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Qatar Holidays,  Qatar Holiday Packages Overview

Qatar is a country that offers a baffling mix of the old and new. It is home to ancient rock carvings, historic forts, colourful souqs and Bedouin tents. The cities of Qatar also offer modern amenities, plenty of malls, high end restaurants and many museums.

Qatar's capital Doha is a quickly developing, modern city that is set to become a premier city of the Gulf in a few years. The city has several historic attractions, beautiful monuments, mosques and excellent shopping opportunities. The Corniche is a visual highlight of the city. The seaside promenade curves around the bay and offers beautiful views of the skyscrapers and the Palm Tree Island. Throughout the city are several large malls as well as traditional souqs for shopping.

The city of Al-Khor is much older than Doha and had once been the centre of the pearl industry of Qatar. Today, it is undergoing major reinvention. Zubarah is home to the ruins of a fort and a deserted city that had been built in the year 1938. It is also the site of the Friendship Bridge that will link Bahrain to Qatar.

One of the main attractions of Qatar is Khor Al Udeid with its rolling sand dunes. The seemingly endless desert terrains provide a glimpse of beautiful vistas. Dune bashing is one of the most popular activities on the dunes. Since Qatar is surrounded by water, there are a number of water sports opportunities available. Driving jet-skis and kite-surfing are the two most popular activities on the beaches.

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Entry Requirements

 

Visitors on tourist visas must use Qatar Airways to enter the country. Visitors should have tickets or documents for return or onward travel and sufficient funds to cover their stay. All require passports valid for at least six months. Those arriving with visas for Oman do not require an additional visa for Qatar.


- For Australians - Australians with a valid passport may obtain a visa on arrival, allowing for 21-days- tourist visit (QAR55), or seven-day business visit (QAR100). Business visas require 48 hours notice.


- New Zealanders with a valid passport may obtain a visa on arrival, allowing for 21-day tourist visit (QAR55), or seven-day business visit (QAR100). Business visas require 48 hours notice.


- United States citizens with a valid passport may obtain a visa on arrival, allowing for a 21-day tourist visit (QAR55), or seven-day business visit (QAR100). Business visas require 48 hours notice.


- United States citizens with a valid passport may obtain a visa on arrival, allowing for a 21-day tourist visit (QAR55), or seven-day business visit (QAR100). Business visas require 48 hours notice.


- British passport holders whose passports are endorsed, British Citizen' may obtain a visa on arrival, allowing for a 21-day tourist visit (QAR55), or seven-day business visit (QAR100). Business visas require 48 hours notice. Holders of other British passports are permitted 14-day tourist visas or seven-day business visas on the same conditions.

 

Qatar Holidays - Currency of Qatar

 

The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR), which divides into 100 dirhams. The Riyal exchange rate is pegged to the US Dollar at QR 3.65. Money can be exchanged at banks, the airport and exchange dealers. The main bank branches are on Grand Hamad Street in Doha. Banks open mornings, and are closed on Fridays and Saturdays. ATMs are available on the main streets of the cities and towns, at banks and in shopping malls. Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept international credit cards and travellers cheques are also largely accepted.

 

Qatar Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international direct dialling code for Qatar is +974, and the outgoing code is 0, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 027 for South Africa). City/area codes are not necessary. There are numerous Internet cafes in Doha, charging QR10 per hour online. The country is well covered by the Q-Tel GSM 900/1800 mobile phone network.

 

Qatar Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Travellers to Qatar do not have to pay duty on tobacco products and perfume for personal use. Alcohol may not be imported under any circumstances. Prohibited items include wild birds, without an import authorisation from Ministry of Agriculture and Municipal Affairs (MMAA).

 

Qatar Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

A service charge of 10% is usually added to hotel and restaurant bills in Qatar, in which case tipping is not necessary. However if there is no service charge a 10% tip is appreciated. Taxi drivers do not expect a tip.

 

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