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User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1338 times:

I will be travelling on Qatar Airways next month and will have a couple of hours in Doha. I thought I might as well head into town and have a look around, as I've never been there before. I am a bit confused about immigration though - various sites seem to give different information. I have a Dutch passport.

Will I get a stamp on arrival, just like the UAE, or do I need to purchase a visa on arrival? - bearing in mind that my visit will only be a couple of hours. Any info is much appreciated.

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User currently offlineEmirates029 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 179 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1323 times:

About things to do, Doha is very..very...very...boring. Take a sleeping pill to knock you out for a few hours until your next flight.

User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1319 times:

Quoting Levent (Thread starter):
I will be travelling on Qatar Airways next month and will have a couple of hours in Doha. I thought I might as well head into town and have a look around, as I've never been there before. I am a bit confused about immigration though - various sites seem to give different information. I have a Dutch passport.

Will I get a stamp on arrival, just like the UAE, or do I need to purchase a visa on arrival? - bearing in mind that my visit will only be a couple of hours. Any info is much appreciated.

I think you don't have to purchase a visa, but even if you do the fees are minimal. But what do you have in mind for your stopover?

Quoting Emirates029 (Reply 1):
About things to do, Doha is very..very...very...boring. Take a sleeping pill to knock you out for a few hours until your next flight.

Haha its hardly as bad as before... its actually gotten a lot better. Loads of places to go now, and lots more to do. Granted, its not Dubai, but its not the Doha of 10 years ago either.


User currently offlineCabso1 From Canada, joined May 2005, 502 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1297 times:

I kind of like Doha, it's like the Dubai of 10 years ago. At least could go to the local city centre where there's some shopping. I actually prefer Doha than Dubai as it's much less congested.

User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1237 times:

Quoting QR332 (Reply 2):
But what do you have in mind for your stopover?

Sorry for replying so late... Well, I have about six hours between flights and as I LOVE Middle-Eastern food, I thought I'd go into town and find myself a nice restaurant to enjoy the local cuisine. And, as said before, I've never been there so I would like to see Doha, even if it is boring.


User currently offlineQR332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

Quoting Levent (Reply 4):
Sorry for replying so late... Well, I have about six hours between flights and as I LOVE Middle-Eastern food, I thought I'd go into town and find myself a nice restaurant to enjoy the local cuisine. And, as said before, I've never been there so I would like to see Doha, even if it is boring.

Hmmm... if you love Middle Eastern cuisine, theres quite a few good Arabic restaurants in town. You could grab a taxi from the airport and go to Layali on Salwa Road, its an excellent Lebanese resturant. Or, there is Al Saha on Grand Hamad... although thats a bit more pricey.

But, i'm not sure if the taxi drivers will know where these are. To be safe, there are several other places you could go. The Diplomatic Club, which is about 20 minutes away from the airport, has a very good seafood restaurant called Al Sayyad - lots of Arabic-style seafood dishes there. Or, Al Shaheen at the Sheraton is excellent. Obviously, these are all all more pricey than regular restaurants, but the food is well worth it.

There are many choices, it all comes down to what you want. But, a word of advice... arrange for a taxi to pick you up beforehand from wherever your going. Finding taxis is absolute hell in Doha, and public transport isn't all that great here. You could arrange with the same taxi that drops you off or just call the taxi company to send you one over, just get the number off the taxi driver.


User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

Sounds good, thanks for your advice! I will include my findings on Arabic food in Doha in my Qatar Airways trip report  Smile

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