by signing up with their Home Healthcare nurse. The service is a convenience for those that regularly require these items, as they will no longer have to visit their hospital multiple times. HMC will send a link via SMS for payment of the medical consumables. The delivery fee is QAR30, payable to the Qatar Post representative at the time of delivery. To order medication call the Community Call Centre 16000; for general information contact HMC's Nesma’ak on 16060 or PHCC's Hayyak on 107.

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Primary health centres should be the first point of contact for patients with non-emergency conditions – patients with emergency conditions should visit an HMC emergency department or call 999 for an ambulance. If your primary care doctor determines that more specialist care is required they will refer you to an HMC hospital. How to get an appointment at a primary health centre All expatriate residents of Qatar can register at their local health centre when obtaining a health card. Qatari nationals can make an appointment at any primary health centre. To get an appointment at the health centre you are registered at, follow either of the steps below: • Visit your registered health centre in person to arrange an appointment. • Call PHCC customer services team, Hayyak, on 107 to schedule an appointment. How to contact Primary Health Care Corporation PHCC customer service is available 24/7, via Hayyak, 107 or the Community Call Centre, 16000. The Nar’aakom app offers numerous services and facilities, such as accessing upcoming appointments and applying for a health card online. The app is available in English and Arabic.

How to get an appointment at Sidra Medicine Sidra Medicine accepts referrals from all healthcare providers in Doha, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation and private healthcare institutions. In addition, its Women’s Services also accepts self-referrals. Self-referrals for Women’s Services • For an Obstetrics, Gynaecology or Maternal Foetal Medicine appointment, call Women’s Services 4003 7113, email wcct@sidra.org or visit sidra.org/women for more information. • The Women’s Obstetrics Triage and an Urgent Care Clinic treats moderate to serious health issues for women relating to pregnancy and the female reproductive system. • For Sidra Medicine’s Perinatal Mental Healthcare service, call the Sidra Medicine Hotline 4003 3333, ask for the Women’s Wellbeing Clinic and request an appointment.

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The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) operates 27 health centres across Qatar, delivering community-based primary care services to Qatar’s population in all parts of the country. These primary health centres provide a wide range of preventative, diagnostic and treatment healthcare services, including dental, antenatal care, immunisation, pharmacy, ophthalmology, audiology, radiology and wellness. The 27 PHCC laboratories have become one of the world’s largest group of network laboratories accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) outside the US and the largest in the public sector.

Qatar to care for children with cancer from the ages of 0 to 18 years.

Payment for services at Sidra Medicine Patients accessing Women’s Services such as maternity, gynaecology and foetal-maternal care will be charged for the care they receive. For payment rates, contact Sidra Medicine directly. How to contact Sidra Medicine For general inquiries about Sidra Medicine, call their contact centre on 4003 3333. Sidra Medicine also has a dedicated Women’s Care Coordination Team (WCCT) who can be contacted on 4003 7113 or wcct@sidra.org for information related to selfreferrals, tours of the maternity wards or ante-natal classes for patients. Operating hours for WCCT are Sunday – Thursday 7 am – 3 pm.

Payment for services at primary health centres Qatar residents with valid health cards are entitled to subsidised consultations and prescriptions.

Sidra Medicine Sidra Medicine is an ultramodern, academic medical centre providing specialised healthcare to women, children and young persons in Qatar. It is a private hospital for public benefit. Established by Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Sidra Medicine embraces best practice medical education, innovative biomedical and clinical research and discovery, and exceptional patient and family focused care. Sidra Medicine is the only specialist hospital in ©

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Qatar’s various healthcare providers work closely together to deliver the very best healthcare services to Qatar’s population. Referrals between providers Primary care centres are usually the first point of contact for patients with non-emergency conditions in Qatar. If the primary care doctor feels that more specialist care is needed at one of HMC’s hospitals, they will refer the patient to HMC for an appointment. A similar referral process also operates between HMC, Sidra Medicine and the private sector provider. Patients can also be referred back to a primary health centre for follow up after receiving treatment at an HMC hospital. Sharing of patient information Over the last 10 years many initiatives have significantly improved the ability of clinical teams to share patient information between teams across the health system. Many patient records, including laboratory results, x-rays images and medical reports, can now be accessed electronically by clinical teams in HMC, PHCC and Sidra facilities. This enhances the quality of care delivered to patients by providing clinicians with a complete patient record regardless of where they are treated. MyHealth Patient Portal The MyHealth Patient Portal enables patients to access their electronic personal health record online and through an app. Features of the portal include the ability to access lab reports, to view and reschedule upcoming appointments, and to review discharge summaries. The portal also allows patients to send a non-urgent message to their healthcare provider in a confidential manner.

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MyHealth empowers patients by allowing them to play a more active role in controlling their health information and making more informed decisions about their wellbeing. It helps patients stay on track by providing up to date information about lab results and active medications and provides reminders about appointments. Patients can enroll for the MyHealth Portal online at myhealth.qa or at any HMC or PHCC facility. Patients can also seek more information about MyHealth by calling Nesma’ak at HMC on 16060 or Hayyak at PHCC on 107.

Health System FAQs I have just arrived in Qatar and need to get a health card, what do I do? To get a health card, residents must visit the Primary Health Center nearest to where you live – call 107 if you are unsure where your local centre is. I need a sick note for work, where can I get one from? You should visit your local health centre for a sick note. If you are visiting an emergency department due to your condition being a serious medical emergency, you can request a sick note at the emergency department. I want to see a doctor at a HMC hospital, how can I get an appointment? Unless you have a medical emergency, in which case you should go to your nearest HMC emergency department or call 999 for an ambulance, you will need a referral from a primary health centre or private clinic in order to make an appointment at an HMC facility.

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marhaba.qa I want to see a doctor at a primary health centre, how can I get an appointment? You can call Primary Health Care Corporation’s customer helpline, Hayyak, on 107 to arrange an appointment at the health centre which you are registered at. Alternatively, you can visit your health centre in person to arrange an appointment. Do I need to prepare for an appointment? If you are visiting the hospital or primary health centre for the first time, please come at least 30 minutes before your appointment time in order to complete some paperwork.

How do I know which is my local health centre? Your utility bill (phone, water/electricity) includes a code related to your location and this determines where your designated health centre is located. Call Hayyak 107 for more information or take your utility bill in person to the nearest health centre.

I have a bad back and need to see a doctor; can I go to an emergency department and be seen? For all non-urgent conditions, such as backache, small cut or mild eye discomfort, you should make an appointment at your local health centre. Emergency departments should be used for only serious emergency medical conditions. Why can’t I just turn up at a HMC hospital and be seen by a doctor? HMC provides specialist secondary and tertiary care services. These services are for patients

I would like to access help for a mental health condition, where can I go for this? If you are concerned about depression, anxiety or any similar mental health issue that affects your general health, visit your doctor in a primary health clinic for care or referral to one of HMC’s clinics. For urgent care involving suicidal or selfharm thoughts, visit one of HMC’s emergency departments or call 999. I need to see a dentist, should I go to my health centre or to an HMC hospital? Unless your condition is a medical emergency, in which case you should go to your nearest emergency department, you should visit your local health centre for a dental consultation. If specialist dental treatment is required, your primary care doctor may refer you to HMC. I have moved house and want to change my health centre, how can I do this? To change your health centre you must obtain a utility bill from your new address and visit the nearest health centre to apply for a change. I/my wife is pregnant and must register with an obstetrician, where can we get antenatal care? Your first appointment should be at your local health centre. Your primary care doctor can then advise on the best plan for your antenatal care. Is there public parking available when I visit a HMC clinic or primary health centre? All hospitals and health centres have public parking facilities. However, some of HMC’s busy hospitals have limited free parking and visitors are recommended to either come by taxi or public transport or they can use the valet parking service offered in many locations. m ©

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Do I have to pay for care at HMC and primary care centres? These facilities do charge a small fee for services but residents with a valid health card are entitled to greatly subsidised consultations and prescriptions at Hamad Medical Corporation and Primary Health Care Corporation facilities.

Can I see the same doctor at my health centre? Every effort will be made to enable you to see the same doctor for your visit, but the doctor’s availability on the day you wish to come cannot be guaranteed.

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Does it matter if I miss a scheduled doctor’s appointment? If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, call your primary health centre via Hayyak 107, or hospital clinic via Nesma’ak 16060 in advance to cancel, so the timeslot can be used for another patient who may need it more urgently.

whose needs are too complex to be treated at a primary care centre. A large number of conditions can be successfully treated in primary care and do not require treatment at HMC.

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• Primary and Secondary Education • The Public Sector: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education; Public Schools • eEducation and eLiteracy; Increasing Educational Opportunities • The Private Sector: Nurseries and Kindergartens; Preschools Attached to Schools; Primary and Secondary Schools; The Outstanding Schools Initiative • Law Regulating Private Schools; Electronic Pre-Registration • Special Needs Education • Specialised Curriculum Schools • Tertiary Education and Bridge Programmes • Higher Education in Qatar • Qatar Foundation; Universities in Qatar Foundation • Qatar University

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he Cabinet, also known as the Council of Ministers, is the chief executive body of the State of Qatar. The draft provision came at the Cabinet's regular meeting at the Amiri Diwan on 1 June 2022, chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz Al Thani. The draft's provisions stipulate that the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) shall establish a commission called the National Commission for Qualifications and Academic Accreditation to comprise a chairperson and no less than eight and no more than 10 members – academics and specialists with experience, competence and scientific standing – to be appointed by a decision proposed by HE the Prime Minister. Within the framework of the state's general policy, the commission undertakes general supervision of the national qualifications framework and its updating, conducts academic accreditation, applies

quality assurance standards for higher education institutions in the state, and contributes to their development to enhance confidence in them. It may exercise all the powers stipulated in the aforementioned national qualifications framework. Following the meeting, HE the Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Sulaiti issued a statement giving the details of the proceedings. General policy for Accreditation and Licensing The general policy for accreditation and licensing, which is approved by the Executive Committee of MoEHE in 2012, is based on two main standards: • The quality and excellence of the institution to be licensed. • The ability of the educational institution to be licensed and educational programmes offered to adapt and address developmental plans, labour market needs, and aspirations of students in Qatar. The first standard will be achieved by fulfilling and abiding with all elements of quality assurance in higher education or in partnership with an institution that is internationally renowned in the concerned discipline of study, while the verification of the second standard will be achieved by providing a feasibility study or a detailed proposal for the establishment of the institution.

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Qatar places education at the heart of its national development strategy as it seeks to move from a hydrocarbon-based to a knowledge-based economy. Its vision is for all citizens to have equal access to education and training consistent with their abilities and interests – and which will prepare them for participation in the workforce where possible. So great is its belief in the global importance of education, Qatar also funds a number of educational initiatives overseas.

teaching with distance learning – which required only 30% attendance of the total capacity of schools. In November 2020, MoEHE enforced a rotating attendance system for students in public and private schools, and kindergartens. Students attended classes in-person on a rotational basis – which requires only 42% attendance of the total capacity of schools. The academic year 2021–22 returned to on-campus learning (in a classroom), with frequent rapid antigen testing.

Qatar’s expatriate population continues to grow, putting considerable pressure on many international, private and community schools, which as a result have been operating at capacity. Class size is limited by law to approximately 30 students, forcing a number of schools to close admission lists due to lack of available space or staff. New schools are opening but demand continues to grow, rendering early registration essential. Students may be required to sit an entrance exam; reports and test results from previous schools may also be required.

The academic year 2022–23 will begin around 16 August 2022. Schools will close for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM at the end of the year. Mid-year holidays for private and public schools in Qatar will start on 20 November and end on 22 December 2022 — 10 days before the World Cup starts and four days after it concludes. The second semester will start from 25 December 2022.

With the diversity of the population, schools in the private sector offer up to 23 curriculums, including Qatari, British, American, Indian, French, Egyptian, Lebanese, Canadian, German, Finnish, Filipino, Swiss and Syrian. There are more than 840 schools in Qatar with more than 300,000 students. In a move aimed at providing quality education that would lead to the all-round development of Qatar's children, The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 9 of 2017, regulating government or public schools, which are mainly attended by Qataris and Arabic-speaking students. The academic years 2019–20, 2020–21 and 2021–22 were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As per the decision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) to curb the spread of COVID-19, blended or virtual learning was enforced – combining classroom

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MoEHE invites students, parents and all relevant educational entities to use its mobile app to learn about the many services that it offers so as to enhance communication among schools, families and all stakeholders. The app is available for both iOS and Android. School fees: Most expatriate students in Qatar attend private schools, where fees are met by parents or occasionally an employer. Fees increase with the level of education, particularly towards the end of secondary school, and are usually payable in advance per term or half year. Most schools require a one-off non-refundable registration fee on initial admission and charge for entrance assessments. An additional non-refundable registration fee may be required from current students to secure a place for the following year. Fees vary: International schools – approximately QAR22,000 a year at primary and QAR35,000 a year at secondary level with fees at international schools often considerably higher (in some cases QAR50,000 to QAR60,000+ at secondary level). Schools may not increase fees without prior approval from MoEHE. Parents are strongly advised to negotiate the inclusion of school fees and incidentals (for all children) in their employment contracts. Hidden ‘extras’ may include: books and stationery; capital charges, refundable deposit, ‘other resources’; exam entrance or invigilation fees; uniforms; and transport. Many schools offer transportation for a fee; alternatives are to hire private drivers, or share ‘school runs’ with other parents. Few live near enough to their schools to walk. Academic calendar: Qatar has implemented a compulsory ‘unified school year’ calendar for private and public schools. The academic year usually begins in August/September and ends in May/June. All public schools and most private schools in Qatar follow the unified school year calendar; however, a 330

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few private schools are exempted from following the unified school year calendar and follow the academic calendar followed by their respective countries. Timings and holidays: State and private sector schools operate a single shift, generally starting between 7 am and 8 am and finishing between noon and 2:30 pm, according to age and the time of year. Normally, timings for KG, primary and secondary levels vary within the same school. In May 2018, the ministry issued a circular to reduce school hours for students of all grades in public schools, from 7 am – noon. To be more accommodating to students, in April 2019 the ministry allowed some private schools, especially community schools, to run two shifts from the 2019–20 academic year. The weekend is Friday and Saturday. In 2018, the ministry issued a circular modifying the number of classes to be taught per week, starting from the 2018–19 academic year. According to the circular, for grades one to six, the school day will start from 7 am and end at 12:30 pm from Sunday to Thursday. The number of classes per day will be seven except on Wednesdays and Thursdays, which will be reduced to six. For grades seven to 12, the school day will start at 7 am and end at 1:30 pm with seven classes per day from Sunday to Tuesday. Classes will conclude at 12:30 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays with six classes per day. The number of classes per week is a maximum of 18 for each teacher at all educational institutes from primary to secondary. In addition to Qatari public holidays such as the three-day religious holiday, Eid Al Fitr, which is expected to begin on 21 April 2023, and the four-day religious holiday, Eid Al Adha, which is expected to begin on 29 June 2023, there is a winter break of two weeks, a two-week break in spring, and two months or more in the summer. In addition, schools will close for a month during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM.

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State schools are gender-segregated after preschool and divided into primary, preparatory, secondary and specialised secondary categories. A range of educational facilities at all levels in both sectors, from nursery to postgraduate level, offer parents, guardians and students – both citizens and residents – a wide choice. The majority of Qatari students are enrolled in the public sector, but the number attending (private) international schools has surged in the past decade. Primary education is compulsory for all Qatari children from age six. Mandatory kindergarten (KG) attendance for Qatari children from the age of four and their compulsory secondary education are also envisaged.

Schools in Qatar are heavily regulated by the ministry. In recent years, nurseries and kindergartens specifically have been heavily scrutinised for licensing and to ensure healthy and safe educational environments. To help parents find a suitable, licensed nursery in their localities for their kids, the Ministry of Labor has a search service on its mobile app, Amerni, which is available for both iOS and Android, where users can search for licensed nurseries. After you login using your Tawtheeq (National Authentication System) credentials and click on nurseries, it gives two options – Nursery Location and Report Nursery Violation. The service is available in English and Arabic on the app.

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The Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE) supports, regulates and oversees education in Qatar. A robust, diversified, and ever-expanding K-12 system provides a broad set of schooling opportunities to meet the individual needs of students and their families.

Nurseries and Kindergartens In January 2014, details of Qatar’s new nursery law were released after the legislation received final approval from The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. Law No 1 of 2014 – which passed through the Cabinet in October 2015 – had been in the works for years. • The law defines nursery schools as a place designated for the care of children below four years of age. These include the nurseries run by public or private schools. According to Law No 1 of 2014, employees at nurseries are strictly limited to women. Nurseries should be managed by a qualified female director, who will be responsible for all work at the place. She will be aided by a female general supervisor, a female assistant supervisor, a dietician, a nurse, and a female physician, who can be a visiting specialist in paediatrics or general medicine. • In addition, there should be an adequate number of guards, cleaners, drivers, and other necessary staff. Visiting doctors, as well as other employees who do not come into direct contact with the children, may be men. • All nursery staff should be physically fit, free of any communicable disease, enjoy a good reputation with no criminal history, and possess adequate qualifications and expertise. • Nurseries should also keep regular and updated records. According to the law, a prior licence has to be obtained from the department concerned at the Ministry of Labor to establish, manage or modify an existing nursery. • The Ministry of Labor will classify nurseries based on the qualifications of its staff and the fees. Nurseries are expected to provide comprehensive care to children and ensure the appropriate conditions to develop their skills in all fields. With the implementation of this law, nurseries have become more regulated and safer for children. Therefore, when you decide to enrol your child in a nursery, ensure the school meets all the criteria outlined. ©

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The Public Sector

Qatar continues to invest heavily in all aspects of public education, regularly assessing progress. Literature, the arts and sport are regarded as important parts of the curriculum, as are religion, culture and tradition, but emphasis is placed on mathematics, the sciences, Arabic and English. Its state schools are known as independent schools.

Ministry of Education and Higher Education The Supreme Education Council (SEC) was disbanded and its role taken over by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) according to Amiri Order No 1 of 2016. The ministry directs the nation's education policy. Membership is drawn from Qatar’s top leaders in government, business and academia. The strategy is to develop the public sector while simultaneously promoting the private, to offer families a wider choice. MoEHE receives and handles all enquiries and complaints from students, their parents or guardians. You can visit the ministry in person at Al Dafna C3. Hotline: 155, edu.gov.qa

The Evaluation Institute develops and conducts the testing of students, monitors student learning and evaluates school performance. It also offers a service for certificate attestation/equivalency. Comprehensive individual School Report Cards (SRCs) for independent, private Arabic and international schools in Qatar are available online to the general public. They include data on academic achievement, teaching methods, parental involvement, facilities and resources. To evaluate students in Qatar against those in other countries, the institute participates in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). The Evaluation Institute consists of five offices:

At present the three institutes of MoEHE are:

• The Student Assessment Office

The Education Institute oversees and supports public schools, developing curriculum standards in key areas and providing professional development opportunities for staff members. It also monitors their financial management.

• The School Evaluation Office

The Institute’s Private Schools Office is responsible for licensing Arab, international and expatriate private (including community) schools, nurseries and kindergartens operating in Qatar and monitoring their compliance, including fee structure. It is also responsible for the Educational Voucher Programme.

The Higher Education Institute (HEI) supports the development of Higher, Technical and Vocational Education (HTVE) so that individuals can develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, prepare for future leadership roles and meet the nation’s workforce needs. It advises individuals on career options and study opportunities that match their abilities and interests, and meets the needs of the labour market. It supervises scholarships and grants for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Qatar, the Arab world, Australia, the UK, Europe, the US and Canada.

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The Institute assists students with online college admission procedures and MoEHE is promoting the mission of Qatar’s cultural attaches in scholarship countries, reopening some which had previously closed.

Public schools Autonomous government-funded public schools reflect Qatar’s ‘Education for a New Era’ values through internationally benchmarked curriculum standards in Arabic, English, mathematics and science. Schools must meet the Qatar Comprehensive Educational Assessment and other evaluation tools to measure student learning and school performance, and must comply with periodic financial audits. School curriculums must follow the standards set forth by MoEHE. Mandatory subjects include Arabic, English, mathematics, science and Islamic studies, while preserving the values and traditions of Qatari society. Public schools are free for Qatari citizens. Non-Qatari enrolments are subject to individual school policy.

eEducation and eLiteracy MoEHE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, has created a technology-based framework in public schools that enhances, supports and accelerates the reform initiative. The eLearning portal project enables teachers to prepare their lessons electronically, uploading them for students to access any time, anywhere. Teachers and students are provided with personalised email addresses, and ultimately, every public school student and teacher will receive a free tablet PC along with

Increasing educational opportunities Many students who are eligible for public education in Qatari schools have experienced a wider choice and variety of educational opportunities since the introduction of MoEHE's Educational Voucher programme (certain restrictions apply) which covers tuition fees, books and transportation costs up to a maximum value of QAR28,000 per year. Costs in excess of that remain the responsibility of the parents. The establishment of public schools in Qatar The Amir, HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani issued Law No 9 of 2017, regulating government schools. The MoEHE shall regulate the public schools and appoint their administrative and academic staff. The law abolishes Law No 11 of 2006 governing local independent schools and Law No 12 of 1996 regarding the collection of transportation and other fees from non-Qatari students. The process of converting Independent Schools into Public Schools has been completed in accordance with Law No 9 of 2017. Vacancies of staff in the schools have been filled and seven new schools for different educational levels have been opened and fully equipped to admit students. Teachers have been hired internally from the country through individual interviews as well as through teacher training programmes such as Teach for Qatar. The ministry recruited some teachers from the graduates of the College of Education at Qatar University and hired 201 teachers from Oman, Jordan, Tunisia and Sudan. ©

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The Hamad bin Khalifa and Tamim bin Hamad Grants Programmes offer suitably qualified Qatari students scholarships to 30 select universities. HEI has an Advising Career Development Centre and a Scholarship Office as well as a Standards Office, which licenses and accredits higher education institutes and programmes in Qatar.

Additionally, the eLearning portal provides access to online courses covering topics in information technology and business, offering more than 2,500 different courses and allows for flexible learning. Individual enrolment is currently on ‘indefinite hold’, but organisational enrolment is open. elearning.ictqatar.qa

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marhaba.qa of activities and facilities varies, but several offer more than one language. Licensing is stringent, with all facing strict regulation. It is important that parents/guardians check the facilities are licensed as nurseries or KGs rather than 'supervised play areas’.

Private schools offer a wide variety of curricula, philosophies, and activities that meet the needs of individual students and their families. There are international schools such as the American, British, French, and German schools; community schools serving different nationalities; and Qatari schools such as the Qatar Academia Arabic schools. MoEHE requires all private schools to teach in their curricula Arabic language, Islamic studies and Qatari history. The curriculum in private schools varies from school to school. Some offer the International Baccalaureate degree. Others have adopted the British curriculum.Still others have put in place curriculum that suits the philosophy and goals of the school. Some schools offer students a more specialised education in such subjects as science and technology. Once licensed, MoEHE monitors private schools to ensure they are complying with the academic terms of their license and that their educational plans are met. They also approve the delivery of curricula and its relevant resources and ensure that teachers are using the latest pedagogical methods. In addition, the Ministry ensures that students' safety and security, as well as the educational values of the country, are met.

Nurseries and kindergartens (KGs) Nurseries and kindergartens (KGs) must be licensed and headed by a female director over the age of 21. The facility is required to have a nutritionist, nurse and a resident or visiting physician in addition to an adequate number of hygiene workers, guards and drivers (who may be male). Some accept babies from two months upwards; several take toddlers from 18 months, others from the age of three, finishing at four. The range

Nurseries should not be confused with KGs (lower and upper KGs) which, being education institutions, are licensed and monitored by the education sector regulator, MoEHE. Children under five at school (as opposed to KG/ nursery) can currently, by law, only attend for four hours per day. Nurseries and independent KGs often close for holidays so check if you are a fulltime working parent with youngsters who need yearround care. Fees are usually paid monthly and many establishments ask for a one-off registration fee. In May 2021, MoEHE issued a new academic policy, requiring private schools and KGs to teach the Arabic language, Islamic education and Qatari history, starting from preschool and KG from the 2020-21 academic year. The academic policy had been previously issued for all private schools from grade 1 to 12 in all curricula and educational systems but has now been updated to include preschool and KG.

Preschools attached to schools Places are in great demand, since admission almost ensures a later main-school place. To avoid wait-listing for admission, register well in advance. Some private schools insist that a newly admitted child starting grade 1 should have received a full-time preschool education.

Primary and secondary schools Private sector schools operate as commercial establishments or non-profit community schools. A number are run on a coeducational basis through to graduation, others segregate the sexes during, or after, primary level. Newer schools, or those serving small communities, often begin operations at primary level, expanding into secondary schooling as and when required. ©

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There are more than 330 private or community schools and kindergartens in Qatar, serving more than 250,000 students. They are licensed by MoEHE and are an alternative to the K-12 public schools.

In 2014, Qatar enacted Law No 1 of 2014 that mandates childcare facilities, also known as crèches and nurseries, to be licensed by the Ministry of Labor, formerly known as the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The Social Affairs Department has an administrative unit that licences and regulates nurseries. Illegal nurseries are liable to be fined up to QAR100,000 and their owners can face a jail term of up to two years, or both. The law puts the maximum age of children that can be left in the care of nurseries at four years and stipulates strict licensing criteria.

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marhaba.qa Many schools teaching in English base their curricula on those of the UK and the US, working towards IGCSE and A Level examinations or the American High School Diploma and International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB). Others meet the home-nation requirements. Due to its almost universal availability, these qualifications are often the choice of geographically mobile families. Most schools have websites, which are a good source of information for families moving to Qatar.

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Employers and embassies can offer guidance on schools serving their communities. You can also find a list of private schools in Useful Numbers in this section. The Private Schools Office has a special portal for private schools, with necessary information for parents and students. edu.gov.qa

The Outstanding Schools Initiative This initiative aims to open additional private international schools in Qatar over the coming years. ‘Outstanding schools' are invited to participate in the MoEHE’s Educational Vouchers programme and are selected from a pool of applicants in the UK, the US and Europe. Established examples are: • The Michael E DeBakey High School for Health Professions at Qatar offers a college preparatory programme in science, mathematics, medical science, literacy, engineering and technology, to help prepare students for post-secondary health-sector careers. The school’s campus in Doha serves students in grades 7 – 12 and offers a broad-based US curriculum including extensive Advanced Placement offerings. debakeyatqatar.org C3 • The International School of London (ISL) Qatar offers exceptional international education to students aged 3 – 18. In addition to the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes, ISL Qatar is known for its mother tongue language programmes integrated into the curriculum as it currently offers 12 mother tongue languages. islqatar.org A3 • Sherborne Qatar opened in 2009 and offers a British Curriculum based on an enhanced version of the National Curriculum. In the Senior School, pupils are prepared for IGCSE examinations (in up to 10 subjects per pupil) in Year 11, and AS and A Levels in the Sixth Form, using the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and Edexcel specifications. sherborneqatar.org C2 • SEK International School Qatar opened in 2013 as part of MoEHE’s Outstanding Schools Programme and joining the SEK Education Group of nine International schools across Spain, France and Ireland. SEK Qatar is an IB World School 338

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authorised to offer the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP). The school is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). More than 60 nationalities are represented in the school; while the main language of instruction is English, their students have the opportunity to develop their fluency and mastery of both Spanish and Arabic. SEK Qatar students benefit from a continuum education from pre-school through to Grade 12. In addition to SEK Qatar, SEK has campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, Almería, Pontevedra, Dublin (Ireland), Les Alpes (France), and Saudi Arabia. sek.qa C3 • As an inspirational learning community from grade 1 to high school, grounded in Finnish education excellence, Qatar-Finland International School (QFI School) strives towards building the best possible future for their international student body. QFI School follows the highly acclaimed Finnish National Core Curriculum, with local adaptations and additional content in accordance with Qatari standards. The main language of teaching is English, but because the school values languages as a richness, QFI School offers an extensive language programme to all of their students. qatarfinlandschool.com A3 • King’s College, Doha offers British education adapted to the international setting of Qatar, in partnership with King’s College UK. King’s College, Doha has a unique approach to specialist teaching with all subjects taught by specialist teachers from Year 5 onwards. A science lab, an art and design studio, music and drama classrooms including dedicated practice rooms, a sports hall, and an Early Years centre are all provided. The curriculum is based on the King College's UK curriculum and is underpinned by a strong emphasis on pastoral care and wellbeing. King’s College, Doha will extend its first class education offer to the full age range at its new campus at Mesaimeer, which will open in September 2022. kingscollegedoha.com E4 • Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar (RGS) is an independent, British-curriculum school for boys and girls aged 3 to 13. The bespoke British curriculum has been developed at the RGS Guildford in Qatar in conjunction with the RGS Guildford, extending the British National Curriculum to include traditional, values-based teaching. The language of instruction is English, with an introduction to French. Arabic and Islamic Studies are taught by highly qualified specialist teaching staff to Arabic and Muslim children. rgs-guildford.co.uk/645/qatar A3

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marhaba.qa Law regulating private schools In November 2015, HH The Amir approved Law No 23 of 2015, the New Private Schools Law, which regulates all privately run schools in Qatar. Some of the key points from the New Private Schools Law are: • Schools cannot operate without a licence or make any changes to their existing licence without the pre-approval of the Education Regulator. • Any materials, tools and/or curriculum that do not meet the standards of the Education Regulator may be withdrawn or ordered to be changed.

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• Schools are prohibited from receiving funding or donations without approval from the Education Regulator and face fines for violation of this rule. The Private Schools Office has set up a special portal for private schools, with necessary information for parents and students to choose a suitable school, including their location, curriculum, academic calendar, annual performance report, and general information. It can be accessed at edu.gov.qa A periodic evaluation of private schools is made mandatory starting from the academic year 2017–18, according to MoEHE. The move represents a new condition for private schools to get national accreditation which qualifies them to take advantage of the Educational Voucher System which allows Qatari students to seek education in private schools through government support.

Schools that implement accredited international curriculum standards should allocate weekly hours to teach the Arabic language and Islamic studies to Qatari students and Qatari history to all students according to the national standards, as per an academic follow-up policy published by MoEHE. All private schools must make use of the student database system to add, transfer or delete registered names and certifications. Expatriate students in the country can be enrolled directly in private schools without the need for an equivalency certificate. Parents can hereafter transfer their children between private schools without MoEHE’s permission if there are vacancies at the appropriate level in the receiving school. The move to allow parents to place a child at a class with older or younger children will help them substantially.

Licensing Private Schools MoEHE licenses private schools and pre-schools according to the provisions of Law No 23 of 2015. MoEHE has also issued detailed bylaws outlining the setup requirements for potential private school operators. Investors can apply for private school licenses in November and December of each year through the school registration portal. The detailed information about the conditions, requirements, and application process for a private school license can be found at elr.edu.gov.qa or edu.gov.qa. More details can also be viewed in the Private School Regulation Law and the Executive Regulations.

Electronic pre-registration MoEHE launched an electronic pre-registration system in private schools in order to ease the enrolment process. The online portal allows parents to know the number of students on the waiting list and the number of seats available in the required grade in all schools. Available vacant seats are distributed by the school according to classes. The system also does not require an acceptance exam or an interview. The online registration shows the student's educational background and his/her progress in the last two years, which helps the school to know the student, the school, curriculum and class. Parents are able to follow admission of their child through the reference number received by text messages sent to their mobile phone. Schools and KGs must enter the applications in the system, decide the date and time of the interview and inform the parents by sending a text message. Schools and KGs must verify telephone numbers to facilitate communication with parents. Once the seat is booked and fees have been paid, the student's name will be removed from all the waiting lists. All students must be registered in the National Student Information System (NSIS) system at the beginning of the academic year. 340

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It is Qatar’s national policy that every child should be provided with education to help it reach its full potential, and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) is committed to inclusive integration in education where possible. Some 80% of independent schools have introduced additional educational needs facilities and staff.

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An early intervention programme provided by Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) provides services and support to families who may need assistance with extraordinary care for a child with special needs. The programme includes child development (for preschool children) and therapy for behavioural changes. It also supplies required equipment and does a home assessment. Older individuals with special needs are not neglected and a number of programmes and facilities are available to young adults. MoEHE established the first database for students with special needs in local schools in January 2018, in line with the government's directives towards digital transformation, and to achieve the vision and mission of the ministry in the implementation of a system of integrated educational services for students in accordance with Qatar National Vision 2030. Al Noor Institute for the Visually Impaired caters for visually impaired peoople over the age of three years. Younger children receive care visits in their home. 4422 2777 A4 The Autism Program by HMC is an outpatient programme providing diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services to children with autism or under ASD. The programme started in 2012 at the Child Development Center (CDC) at Rumailah Hospital. The programme accepts referrals only from HMC's or CDC’s physicians to make best use of the programme and resources for the right group of children. Qatar’s state sector has specialised programmes for the hearing and visually impaired; there is a programme for Arabic speaking children with learning difficulties and programmes (in Arabic) for gifted children. Some expatriate schools provide special needs support without a fully modified curriculum. All families in the country with disabled/special needs members are encouraged to take advantage of the available facilities. hamad.qa C3/D3 Awsaj Academy, a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), tutors Grade KG – 12 students with learning challenges in classes of 10 students and one teacher. Teaching is in English, and the curriculum includes maths, English, science, Arabic, Islamic studies, Qatar national history, art, IT and physical education. It also has an outreach centre that provides evaluation and professional development services to the community (see Qatar Foundation in this section). 4454 2111, 4454 2115, awsaj.qa C2

Child Development Center (CDC) is a special needs centre in West Bay. Established in 2013, CDC provides a network of internationally qualified and licensed professionals who offer childcentered and evidence-based early detection and intervention for children with developmental delays. Services include applied behaviour analysis (ABA), speech therapy, occupational therapy, diagnostics and assessments, as well as professional development training and workshops. 6692 0199, 4414 7283, cdcenterqatar.com B4 Family Hope Center is for children, adolescents and adults with social, mental and physical challenges. The centre was established to provide the necessary resources to support both individuals with special needs and their families. 4435 0951, familyhope.qa C3 HOPE Qatar Centre for Special Needs provides Help, Opportunity, Participation, and Education (HOPE) for children and young people aged 3 – 25. Established in 2005, HOPE Qatar is approved by MoEHE and offers individualised programmes meeting academic as well as therapeutic needs of its students in a near school environment that enables achieving their full potential and holistic development. hope-qatar.org D4 Mind Institute works with children from birth to 18 years with communication difficulties, fine and gross motor challenges, language delays, hearing difficulties, educational delays, behaviour disorders, emotional disorders, sensory integration issues, social skills challenges and more. 3337 7648, 4418 1968, mindinstitutes.com E3 ©

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marhaba.qa The privately-run Omega Centre for Special Needs Education offers diagnostic, therapeutic and education services and aims to assist families whose children have psychiatric, physical, educational and social challenges. 4451 3210, omegaqatar.org E3

and counsellors. The centre is a non-profit, private institution, serving as a model for the provision of special education, therapeutic, and healthcare support services for children with disabilities from birth to adulthood. 4495 6666, shafallah.org.qa A4

Qatar Assistive Technology Centre (Mada) enables those with learning, visual, hearing, and physical disabilities (including dyslexia) to access information and communications technology without barriers offering assessments, advice and training. 4459 4050, mada.org.qa C4

Step by Step Centre for Special Needs offers a caring and stimulating environment to enable children, aged 3 – 16, with learning challenges to achieve their full academic and personal potential through specialised teaching in a school setting and individual therapy sessions. It also has a Summer School Programme. 4475 7625, 5592 7376, stepbystepqatar.com D3

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The Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs attends to the social, mental, academic and healthy rehabilitation of people with special needs in society, in keeping with the Islamic principles, traditions and customs of Qatari society. qsrn.org D4 Renad Academy, a member of QF, is a centre for Qatari students, aged 3 – 21, experiencing mildmoderate autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The centre provides education and specialised services to students, and training and support to parents. The centre provides all aspects of education for its students, using evidence-based practices such as ABA, discreet trial training, pivotal response training, and structured TEACCH in one-to-one and small group settings (see Qatar Foundation in this section). 4454 1974, qaa.openapply.com C2 Shafallah-Integration for the Disabled, established in 1999, offers state-of-the-art technologies, including an on-site Genetic Research Centre, cutting-edge therapies, and a first-class faculty

The Learning Center (TLC), a member of QF, is a centralised student support services team comprising of school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and autism specialists. TLC Assessment and Therapy Outreach Center (DARB) provides educational evaluations, assessments and therapy services for children and adolescents ages 3 to 18 years of age in the following areas to support the learning, social-emotional and developmental challenges and deliver outcome-driven, learning-oriented, and evidence-based therapies and intervention services to families in Qatar: • Cognitive and Psychoeducational Evaluations • Speech and Language Therapy and Evaluations • Occupational Therapy and Evaluations • Autism services (ABA Assessments and Therapy) • Gifted and Talented Evaluations. 4454 2106, 7400 2065, tlc@qf.org.qa, qf.org.qa/tlc C2

Register for School The registration of new students with Additional Educational Support Needs (AESN) in kindergartens (KGs) is only for Qataris, while registration in the first grade is allowed for both Qatari as well as expatriate students with special needs, according to MoEHE. In a circular issued to independent schools, the ministry said students who suffer from speech and language problems like hearing, hyperactivity disorder and physical disabilities not associated with mental disabilities can register directly through independent schools. Hearing impaired students of all levels of ability can register at the Audio Education Complex. Blind students who suffer from severe visual impairment can register at Al Noor Institute for the Visually Impaired. Children who suffer from conditions like cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, autism and others can apply through Roua Centre for Assessment, Support and Counseling under the Special Education Office to determine the right school for the student. Meanwhile, MoEHE has issued a circular to public schools, asking them to admit children of employees working in the private sector in areas which do not have private schools like Al Shamal, Dukhan, Rawdat Rashed, Al Karaana, Al Sheehaniya, Al Ghuwariyah, Al Zubara, Al Kharsaah, Al Kaaban, Al Ghashamia and Al Jamiliyah. According to the circular, all admission and registration requirements should be met and the parents should provide documents proving their residence in the area. Students cannot be transferred to public schools in areas which have private schools. 342

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Specialised Curriculum Schools Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA)

Aspire Academy was established in 2004 to provide sports training and high quality education to students with sporting potential. The original intake of students in 2003–4 included 31 football players, aged 12 – 18. Aspire typically works with more than 6,000 children aged 6 – 12 through sport and football skill development and talent identification programmes throughout the country as a preliminary step towards future Academy scholarships. The Academy also runs Multi-Sport Skills Development Centers across Qatar. aspire.qa C2 Josoor Institute is the education and training arm of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the organisation leading preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. It was launched in December 2013 as a legacy project with the aim to create a talent pool within the region capable of delivering FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ and other major events, develop the skills of current and future professionals, and act as a catalyst for the growth of the sustainable sports and events industries in Qatar and the region. Josoor Institute aims to help everyone with the right talent and skill pursue a career in these industries, from new entrants to entrepreneurs seeking guidance on developing their business. Through a flagship diploma programme in sports and major events management in partnership with leading business school SDA Bocconi School of Management – bespoke leadership development courses blending theory and practice, volunteers and other workforce training – for nearly a decade Josoor Institute has provided education and training solutions for over 5,000 delegates, equipping them with the skills and expertise to manage projects and organisations in the industry

Qatar Leadership Academy (QLA) is a member of Qatar Foundation (QF). Located in Al Mazrouah close to Meqdam Military Camp and founded in 2005 as an innovative partnership between QF and the Qatar Armed Forces, QLA offers a US Diploma programme (MSA). It accepts male Arabic speaking cadets aged 11 – 16 (Grades 7–12), regardless of nationality. Cadets are admitted only after entrance exams in Arabic, English and mathematics, followed by an interview and, finally, a fitness assessment (see Qatar Foundation in this section). 4043 9298, qla.edu.qa Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC) launched its first Current and Future Leaders Programme for those aged 25 – 35 in 2011 and has added additional programmes since. It is open to both male and female Qatari nationals. QLC’s National Leadership Program mandate is to provide leadership training to selected Qataris with proven abilities, who gain admission to the Programme in a competitive, meritbased process. Through the National Leadership Programme, those highly-qualified Qataris selected to participate receive significant benefits, such as customised leadership education taught by global leaders, and professional and personal skills development. 4019 4444, qlc.org.qa

Education Service Law No 18 of 2015 Governs any individual or entity which provides education services and/or training in the fields of languages, computing, secretarial, accounting and/or business administration; such services and/or training to be provided in centres. • Educational centres cannot advertise/ announce that they are opening or accept any students until a licence is approved. • Educational centres should have separate premises in which they operate; the licence will be issued for those premises. Penalties for violation of the above law include imprisonment of up to six months and/or a penalty of QAR100,000 and/or cancellation of the licence. For more information on education laws, see Law regulating private schools in The Private Sector in this section. ©

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Qatar has a number of specialised state facilities at the secondary education level and beyond. These schools specialise in certain areas of the curriculum to boost the achievement of students in a particular discipline.

in the years ahead. Josoor Institute also organises a regular series of sessions on recent developments in the sports and events industry and other strategic topics, and supports applied research in this domain. josoorinstitute.qa, knowledgehub.josoorinstitute.qa C2

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Established by Qatar Foundation (QF) in 2014, the Qatar Nanny Training Academy (QNTA) aims to educate Muslim Arabic-speaking nannies that have the capacity to teach Islamic values. Students on the 10-month programme are drawn from Arab countries; the training includes specialised courses in all aspects of childcare, including first aid, nutrition, hygiene, education, and Arabic, Islamic and cultural studies. 4454 7351, qnta.qa B3

Post-secondary facilities in Qatar are expanding to ensure the development of a well-educated, dedicated and innovative workforce, while acknowledging not all students wish to pursue a degree course. A variety of university scholarships are also available for nationals, expatriates and those residing outside Qatar. There are private tertiary education institutions in Doha (full-time, part-time and through distance learning). A year’s full-time study at a branch campus of a foreign university in Qatar generally costs in excess of QAR100,000. Some scholarships may be available. The Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a centre for Qatar Foundation (QF), is a premier pre-university programme established for high school graduates from Qatar and other countries in the region. Since its establishment in 2001, more than 2,500 students (mostly Qatari high school graduates, but also students from over 30 other countries) have graduated from their programme. Many have enrolled at one of the universities in Education City, Qatar University, or abroad at universities in the US or the UK. Over 90% of their graduates are admitted to university each year. abp.edu.qa C2 Qatar Finance and Business Academy (QFBA) was established in 2009 under the auspices of Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) to raise the financial services industry standards and help organisations and professionals achieve their learning and business objectives, thus aligned with Qatar National Vision 2030. It was set up with the intention to create a Qatar-based learning and development organisation for delivering pragmatic and innovative financial services education. Their programmes benefit entry-level to senior level executives within the sectors of banking, asset management, capital markets and insurance. QFBA has a mandate to enhance the training and competency standards in Qatar’s financial sector. qfba.edu.qa B4 344

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Qatar Skills Training Centre (QS) is the largest and leading training provider in Qatar, incubating worldclass learning and development opportunities that advance people, organisations and shared value. For more than 12 years, QS has built an astounding reputation by co-creating transformational learning experiences by providing high quality, sought after training for both individuals and organisations. Through their selection of premium certified programmes delivered as face-to-face, live virtual training or blended, QS supplies leading global organisations with competitive knowledge. QS gained their reputation by transferring knowledge in technical, functional and behavioural fields, offering certifications from the most notable institutes such as CMI, ILM, IOSH, Highfield, IATA, IoSCM, CII, IREM, Professional Academy ISM, CIM, SHRM and many more. QS trains over 3,000 participants a year in Qatar in the largest training facility in the country. QS offers more than 1,000 programmes nestled within two primary categories, customised programmes designed for unique organisational needs and public programmes. 4416 1622, qatarskills.com.qa D3 Embassies and cultural centres generally have details of distance-learning courses, and often have an educational adviser, provide assistance with overseas university applications, and/or act as examination centres for overseas exams (see Foreign Embassies in the Discovering Qatar section). Technical colleges and training programmes Encouraging graduate and post-graduate studies in Qatar, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) authorised the development of a strategic plan with three objectives: • To establish national vocational and technical competency standards for Qatar. • To work in conjunction with the Higher Education Institute to integrate vocational and technical qualifications into a National Qualifications Framework. • To establish specially designed vocational technical training facilities capable of providing internationally accredited competency standards that suit the needs of the Qatari labour market.

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The University of Aberdeen is the first UK university to operate on a dedicated campus in Qatar, offering a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. The undergraduate subjects on offer include Business Management, Accountancy and Finance, Business Management and Information Systems, and Business Management and International Relations. The postgraduate programmes are LLM International Commercial Law, Master of Business Administration (MBA), MSc International Business Management, International Postgraduate Diploma in Education (iPGCE) (MEd), and MSc International Human Resource Management. abdn.ac.uk D3

Al Rayyan International University College Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) is a successor of the first private university in the State of Qatar, Stenden Qatar University of Applied Sciences, which opened in September 2000 and for more than 20 years specialised in providing business related degrees with tourism, hospitality and international business studies focus. During this period, the university was operating under the auspices of Al Rayyan International Education (ARIE) and NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. From September 2021, the institution opened a new exciting chapter in its existence and entered into a strategic partnership with the University of Derby in the UK. Through this partnership, ARIU offers UK-accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, international hospitality management, international tourism management and international business management. ARIU in partnership with the University of Derby will continue its legacy as a higher education institution of excellence and a premier provider of university level education in Qatar, the GCC region, and internationally. ARIU is well situated to provide students with great opportunities for learning and career development. Its location in Doha and the GCC region is vital to the institution’s identity and success as a school. ariu.edu.qa D2

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5,000 students. It offers a range of internationally recognised UK Diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, all licensed by MoEHE. Ulster University has a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement that makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. It is in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research and is ranked 7th in the UK for research impact, meaning its teaching is research-led and allows it to bring leading-edge thinking and practice to the classroom. It works with public, private and third sector organisations to co-create innovative, technologydriven, learning and development solutions for government, industry and major charitable associations. In addition, it works closely with the government to implement the Skills Strategy for Northern Ireland and to attract foreign direct investment by ensuring graduates are equipped with the qualifications and skills required by industry and commerce. cuc-ulster.edu.qa E3

Community College of Qatar (CCQ) Established in 2010, the Community College of Qatar (CCQ) is an open admissions institution that offers a number of associate and bachelor degree programmes. Among them are two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree programmes for students wishing to transfer to four-year universities, high demand 2+2 associates and bachelor degree programmes, and two-year Associate of Applied Arts and Applied Science degree programmes. CCQ also offers short-term continuing education and marketable skills certificates for those that wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills. In addition, CCQ has partnered with a number of local and international four-year universities in order to provide students with the opportunity to seamlessly transfer to a university to obtain a bachelor degree without losing any of their coursework. ccq.edu.qa C3 (CCQ Boys) D4 (CCQ Girls)

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Lusail University (LU) Lusail University (LU) is the first private national university in Qatar. It welcomed its first batch in 2020 with over 800 students accepted to join the College of Managerial, Financial and Economic Sciences, College of Law, and the College of Education and Arts. Its mission is to offer academic programmes that contribute to the preparation of trained and qualified human resources to keep pace with the local and international labour market. It provides a stimulating environment for scientific research and knowledge production that contributes to sustainable development and promotes service and build the community. lu.edu.qa A4

Police College (Qatar) Established by Amiri Decree in 2013, the Police College (Qatar) offers a four-year bachelor’s degree in law and police science in Arabic. However, the college’s Supreme Council (chaired by the Minister of Interior) has the right to allow one or more subjects in a foreign language. Non-Qatari students who obtain scholarships from their own countries can also apply. portal.moi.gov.qa/policecollege/ F1

Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) Qatar Aeronautical College (QAC) was founded in 1975 as the Civil Aviation College of the Gulf States, with assistance from the UN Development Program. It changed its name in 1996 to Qatar Aeronautical College, and programmes include training not just for airline pilots but also for aircraft maintenance engineers, air traffic controllers, meteorologists, airport operations management personnel and flight dispatchers. Qatari graduates aged 17–24 are eligible to apply for trainee positions sponsored by Qatar Airways, Qatar Civil Aviation Authority, etc. Qataris and other nationals may also apply to join on a fee-paying basis. qac.edu.qa D4

University Foundation College (UFC) University Foundation College (UFC) is a private British college, licensed by MoEHE. UFC brings to Qatar ‘UK bridging’ programmes in business, humanities, engineering and science pathways developed and accredited by the Northern Consortium of UK universities (NCUK). NCUK is globally recognised for its programmes developed collaboratively with the 16 NCUK Partner Universities. The college also houses SI-UK Qatar; SI-UK is the leading provider of independent advice and support to international students applying to study in the UK. SI-UK Qatar is part of a global network of 23 offices, which have helped thousands of international students join UK universities. As an official UCAS centre, SI-UK Qatar is the first and only to be licensed by MoEHE to help students through every step of the university application process. universityfoundationcollege.com C3

University of Calgary – Qatar (UCQ) Established in 2007, the University of Calgary in Qatar (UCQ) offers university training in all aspects of professional nursing in compliance with the same rigorous international standards applied at the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary in Canada. In addition to a Bachelor of Nursing degree programme, UCQ offers a foundations programme that assists students with the language, mathematics and science skills they need to thrive in the nursing profession. ucalgary.edu.qa D2

University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) Formerly known as the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q), the University of Doha for Science and Technology (UDST) was established by Amiri Decision No 13 of 2022 and offers more than 50 Applied Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree programmes in addition to diplomas that fall under four main streams: Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades; Business Management; Computing and Information Technology; and Health Sciences. Four programmes are completely new in Qatar: Bachelor of Applied Business Administration in Banking and Financial Technology; Bachelor of Applied Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence; Bachelor of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy; and Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiography. UDST offers twoyear and three-year diplomas in addition to the new programmes. udst.edu.qa B3 ©

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​​​Founded in 2014 by the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies. The Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) is an independent institute for learning and research in the fields of Social Sciences, Humanities, Public Administration and Development Economics. Programmes of study are offered at the master’s degree level in three schools: Social Sciences and Humanities; Public Administration and Development Economics; and Psychology and Social Work.​In addition, the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies​at DI offers a master's in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action. dohainstitute.edu.qa D3

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Qatar University Since Qatar University (QU) was established in the late 1970s, the university has been striving to be a platform and a minaret of knowledge and enlightenment for Qatar, and one of the leading institutions of higher education in the country.

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Today, it offers quality education to more than 20,000 multinational students at the undergraduate and graduate level. QU meets international standards and maintains the fastest growing research profile in the region. It has always been the moving force of the society as well as its centre of enlightenment. QU has contributed in fulfilling the needs of the society for qualified personnel, scholars, consultants and researchers in various specialisations. It has been actively interacting and contributing to the development of society through its academic and research expertise. QU develops as society’s needs increase, and accordingly, it expands its colleges, departments and academic programmes to fulfil the necessary needs required to achieve Qatar National Vision 2030. It also employs its expertise in planning and setting up strategies to enhance stability in the social, economic, academic and human development domains. QU has 11 colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business and Economics, Education, Engineering, Law, Pharmacy, Sharia and Islamic Studies, Health Sciences, Medicine and the College of Dental Medicine. QU recently announced its eleventh college and fifth college under QU Health, the College of Nursing. QU offers various academic programmes and research projects based on international standards taking into account aspects and issues related to Arab-Islamic culture and identity. QU has transformed from being an institution of learning to a platform of research, a process that took much effort and time to be achieved. Research is an integral part of the academic

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environment at QU and is bolstered by an ambitious five-year roadmap addressing national priorities and listing four priority research areas -- Energy, Environment and Resource Sustainability; Social Change and Identity; Population, Health and Wellness; and Information, Communication and Technologies (ICT) – with a state-of-the-art Research Complex, and 17 research centres of excellence. QU has emphasised international ranking during the last few years, and has strived to get the academic accreditations for several colleges and programmes to achieve quality assurance. International ranking and academic accreditation enables QU to observe performance and quality, and investigate strategies and applied plans in order to achieve university objectives. Times Higher Education (THE) ranks QU as second in the Arab University Rankings 2021, 26th in the overall Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021, and the University achieved its highest-ever finish in the THE Asia University Rankings 2021, climbing 17 places and ranking 35th. QU has managed to maintain or improve its position in every edition of the annual Asia University rankings since it began in 2013. QU also placed second in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Arab Region University Rankings 2022, which highlights leading universities in the region, and is 208th globally in the QS World University Ranking 2023. As part of Qatar's policy, which aims to improve health services, QU announced in 2017 the establishment of a health cluster, aptly titled QU Health, to fulfil the market's needs for qualified national specialised cadre in all fields related to the health, safety and pharmaceutical industries. QU’s diverse and lively student body is a testament to the potential of Qatar’s greatest future leaders, respected scholars and inspired artisans. Students at QU enjoy the convenience and beauty of state-of-the-art facilities and technology, paired with traditional values, in a harmony and ease-of-access, which fully supports their education and life experiences. QU is also the host for one of the metro stations constructed as part of the preparations for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, connecting the QU community to more destinations. qu.edu.qa B3

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QF’s work encompasses education, science and research, and community development. Worldclass universities are brought to Qatar to help create an education sector in which young people can develop the attitudes and skills required for the nation’s future. QF also works to foster a progressive society while enhancing cultural life, protecting Qatar’s heritage and addressing immediate social needs in the community. qf.org.qa C2

Education At QF, a world-class system has been built that caters to students from when they are six months old through to postgraduate study, creating a multidisciplinary environment that produces a highly competent and diverse workforce to serve the needs of the country and thrive in a global environment. Key to this has been the development of QF’s unique partnership model with leading universities from around the world, comprising: Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell MedicineQatar, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Northwestern University in Qatar, Georgetown University in Qatar and HEC Paris in Qatar. Through its homegrown research university, Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), QF produces students that can address national grand challenges and critical questions that are locally relevant and have global impact.

Pre-University Education Pre-University Education (PUE) is the beginning of QF's education cycle and fortifies the organisation's commitment to lifelong learning. It delivers unique learning opportunities, and strives to meet the individual needs of each student in its diverse community.

marhaba.qa PUE has expanded to comprise a total of nine schools. These include Qatar Academy, which has five branches in different geographical locations throughout Qatar; Qatar Leadership Academy, which promotes personal growth in young men by engaging them in an environment that promotes excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and character; Renad Academy, dedicated to helping children with mild to moderate autism spectrum disorder (ASD); Awsaj Academy, dedicated to working with children with learning difficulties; Academic Bridge Program (ABP), a premier preuniversity initiative; and the Qatar Academy for Science and Technology (QAST), an advanced academic programme for accomplished students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

Research, Development and Innovation Research and innovation efforts across QF are designed to enable Qatar to develop homegrown solutions that tackle the nation’s challenges while also having the potential to benefit the world. Through its institutes, initiatives, programmes and discoveries in this sphere, QF helps to: • Develop the capabilities of Qatar’s people and institutions. • Build and maintain a competitive and diversified economy. • Improve the health and social wellbeing of Qatar’s population. • Support Qatar’s distinctive culture and the security of its people. • Preserve and improve the natural and built environment. Key to QF’s philosophy of excellence is Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) – see Investment and Trade in the Business and Economy section. qstp.org.qa Another unique educational partnership is Sidra Medicine, an academic medical centre. See Healthcare in Qatar in the Living in Qatar section.

Community Development Community development is the long-term dividend of education and scientific innovation, and is at the heart of everything that QF does. QF’s various initiatives are designed to address the needs of the society, embody Qatari culture, promote lifelong learning and foster social engagement. Community development initiatives at QF encourage an active, healthy lifestyle as well as social cohesion and cross-cultural understanding. ©

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Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a private, nonprofit organisation that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy, providing homegrown solutions for the benefit of not only Qatar, but the world. QF was founded in 1995 by the Father Amir, HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF. HE Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani is Vice Chairperson and CEO of QF.

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Biological Sciences • Business Administration Computer Science • Information Systems Carnegie Mellon University attracts a certain type of student: motivated, inventive and driven to make a difference. Students come to Carnegie Mellon to learn, create and innovate in a nurturing environment. They leave with the passion, connections, credentials and lifelong friends who will help them change the world.

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HEC Paris in Qatar Founded in 1881 by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, HEC Paris, a founding member of the Université Paris-Saclay, brings together 140 permanent professors, more than 4,500 students, and 8,000 executives and directors in education each year.

In 2004, Carnegie Mellon and QF began a partnership to deliver select programmes that will contribute to the long-term development of Qatar. Today, CMU-Q offers undergraduate programs in biological sciences, business administration, computer science, and information systems. More than 400 students from 53 countries call Carnegie Mellon Qatar home.

In 2010, HEC Paris joined QF and brought worldclass Executive Education programmes and research activity to Doha and the region. By 2011, HEC Paris had launched Qatar’s first international Executive MBA (EMBA), which has been ranked number 1 worldwide by the Financial Times in 2019. The HEC Paris international EMBA is a part-time programme that provides executives with a set of fundamental skills to expand their knowledge and leadership capabilities.

Graduates from CMU-Q are pursuing their careers in top organisations within Qatar and around the world, and many have started their own entrepreneurial ventures. With 15 graduating classes, the total number of alumni is more than 1,100. qatar.cmu.edu

Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) Established in 1789, Georgetown University is one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, offering a unique educational experience that prepares the next generation of global citizens to lead and make a difference in the world. Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) continues this tradition with its campus in Education City. GU-Q offers the same internationally respected Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) degree as the campus in Washington, DC, allowing students to major in culture and politics, international economics, international history, or international politics, and to earn certificates in Arab and Regional Studies, American Studies or Africana Studies along with a minor. The university also delivers a range of executive education programmes and customdesigned master's degrees. qatar.georgetown.edu

Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), a member of QF, was founded in 2010 as a researchintensive university that acts as a catalyst for transformative change in Qatar and the region while having global impact. Located in Education City, HBKU is committed to building and cultivating human capacity through an enriching academic experience, innovative ecosystem, and unique partnerships. HBKU delivers multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programmes through its colleges, and provides opportunities for research and scholarship through its institutes and centres. hbku.edu.qa

In addition to the EMBA, HEC Paris in Qatar provides a Specialised Master’s Degree in Strategic Business Unit Management. The institution also offers non-degree management programmes for executives, in the form of executive short programmes and certificates as well as custom-designed programmes for individual companies. qatar.exed.hec.edu

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) offers bachelor’s degrees from Northwestern’s School of Communication and the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Northwestern Qatar also offers a variety of executive education programmes for professionals in Qatar. NU-Q is the 12th school of Northwestern University, which is ranked among the top universities in the world. Northwestern is ranked 9th best by US News & World Report and 24th by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Students interested in news reporting, multimedia storytelling, and strategic communication enrol in NU-Q’s programme in journalism and strategic communication. If their interest is more aligned with creative media – scriptwriting, cinematography, film production and animation – the programme in communication offers the academic rigour, alongside the training in the technical components of those careers. In addition to their majors, all NU-Q students benefit from a well-rounded education, which includes a variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, from history and political science to literature and economics. qatar.northwestern.edu ©

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For more than a century, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU-Q) has challenged the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, top-ranked and global university, Carnegie Mellon sets its own course with programmes that inspire creativity and collaboration.

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marhaba.qa Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMUQ) Texas A&M University, recognised as having one of the premier engineering programmes in the world, has offered bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and petroleum engineering at QF’s Education City campus since 2003, and master’s degrees in chemical engineering since autumn 2011.

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Texas A&M at Qatar has awarded nearly 1,400 degrees since 2007. In addition to engineering courses, Texas A&M at Qatar provides classes in science, mathematics, liberal arts and the humanities. All four of the undergraduate engineering programmes offered are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The curriculum offered at Texas A&M at Qatar are materially the same as those offered at the main campus in College Station, Texas, and the courses in Doha are taught in English in a coeducational setting. The reputation for excellence is the same, as is the commitment to equip engineers to lead the next generation of engineering advancement. Faculty from around the world are attracted to Texas A&M at Qatar to provide this educational experience and to participate in research activities now valued at more than USD277.7 mn, and that address issues important to the State of Qatar. qatar.tamu.edu

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar)

VCUarts Qatar is celebrating more than 20 years of a fruitful alliance between VCU and QF that underscores the commitment of each institution to excellence, inquiry, discovery and innovation in a global setting. It offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design, interior design, and painting and printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design. A vibrant community with a global reach, the university promises to instill in students a lifelong passion for education and the arts. 352

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Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) is at the forefront of medical education, clinical care, and biomedical research in the Middle East. Established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University in the US and QF, WCM-Q is part of Cornell University and was the first US university to offer its MD degree overseas. From their very first year, medical students gain clinical experience with the country’s finest healthcare providers, and go on to residencies in some of the best teaching hospitals in the world. WCM-Q’s Division of Continuing Professional Development is accredited to provide continuing medical education for physicians and in doing so disseminates information about clinical best practice, augmenting local healthcare delivery. In line with their commitment to focus on diseases prevalent in Qatar, WCM-Q established a worldclass biomedical research programme, the first of its kind in the Middle East, that will help inform more efficient healthcare delivery by ushering in the era of precision medicine. The biomedical research programme also provides robust training programmes, helping to build local research capacity and contributing to Qatar’s knowledge economy. WCM-Q’s affiliation with Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, as well as with the Ministry of Public Health, Hamad Medical Corporation, Sidra Medicine, Aspetar, the Feto Maternal Center and the Primary Health Care Corporation, has created powerful partnerships that are dedicated to delivering excellence in education, patient care and biomedical research. qatar–weill.cornell.edu m

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Established in 1998 through a partnership with QF, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) is the international branch campus of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) School of the Arts, a top-ranked art and design programme in the US.

VCUarts Qatar offers valuable opportunities for cross-cultural exchange and connects VCUarts to the influential art and design world of the Middle East and beyond. The campus attracts renowned contributors to contemporary visual culture for speaking and teaching engagements, and hosts two major international events: Tasmeem Doha, a biennial art and design conference; and the Hamad bin Khalifa Symposium on Islamic Art. qatar.vcu.edu

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A GATEWAY TO A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES All graduates of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar receive the same M.D. degree as graduates of Weill Cornell Medicine-New York. So, the degree that you’ll eventually display in your clinic will also be your gateway to an almost infinite world of exciting career opportunities. To find out more, visit our website.

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Language Courses and Tuition Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) D3 (previously Stenden Qatar) Offers IELTS preparation and professional training programmes. 4488 8116/126, ariu.edu.qa ASAS Language Center E3 Offers language courses in English, Arabic and Turkish as well as specialised courses in technical and legal reports, and academic writing. It also offers international test preparation for IELTS. 4413 1460, 4435 5967, asas-language.com.qa Aptech Qatar D4 A computer education centre with more than 35 years of expertise that also offers language training in academic and business English. 4444 3600/3700, aptechqatar.com Berlitz Language Center E4 Offers tuition in more than 10 languages. Test preparation for IELTS and TOEFL. 4455 0506/7, berlitz-qatar.com British Council D3 Offers a wide range of English language courses as well as access to a library and computers. It is also an IELTS centre. 800 5501, britishcouncil.qa Community Service and Continuing Education Center (CCE) B3 Offers a variety of certification programmes and training courses at Qatar University. Training courses are offered to all community members in a number of disciplines such as language (English, Arabic, French, Turkish, Chinese, etc), business, leadership, management, finance, accounting and information processing. Test preparation courses for GMAT, GRE, IELTS and ACT are also offered. 4403 3925, qu.edu.qa/cce Educate Learning Center B4 Offers students at all competency levels an opportunity to develop their language skills in English, Arabic, German and French, as well as major exam preparation courses such as IELTS and TOEFL. 4006 3031, educate.com.qa EduTec Training Center E4 Offers vocational training and award recognised qualifications. The company specialises in tailor-made courses in English, Management and Skills for Life offered through a forum of workshops and seminars. 3343 3354, edu-tec.net 356

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Excellence Training Centre D3 Offers various language courses in English and Arabic as well as preparation for English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course and test preparation for IELTS and TOEFL. 4436 0225, excellence.qa Geometric Learning Centre D3 A tuition centre that offers personalised English and maths learning programmes in the British curriculum. 3333 2468, geometric-centre.com Inception Center D3 A language and translation centre offering a variety of distinctive language programmes and courses including English, French, Spanish and Arabic for non-Arabic speakers. 5085 2420, inception-qa.com, inception-languages-center.business.site Inlingua Qatar (Score Plus Qatar – The Princeton Review) D3 A test preparation and language training centre offering language courses in English, French, German, Spanish and Arabic, and test preparation in SAT, ACT, GMAT, GRE, IELTS and TOEFL. 4436 8580, 4413 1260, inlinguaqatar.com, scoreplusqatar.business.site Institut Français du Qatar B3 A range of French courses for adults and children, certifications in French language. Tests for immigration to Canada or Quebec. 4493 0862, if-qatar.com London Education Centre E4 Provides customised one-on-one tutoring in English, Maths, Physics and Science as well as ACT/SAT test preparation. 7064 3300, lec.qa Oxford Learning Center C3 Offers tutoring in reading, writing, English, Maths, Science and ESL as well as exam preparations, and for children with learning disabilities. 4491 0777, oxfordlearning.qa Shakespeare Language Center D2 Offers courses to students and adult learners, and special programmes for school students, homework and study support as well as major exam preparation courses such as IELTS, TOEFL, SAT and IGCSE. In addition, it offers language courses in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Turkish, German, Russian and more. 4450 2885, 3334 4509, see their Facebook or Instagram page for more information

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marhaba.qa StudyPlus D3 A premium academic tutoring and exam preparation centre offering language courses in English and English Literature in Edexcel, Cambridge and IB Curriculum. Also offers courses in Core Maths, Further Pure Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Business Studies, Accounting, Economics, ESL, EFL, Statistics, Mechanics, and ICT. 4442 4294, thestudyplus.com

Community Classes and Extra-mural Courses Community Service and Continuing Education Center (CCE) B3 Offers preparation courses in Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Non Profit Accounting Professional (CNAP), Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Project Management Professional (PMP®), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Internet Computer Driving License (ICDL), and certification programmes in Cybersecurity and Block chain. 4403 3925, qu.edu.qa/cce Education Development Institute (EDI) C2 A member of Qatar Foundation (QF) that serves as a centre of excellence in professional development and lifelong learning, by supporting the growth and development of the educational community within Qatar and internationally. 4454 2122, edi.qa

Excellence Training Centre D3 Offers various courses in accounting and finance, human resources management, management and administrative skills, and more. 4436 0225, excellence.qa Qatar Financial & Business Academy (QFBA) C4 A leading national training provider providing professional training to individuals and customised learning and development programmes for corporates, and various courses in finance and investment. 4496 8333, qfba.edu.qa

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) C2 At Education City, the school of arts offers a selection of art, design and craft courses in English and/or Arabic, and holds workshops and lectures including an annual fashion show each spring. 4402 0555, qatar.vcu.edu

Lectures/Discussions/Workshops Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art C2 At Education City, the museum holds lectures, workshops and artist encounters. 4402 8830, mathaf.org.qa Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) D4 Education Centre offers talks, art workshops, programmes and training courses for children and adults. 4422 4444, 4452 5555, mia.org.qa National Museum of Qatar (NMoQ) D4 The museum offers free online and in-person art and culture workshops for families and children as well as storytelling programmes for children in Arabic and/or English. 4452 5555, nmoq.org.qa Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) C2 A member of Qatar Foundation (QF) offering technovate, networking seminars and open discussions. QSTP also supports aspiring entrepreneurs through numerous opportunities to turn passions into successful businesses with innovative programmes such as Arab Innovation Academy, Research to Startup and XLR8, as well as an Incubation Center and funding programmes. 4454 7070, qstp.org.qa Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) C2 At Education City, WCM-Q is the first medical school in Qatar. It hosts occasional Grand Rounds, a platform for physicians to attend high-quality lectures on developments in medicine, ask questions and network with peers (colleagues and specialists) to promote interdisciplinary collaborations for improved patient care. 4492 8000, qatar-weill.cornell.edu m

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Enertech Qatar D3 A Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) training centre providing standardised health and safety training. 4401 0888, enertechqatar.com

Qatar Skills Training Centre E3 Offers vocational training, education and professional development. 4416 1622, qatarskills.com.qa

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TII Language Center at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) C2 Offers top-class language training in 12 languages for adults, namely Arabic, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Turkish in addition to 8languages for kids and teenagers between the ages of 5 and 15 years, namely Arabic, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese. 4454 2578/993, tii.qa

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Arabic for Non-Native Speakers (ANNS) Center at Qatar University B3 A specialised language centre that offers certificates of completion to international students whose mother tongue is not Arabic. A one academic year programme provides students with communicative skills of comprehension, speaking, reading, writing and pragmatics. QU also offers a bachelor's degree and master's degree in the Arabic language. 4403 4584/91, qu.edu.qa/artssciences/departments/anns Arabic, the official language of Qatar, ranks sixth among the world’s major languages and is the native tongue of nearly 250 mn people around the world, as well as the language of the Holy Quran and thus, Islam. It is one of the United Nations' six official languages.

The Arabic Language Classical Arabic has preserved the language of the Quran for over 1,400 years. Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) is an adapted form of the classical language used in books, newspapers, on TV and radio, and at times, in conversation. Classical Arabic and MSA are, to a large extent, learned languages and must be taught in schools, since nearly all Arabs grow up learning a colloquial form of the language. Local dialects vary with more than 30 different regional variations.

Taking a course in Arabic is an interesting way to learn more about the region's culture and to meet new people. Arabic language courses in Qatar offer a choice of colloquial Qatari Arabic or MSA. Islam is the official religion in Qatar. Courses offer a chance to learn about the faith as well.

Courses in Qatar Al Rayyan International University College (ARIU) D3 (previously Stenden Qatar) Conversational Arabic classes. Three hours a week at QAR3,000. 4488 8116/126, ariu.edu.qa

Inlingua Qatar (Score Plus Qatar – The Princeton Review) D3 General English/Business English/ French/German/Spanish/Arabic and more, for groups and individuals. 4413 1260, inlinguaqatar.com Institut Français du Qatar B3 The successor to the French Cultural Centre (CCF), the official French Institute provides courses in MSA for French and non-French speakers. Private tuition and corporate courses also available. Fees vary. 4493 0862, if-qatar.com Sheikh Abdulla Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center D4 (previously known as Fanar) Lessons in MSA with separate classes for men and women. Courses at levels 1 – 5 are intensive and last two and a half months, with classes twice a week. Classes in Islamic studies and culture in English, with assistance in Tagalog (Philippines), Sinhalese (Sri Lanka) and Nepali. 4444 7444, binzaid@islam.gov.qa, binzaid.gov.qa TII Arabic Language Program at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) C2 Offers courses in MSA or the Qatari (Khaleeji) dialect with an emphasis on communication. Also available are courses in medical Arabic to help healthcare professionals communicate with patients. 4454 2578/993, tii.qa The Language Center at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies (DI) B3 Offers courses in Arabic language and culture within a proficiency-based framework, founded on a communicative and taskoriented approach. Classes target the development of the various skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). 4419 9444, dohainstitute.edu.qa m

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Arabic is written from right to left. There are 18 distinct letter shapes, which vary slightly depending on whether they are connected to another letter before or after them. There are no 'capital' letters. The full alphabet of 28 letters is created by placing various combinations of dots above or below some of these letters. Other languages – such as Persian, Urdu and Malay – use adaptations of the Arabic script.

Berlitz Language Center E4 Group and private conversational and written Arabic courses at levels 1 – 10. Evening classes are available twice a week at each level. Fees vary. 4455 0506/7, berlitz‑qatar.com

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Useful Numbers: Banks and Exchange Houses • The Banking Network in Qatar Currency • The Banking Sector • Qatar Central Bank • Qatar Credit Bureau Loans, Bank Charges and Interest Rates • Accounts • Offshore Banking Financial Services and Insurance • Islamic Finance

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• Economic Growth and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) • Trade Surplus • The Budget • Inflation and Cost of Living • Population and the Labour Force

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Incentives • Investment Regulations • Choosing a Business Structure Company Structures • Commercial Registration • Export and Import • Taxation Intellectual Property • Regulatory Bodies and Government‑owned Entities Qatar Financial Centre • Qatar Exchange • Real Estate Developers and Real Estate Agents Selling Property • Business Etiquette

378 Feature – New Advertising Guidelines Issued The Ministry of Municipality launched the second edition of the advertisement guide in May 2022, with regulations and procedures.

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• Qatar’s Energy Companies • International Companies

384 Feature – QatarEnergy Joins Global Zero Methane Initiative QatarEnergy has joined the industry-led initiative aiming to achieve near-zero methane emissions by 2030.

Infrastructure in Qatar 386 An overview of local infrastructure, ongoing megaprojects and new developments.

392 Feature – Qetaifan Island North

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Commercial Bank of Qatar

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Doha Bank

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Qatar Development Bank

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Qatar National Bank

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qnb.com

Arab Bank Qatar

4438 7777

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Bank Saderat Iran

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BNP Paribas

4453 7115

mea.bnpparibas.com

HSBC

4442 4722

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Mashreq Bank

4408 3333

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Standard Chartered Bank

4465 8555

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United Bank Limited

4444 1314

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Regional Banks

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Branches of Foreign Banks

Islamic Banks Dukhan Bank *

800 8555

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Masraf Al Rayan #

4425 3333

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Qatar First Bank

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Qatar International Islamic Bank

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Qatar Islamic Bank

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Investment Banks QInvest

* Previously Barwa Bank; merged with International Bank of Qatar in April 2019 # Masraf Al Rayan merged with Al Khalij Commercial Bank in November 2021

Currency and Exchange Alfardan Exchange 4453 7777 alfardanexchange.com.qa Al Jazeera Exchange 4436 3822 aljazeeraexchangeqatar.com Al Mana Exchange 4442 4226 almanaexchange.com Al Sadd Exchange 4432 3334 Al Amir Street Arabian Exchange 4443 8300 arabianex.com Gulf Exchange 4438 3222 gulfexchange.com.qa/en Travelex Qatar 4443 4252 travelex.qa Unimoni Exchange 4436 5252 unimoni.com/qat Western Union Send money online and via the app, or find a branch at westernunion.com/qa/en

The Banking Network There are hundreds of bank branches and ATMs across the country, with most in Doha but also further afield. They are located in nearly all of the malls, hotels, souqs and petrol stations. Visitors can usually access funds in their home accounts by using their ATM cards here, and some allow the withdrawal of USD and Euro – check with the relevant bank(s) for commission or exchange rate fees. Major credit cards are widely accepted. Exchange houses provide remittance services and foreign exchange and are licensed by Qatar Central Bank. There are no exchange control regulations, but movement of money in and out of local accounts is monitored and a declaration of origin for large cash deposits may be required. The GCCNET system, established by the GCC countries, acts as a single ATM network linking all the GCC point of sale switches – in Qatar this is NAPS (National ATM & POS Switch). Opening hours: Generally Sunday – Thursday 7:30 am – 1 pm, however many banks have extended branch operations. Check the respective bank's website for up to date timings and locations of branches and ATMs. All day/extended hours/weekends: Ahlibank, City Center-Doha: Saturday – Thursday 9 am – 2 pm, Friday 3 pm – 8 pm CBQ, mall branches: Saturday – Thursday 9 am – 2:30 pm/3:30 pm – 9 pm, Friday 3:30 pm – 9 pm Qatar Islamic Bank, Medina Centrale, The Pearl Island: Sunday – Thursday 11 am – 6 pm QNB, City Center-Doha, Lagoona Mall and Doha Festival City: Friday 3:30 pm – 9 pm QNB, City Center-Doha and Lagoona Mall: Saturday 9 am – 2:30 pm/3:30 pm – 9 pm Digital branches/services: Apple Pay: Dukhan Bank, QNB HSBC Msheireb Downtown Digital branch: Sunday – Thursday 9:30am – 5 pm QIB Video Banking: via the QIB mobile app Virtual assistants: Dukhan Bank (Rashid), Qatar Islamic Bank (Zaki)

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Four GCC countries support the creation of a Gulf Monetary Union (GMU) – Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain; the UAE and Oman have withdrawn entry. The GCC Supreme Council in 2008 approved the Monetary Union Agreement and the Statute of the Monetary Council. The headquarters of the Gulf Monetary Council opened in Riyadh in 2013 with monetary union proposed later in the year. Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia subsequently agreed to establish a unified central bank with currency pegged to the USD. There has been no further action since 2013.

The Banking Sector Overseen by Qatar Central Bank (QCB), the sector comprises a number of regional, foreign and Islamic banks. State-owned Qatar Development Bank provides financing to SMEs, while QInvest focuses on investment banking, asset management and investing its own capital. Barwa Bank and International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) signed a final agreement in August 2018 to merge the two banks, the first in Qatar's banking history, to create a Sharia-compliant financial institution with more than USD22 bn in assets. The legal merger was completed in April 2019, trading as Barwa Bank, with IBQ products converted to Sharia-compliant equivalents. Barwa changed its name to Dukhan Bank in October 2020. June 2020 saw negotiations open for another merger, between Masraf Al Rayan and Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji). Masraf Al Rayan was previously involved as a third bank in the merger between Barwa Bank and IBQ. Masraf Al Rayan and al khaliji entered into a merger agreement in January 2021, formally completed in November 2021. al khaliji's business has now been absorbed into Masraf Al Rayan's. The latter will be the remaining legal entity operating in accordance with Islamic Sharia principles, and is now one of the largest Sharia-compliant banks in Qatar and the region, with over QAR182 bn in total assets. The Cabinet approved a draft resolution in December 2021, allowing a non-Qatari investor to own up to 100% of the capital in four banks: Commercial Bank of Qatar, Masraf Al Rayan, Qatar Islamic Bank, and Qatar National Bank.

A new loan-to-deposit requirement of 100% came into effect in 2018. The adoption of International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 9 by QCB has strengthened the provision coverage at Qatar’s commercial banks – under the IFRS standard, banks and financial entities have to set aside a certain proportion of profit against losses for unseen reasons. QCB set up the Supreme Emergency Committee in 2018 to monitor the day-to-day activities of financial institutions in the country, addressing emergency matters and easing the flow of work. Both the Institute of International Finance and the Economist Intelligence Unit have noted that Qatar's banking system 'remains resilient' during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ability to fully service its debt obligations is good, thanks to ample foreign reserves and the assets of sovereign wealth fund Qatar Investment Authority (QIA).

Qatar Central Bank Under Law No 13 of 2012 Qatar Central Bank and the Regulation of Financial Services, QCB is deemed an autonomous corporate body, with a capital of QAR50 bn and under the direct control of The Amir. It is headed by a governor appointed by The Amir, and primary goals include financial stability, supporting developmental activities and strengthening the national economy. The law is not just for banks, but includes insurance companies, exchange houses, Qatar Exchange and QFC‑registered entities. In November, Amiri Decision No 65 of 2021 appointed HE Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al Thani as Governor of QCB. ©

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The unit of currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), divided into 100 Dirhams (Dh), issued by Qatar Central Bank (QCB). It is pegged to the US dollar at a fixed exchange rate of USD1 = QAR3.64. The fifth series of notes were introduced in December 2020. A new QAR200 note joins the QAR1, QAR5, QAR10, QAR50, QAR100 and QAR500 notes. The old notes cease to be legal tender on 31 December 2021, although the public are able to change the old notes at Qatar Central Bank for another 10 years. Banknotes incorporate security threads, as well as special features for recognition by the blind and visually impaired, and the new QAR500 note features a holographic security thread, the first in the Middle East to do so. Coins remain unchanged at Dh5, Dh10, Dh25 and Dh50.

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The law provides strict penalties for anyone accepting deposits from the public without a valid licence from the banking regulator – violators can face a jail term of up to five years and/or a fine of up to QAR5 mn. For those refusing to accept the legal tender of Qatar, there is a jail term of three years and/or a fine of up to QAR5 mn. Issuing forged currency means 10 years in jail and/or a fine of QAR10 mn. Manipulating accounts incurs a prison term of up to three years and/or a fine of up to QAR200,000. Regulations in 2013 curbed investment options for local banks. Equities and bonds can account for up to 25% of a bank’s capital and reserves; debt issued by the government and national banks are exempt. There is also a limit on the amount placed with individual companies and unlisted securities: a maximum of 5% of capital and reserves for foreign investments and 10% domestically. Total foreign equities is capped at 15%. The Qatar Renminbi Centre opened in 2015 and is the first in the region to offer Renminbi (RMB) clearing and settlement, increasing financial connectivity between China, Southwest Asia and the MENA region. The centre provides access to China’s onshore RMB and foreign exchange markets to local financial institutions – Chinese companies have become active partners in Qatar, and the RMB centre will facilitate trade via their agreement with QCB. qatarrmbcentre.com

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The Second Strategic Plan for Financial Sector Regulation 2017–2022 QCB, the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA) and the Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) jointly launched in December 2017 the Second Strategic Plan 2017–2022 for the future of financial sector regulation in Qatar, an extension of the First Strategic Plan 2013–2016. The new plan comprises five main goals: • Enhancing financial sector regulation and promoting regulatory cooperation. • Developing financial markets and fostering financial innovation. • Maintaining integrity of and confidence in the financial system. • Promoting financial inclusion and financial literacy. • Developing human capital.

The plan aims to create a regulatory framework allowing growth, is 'inclusive and sustainable', promotes innovation and fintech, and successfully tackles cyber-security threats. qcb.gov.qa

Qatar Credit Bureau Bad loans have been reduced since the Bureau started operations in 2011. The centre cannot grant credit facilities to individuals nor impose restrictions on banks. Qatar Credit Bureau provides analytical data and supports banks’ use of advanced techniques in risk management, as well as support sustainable growth of credit in Qatar. It provides banks with information on customers' total exposure in the market and the loans they hold, enabling banks to choose prospective customers. cb.gov.qa

Loans, Bank Charges and Interest Rates

Law No 20 of 2019 on combating money laundering and terrorism financing was issued in September 2019, replacing Law No 4 of 2010, with implementing regulations following in December. The law is in accordance with the latest standards adopted by major international organisations including Financial Action Task Force, highlighting Qatar's regional role in setting standards in its legal and regulatory framework for combating money laundering and terrorism financing.

Loans: Under QCB rules, the default period for a substandard loan is three months or more, for a doubtful loan six months, and a bad loan nine months. Banks have to closely monitor loan disbursement and forward reports on customer creditworthiness to QCB. There is also a duty to track and follow defaulting customers and seek resolution – if this fails, they will take legal action. Non‑payment of loans could lead to a travel ban for Qatar and possibly the GCC.

Fintech regulations Noting the increasing growth and popularity of fintech, QCB has established the Fintech Regulatory Sandbox and launched Qatar FinTech Hub (QFTH) as a means of boosting financial innovation, one of the objectives of its strategic plan (see below). The regulatory sandbox, co-founded by Qatar Development Bank, invites entities to safely live-trial their services in the digital payment services space. fintech.qa

QCB has imposed ceilings on the amounts a bank can lend as a personal loan to citizens and expatriates. Banks cannot lend more than QAR400,000 to an expatriate, over a maximum repayment period of 48 months, against a maximum 50% of total monthly salary, and at a maximum 6.5% interest rate. For Qatari citizens there is a maximum loan of QAR2 mn over a maximum 72 months. Banks cannot use post‑dated cheques for the loan value.

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marhaba.qa Mortgages: Check with each bank first. Documents usually required: • Valuation Report from an approved real estate agent • Salary assignment letter if the home loan is the first facility with the bank • ID for Qataris or passport and valid residence card for expatriates • Copy of the Title Deed and map • Building insurance cover. Discuss provision for life assurance against any loan amount taken and consider updating your will. Bank charges: Banks must prominently display all interest rates on personal loans and credit cards, as well as publish them in local newspapers.

Interest rates: Announced by QCB on overnight deposit and loan transactions between QCB and local banks via the Qatar Money Market Rate Standing Facility, a monetary instrument through which local banks can request access to loan and deposit facilities with QCB at daily interest rates. QCB and Bloomberg jointly launched the first Qatar interbank offer rate (QIBOR) fixing in 2012. This is the interest rate charged by banks in Qatar for interbank transactions. Given the fixed parity between the Qatari riyal and the US dollar, QCB short term interest rates policies are subordinated to the fixed exchange rate policy, making QCB overnight interest rates closely related to its USD counterpart, the Fed Funds Rate. Following adjustments by the US Federal Reserve in June 2022, QCB increased the overnight lending to 3.25%, the deposit rate to 2.25% and the repo rate to 2.50%.

Accounts Standard bank facilities: Debit/credit cards, standing orders, money transfers, personal loans, vehicle loans, and mortgages on current and savings accounts (including joint accounts). Some accounts offer longer terms, higher interest and the option to save in USD, GBP and Euros. 24/7 telephone and internet banking services and apps offer additional options, while some services such as ordering a cheque book can be accessed via the bank's ATM network. With mobile banking a customer relations officer can visit you at home or work to assist with banking requirements. Most banks offer premium banking services. International bank account number (IBAN): Adopted in January 2014 as a standard for identifying and numbering all bank accounts in Qatar, and effective from May 2014. The system applies to all accounts in banks operating in the

Opening an Account: Documents usually required: • A valid residence card or work visa. A worker’s dependants (eg spouse and family) can open an account but may require his permission as he is their sponsor (check with the individual bank). • Valid passport. • For current accounts, a letter from the employer/ sponsor confirming the monthly salary in Qatari Riyals, with the company’s official stamp. You may have to transfer your salary to the new account but check with the individual bank. • Some banks may ask to see your tenancy agreement to establish your residential address. • Take copies of these documents, along with identity photographs. Ask for photocopies of any documents signed.

The Wage Protection Scheme (WPS) is an electronic salary transfer system that ensures workers are paid as per their employment agreement, initiated by the Ministry of Labor and QCB. Employees therefore need a local bank account in order to receive their wages from the employer. Cheques: A chequebook can be issued with a current account. They are not widely accepted for instant payment; post‑dated cheques are commonly used for house rental payments. The onus of responsibility is on the banks not to encash cheques before the designated date. Issuing a cheque without the necessary funds in your account is a serious criminal offence and the bank or creditor may notify the police, leading to possible prosecution. Punishment for causing a cheque to bounce due to insufficient funds can be severe: jail terms of between three months and three years, and/ or fines of between QAR3,000 and QAR10,000. Cases being filed are on the rise in the country, mostly for cheques for large amounts, and the Capital Security Department records all cases electronically to speed up the process. Under new QCB instructions, the Qatar Credit Bureau lists individuals and companies who have issued at least one bounced cheque. Banks are not obligated to issue new cheque books to these customers unless the amount has been settled and their name removed. Banks must also report any customer who has issued a bounced cheque. ©

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Credit cards: A maximum 12% annual interest rate and usually only issued when customers transfer their salary or have an adequate deposit at the bank.

country, found on bank statements or online in account details. The existing account number is not replaced; additional characters appear in front of the account number to form a 29‑character IBAN. All incoming and outgoing transfers to and from banks and financial institutions must use IBAN.

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Customers should notifiy their bank when travelling overseas and wishing to use their credit/debit cards. Since 2014 all card transactions made using the magnetic stripe inside and outside of Qatar will be declined. However, as certain countries (eg the US, India and the Philippines) still use the magstripe for transactions, customers should activate their card before travelling. Complaints: Unresolved consumer complaints can be made online to QCB's Consumer Protection Department. qcb.gov.qa

Offshore Banking Offshore banking can be a secure anchor for an expat's finances while out of their home country. Check with local banks for availability of international bank accounts in USD, GBP, or Euros.

Financial Services and Insurance Financial services are provided by entities registered with the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC). Insurance products are widely available from local and international companies (see Living in Qatar).

QCB continues to regulate and develop the insurance market as per international standards,

Islamic Finance Current Islamic institutions include Dukhan Bank, International Islamic, Masraf Al Rayan and Qatar Islamic Bank. Qatar First Bank – regulated by the QFC Regulatory Authority – is the first independent, Sharia compliant investment bank. Banks were required by QCB to separate their Islamic and conventional lending operations by 31 December 2011. Islamic banking by other conventional banks is now barred from Qatar's market. QCB took this action due to certain supervisory and monetary issues, namely that holding both Islamic and non‑Islamic deposits incurs different risks and reporting methods. Law No 13 of 2012 requires that Islamic banks must have a Sharia board with at least three qualified members approved by the shareholders. Neither they nor members of their family may be employed or hold shares in the entity. Institutions and services must abide by regulations set out in the Holy Quran and Sharia (Islamic Law). Charging riba (interest) is haram (forbidden). Islamic banks charge fees for services and engage in profit sharing, enabling them to offer comparable facilities to those of conventional banks. Under a mudharabah (profit sharing) contract, the rabbul maal (owner of the money) authorises the bank to invest funds as per Sharia to make justifiable returns. Other concepts of Islamic banking include wadiah (safekeeping), musharakah (joint venture), and ijarah (leasing). Bai (saving) is halal (allowed). m

QCB has reiterated that as per its remit under QCB Law and Regulation of Financial Institutions No 13 of 2012, no financial institution has been licensed to exchange, transfer, trade or deal with virtual assets and currencies, due to the high risks involved. Individuals should not engage with unlicenced financial institutions, and customers' accounts cannot be used for such activities.

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Under Law No 13 of 2012 QCB and the Regulation of Financial Services, only local insurance providers are permitted to underwrite any kind of risk against properties in Qatar. Decision No 1 of 2016 issued by the Governor of QCB provides instructions related to licencing, regulation and controls, risk management, accounting, and other requirements. Listed companies must have capital in excess of QAR100 mn or a risk-based capital, while unlisted companies must have capital higher than that set by QCB or their risk-based capital.

in line with the Second Strategic Plan for Financial Sector Regulation 2017–2022. Decision No 7 of 2019 sets out further instructions for licensing, organising and supervising the services of supporting insurance providers. It sets out the competencies and expertise for each supporting insurance provider, the nature of the work, areas of responsibility and functions, and the establishment of professional and ethical codes of conduct.

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The economy has weathered the impact of both the COVID-19 pandemic and the blockade that was imposed on 5 June 2017, with positivity after borders reopened between Saudi Arabia and Qatar following the AlUla Declaration in January 2021. Hydrocarbon exports were not affected. ​​ Qatar's Economic Outlook Report 2021–2023, released by the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) in January 2022, estimates that the economy will recover in 2021 by 1.5% to 2.3%. It is expected to recover further in 2022, between 1.6% and 2.9%, mostly from the recovery of non-oil activities, with a growth rate of 2.8% to 4.7%. GDP growth of between 1.5% and 2.3% was expected in 2021, and is expected to rise to between 1.6% and 2.9% in 2022 before stabilising in 2023 to between 0.7% and 1.8%. Due to the optimistic forecasts for the stability of oil and gas prices during 2021–2023, it is possible that the public finances will achieve a surplus of between 1.9% and 3.6% of GDP. According to PSA, Qatar’s quarterly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at current prices was QAR176.23 bn in Q3 2021, up 40.6% year-on-year (y-o-y) and up 12.8% against the Q2 2021 revised estimate of QAR156.29 bn. The quarterly GDP at constant prices was QAR168.13 bn, an increase of 2.6% y-o-y and up 4% against the Q2 2021 revised estimate of QAR161.71 bn.

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Imports of goods in March 2022 was around QAR10.0 bn, an increase of 17.1% y-o-y, and an increase of 6.1% m-o-m. The US was the main country of origin. The foreign merchandise trade balance – the difference between total exports and imports – showed a surplus of QAR26.7 bn, an increase of QAR13.2 bn or 97.8% y-o-y, and an increase of nearly QAR4.3 bn or 19.0% m-o-m. 368

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The State Budget for 2022 was announced in December 2021, been based on a conservative average oil price of USD55 a barrel, up from USD40 in the 2021 budget. HE Ali bin Ahmed Al Kuwari, the Minister of Finance, stated this was thanks to a recovery in global energy prices. The oil revenue for 2022 has been estimated at QAR154 bn, up 26.6% on the previous year. Despite the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy during the last two years, the State budget sees a significant increase compared to the previous year. There is an increase in revenues by 22.4% to QAR196.1 bn and an increase in expenditure by 4.9% to QAR204.3 bn, largely due to a temporary increase in current expenditure related to the hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022TM. This gives a budget deficit of an estimated QAR8.3 bn, to be covered by the Ministry of Finance (MOF) from available resources or via debt instruments in domestic and international financial markets, as required. The 2022 Budget shows that QAR74.0 bn has been allocated for major projects. The State will continue work on development projects related to infrastructure, citizens’ land development and public services. As seen in previous budgets, investment continues to focus on the education and healthcare sectors. Allocation for the education sector is QAR17.8 bn (8.7% of total expenditure), some of which will be directed towards the expansion of schools and educational facilities. There is QAR20 bn (9.8% of total expenditure) for the healthcare sector, for a number of projects and initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare services.

Inflation and Cost of Living For April 2022, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), used to calculate inflation rates in Qatar, reached 101.77 points, an increase of 0.29% m-o-m and an increase of 4.66% y-o-y. The Qatar Economic Outlook from PSA states imported and domestic inflation of 2%-3.5% is expected during 2021–23.

Population and the Labour Force Total population in April 2022 was 2,773,598: males 2 008,241; females 765,357. The Labour Force report for Q2 2021 showed the number of salaried workers decreased by 1.7% and the unemployment rate was 0.1%. m

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In March 2022, the total exports of goods (including exports of goods of domestic origin and re-exports) amounted to around QAR36.7 bn, an increase of 66.4% y-o-y, and an increase of 15.2% month-on-month (m-o-m). The y-o-y increase was mainly due to higher exports of Petroleum gases/ other gaseous hydrocarbons. India was the main country of destination.

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Communications Regulatory Authority

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Department for International Trade (UK)

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German Business Council Qatar

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Hukoomi (Qatar e-Government)

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Ministry of Finance

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Ministry of Justice

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moj.gov.qa

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Ministry of Municipality

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mme.gov.qa

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Mada Assistive Technology Center

Ministry of Education and Higher Education

Ministry of Public Health

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Planning and Statistics Authority

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Public Works Authority (Ashghal)

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ashghal.gov.qa

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Qatar British Business Forum

4496 2000

qbbf.com

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Qatari Businessmen Association

4435 3120

qataribusinessmen.org

Qatari Business Women Association

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Qatar Chamber

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qatarchamber.com

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Qatar Development Bank

4430 0000

qdb.qa

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Qatar Stock Exchange

4433 3666

qe.com.qa

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Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)

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qfc.qa

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Qatar Intl Court & Dispute Resolution Centre

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qicdrc.com.qa

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Qatar Investment Authority

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qia.qa

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Ministry of Transport

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qpwn.org

Qatar Science & Technology Park

4454 7070

qstp.org.qa

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Qatar Tourism

4406 9921

visitqatar.qa

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QFC Regulatory Authority

4495 6888

qfcra.com

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Qatar has one of the fastest growing global economies thanks to the third largest concentration of natural gas reserves in the world. Recent legal liberalisation, economic diversification and an expanding economy provides many investment opportunities for non‑Qataris. Investors are also able to enjoy unrivalled world connectivity via one of the largest ports in the region, Hamad Port, and the world’s best airport, airline and air cargo carrier. Profits can be repatriated as can proceeds of sale and capital on liquidation. Major investment sectors are construction, oil and gas, education, and financial and legal services, with opportunities in ICT, sport, leisure and healthcare.

Incentives The government welcomes foreign participation in joint ventures, with incentives for investment: • A developed infrastructure and ICT network.

• Natural gas, electricity, water and petroleum at subsidised rates. • Land for industrial development in the Industrial Area near Doha for a nominal rent of QAR1 per square metre per year. • Loans available from Qatar Development Bank. • Fixed parity between the Qatari riyal and US dollar (USD1 = QAR3.64). • No customs duty on the import of plant machinery; exemption from export duty. • Five-year renewable tax holidays (based on government approval). • No income tax on the salaries of expatriates. • Tax on the profits of foreign-owned stakes in Qatari companies applied at a flat rate of 10%. • Employment and immigration rules enabling the import of skilled and unskilled labour.

Investment Regulations There are primarily two regulatory jurisdictions for foreign investors seeking to conduct commercial business in Qatar: the regulations of the State of Qatar, and the rules and regulations of the Qatar Financial Centre (discussed in more detail below). Qatar also recently introduced new free zones designed to encourage certain bespoke investment vehicles to bring their businesses to the region. Non-Qatari investors may only invest in Qatar in accordance with Foreign Investment Law No 1 of 2019: • In January 2019 the Amir promulgated the new foreign investment law of 2019. According to the new law, foreign investors are permitted to hold more than 49% in commercial companies with special permission from the Minister of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) (subject to some prohibitions set out below). Under the former law such increased ownership was limited to those businesses operating in a specific set of sectors.

• Foreign capital is protected against expropriation (although the State may acquire assets for public benefit on a non-discriminatory basis, provided the full economic value is paid for the asset). • Subject to Ministerial approval, a foreign company performing a specific contract in Qatar may set up a branch office if the project facilitates the performance of a public service or utility. • A non-Qatari company operating in Qatar under a Qatari government concession to extract, exploit or manage the State's national resources is exempt from the Foreign Investment Law. In practice this covers all large oil and gas companies. • A company formed by a non-Qatari entity with the government or a government entity ('Article 207 Company') may be subject to special rules and exemptions from the Commercial Companies Law No 11 of 2015. • All international companies securing mega infrastructure development work must share at least 30% of the contract with local entities. • Law No 7 of 1987 governs the practice of commercial activity by GCC citizens in Qatar, and was amended in April 2017 under Law No 6 of 2017. GCC citizens as individuals or legal personalities can practice retail and wholesale trade in Qatar. However, the GCC citizen engaging in the activity must be directly responsible for it. Those undertaking retail business must do so via direct sale to customers in a shop, and those in wholesale trading are required to import and export the goods. NB: following the signing of Al Ula Declaration regarding the blockade against Qatar, legal advice is recommended for this type of commercial activity. • Law No 12 of 2020 regulating the partnership between the public and the private sector became law in July 2020, as per one of the following regulations: Allocation of land through a rental or usage licence, for development by the private sector; build-operate-transfer (BOT); build-transfer©

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• Easy access to world markets with good sea and air connections, continuously being upgraded.

• Non-Qatari investors are prohibited from being appointed as commercial agents under Commercial Agencies Law No 8 of 2002, but the former prohibition preventing foreigners from investing in real estate businesses has been removed under the new Foreign Investment Law. Approval from the Council of Ministers is required for foreign investment in banking and insurance.

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Choosing A Business Structure To conduct business in Qatar on a regular basis, foreign investors are required to establish or register a legal presence from the following options: • Incorporating as a company under the Commercial Companies Law which allows full access to Qatar's market and to work on an unlimited number of projects. A Qatari partner is required to own 51% of the capital of the company, except in the circumstances mentioned above. Various exemptions are available to attract foreign capital. • Obtaining a licence for a branch office or trade representation office which does not require a Qatari partner. The licence for a branch is granted in respect of a specific project for a government client. The existence of the branch office is dependent on the duration of a particular project: once the project is completed, the branch office must close unless it has secured additional qualifying projects. Branch offices are only permitted to perform a specific contract and may not engage in general commercial activities with the larger local market. The branch will be fully taxable unless granted a special exemption. Trade representation offices are only permitted to market goods and services; they are not permitted to engage in commercial activities. • Under Law No 7 of 2017 companies in GCC states can now establish companies in Qatar, subject to having had a commercial registration in one of the GCC states for at least three years, and be fully owned and managed by a GCC citizen. Refer to the preceding caveat in Investment Regulations regarding the blockade. • Appointing a commercial agent means a nonQatari company does not establish a presence in Qatar; instead a 100% owned Qatari entity or Qatari national is appointed as an agent to market the relevant goods and services. Commercial agencies must be exclusive and registered in order to be afforded the protections provided under the Commercial Agents Law No 8 of 2002; non-registered distributorships are subject to the Commercial Law No 27 of 2006. • There is a separate regime for establishing an entity in the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC).

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This allows 100% foreign ownership and aims to attract international financial services companies and some professional support companies to invest in Qatar. The number of permitted activities in which a QFC firm may engage has been increased to include a broader spectrum of investment options. • The Qatar Science and Technology Park, a free zone in Education City, allows companies to engage in research and development, again with full foreign ownership. • At least one new free zone has started accepting applications and international investors. Qatar Free Zones include: ° Um Alhoul, a 30 sq km site adjoining Hamad Port, south of Al Wakra – offers easy access to the water for maritime and logistics companies, and is a gateway for imports and exports. A port and marine cluster, 'Marsa', is able to support a wide range of marine businesses. ° Ras Bufontas, a 4 sq km site adjacent to Hamad International Airport – a technology and manufacturing hub for businesses requiring international connectivity. • The Cabinet has added some areas to the Free Zones Law, including Msheireb Downtown Doha. • Under Ministerial Decision No 242 of 2016, the MOCI will grant licences for small businesses at home conducting certain commercial activities including sewing, events services, electronic services, business services, cosmetic activities and food activities. A single license is issued per activity, with an annual fee, and cannot involve direct sales to the public from the residence. Decision No 163 of 2018 cancelled the requirement for signage at the house entrance.

Company Structures According to the Commercial Companies Law No 11 of 2015, the following structures are permitted: • Limited liability companies (LLCs) – subject to the Foreign Investment Law can now be established by a single person owning the entire share capital (previously the minimum number of shareholders was two). This replaces the single person company under the old companies law. Shareholders can determine the share capital of an LLC (previously the minimum share capital was QAR200,000 divided into equal shares). • Article 207 company – a shareholding company where the Qatari government, a government owned entity or a public corporation must own 51% of the shares, unless the Council of Ministers consents otherwise. Certain provisions of the Commercial Companies Law are excluded from the company’s Articles of Association.

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• Joint stock company (public or private) – the capital is divided into shares with a minimum of five shareholders. Permissible foreign share ownership depends on the type of company and is subject to Qatar Financial Markets Authority approval. • Holding company – incorporated as a joint stock or limited liability company. The holding company must hold at least 51% of the shares in each of the companies under its control.

Commercial Registration (CR) Virtually all companies use a government liaison officer or facilitator to assist with establishment formalities. Under Qatar Commercial Registration Law No 25 of 2005, companies must be approved or registered by one or more of the following entities: Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI); Qatar Chamber; Ministry of Municipality; Ministry of Interior; Importers' Register/ Contractors' Register; and QFC Authority (where appropriate). Visit moci.gov.qa for details. Amendments were made under Law No 20 of 2014 in order to expedite registration procedures, followed by Decisions 30 and 31 of 2019: • The MOCI must respond to the applicant's request for registration on the same day. • Reasons must be given for rejected applications. The Minister must accept or reject an appeal of the Ministry's decision within 15 days. • Incorporated branches must be in the exact name of the principal company, and are not considered separate legal entities. • Amendments have also been made to penalties for those operating commercial premises without a CR, misusing the CR, and providing false/ wrong documents. • Renewal is now possible online, with the relevant fees, at gov.qa

Exports According to the Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA), Qatar’s total exports (including exports of domestic goods and re-exports) in Q3 2021 amounted to QAR82.6 bn, for such things as mineral fuels, lubricants and chemicals, mainly to Asia. There are no duties on exports. Imports According to PSA, imports in Q3 2021 totalled QAR24.8 bn, for crude materials, manufactured goods, chemicals and related products and mineral fuels, from Asia and the EU. Import tariffs Importers of goods into Qatar must sign up to the Importers' Register and be approved by Qatar Chamber (QC). Customs duty and legalisation fees are levied on all commercial shipments, irrespective of its value. All goods imported into Qatar are subject to customs duties, based on a percentage value of goods (usually 5%), or on a 'per unit' basis. Effective from May 2021, incoming parcels and personal shipments with a cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value exceeding QAR1,000 is liable to 5% customs duties (previously QAR3,000). Customs duty tariffs fall under these categories: • Personal effects and household items, imports of charitable organisations and returned goods, diplomatic and military exemptions, merchandise for ‘free zones’ and duty-free shops – exempt. Goods in transit may be accepted at designated stations without duty. • General cargo, eg clothing, perfumes, cars, electronic appliances and devices – 5%. • Steel – 20%. • Urea and ammonia – 30%. • Cigarettes, tobacco and its derivatives – 100% or QR1,000 per 10,000 cigarettes, whichever is higher. Law No 25 of 2018 on Excise Tax came into effect 1 January 2019. All businesses that import, produce or store/stockpile excise goods must comply with the requirements stipulated under the law. The following goods are subject to Excise Tax: • Tobacco products – 100% • Carbonated drinks (non-flavoured aerated water excluded) – 50% • Energy drinks – 100% • Special goods – 100% In accordance with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Customs Union, more than 800 goods are exempted from customs duties, alongside exemptions granted to certain bodies and persons under Customs Law No 40 of 2004. There are fees for the attestation of the Certificate of Origin (from QC) and a tariff for the attestation of the Commercial Invoice, based on shipment value. ©

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• Unincorporated joint venture – formed by two or more people pursuant to specific contractual arrangements. The unincorporated joint venture does not have a separate legal personality distinct from its partners.

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Import regulations All commercial shipments are examined by GAC prior to clearance. The Qatar Electronic Customs Clearance Single Window (Al Nadeeb) is a one-stop e‑government system to facilitate international trade. customs.gov.qa New regulations were introduced in 2013 to prevent fake products from entering the market. All general goods must have non‑removable marking of their place of manufacture to be eligible for customs clearance. This applies to both air and sea freight. The import of vehicle tyres, spare parts and electrical home appliances has to be based on a 'certificate of conformity' issued by the authority concerned. All general cargo for customs clearance must be backed by an original commercial invoice on the shipper’s letterhead, with stamp and signature. They also require attestation by QC. The packing list of each consignment must have the number of pieces, weight and volume. GAC requires all importers to obtain an HS Code, an international system for classifying traded products. This must be linked to the trader's Commercial Registration and import licence. There are few restrictions on bringing personal effects into Qatar. However, anyone (importers, exporters or travellers) holding local or foreign currency, precious metals or jewellery worth more than QAR50,000 must complete a customs declaration form upon entry into or departure from the country. Banned imports include alcohol, pork and e‑cigarettes. The import of pets is allowed, although certain breeds are not permitted. NB: The signing of AlUla Declaration regarding the blockade against Qatar means commercial cargo movement has resumed between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Tax exemption applies for certain activities, and companies listed on the Qatar Exchange are also exempt, but companies are required to pay a 2.5% contribution to charitable and cultural activities. Taxpayers need to register with the Public Revenue and Taxes Department. Auditors must be a firm based in Qatar and registered with the MOCI or approved by the QFC. In January 2016 GCC member states agreed to introduce VAT, tentatively set for early 2018. The Council of Ministers approved the Qatar Value Added Tax (VAT) Law and Excise Tax Law and Executive Regulations in May 2017, based on the unified GCC agreement. To date, only the Excise Tax has been implemented.

Intellectual Property Under Law No 9 of 2002, a trademark registration is valid for 10 years from the date of filing the application, renewable for further consecutive periods of 10 years. The court may be ordered to cancel a trademark registration if the owner fails to use it in Qatar within five consecutive years from the date of the registration. Copyright Law No 7 of 2002 gives protection to authors of original literary and artistic works. Protected works include books, lectures, musical works, photographic works and computer software. The economic rights of the author/owner are protected during the lifetime of the author, and for 50 years after his death. Patent Law No 30 of 2006 provides for the registration of inventions and foreign patents at the Qatar Patent Office, and implementing regulations were issued by the Minister of Commerce and Industry under Decision No 153 of 2018.

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Qatar announced its accession to the Patent Cooperation Treaty in 2011. The Law of Trademarks in the GCC Countries was promulgated under Law No 7 of 2014, and the same year Qatar signed a cooperation agreement with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to jointly improve services. There is an electronic trademark registration service via the MOCI website to expedite submissions and preserve IP rights.

There are no personal taxes or statutory deductions from salaries in Qatar. Under Law No 24 of 2018 on Income Tax ('the New Tax Law') and its executive regulations, companies must pay tax on all profits at a flat rate of 10%. This is on all corporate income from sources in Qatar, whether

Law No 10 of 2020 on the protection of industrial designs was issued in April 2020. This will offer more comprehensive protection for designs once the implementing regulations are issued, as previously protection was sought by publishing cautionary notices in Qatari newspapers.

Points of entry Imports and exports are transitted via Hamad International Airport, Hamad Port, Doha Port, Mesaieed Port, Ras Laffan and the Salwa Overland Terminal.

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Ministry of Finance (MOF) C4 Prepares the State Budget and proposes objectives and tools of financial policy in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. The General Authority of Customs monitors the import of all goods, and the e-services of the Unified Website of State Procurement include tenders and company registration. mof.gov.qa, customs.gov.qa, monaqasat.mof.gov.qa Ministry of Municipality and Ministry of Environment and Climate Change C4 The Foras investment portal promotes PPPs, currently for environmental, waste treatment, recycling and sustainability projects. mme.gov.qa Qatar Chamber (QC) D4 Provides a wide range of services and support to local and international businesses, including certificates of origin (COO) for import/export and ATA Carnet, acting as liaison for international business delegations, and providing training courses. QC services are also available to QFC‑licensed firms. The Qatar International Center for Conciliation & Arbitration (QICCA) was established in 2006 as part of QC to act as an efficient and swift mechanism to settle disputes between Qatari enterprises, or between national companies and foreign counterparts. qatarchamber.com, qicca.org Qatar Development Bank (QDB) D4 Has an active role in the economic and industrial development of Qatar in the private sector by promoting and financing SMEs. The bank is 100% owned by the State of Qatar and provides a wide range of financial and advisory products, such as funding, incubation, and support services. qdb.qa Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA) C4 An independent regulatory authority supervising the financial markets and firms authorised to conduct activities related to securities in or from Qatar, and empowered to exercise regulatory oversight and enforcement over the capital markets. QFMA was granted full membership of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions in 2013. New legislation in 2014

Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) A4 The country's sovereign wealth fund is a major investor in Qatar, owning 50% of Qatar National Bank, 55% of Ooredoo, and 100% of Katara Hospitality, and is a key shareholder in three local Islamic banks. Subsidiaries include: Qatar Holding, a global investment house established in 2006 and licensed by the Qatar Financial Centre Authority; Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company, which oversees the Lusail City development among other projects; and Qatar Sports Investments, which owns football club Paris Saint‑Germain. QIA has approximately USD300 bn in assets, although the fund does not publish its holdings. Following a restructure in 2016, USD100 bn of investments in local companies were placed in a new unit, abandoning the Qatar Holding name. The new internal division, Qatar Investments, is known as QIA internationally. QIA has reduced its direct holdings in Credit Suisse Group AG and Rosneft PJSC, and sold its share in Tiffany & Co in January 2021 to LVMH for USD1.5 bn. New investments include retail properties in New York City with Crown Acquisitions, and in Los Angeles with Douglas Emmett. The fund aims to invest USD45 bn in the US, GBP5 bn in the UK, and USD1 bn in sub-Saharan Africa. Following five years of redevelopment, 52 Champs-Elysées in Paris relaunched in 2019, home of the famous Galeries Lafayette. qia.qa Qatar Investments Portfolio (unconfirmed): 52 Champs-Elysées, Adecoagro, Agricultural Bank of China, Asia Square Tower 1, Banyan Tree, Barclays PLC, Barwa Bank, Brookfield Property Partners, Canary Wharf Group, Claridge's/The Berkeley/ The Connaught hotels, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, El Corte Ingles SA, Empire State Realty Trust, Fahrenheit, Glencore PLC, Grupo Santander Brasil, Harrods, Hassad Food, Heathrow Airport Holdings, Hochtief, Iberdrola SA, J Sainsbury PLC, Kahramaa, Lagardère, Le Brantano!, Le Tanneur, Lifestyle International Holdings Ltd, London Shard Tower, London Stock Exchange, LVMH, Masraf Al Rayan, Mowasalat, National Grid PLC, One Ocean Port Vell, Ooredoo, Oryx Midstream Services (Oryx), Pavilion, Pulkovo Airport, Qatar Exchange, Qatar Islamic Bank, Qatar International Islamic Bank, Qatar National Bank, Rosneft PJSC, Royal Dutch Shell, Siemens, Societe Fonciere Lyonnaise SA, The Bürgenstock Selection, Total SA, Turkuvaz, Valentino Fashion Group SpA, Vente‑Privée, Vivendi, Volkswagen AG, Xstrata PLC. ©

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Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) A4 Creates commercial policy for both private and public sectors in order to boost regional and international trade relations and support the development of businesses across the country. The ministry is a primary resource for information when opening a company and investing in Qatar, while Invest In Qatar is a useful tool for local and foreign investors and investment opportunities. moci.gov.qa, invest.gov.qa

modernised the legal infrastructure, while listing rules and a governance code for funds were issued in 2019. qfma.org.qa

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Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company A4 Projects include: Lusail City (Qatar); Chelsea Barracks and East Village (UK); and City Center DC (US). The Qatar Railways Development Company (Qatar Rail) was formed to oversee the Qatar Rail Development Programme: the Doha Metro, the Long Distance Rail, and the Lusail Tram. qataridiar.com Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) C2 Since 2009 QSTP has been a facility for applied research and commercialised technology in Energy, Environment, Health Sciences, and ICT. This free zone at Education City allows foreign companies to set up 100%‑owned businesses in Qatar free of tax and duties. Members must have technology development (eg applied research, development and testing of a product or service, or technology training) as their main activity. qstp.org.qa

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) The QFC C4 was established in 2005 to attract international financial institutions and firms to establish business operations in a 'best‑in‑class' international environment. There are two independent bodies: the QFC Authority (QFCA) and the QFC Regulatory Authority (QFCRA). To operate in or from the QFC, a firm needs to be incorporated or registered by the QFC Companies Registration Office, licensed by the QFCA, and for regulated activities, authorised by the QFCRA. Advantages of establishment in the QFC include: • A separate legal, regulatory, tax and business environment. • 100% foreign ownership, 100% repatriation of profits, and 10% corporate tax on locally sourced profits. • A double taxation avoidance agreement network with more than 80 countries. More than 1,100 local and international firms are currently registered, surpassing the 2019 target of 1,000 active firms by 2022. Companies comprise investment and private banking entities, and (re)insurance and asset management firms (each of which is regulated); and consultancy service providers, law firms and financial services recruitment firms (which are non‑regulated). The QFC is taking a major step in diversifying key economic sectors eg digital, financial services, sports, and media. An attractive incentives programme is available to multinational companies, offering free offices, highly-competitive tax incentives, and seed capital to cover five years of operating expenses in return for a 10-year commitment. An enhanced registration sees complete registration applications reviewed and

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processed quickly, and firms have a dedicated Business Development Representative to coordinate setting up. The Investment Promotion Agency Qatar, registered at the QFC since 2019, is a single source of investment solutions in Qatar by attracting foreign direct investment in all of the country’s priority sectors. qfc.qa, invest.qa The QFCA, the commercial arm of the QFC, leads the expansion of Qatar’s financial services sector and develops relationships with the regional and global financial community. The QFCA's strategy focuses on the creation of a global business hub for three core markets – Asset Management, Reinsurance and Captive Insurance. The QFCRA is the independent regulatory body of the QFC, overseeing all firms conducting financial services in or from the QFC, as a combined banking, insurance and markets regulator. In 2012, the QCB Governor took over the chairmanship of QFCRA, as part of a plan to establish a single financial regime, comprising QFCRA, QFMA, QE, QCB, and the Supreme Judicial Council. qfcra.com The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) consists of the QFC Civil and Commercial Court (First Instance and Appellate Divisions) and the QFC Regulatory Tribunal. The Court has consensual jurisdiction to hear disputes between parties from anywhere around the world and mandatory jurisdiction to hear disputes between entities registered in the QFC. There is a purpose built Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre. Under Laws No 14 and 15 passed in September 2021, the QICDRC's jurisdiction was expanded to include the Qatar Free Zones and the Qatar Free Zones Authority, as well as matters referred to the Court or Regulatory Tribunal by any law in the State. A new practice direction on small claims, No 1 of 2022, substantially shortens the time to reach a judgment and offers a quick and efficient legal dispute resolution mechanism. qicdrc.com.qa

Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE) QSE C4 was created in 2009 between Qatar Holding (88%) and NYSE Euronext (12%) as the successor to Doha Securities Market; Qatar Holding purchased NYSE Euronext's stake in 2013. In 2012, regulatory authority passed to Qatar Central Bank (QCB) from Qatar Financial Markets Authority (QFMA), and in 2014 Qatar was added to the Morgan Stanley Capital International Emerging Market Index. It was upgraded in 2016 to Secondary Emerging Market by FTSE Russell.

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Real Estate Under Law No 16 of 2018 on the regulation of non-Qatari ownership and utilisation of real estate, implemented in March 2019, non-Qataris may own and use properties in Qatar 'in many areas according to conditions, regulations and procedures, which shall be determined by a decision of the Cabinet based on the proposal of the Committee for the Regulation of Ownership and Use of Non-Qatari Property'.

Owners of property worth more than QAR730,000 will be offered residency, as well as their family, for the duration of ownership, with residency given as soon as they finalise the purchase. Owners of property worth more than QAR3.65 mn will receive the same benefits as permanent residents regarding healthcare, education, and investment in some commercial activities. The Ministry of Justice is the one-stop-shop for all transactions regarding non-Qatari ownership of real estate.

Freehold developments The number of areas non‑Qataris can own and use

Al Qassar (administrative area 60) Al Dafna (administrative area 61) Onaiza (administrative area 63) • West Bay (66) The Pearl Island (66) • Lusail (69) • Al Khraij (69) Jabal Theyleeb (69) • Al Khor Resort (74)

Foreign companies can also own properties in these nine areas. The law offers an atttractive new investment model to Qatar, offering 100% guaranteed return on investment in these areas.

Leasehold developments Non‑Qataris can use real estate property for 99 years in 16 designated areas: • Msheireb (area 13) • Fereej Abdelaziz (14) • Doha Al Jadeeda (15) • New Al Ghanim (16) • Al Refaa and Old Al Hitmi (17) • Aslata (18) • Fereej Bin Mahmoud (22 and 23) • Rawdat Al Khail (24) • Mansoura and Fereej Bin Dirham (25) • Najma (26) • Umm Ghuwailina (27) • Al Khulaifat (28) • Al Sadd (38) • Al Mirqab Al Jadeed and Fereej Al Nasr (39) • Doha International Airport area (48) All of these areas can be found on the map of Greater Doha in the Discovering Qatar section. m

Developers and Real Estate Agents Selling Property and Land (for letting agents see Living in Qatar) Cushman & Wakefield Direct Real Estate Just Real Estate New Methods United Development Company

Some tips on business etiquette Doing business in Qatar relies on personal relationships as well as the quality of the company or service. Networking and exchanging business cards is important. Men should wear suits or smart/business casual, and women should cover upper arms and knees. Handshaking is common but when meeting Arab people of the opposite sex it is best to wait for them to initiate a handshake. Some other cultural nuances include: • Do not rely too much on email • Oral commitments at meetings may be deemed binding, written agreements may not • Appointments should be reconfirmed on the day • While English is widely spoken, the language of government is Arabic • Sit and talk with your host on general matters before approaching business. ©

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The real estate non-Qatari individuals and companies are allowed to invest in includes offices, shops, units and villas in residential complexes, and real estate development of land in specified areas, and is not limited to apartments and residential units. Cabinet Resolution No 28 of 2020, passed in October 2020, confirmed the areas in which non-Qataris may own and benefit from real estate, and the terms, conditions, benefits and procedures for their ownership and use of them. This encompasses the right to free ownership of residential units inside residential complexes and shops inside malls.

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There are 47 listed companies on the main market and 2 companies on the venture market, and 7 brokerage firms (February 2022). Residents, expats and individual companies are all able to invest. Traders must open an account with one of the brokerage firms, who will act as an intermediary for all transactions and provide a National Investor Number for a fee of QAR100. Traders must also register at Qatar Central Securities Depository (QCSD), established by QCB and licensed by QFMA to provide safekeeping, clearing and settlement of securities and other financial instruments listed on the exchange. qe.com.qa, qcsd.com.qa

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FEATURE

New Advertising Guidelines Issued By Sarah Palmer

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atar's Ministry of Municipality recently launched the second edition of its advertisement guide, the 'guidebook of planning and organisational conditions and the procedures for the means of media and advertisement in Qatar'.

Advertisement guidelines

The guide is a valuable asset in introducing the terms and conditions regulating the types and levels of different forms of media and advertising. This can be whether they are within or outsi