Located on a peninsula, in the Arabian Gulf, Qatar is a growing tourist destination which aims to be one of the world leaders in accessible travel. Highly modern, yet with real traditions, Qatar has a lot to offer. Arid deserts, dunes, and sandy beaches make a perfect ground to a wide range of activities, whether relaxing or exhilarating! Visitors after cultural and historical discoveries, shopping sprees or an international culinary scene will not be disappointed. We have selected and tested many of these activities and hope you will enjoy them as much as we did!
If you’re thinking about your next accessible trip, Qatar is definitely worth being considered. Dune bashing, desert visits, kayaking, history tours, dinner cruises and many more activities have all been tailored to the needs of people with disabilities. These activities combined with sandy beaches, international top restaurants, and world famous shops surely make Qatar an accessible travel destination to be remembered!
There is no special health recommendations, such as vaccination, recommended for international visitors. Healthcare quality is generally very high, and there are many pharmacies with English speaking staff throughout Doha city. Some of them are open 24 hours. Getting a good travel insurance is recommended as medical appointments and treatments can be expensive. Temperatures can get very hot. Travelers should remember to drink plenty of water and avoid long period of sun exposure. It can also be a good idea to keep an extra layer of clothing when entering air-conditioned buildings as temperature differences can be surprising.
Qatar is one of the safest places in the world. Travelers should use their common sense, like everywhere else in the world but no special precautions need to be observed. Visitors should remember to respect the Islamic law. They cannot drink alcohol or be drunk in the public area, should not display any public signs of affection, and it is forbidden to take pictures of public buildings. Travellers should dress modestly when in public, and women should cover their shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts.
Qatar is the most open country in the middle east. Travellers entering the country must hold a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months, and a confirmed onward or return ticket. Depending on the passport they hold, they will also require a visa, an electronic travel authorisation, or, for 80 different nationalities, a visa waiver that can be obtained upon arrival. Please check the list of countries to verify the entry requirements prior travelling onto https://www.visitqatar.qa/plan/visas-requirements.html
Qatar has a desert climate with year-round sunshine and hot temperatures. The monthly average temperatures range from 18 degrees in January to 37 degrees in July, with occasional peaks between 40 and 45 degrees during summer. Rain is infrequent and falls in brief showers, between November and April.
The official language of Qatar is Arabic. English is widely spoken and understood, as well as other languages in the hospitality industry.
The socket type used in Qatar is similar to the one used in the UK (square 3-pin). The country uses a 220-240V/50Hz power system.