Doha Do’s And Don’ts

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Doha Do’s And Don’ts

Please do …

Use greeting and formalities 

as they are particularly important when dealing with Arabs. it is considered impolite to start any conversation or request without saying at least ” good morning” make an effort to learn about the ways , traditions, custom and religion of your host country .

Dress modestly 

dress modestly in Qatar , which is a Muslim country with conservative dress code , loose trousers are acceptable for women , but avoid shorts and short skirts, strappy low -cut tops, see -through and transparent clothes .

Al Million , Cars Taxi and Karwa turquoise taxis 

Which are safe ,clean and metered . the majority of the drivers speak English , you can order a taxi by using the Karwa , upper, kareem and have a car in your place other wise if you stay in hotel you can ask assist from the reception also they can assist with limo service if available.

Bargain with shopkeepers  

it is norm here in all souqs , always counter the original offer with a lower price than you expect to pay nd work slowly upwards to what you wish to spend.

watch out for separate counters and sections for women an banks and ministries

Enjoy Qatar at night 

As it is one of the safest places in the world . During the hot summer and Ramadan you will see people around town well into the early hours of the morning .

Drink Plenty of water 

you need to drink more water in addition to the other beverages , as temperature reaching over 40C in summer , your body need at least two liter a day , Deep yellow urine is a sign of dehydration .

Use a high factor sunblock  

don’t forget to wear your hat or cap on your head and  to cover your skin also your children

Remember the Air conditioning , which can chill you at restaurant s , cinemas , and malls , take a long a light jacket , sweater or shawl as a precaution.

Please Don’t ….

Look or stare at people closely 

No matter how fascinating their dress ! this general courtesy is particularly important in s society where modesty in dress and behavior is mandatory .

Ask an Arab lady for information or direction if you are a man

respect the fact some Arab ladies are private people in public places , they are more than willing to help other women , so if you are in a mixed group  , let the women do the talking .

Be offended if your handshake is refused by a Muslim

handshake are most often refused to members of opposite sex , it is not meant personally , but simply a religious prohibition applicable to Muslims and non Muslims alike .

Take a photograph without permission

You can put your self in trouble  if you take photos for people or sensitive sites , Arab women and many older people strongly object to being photographed .

Be annoyed if your guest contact is late 

just remember time is more elastic in Qatar

Use your left hand

try to don’t use your left hand in eating when you are in the company of Muslims ,

the right hand considered more appropriate as the left hand is reserved for personal hygiene

Sit with soles of your shoes or feet facing towards your Qatari hosts

it is considered insulting , equally , Don’t sit with your back to other guests .

Drink too much alcohol

with this way your behavior will affect in the public , alcohol in Qatar is strictly regulated concession and there is zero tolerance for drink driving , drunkenness or rowdy behavior .

Go barefoot in the sea

where stone fish lie camouflaged along the shoreline . although rare, the poisonous defense mechanism causes excruciating pain and needs a hospital visit , also be on the lookout for the jellyfish , particularly in summer months .

 

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