Hotels Nearby

Hotels inside Souq Waqif:

Hotel Souq WaqifHotel Souq Waqif – Hotel Souq Waqif situated right inside Souq Waqif which makes it both good and bad.  Good thing is that if you room is on the souq side, you have a great view of the souq’s activities.  Down side is that taxi cannot drive you to the door of the hotel.

Arumaila Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel – Another wonderfully located hotel at the edge of the souq.  Friendly and attentive service.

Al Jasra Boutique Hotel – Yet another hotel that is located on the souq. Very spacious room and nicely decorated.

Al Najada Souq Waqif Boutique Hotel – Another small and comfy boutique hotel near the entrance of Souq Waqif.

Musheribe Boutique Hotel – One of the latest boutique hotels to add to Souq Waqif.

 

Other hotels:

One thing about staying inside the souq is that, some people may find the praying in the early morning too noisy. If you prefer a quieter stay, you may consider these hotels which are still nearby but quieter.

Mövenpick Hotel DohaSheraton Hotel Doha, Horizon Manor Hotel and Retaj Royale Hotel are all very near to the Corniche and the Museum of Islamic Art.  The Corniche promenade is an attractive boulevard lined with palm trees and greens which both tourists and locals love to have a stroll.

Other economic choice of hotel includes La Villa Hotel Apartments which is about half the price of the 4 and 5-star hotels in Doha.

 

Resorts and Conventions

If you come here for business or you want to bring along your family, staying near the city centre or West Bay is probably a better choice.

The Sheraton Doha Resort and Convention Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel Doha with marina are both by the sea.  While Hilton Doha, InterContinental Doha the City and W Doha Hotel and Residences are further inland but closer to office buildings and malls.

 

 

 

 

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Useful Information

Visa

Visa on arrival for tourists is available for over 30 countries. Or you can always apply at the embassy at your country. A typical tourist visa allows one month stay.

Expatriates with family status can get up to 6 months visa for their family members like parents or siblings.

For more detail, please check the latest visa application requirements here.

Language

Official language is Arabic though fluent English is spoken in many places.

Currency

Currency used in Qatar is Qatar Riyal (QAR or QR) and each Riyal is divided into 100 Dirham.

The Qatari Riyal is pegged to the US dollar at a fixed exchange rate of USD 1 = QR 3.64 in 2001. <read more>

Banks

Banks opening hours: Sunday – Thursday 7:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.  Certain banks may open from 5p.m. to 7p.m. from Sunday to Thursday and also Saturday morning.

Click here to see more about banks and ATM in Qatar.

Weather

Qatar is hot in general.  Best months to visit are November to April with temperature ranging between 21 – 30C in November or 14 – 22C in January. Rainy season starts from September to December.

Best time to visit depends where do you come from and what’s the hottest temperature you can bear.  Click here to see the annual monthly average temperature of Doha.

Clothing

The general rule is not to show too much skin in public places, as a courtesy to both Qataris and Muslims. For both men and women, tops should cover the shoulders and upper arms. Shorts or skirts should at least cover the knees. Women do not necessarily cover their hair. Though it is particularly important to be modest in the Holy month of Ramadan.

Beachwear and swim suits are for hotel beaches only.

Postal Services

There are over 200 post boxes in Qatar. You can easily find them in museums and tourist attractions like Katara. See list of QPost branches here.  More information can be found at Qpost.