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On the Road in Qatar

Useful Links

Baladiya - Doha Municipality
Hukoomi - Qatar e-Government site
(includes Family Visit Visa Application Procedure
Questions and Answers

Question: What is the price of petrol?
Answer: QAR1 a litre (that is around R2!!, cheaper than milk which is QAR5 for 1 litre!)

Question: What is the dress code for both male and female?
Answer: Men and women wear normal western clothes like back home. Women must just be careful and should preferably not wear clothes that are too revealing like mini skirts, shorts, strappy blouses etc. The general rule would be to cover your shoulders and knees in public.

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Question: In terms of the freedom within Dubai of expats - does Doha allow that type of freedom as well?
Answer: Doha is very similar to Dubai. Just smaller with fewer clubs and going out places. It is also a very safe environment to move around in, taking walks on the corniche for example, can be very enjoyable. So to put your mind at ease: Remember that this is a very safe environment to bring up your kids. They get exposed to an international education and other nationalities' points of view. Very liberating indeed! They have the opportunity to see new places and experience new things - very exciting indeed!

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Dhow (c) N. Traut
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha

Taxi Service
Metered private taxis are available in Doha and can take you almost everywhere you want to go in Qatar:
SA Flag- Karwa - Metallic turquoise taxis: You can order a taxi by calling KARWA at 4458-8888. QR4 are charged at pick-up with additional QR1.20 per kilometer inside Doha and QR1.80 outside Doha. Minimum fare is QR10. Karwa taxis are available at the arrivals terminal of the Doha Airport as well as outside most of the major shopping malls.
- Doha Limousine: service offered by KARWA at 4483-9999 (on order only or at the airport exit). The fleet is composed of Toyota Camry and similar cars but their rates are more expensive.
- Buses run to Al Wakra, Wukair, Al Khor, Dukhan, Al Shamal, Mesaieed, Abu Samra, Al Kheesa, Umm Bab and Al Sheehaniya. It costs QR2 to QR3 for journeys inside the city and up to QR9 for long-distance journeys.

Doha Limousine - 4483-9999
Fox Transport - 4462-2777
Mowasalat Karwa - 4458-8888

Driving License
Your foreign license is only good for one week in Qatar, an International Driving License is valid for 1 month. As soon as you have received your Residence Permit (RP) it is advisable to register for a Qatari driving license. Once again, passport size photos are required and an application form that need to be taken to the Traffic Department, located on Khalifa Street, between 'C' Ring road and 'D' Ring road.
- Eye Test is required
- Road Test (theory and practice tests might be required).

Driving Schools
Al Khebra Driving School - 4451-6782
Gulf Driving School - 4465-2822
United Driving School - 4468-1003

Car Rental
SA FlagCars for hire are available from a number of local and international car rental firms.
Al Muftah Rent A Car - 4463-4433
Al Sulaiman Rent A Car - 4491-1711
Avis Rent-A-Car - 4466-7744
Budget - 4431-0411
Eurodollar - 4432-1313
Mannai Auto Rent - 4455-8724
National Car Rental - 4436-6771
Oasis Rent-A-Car - 4413-0011
Prestige Cars - 4453-9106
Select Transport - 4444-4979
United Car Rentals - 4450-3333

Buying a Second-hand Vehicle
SA Flag A wide range of cars and their relevant spare parts are available locally. Large powerful four-wheel drive vehicles are popular. Used cars are almost always available at reasonable prices.
You can check:
- the various used car dealers located mostly in the Industrial Area or on Salwa Road
- bulletin boards at local supermarkets for cars for sale by expats leaving the country
- Facebook Forums.

Vehicle Registration
When registering a vehicle, you must have a valid Qatari driving license and insurance certificate valid for the running year for the car being licensed. In the case of a new car, your car dealer will help you with the formality. If you are buying a used car from an individual, both you and previous owner will be required to visit the Traffic Department together to transfer ownership of the vehicle. Cars that are more than three years of age must go through technical inspection at Technical Inspection Company, Street # 24, Industrial Area in Doha, or at their mobile branch (changing location). Note that you cannot bring your own car in the country if it is more than 5 years old.

Car Insurance
It is obligatory to have vehicles insured and to have third-party coverage. There are a number of insurance companies you can deal with. Most companies are used to dealing with expatriates and will advise you as to what insurance you need. Beware that cars over three years will not be given comprehensive insurance.

Auto Insurance Companies
Al Khaleej Insurance - 4441-4151
Axa Insurance Qatar - 4496-7383
Doha Insurance Company - 4433-5033
Qatar Insurance Company (QIC) - 4496-2222

Vehicle Breakdown Services
Arabian Automobile Association - 4481-0500