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Small in size (one third of the size of Belgium), Qatar is enormous in value. It has achieved within decades what other countries take centuries to accomplish. Its citizens embrace the future with unswerving optimism and enviable potential. Hospitable, generous and kind, Qatari’s make visitors to their country feel very welcome. Qatar is an ideal family location and a very safe place to visit, live and work. Standards of living are high as the infrastructure continues to develop rapidly. Now more than ever, Qatar is ripe for discovery by tourists from all over the world.
Situated halfway up the western shore of the Arabian Gulf, Qatar is almost completely surrounded by sea. It borders Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the south and Bahrain in the northwest. Well-preserved natural and historical sites, coupled with top-calibre business, sports, dining, shopping and accommodation facilities, render Qatar the perfect gateway to the Arabian Gulf.

The commercial and administrative centre, Doha, hosts the international airport, seaport, hotels, and sports facilities. Doha is built around a beautiful bay, along which there is a 7 km long corniche lined with lush gardens. Palm Tree Island beckons from the centre of the bay.

Today, Doha’s cosmopolitan spirit strikes a perfect balance with its rich cultural and religious heritage.

Qatar’s economy is very strong, due to its abundance of oil and natural gas reserves. This means that there is significant ongoing investment being made into the local infrastructure to support high standards of living and the successful development of tourism.

Qatar has a desert climate of hot summers and relatively warm winters. In the summer, the temperature ranges between 25 and 46 degrees centigrade. Rainfall in the winter is minimal and on average does not exceed 75.2mm, per year.

The Qataris are descended through ancient Arabian lines. This is due to the country’s geographical location and proximity to the Arabian Peninsula, on one hand, and to the close historical heritage, which the State shares with the rest of the States of the Arabian Peninsula, on the other. The present population is more than 1 million inhabitants most of whom reside in Doha, the capital city.

In spite of the changes that took place in the world oil market in 1991 as a result of the conditions that prevailed in 1990, notably the Gulf crisis; the disintegration of the Soviet Union, increased concern over environment protection, and continued effort by industrial nations to rationalize energy consumption, Qatar’s national economy has once again lent proof to the vitality and soundness of its basic structure and ability to stand firm in the face of an unstable world economy. Qatari oil has been the main source of national income.

Since the inauguration of the new oil refinery in 1983 the country has realized self sufficiency in oil products. It is worth mentioning that Qatar has one of the world’s three largest gas reserves and LNG export began at the end of the 1996. However, the State has not confined its aspirations just to that. It has been following a policy based on the principle of diversifying the sources of national income through expanding industrial and agricultural production bases, developing human resources, assigning a bigger role to the private sector, working to realize a surplus in the balance of payments by increasing exports and decreasing imports, and reducing the State’s national budget deficit by applying necessary financial and monetary policies and corrective programs in order to achieve reasonable growth rates.

Today, a number of international companies and agencies have begun opening branches in Qatar, aware that it is a profitable and efficient place for their products. Therefore, we could say that the State of Qatar plays an interesting role in the world business economy and especially in the Gulf Market.Situated halfway up the western shore of the Arabian Gulf, Qatar is almost completely surrounded by sea. It borders Saudi Arabia on the west, and is located to north of the United Arab Emirates and just southeast of Bahrain. Well-preserved natural and historical sites, coupled with top-caliber business, sports, dining, shopping and accommodation facilities, render Qatar the perfect gateway to the Arabian Gulf. The commercial and administrative centre, Doha, hosts the international airport, seaport, hotels, and sports facilities. Doha is built around a beautiful bay, along which there is a 7 km long Corniche lined with lush gardens. Palm Tree Island beckons from the centre of the bay. Today, Doha’s cosmopolitan spirit strikes a perfect balance with its rich cultural and religious heritage. Qatar’s economy is very strong, due to the abundance of oil and natural gas reserves. This means that there is significant ongoing investment being made into the local infrastructure to support high standards of living and the successful development of tourism, education and social services.

HOW TO GET THERE?

The National airline, Qatar Airways has become one of the best airlines in the skies today flying a modern fleet of aircraft to over 80 destinations worldwide.

More info, please visit www.qatarairways.com.

Statistics

  • Full country name: State of Qatar
  • Area: 11,400 sq km
  • Capital City: Doha
  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Time: GMT + 3 hours
  • Dialing Code: +974
  • Dial 00 or + from Qatar for international calls
  • Electricity: 240v + 6% with frequency of 50 Hertz
  • Telephone: Qatar has direct dialing with 215 countries
  • Weights & measures: Metric
  • Currency: The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR). The Riyal exchange rate ispegged to the US Dollar at QR 3,65
  • Location: Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
  • Climate: Summer lasts from May to September, and temperatures at that time generally average 35°C (95°F), although it can get up to 50°C (122°F). The autumn/ winter months (November-April) are much milder with pleasant, cool evenings.

Restaurants

Most of the fashionable and luxurious restaurants are located inside the hotels and clubs. A large number of good restaurants that suit every taste and budget are also available either on Al Sadd road or on Al Mirghab road, parallel to Al Sadd road. They include Arabian and Asian fast food and take away restaurants and cafes.

ARABIC RESTAURANTS

Al Batross: Serves Lebanese and Western cuisine and known for its superior style. Tel. +974 44328888

Layali: Situated in Salwa Road. Offers Lebanese food. Tel. +974 44819812

Al Khaima: Situated in Al Sadd Street. Offers Arabian food in a cozy family atmosphere. Tel. +974 44446962

Venice: Situated in Al Sadd Street. Offers Lebanese and Western food. Tel. +974 44441750

Assaha Restaurant: Situated in Grand Hamad Street. Serves Lebanese dishes. Tel. +974 44355353
Pirates Cove: An ideal place to enjoy a meal by the sea when the weather is good. It is located inside the perimeters of Doha Sheraton Hotel and Resort and it offers seafood, grills and some Thai dishes. Tel. +974 4854444

Ras al-Nasaa: Eastern side of Doha Corniche. Offers Arabian and Asian dishes. Tel. +974 44411177

Balhambar
: Situated on Doha corniche overlooking a panoramic view of the Arabian gulf where sea waters surround it from three sides, this restaurant offers complete privacy and a unique experience with the Qatari heritage, culture and traditions.Tel. +974 44837781

ASIAN RESTAURANTS

Shebestan: A fashionable Iranian restaurant with a distinguished interior decor. Situated in Al Sadd Street. Tel. +974 44321555

Chingari: Top class restaurant specializing in Indian food. Located at the ground floor of Ramada Hotel. Tel. +974 44417417

Moon Palace: High quality restaurant specializing in Japanese and Korean food. Offers a special Asian atmosphere. Situated in Al Mirghab Street. Tel. +974 44329700

Al Shatir Abbas: Offers Iranian cuisine. Situated in Al Sadd Street. Tel. +974 44425377

Bukhara: Offers Indian food. Located Next to the Tennis and Squash Complex Tel. +974 44833345

WESTERN RESTAURANTS

Al Shaheen is located at the top floor of Doha Sheraton Hotel. The restaurant is one of the most prestigious and expensive places in Doha and it offers French and European cuisine. Tel. +974 44854444

La Villa is located on the 12th floor at Grand Mercure Hotel. La Villa offers excellent Mediterranean food. Tel. +974 44462222

La Veranda is an Italian restaurant located inside the Doha Sheraton Hotel. Tel. +974 44854488

Maxim situated on the first floor at Ramada Hotel. Tel. +974 44417417.
Tel. +974 44417417

Hotels

Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Al Corniche, P.O. Box 24665, Doha
Phone: +974 4494 8888
Fax: +974 4494 8282
Sheraton Doha Hotel and Resort
Al Corniche St., P.O. Box 6000 Doha
Phone +974 44854444
Fax +(974) 44832323
www.sheraton-doha.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
Phone: +974 44848000
Fax: +974 44848 484
www.ritzcarlton-doha.com
Marriot Doha Gulf Hotel
Phone: +974 4429 8888
Fax: +974 44418784
www.marriott-doha.com
Movenpick Hotel & Resorts
Phone: +974 4429 1111
Fax: +974 4429 1100
www.movenpickdoha.com
Intercontinental Doha
Phone: +974 4484 4444
Fax: +974 4483 9555
www.doha.intercontinental.com
Ramada Hotel
Phone: +974 4441 7417
Fax: +974 4441 0941
www.ramada-doha.com
Hotel Sofitel
Phone: +974 4446 2222
Fax: +974 4443 9186
www.sofitel-doha.com
Al Bustan Hotel
Telephone: +974 4432 8888
Fax: +974 4443 6111
www.qatar.net.qa/albustan
Rydges Plaza Hotel Doha
Tel : +974 44385444
Fax : +974 44385445
www.rydges.com
Al Sadd Merweb Hotel
Tel: +974 4447 1111
Fax: +974 4447 1117
www.merweb-hotel.com
Regency Hotel
Tel :+974 44363 363
Fax :+974 44325 232
www.hotel-Regency.com
Doha Palace Hotel
Tel: +974 44421 515
Fax: +974 44321 515
www.qatarpal.com.qa
Qatar Palace Hotel
Tel: +974 4442 1515
Fax: +974 4432 1515
Shezan Hotel
Tel: +974 4486 5225
Fax: +974 4486 5267
www.freewebz.com/shezanhotel
Tourist Hotel
Telephone: +974 4432 1321
Fax: +974 4432 6326

Car Rentals in Doha

Total Rent-a-Car
+974  44119949 \ 55706026
Al Muftah Rent-a-Car
+974 4442 6649
Avis
+974 4466 7744
Budget
+974 4468 5515
Abduallah Abdulghani and Brother’s
+974 4431 4469
Hertz
+974 4462 2891
National Rent-a-Car
+974 4487 1995
Thrifty Rent-a-Car
+974 4466 6655
Europcar
+974 4466 0677
Alfardan Automobiles
+974 4460 1177
Mannai Auto Rent
+974 4455 8640
Prestige Rent-a-Car
+974 4483 8500

Useful Numbers

Police, Fire, Ambulance 999
Doha International Airport 4462 2999
Airport Arrival/Departure 4435 1550
Flight Inquiries 4462 2999
Telephone Directory 180
Q-Tel — General Inquiries 4440 0400
Weather Forecast 4439 2222
Hamad Medical Corporation 4439 2222
Hamad Medical Corporation Emergency 4439 3507
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