Vibrant, evolving, innovative and exciting are just some of the ways people describe Qatar. A blend of business sense, family values, cutting-edge technology, multiculturalism and traditional principles make Qatar truly unique.
With an increasingly educated, well-travelled and worldly population, Qataris are in the business of building bridges across cultural and geographical boundaries. Qatar is harnessing natural resources and human potential to transform its society into one of educational, technological, sustainable and commercial excellence. Qatar welcomes ideas and innovations that help the nation tackle complex issues. It is in this spirit of openness and exchange that Qatar has defined its role and its objectives for the future.
The Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030) was developed with the aim of achieving sustained development and economic progress for the nation. QNV 2030 outlines a comprehensive framework for Qatar’s way forward and rests on four pillars: environmental, human, social and economic development.
Doha is also a prominent cultural center, with outstanding museums, an annual film festival, classical and contemporary music and a growing role as a sporting nation; Qatar will proudly host the football World Cup in 2022.
There are approximately 2 million people living in Qatar. More than half of the population lives in the capital city, Doha. Three-quarters of Qatar’s population are Muslim, while the remaining practice a variety of other religions. The official language is Arabic, although English is commonly spoken. Over the years, the thriving economy has attracted a large number of expatriates, particularly from neighboring Arab states.
Qatar’s official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR); 1 US Dollar is equal to about QR3.64. Most major international credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted and ATMs are readily available. Bank hours are 7.30am–1.30pm, Sunday to Thursday, with some branches open all day in shopping centers.
Please note, there is an ATM located in the hotel on the Lower Ground Floor.
For taxis, the metered ‘Karwa’ taxis generally offer the lowest fares. Be sure to ask your driver to turn on the meter, which will normally start at QR4 or QR25 from the airport. The minimum fare is QR10, with rates varying from the cheaper day time rate (rate 1 on the meter) and the night time rate (rate 2 on the meter). Many hotels offer limousine services, which will be more expensive.