About Qatar


Location
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Qatar is a Persian Gulf country located in the east of Arabian Peninsula. Qatar's only land border is to Saudi Arabia and the remaining part of the country is bordering the Persian Gulf. There is Bahrain in the northwest, Saudi Arabia in the west and south, United Arab Emirates in the east and Iran in the north.

Capital City and Administrative Units
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Capital of Qatar is Doha. The country consists of 7 municipalities: Ad Doha, Al Rayyan, Umm Salal, Al Khor, Al Wakrah, Al Daayen and Al Shamal.

Climate
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Qatar has very hot summers and mild winters. Hottest months of the year in Qatar are May to September and the coldest are December to March. The temperature can reach up to 45 °C during the hottest time of the year and it can reach down to 10-20 °C during the coldest time of the year.

Time Zone
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Qatar uses the GMT+3 time zone. There is not any time difference between Qatar and Turkey. Qatar does not employ daylight saving time.

Language
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Official language of Qatar is Arabic. Most commonly spoken foreign language in Qatar is English.

Currency
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Currency of Qatar is Qatari Riyal (QAR).

Telephone Code
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International telephone code of Qatar is +974.

Units of Measurement
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Imperial unit system and metric system are used in Qatar.

Direction of the Traffic
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Qatar uses right-hand traffic.

Public Holidays
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National Day: 18 December
Sports Day: Tuesday of the second week of February
Eid al Fitr
Eid al-Adha
Islamic New Year

Working Hours
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Government Offices: Sunday-Thursday: 07:00-14:00
Banks: Sunday-Thursday: 07:30-13:30
Private Sector: 08:00-13:00 and 15:30-18:30 (Excluding Friday)

Traveling from Turkey to Qatar
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Easiest and fastest mean of transport from Turkey to Qatar is flight. There are direct flights from our country to Doha, available from Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines. Flight takes approximately four and a half hours. Many international airlines have connecting flights to Qatar.

Transport in Qatar
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The most preferred mean of transport in Qatar is taxi. Travelling from the airport to the Doha city center takes 10-15 minutes. Besides, it is possible to take a bus or the subway. You can also rent a car from the airport. It is sufficient to have a driver's license and credit card to rent a car in the city.

Mains Electricity
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In Qatar the power plugs and sockets are of type D and G. The standard voltage is 240 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Emergency
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In case of emergency, call the police, fire or ambulance on 999.

Visa
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Turkey is eligible for visa-free entry to the State of Qatar with a waiver valid for 180 days, which entitles its holder to spend up to 90 days in Qatar.

Travel Vaccinations
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WHO recommends the following vaccinations for Qatar: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, rabies, anthrax, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Please check latest information about COVID-19 restrictions and vaccination from your country's Ministry of Health and World Health Organization.

Economy
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Qatar's economy relied on mostly fishing and pearl fishing discovery of the petroleum and natural gas reserves. After the 1940s, Qatar's economy changed dramatically as the oil and natural gas reserves were discovered. For this reason, especially oil, natural gas, petro-chemistry and energy sectors are highly developed in the country. In addition, construction and banking sectors became prominent. As a result of the emerging economy and due to the fact that the World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar, tourism has also been developed.

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