Flights to Qatar

Qatar Airways is the state-owned flag carrier.  Its services covered over 140 destinations so you can always find a flight to where you want.

If you are member of the OneWorld Alliance, please be reminded that Qatar Airways is a member of it, which means if you are members of one of these airlines you can also enjoy the facilities of Qatar Airways.  Here is a list of OneWorld Alliance members (as of 2015):

Air Berlin
American Airlines
British Airways
Cathay Pacific
Finnair
Iberia
Japan Airlines
LAN
Malaysia Airlines
Qantas
Qatar Airways
Royal Jordanian
S7 Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
TAM Airlines

 

Stopover

Flying from Chicago to Singapore? Why not make a stopover at Doha?  You may make a short stay of 2 to 3 days or merely a 8-hour transit, just pop in to say hi to Souq Waqif!  Qatar Airways has a easy to use Stopover booking system.

 

 

Opening Hours

Don't forget to check the opening hours of Souq WaqifHere is the opening hours of shops and restaurants in Souq Waqif.

 

Shops:

Most shops operate from 10:00 am. to noon. Re-open at 4 p.m. till 10 p.m.

 

Restaurants:

Most restaurants open all day, from 8:00 a.m. to midnight. Some may even open 24 hours.

 

Banks:

Click here for list of banks and their opening hours.

 

While the souq is closed, you may always other attractions nearby. The Corniche, Museum of Islamic Art and Qatar National Museum are all great choices.

 

 

Currency

Qatar Riyal (QAR or QR) is divided into 100 Dirham.

Riyal was pegged with USD at US$1 to QR 3.64.

The nomination is as follows:

  • 1 Riyals
  • 5 Riyals
  • 10 Riyals
  • 100 Riyals
  • 500 Riyals

 

  • 1 Dirham
  • 5 Dirhams
  • 10 Dirhams
  • 25 Dirhams
  • 50 Dirhams

ATM machines are easily accessible. In fact, Souq Waqif is very close to many banks, including the Central Bank.  See list of banks here.

 

 

 

 

Banks in Doha

Opening hours:

Sunday~Thursday: 7:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.

Some banks may open in the late afternoon, say, 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. and Saturday 7:30a.m. – 1:00p.m.  Please check with individual bank for up-to-date opening time.

 

List of Banks in Qatar

  • Qatar Central Bank
  • Arab Bank
  • Bank Saderat Iran
  • Barclays Bank
  • BNP Paribas
  • Commercial Bank of Qatar
  • Doha Bank
  • HSBC Bank Middle East
  • International Bank of Qatar
  • Mashreqbank
  • Qatar International Islamic Bank
  • Qatar National Bank
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • United Bank Limited

 

ATM

ATM machines near Souq Waqif:

  • Commercial Bank of Qatar (CBQ) ATM at Souq Waqif (zoom in to see the location)
  • Atrium of Museum of Islamic Art

 

New to Doha?  Other useful information can be found here.

 

 

Weather in Doha

Street view of Souq WaqifRainfall

It is dry in general from January to August with September being the wettest season.

 

Annual Temperature in Doha

January is the coolest month and rain stops.  January to March is probably the best.  Then November and December are cooler too if you don’t mind occasional rain.

Average Lowest Temperature (Celcius) Average Highest Temperature (Celcius)   Average Lowest Temperature (Fahrenheit) Average Highest Temperature (Fahrenheit)
January 14 22 57 71
February 15 23 59 74
March 17 27 63 81
April 22 33 71 91
May 27 39 80 102
June 29 42 84 107
July 31 42 87 108
August 31 41 87 106
September 29 39 83 102
October 25 35 78 96
November 21 30 70 85
December 16 25 62 76

 

Foreign to this country? See how should you dress here.

 

 

QPost Branches

Post services in Qatar is provided by QPost.  This is a quick reference for you find the nearest QPost branches. For more up-to-date information, please refer to QPost’s web site.

List of QPost Branches:

  • General Post Office
  • Najma
  • Qatar Foundation
  • Lulu Hyper Market
  • Khalifa Town
  • New Mansoorah-almeera
  • Al kharthiyat
  • Industrial Area
  • Al Shahaniya
  • Al Azizya
  • Al Muntazah
  • Mesaieed
  • Teyseer
  • AlKhor
  • Souk Al Ali
  • Al Ghuwairiya
  • Al Shamal
  • Aumm Salal Ali
  • Wakra
  • Rayyan 1
  • Umm Bab
  • Rayyan 2
  • Dukhan
  • Qatar University-Girls
  • Al Jumailiya
  • Woqod-Hilal
  • Woqod-Gharafa
  • Woqod-Rayyan
  • Woqod-Industrial Area
  • Woqod-Muaither East
  • Woqod-Muaither South
  • Woqod-Rawdat Rasheed
  • Woqod-Al Daayeen
  • Woqod-Al Sheehaniya
  • Woqod-North University
  • Woqod-Umm Salal West(Bu Fesseela)
  • Woqod-Umm Salal East(Rawdat Al Hamama)
  • Qatar Technology Park
  • Ezdan, Wakra
  • Katara
  • Immigration Office_Metrash

 

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.

 

 

Dining in Souq Waqif

Road side restaurants at the souqBesides being a shopping paradise for tourists and locals, it is also home to dozens of restaurants serving all kinds of cuisines, together with Shisha lounges.  No matter you are tourists who stay in Qatar a few days to someone who has a few hours during transit, pop in to the souq to have a drink or a meal. Sit by the road to absorb the atmosphere of the souq. You won’t be disappointed.

Qatari Cuisine

Al Tawash – You are in Qatar. You’ve got to try Qatari cuisine. Al Tawash serves traditional Qatari food, including shisha. Ask the friendly waiters for recommendations if you have no idea what to order. Both indoor seating and Bedouin tent are available.

Mediterranean cuisine

Le Gourmet Restaurant – quality Mediterranean food and international cuisine. Perfect for group with different preferences.  Good seating (indoor, outdoor and rooftop). Shisha is served too.

Yemeni Cuisine

Al Bandar Aden Restaurant – It serves traditional and authentic Yemeni food like mandhi, ogdat, including fahsa and salta. Yemeni bread is fresh with crispy outside and soft and chewy inside.

General review online for it is: excellent food, fast and friendly service at a reasonable price, though it can be crowded and have to wait to be seated.

Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm, Friday 12:30pm – 11pm  (Website)

Souk Waqif Iraqi foodIraqi Cuisine

Al Adhamiyah Iraqi restaurant – Excellent Iraqi food including big starter selection, lamb tikka and Maskoof. Reasonable price with table on the street – perfect for people watching.

Syrian Cuisine

Damasca – Damasca is one of the biggest restaurants in Souq Waqif.  It has 2 floors including a roof terrace. Indoor is perfect for hot day while in the evening the outdoor roof terrace is a better choice. There are TVs for sport and live bands and dancers provide various entertainment in the evening.

There is a mix review online about the services – most people are happy while some have experienced indifferent waiters. Some people also find it pricey but food is generally good.  (Website)

Indian Cuisine:

Royal Tandoor – it specializes in the old Awadhi cuisine, and the decoration is superb too.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Location

Where is Souq Waqif

This is the address of the very original Souq Waqif in Doha, Qatar.  Please don’t confuse with the new Souq Waqif in Al Wakrah.

Address: Souq Waqif, Al Jasra, Doha, Qatar.

Located in the heart of Doha, between Al Asmakh street and Al Ahmed Street. The Souq is within walking distance from Doha Corniche.

It’s perfect for either a couple hours’ escape from your transit or casual browsing, dining or people watching.  A taxi ride from the Hamad International Airport takes about 12-15 minutes and costs from QR35.