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Getting There in Qatar

By Air

Qatar Airways ( is the heavily promoted national airline of Qatar. The airline is also a part owner of Gulf Air. Airfares into and out of the country are generally very high.

The Doha International Airport is the first point of entry into Qatar. It is 8 km (5 miles) southeast of the city. Taxis are available to the city with official rates displayed. Taxis in Qatar are run by the Mowasalat company. They are easily recognisable by their teal and grey colours.

Facilities at the airport include car hire, banks, ATMs, restaurants, coffee shops, handicraft/book shop and a duty-free shop.

There are currently plans to build a new international airport a few kilometres east of the current one. Once it is complete, the New Doha International Airport is expected to be one of the largest in the world. It is set to open in phases, being completely finished in 2013.

By Water

There are no specific boat routes, but there are commercial freight boats coming into Doha from all over the world, as well as small commercial boats coming in from Dubai and Iran.

By Road

The only land route to Qatar is from/through Saudi Arabia, night travel by car is not recommended. And if you are travelling during the day, watch out for speeding cars and trucks.

You can travel to Qatar by bus from/through Saudi Arabia, there are fixed bus routes, within Qatar, although mostly used by men only. However, customs can take up to 4 hours especially at night. You will not be treated nearly as well as if you fly into Doha. The main international bus operator is Saudi Arabian Public Transport Co (Saptco).





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