levent
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Advice On Visiting Qatar

Mon Jun 18, 2007 7:29 pm

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.
 
Emirates029
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RE: Advice On Visiting Qatar

Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:29 pm

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.
 
qr332
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RE: Advice On Visiting Qatar

Mon Jun 18, 2007 8:36 pm

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.
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cabso1
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RE: Advice On Visiting Qatar

Mon Jun 18, 2007 9:40 pm

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.
 
levent
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RE: Advice On Visiting Qatar

Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:13 pm

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.
 
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RE: Advice On Visiting Qatar

Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:21 pm

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.
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levent
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RE: Advice On Visiting Qatar

Thu Jun 21, 2007 6:52 pm

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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