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Qatar is a country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the North Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
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Qatar - General information

Location
Middle East
Capital
Doha
Area
11,571 km²
Currency
Qatari riyal
Best time to visit
November to early April
Country code
+974
Population
28.43 Lakhs
Language
Arabic
Sports
Basketball and Volleyball
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Vacation spots
Katara Mosque, The Golden Mosque, Kassem Darwish Fakhroo Islamic, Desert Safari, Al Jassasiya Carvings, Al Wakra Museum, Qatar National Museum, Al- Zubarah.

Travel to Qatar – Overview

Qatar is not one of the countries where the Indian travellers are headed. While there is a large Indian population of around 7 lacs residing in Qatar, the number of Indian tourists there are around 30-40,000, of which many are business visitors or people travelling for short term work there.

  • Location
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  • Top 10 Tourist Attractions
  • Things You Must Do
  • Food on the Plate
  • Travel Medical Insurance
Location / Language of Qatar

Qatar sole land border is with neighbouring Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) monarchy Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf.. The country is spread over an area of around 11.600 sq km and is home to a population of around 2.7 million people. Doha is the capital city of Qatar.

The national language of the Qatar is Arabic and a small population speaks English for Education and Business purposes.
Visa Requirements / Currency (please note these procedures / exchange rates can changed from time to time…please get an update from the embassy prior to travel)

Nationals of India (Indian Passport holders) do not require prior visa arrangements and can obtain a Visa Waiver upon arrival in Qatar. The waiver is valid for 30 days (can be extended for another 30 days) from the date of issuance and entitles its holder to spend up to 30 days in Qatar, during either a single trip or on multiple trips.

Currency : JQatari Riya (QAR)
Conversion :Rs.1 INR = 0.053 QAR
1 QAR = Rs.19.02 INR
Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Qatar

  1. Museum of Islamic Art - The Museum is the perfect example of how beautiful of Islamic art is. It is structured as very modern architecture.
  2. The Corniche, Doha - The cornice is actually a curved shape boulevard, where you can just take a walk by the seaside at the corniche.
  3. Al Zubarah - Al-Zubarah is real ancient Qatar. It is located on the Northwest side of Qatar and 107 miles away from the capital Doha.
  4. Qatar National Museum - The extraordinary building structure shows the architectural skill of the Qatar architects. This Museum was the Sheikh Abdullah Al- Thani’s palace.
  5. Al Wakra Museum, Al Wakra - This historical town is full of Mosques, museums and beaches. The Al Wakra Museum is one of the best in Qatar.
  6. Al Jassasiya Carvings – Al Jassasiya Carvings is one of the most visited places at Al- Ruwais. There is a rich collection of about 900 petroglyphs, which are around 250 years old.
  7. Desert Safari – You can enjoy riding on Camel or have a great fantasy of the four-wheel vehicle including a sand dune race.
  8. Kassem Darwish Fakhroo Islamic – This building was constructed following the Samarra of Iraq, which has damaged in 2005 and it dazzles in the night sky. The tower is used for multi-purpose for Islamic act.
  9. The Golden Mosque – This traditional minaret mosque is covered with gilded mosque tiles with attractive interior designing.
  10. Katara Mosque – Not a very huge mosque, but the color, design and patterned tiles represent its uniqueness. These tiles are the part of shared history and a reminder of the relationship between the Iranians and the Gulf region.
Things You Must Do in Qatar

  1. Check out Doha Night Skyline – The best way to take in this view is by hiring a dhow boat ferry in the evening and take it for a cool sail.
  2. Must Visit Souq Waqif - Souq Waqif, or “Standing Market” sells everything from Arabian rugs and colourful spices, to squawking parrots and stocky shisha pipes.
  3. Sanduning – Being in the Middle East one must check out the desert sands in a Buggy, on Camel back on an All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or a scrambler bike.
  4. Window Shopping at The Pearl – The location of the rich and famous one must check out. Besides gawking at the Ferrari showrooms, and the majestic yachts, shopping at the Pearl is strictly all things designer and can max out your credit card.
  5. Visit the Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum - The Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani Museum’s (the FBQ Museum for short) is segregated into four parts: Coins & Currency, Vehicles (Vintage Cars), Qatar Heritage and Islamic Art.
Food on the Plate

Qatari cuisine is made up of traditional Arab cuisine. Seafood and dates are staple food items in the country. Many of these dishes are also used in other countries in the region, because they share many commonalities and in other parts of the region some of the dishes have different names or use slightly different ingredients.

Qatari food delicacies one must try include:
  • Machbūs, a meal consisting of rice, meat, and vegetables, is the national dish in Qatar.
  • Kabsa - Rice, meat, and vegetables mixed with spices. This dish is similar to biryani or pulao.
  • Ghuzi - Whole roast lamb served over nutty rice. Also called Shuwaa.
  • Khaboos – Khaboos or Khubuz is an Iranian or Arabic flat bread made with Maida and is served with stews, hummus or dips.
  • Harees - Harees is a dish made from grinding wheat seeds and mixing it with the fat (ghee). Salt and water is added, and it can be prepared with chicken or meat.
Overseas Travel Medical Insurance Qatar

India Travel insurance for Qatar is much cheaper when compared to more developed destinations in Americas and Europe. Qatar travel health insurance for Indian visitor should be purchased for “Excluding Americas” or “Asia” Plan

Illustration for 15 days Overseas travel mediclaim insurance to Qatar.
Sum Insured($ USD) / Premium in Rs. INR Insured Age 30 Insured Age 65
Asia - $30,000 Rs.693 Rs.1,264
Excluding - $50,000 Rs.763 Rs.1,492
Excluding - $100,000 Rs.988 Rs.1,946
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Popular tourist destinations in Qatar

Museum of Islamic Art
Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art is a museum located in the Qatari capital, Doha. There is a huge collection of Muslim world art, including the Arab, Persian and Africa.
Doha Corniche
Doha Corniche
The cornice is actually a curved shape boulevard. The long road by the seaside contains green grass on the other side.
Desert Safari
Desert Safari
Desert Safari is a breathtakingly beautiful area surrounded by large golden sand dunes offering a stunning view.

Al Jassasiya Carvings
Al Jassasiya Carvings
Al Jassasiya Carvings are one of the attractive places at Al- Ruwais. There is a rich collection of petroglyphs and it is about 900.

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