Do you need to know more about Qatar?

Qatar is situated at the cross-roads of East and West with its strategic location between The Americas, Europe and Asia. Its social warmth provides the foundation for the country’s hospitality. The country offers world-class facilities with a deep traditional cultural experience.

Home to more than one hundred different nationalities, from the moment you land, you can sense diversity in all its aspects. Accordingly, Qatar has become a popular hub for regional and global cultural, intellectual, artistic and sports events.

Both visitors and residents have the opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of Arab culture and enjoy the exhilarating experiences that Qatar offers. The country is always buzzing with energy, offering you a chance to experience the lifestyle and wildlife of the desert up close and personal; from dune-bashing to sand skiing, horse racing to camel racing, horse riding to falconry.

The Arabian Gulf extends across Qatar’s coastline with many wonderful clear beaches and beautiful coastline that attract water sports enthusiasts throughout the year. Watersports include, but not limited to, sailing, jet skiing, kayaking, diving and water-skiing.

There are countless things to do in Qatar including Dhow trips, Safari trips enjoying the desert sand, shopping, enjoy the horsemanship of the Arabian horses, and numerous forts and museums to visit; the most renowned being the Museum of Islamic Art which houses priceless pieces from across the Middle East dating from the seventh to the nineteenth century.

Qatar is one of the few countries that were able to mix between modernity, with its gleaming skyscrapers and advantageous gas industry, and history.

Qatar local time is GMT/UCT + 3 hours. There are no daylight savings adjustments.
The official language is Arabic; however English is very widely used that you’ll find no difficulties getting by without any knowledge of Arabic.
The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR). The exchange rate is fixed against the US dollar. Therefore US $1 = QR 3.65.

There are no foreign exchange restrictions and the currency is freely convertible.

Doha has an extensive network of local and international banks.

ATMs can be found in shopping malls, hotels, the airport and other locations around the urban areas. Cards accepted include American Express, Cirrus, Global Access, MasterCard, Plus System and Visa with select outlets accepting Diners Club.

Citizens of the following 33 countries can easily obtain a 30-day visit visa on arrival at the airport:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK (with the right of abode), USA and Vatican City. The cost of an on-arrival visa is QR100, payable by credit card only.

Holders of passports from countries not entitled to visas on arrival must secure the necessary visa in advance. This costs QR200 and can be obtained through a Qatar-based sponsor, such as a hotel or business contact, prior to arrival.

Qatar benefits from one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It is a safe destination with religious and political stability where the community lives in peace and harmony.
No health certificate or special immunizations are currently required when arriving in Qatar. The quality of healthcare is generally very high and visitors should have no problem obtaining appropriate treatment and advice either in a private clinic or, in case of an emergency, in a government hospital.

About Cycling In Qatar

The Qatar Cycling Federation was established in 2001 by a decision of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani. HH was at that time Chairman of the Qatar National Olympic Committee and decided to have a separate cycling sport activity in its own cycling federation in May 2003. In that year it has been indefinitely amendment to the federation to become the Qatar Cycling Federation.

The Federation’s on-going work consists of promotion of cycling by organizing events for children, recreational rides, regional races i.e. GCC Tour, and UCI mandated races i.e. Tour of Al Zubarah which is held in December, and most important and very famous international stage races Ladies Tour of Qatar and Tour of Qatar which are held in February. Since its foundation in 2002, the Tour of Qatar has been part of the UCI Asia Tour and has since become one of the most important races in the World cycling calendar. It is a ten-day- celebration of the active and ECO/sustainability and health focused lifestyle, and there are also opportunities for the general public to participate in a ride in both last stages of the events. This race has the ability to bring the event to all corners of the State of Qatar. Approximately 1100 km long, the event covers most of the country. It enriches and raises the awareness of cycling in Qatar and promotes national treasures by live coverage through top international TV channels and other media platforms.

Cycling is probably the fastest growing sport in Qatar. This is seen through increased number of cyclists in cycling friendly areas, events (road and MTB), organized rides and training sessions with cycling groups (Velostar, Qatar Chain Reaction, Sandstormers, Qatari Cyclists, Padyak Qatar, Cookie Clubbers,…) and number of newly opened cycling dedicated stores this year (Doha, Mesaieed, Al Khor). The decree of State of Qatar, that all new road expressway projects need to include a cycling pathway, will undoubtedly give a boost to cycling too.

The Qatar National teams train under professional guidance and compete in races in Gulf area and other international races in Asia. The Federation, which works hand in hand with the local informal cycling teams, has established a calendar of recreational cycling events, aiming to give boost to cycling and attract more young athletes to have a strong foundations for further development. All kinds of activity and healthy living related activities are the focus of a much needed push in Qatar, and cycling is a sport to benefit, as well as see a real growth in numbers regularly participating.