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Doha Corniche
Doha Corniche
Fort
Fort
Museum Islamic Art
Museum Islamic Art

About Qatar (QA)


One of the wealthiest per capita countries in the Middle East, Qatar (QA) occupies a peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf, situated west of the United Arab Emirates and east of Saudi Arabia and the island emirate of Bahrain. Although Qatar is not considered a tourist destination on par with Dubai or Abu Dhabi, the city of Doha is emerging as a cosmopolitan center for business and luxury resorts, shopping malls, and man-made islands. The majority of foreign travelers are involved in Qatar’s oil and natural gas industry. The region’s harsh landscape and inhospitable climate compels most leisure tourists to take a pass on Qatar.

  Getting around

Driving in Qatar will be familiar to expats with Middle Eastern road experience. Otherwise, heavy traffic and an impenetrable driving code create a formidable challenge for beginning and intermediate motorists. While government-owned roads are generally in good condition, the highways are ruled by big-tire SUVs and assault vehicle-type Hummers. Safety is not a priority on Qatari roads — something to consider if you’re considering a car hire in Qatar. Perhaps the only redeeming quality of driving in Qatar may be found in the rolling dunes of Khor Al Udeid, a prime destination for off-road enthusiasts. Otherwise, like many other Middle Eastern countries, general wisdom holds that if you must drive in Qatar, go with one of the biggest car hire vehicles available.

  Choosing your car

Cheap car rentals in Qatar are supplied by names with instant brand recognition — Alamo, Dollar, Sixt, Europcar, Hertz, and Thrifty. All vehicle types are well-represented. Choose from minicars, compact hatchbacks, economy, standard, premium and luxury 4-door sedans, estate wagons, and 7-12 seater minivans. However, you’re advised to rent a car on the larger side of the spectrum, so definitely check out the selection of SUVs.

  Tips and advice for renting a car in Qatar

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Qataris are more than happy to have you visit their country, but they take extreme umbrage to any and all forms of disrespect. First-time visitors are frequently unaware that they’ve offended someone — particularly on the roads, where it’s crucial that you avoid any sort of road rage/offensive gesture common in your home country, e.g. giving someone the finger.

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Most destinations in Qatar don’t have street numbers in their addresses. Nearly all places will be reached using landmarks such as: across from the W Hotel in Westbay.

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Google Maps has a hard time with navigation in Qatar. GPS does a slightly better job, but it’s extremely important that you have a solid idea where you’re headed before hitting the road.

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Qatari roads can be broken down into three categories: major, minor, and access roads. Main roads are multi-lane expressways that connect Doha with outlying areas. Minor roads link to major roads for access to smaller towns. Access roads generally bypass main roads in order to alleviate congestion, but tend to be even more jammed than major roads.

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Due to government efforts to crack down on lawlessness, fines for traffic violations are extortionate, even by Middle Eastern standards.

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Foreigners who break the law in Qatar are typically deported without delay.

Are you driving a rental car in Qatar?

Urban Speed Limit

THE URBAN SPEED LIMIT IS

60 kph  | 37.3 mph
Rural Speed Limit

THE RURAL SPEED LIMIT IS

100 kph  | 62.1 mph
Motorway Speed Limit

THE MOTORWAY SPEED LIMIT IS

120 kph  | 74.6 mph
Fuel Price

THE FUEL PRICE IS

SEE PRICES
Currency

THE CURRENCY IS

QAR
Road Driving

THE ROAD DRIVING SIDE IS THE

Right
Driving Age

THE MINIMUM DRIVING AGE IS

18 years of age
25 years of age to RENT
Emergency Services

EMERGENCY SERVICE NUMBERS

999
Documentation requirements

DOCUMENT

License
IDP
Passport
Insurance
Registration

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Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Qatar

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1. What is the best time of year to book a rental car in Qatar?

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2. Is it possible for one way rentals in Qatar?

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3. Should I rent a round trip or one-way rental in Qatar?

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4. Which location should I rent my car from in Qatar?

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5. Do I pay more fees and taxes for renting a car at the airport in Qatar?

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6. What insurance do I require for driving a rental car in Qatar?

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7. What is the best way to save money on rental car insurance in Qatar?

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8. Should I prepay my rental car booking in Qatar?

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9. What are the largest numbers of vehicle seats available for a rental car in Qatar?

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10. What types of sports and special cars are available in Qatar?

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11. Can I take my rental car across borders in Qatar?

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12. How do I inform the rental company I will be crossing a border from the Qatar?