Qatar Travel Overview

Qatar Travel Overview

Important facts

Capital: Ad Dauha (See more on ITYPEMBA.COM)

Official language: Arabic

Currency: Riyal

Continent: West Asia

Qatar vacation

Oil, car rally and marinas

Oil and sheikhs, most people think of that when they hear Qatar; but the picture has become more diverse in recent years.


According to Countryaah, Qatar is a peninsula in the Arabian Peninsula. Therefore, the country has, despite its central location in the middle of the Gulf of Aden only a single land border in the south to Saudi – Arabia.


Qatar is connected to international air traffic. If you want to enter the country with your own vehicle, you will need an entry visa for Qatar and a transit visa for Saudi Arabia. Both should get them in advance. It is much easier to borrow a rental car in Qatar.


The Iranian Bazaar is located in Doha, the capital of the country. You should definitely visit this if you are in town. You can also marvel at all kinds of modern architecture and a small old town.

Qatar is particularly popular with sailors, as it has a network of well-developed and modern marinas, such as “The Pearl” near Doha.


Every year in Qatar the “Middle East Rallye” Championship (MERC) attracts interested people and fans from all over the world. This rally attracts interested people and fans from all over the world.


Currency (sub-unit)

Riyal (100 dirhams)

ISO 4217 code

QAR / 634


Continent: Asia

Region: west

Geo coordinates: N 25 ° 21 ‘17.4 ” E 51 ° 11’ 2″

Highest mountain: Quraryn Abu al Bawl (103 m)

Total area: 11,437 km²

Mainland: 11,437 km²

National border: 60 km

Coastline: 563 km


Dependency: Great Britain until 1971

UN member since: 1971

Other political affiliation: Arab League

Form of government: Absolute emirate


Qatar GDP - gross domestic product

Export goods: oil

GDP: $ 32,454,700,000

GDP purchasing power parity: $ 27,820,000,000

Economic growth: 8.7%

GDP share of agriculture: 0.2%

GDP share of industry: 82.6%

GDP share of services: 17.2%

Inflation rate: 9.6%

State budget revenue: $ 4294967295

State budget expenditure: $ 4294967295

National debt: 29.8%

Export: $ 32.3 billion

Import: $ 7,380,000,000

Foreign debt: $ 23.7 billion

Gold and currency reserves: $ 5,377,000,000

Electricity consumption: 9,870 million KWh

Gas reserves: 8,388,607 million m³

Gas production: 36,300 million m³

Gas consumption: 13,300 million m³

Oil reserves: 16,000 million m³

Oil production: 776,000 million m³

Oil consumption: 36,000 million m³

Cultivation area: 1.91%

Sheep: 170,000 pieces

Fishing: 7,800 t

Demographic data

Residents: 855,400

Residents in cities: 803,000

Average age: 31.7 years

0-14 years: 23.4%

15-64 years: 73%

> 65 years: 3.6%

Population growth: 2.5%

Birth rate: 15.56 / 1,000 residents

Death rate: 4.72 / 1,000 residents

Migration: 14.12 / 1,000 residents

Ratio men / women: 1.87

Fertility: 2.81 children / woman

Infant mortality: 18.04 ‰

Life expectancy men: 71.37 years

Life expectancy women: 76.57 years

Country codes and abbreviations

ISO 3166 Alpha 2: QA

ISO 3166 Alpha 3: QAT

ISO 3166 numeric: 634

Top Level Domain: qa

IOC country code: QAT


Source: Abbreviationfinder


Telephone connections: 205,000

Cell Phones: 576,000

Radios: 387,000

TV: 710,000

Computer: 200,000

Internet users: 430,000


Paved roads: 1,564 km

Cars: 296,000

Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 23

Pipelines: 2,382


Number of doctors: 1,840

Daily food intake: 3.150 kcal / resident


Illiteracy: 9%


Foundation: 1750

Last sovereign since: 1971


Main religious group: Muslims


Prison inmates: 600


Armed forces (troop strength): 12,000

Main battle tank: 30th

Warplanes: 25th

Helicopter: 25th

Defense Spending: $ 1,525,000,000


Arriving by plane

The national airline Qatar Airways (QR) (Internet: flies from Berlin and Munich via Zurich to Doha, there are direct connections from Frankfurt and Vienna.

Air passes

With the Star Alliance’s Middle East Airpass, travelers can explore Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and the United Arab Emirates on up to ten flights. More information is available on the Star Alliance website,

With the Visit Middle East Pass from Allianz Oneworld, travelers can book any number of flights (at least 3 flights) with the participating airlines British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways and Royal Jordanian and travel to the following 12 countries: Egypt, Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates.

Arrival by car

The road from Saudi Arabia to Qatar is not very good and often not passable in the rainy season. There is also a road to the United Arab Emirates that is currently unusable.

Buses operated by the Saudi Arabian Public Transport Co (Saptco) (tel: 454 5000; website: go to neighboring countries; Tickets are available online.

The completion of a new connection road from Qatar to Bahrain is planned for 2022.

Arrival by ship

The largest international ports are Doha and Umm Said. Doha is called as part of cruises.

Departure fee

Hamad International Airport: equivalent to € 8.30 per passenger (included in the price of the flight ticket).


On the way by car / bus

The road network is difficult to drive during the rainy season. Tourists should only undertake trips into the desert and difficult-to-access areas, especially in the north and west of Qatar, with the help of a local tour operator or acquaintances who are familiar with the area, and always with several vehicles and with ample supplies of petrol and drinking water.

Bus: Modern, air-conditioned buses from Mowasalat (Internet: connect the larger cities.

are turquoise with a silver roof and belong to Mowasalat. They have taximeters, but can also be rented by the hour.

Rental car
are available from local and international car rental companies at the airport and through hotels.

International driver’s license that allows cars to be rented for up to 7 days. A temporary driver’s license can be issued upon presentation of your own driver’s license.