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A very affordable and convenient way to sightsee in Doha, is to jump on a number 777 bus. It doesn’t have too many stops and travels from Doha International Airport, along the Corniche, through West Bay and on to the Pearl. The route takes in some of the must see sights of Doha.

The bus stop in front of City Center Mall for route 777
The bus stop in front of City Center Mall for route 777

The 777 route is circular, so it will bring you back to wherever yo get on. Unless you get off at any of its interesting stops. And buses run at a frequency of 20 minutes. So you never have long to wait for one to come along if you do get off.

You can buy a Karwa Smartcard on the bus. But they only accept local currency. And they are an absolute bargain at just QR 10. Even better is the fact that you can use them for up to two rides. So if you do get off. You can get back on and ride on the same ticket again. But you can only do that once. Or you will need to buy another ticket.

The service starts at 5am and ends at 11pm seven days a week. So there is plenty of opportunity to take a ride. Please take a look at our YouTube video below, to get a good idea of what you will see.

A quick video showing what you can expect along the route

You may also be interested in Catching a Bus from Doha International Airport Qatar

For more information on the Karwa public bus service, please visit:
Mowasalat-Karwa

If you are considering buying a new mobile phone in Qatar, below are some sample prices to guide you.


All mobile phones sold in Qatar are unlocked

In Qatar there are no monthly contract deals for mobile phones combined with usage. All mobile phones sold in Qatar are unlocked and ready for any service provider.

The prices given below are the cheapest found on the date shown along with the retailer offering these prices. Only the cheapest prices are shown. If a cheaper price is found then that price will be updated along with the retailer where it was found.

Best prices 3rd Feb 2019
Best prices 3rd Feb 2019

The Amazon Kindle Fire 7″ found in Carrefour City Center needs a special mention. QR 239 is a really great price. That’s the same as in the UK and you don’t have to pay a fortune to ship it to Qatar.

Amazon 7" Tablet
Amazon 7″ Tablet in Carrefour, City Center Mall
Mobile Phone Retail Display

Most visitors arriving at Hamad International Airport will just want to jump into a taxi and quickly get to where they are going. But if you are not too tired, can easily handle your luggage and have a little more time on your hands. You can elect to take a bus for a fraction of the cost. Getting around Qatar can be very affordable using the Karwa bus service.

Bus tickets cost between QAR 2.50 and QAR 7.00 but can only be paid for by cash (local cash). Single journey tickets can be bought on the bus.

You can also buy Smart Cards at a machine located in the Bus Terminal at Hamad International Airport. The machine accepts local currency or a credit card.

KARWA SMART CARD

Public transport smart cards are needed to ride Karwa public bus. Top-up amount in multiples of Qr.10. Buy and top-up Karwa smart card at ticket vending machines at Hamad International Airport, Doha Bus Station, The Pearl Qatar and Qatar Mall, also partner merchants.

Three types of Karwa smart card:

  • Classic Card, (Cost: QR.30): Rechargeable card for long term.
  • Limited Card, 24hr (Cost: QR.10): Good for two journeys within 24-hrs of purchase.
  • Unlimited Card, 24hr (Cost: QR.20): Good for unlimited journeys within 24-hrs of purchase.
Sample Exchange Rates0.210.270.2414.44
QRGBPUSDEURPHP
Limited Card, 24hr102.082.752.41144
Unlimited Card, 24hr204.165.494.82289
Information on Karwa Bus Smart Card Machine

For more information and to check the information being given in this article is still up to date and correct, please go to www.mowasalat.com or call Qatar (+974) 443 66 053

Routes and time

Public Bus Routes from Hamad International Airport
Bus No. 777
Bus No. 777 runs from 5am until 11pm every day
Bus No. 109 runs from 4:33am until 10:50pm every day
Bus No. 737
Bus No. 737 operates 24hrs a day
Bus No. 727
Bus No. 727 runs from 4:10am until 10:10pm
Bus No. 747
Bus No. 747 runs from 4:50am until 11:50pm
DOH Airport Bus Terminal
DOH Airport Bus Terminal

It’s easy to get FREE WiFi on Arrival at DOH

When you arrive in HIA (Hamad International Airport) Qatar or DOH as it will appear on your ticket, you can get access to the airports free WiFi. After disembarking from your aircraft simply turn on your phone and connect to #HIAQatar Complimentary

Select #HIAQatar Complimentary from available Wi-Fi to sign into the FREE HIA Wi-Fi
Select #HIAQatar Complimentary from available Wi-Fi

After connecting to #HIAQatar Complimentary you should see the screen below.

Connect using your Qatar Airways QR Booking Code found on your ticket or by receiving a code via SMS

There are two ways to get free internet at HIA, if you flew with Qatar Airways you should select [Connect using QR booking]. You will find your QR booking code on your ticket. If you arrived with any other airline you need to select [Connect using SMS]. If you select [Connect using SMS] you will need to enter the phone number of your mobile.

Select the country your SIM is registered in and enter your mobile phone number
Select the country your SIM is registered in and enter your mobile phone number

WARNING: The only disadvantage of using the [Connect using SMS] option is that you must have roaming enabled on your phone to receive the SMS Access Code if you are not using a Qatari SIM. If you are enabling roaming on your phone you may want to ensure that data roaming is turned off to avoid incurring expensive data roaming charges. Make sure you turn off data roaming before turning off your phone during takeoff.

Once you receive your Wi-Fi Access code, you simply enter it and your free WiFi will begin. Then you can turn off all roaming on your phone if you need to.

Enter the code sent to you via SMS
Enter the code sent to you via SMS

Now you can use the free WiFi to chat with whoever is meeting you on the other side in arrivals, and let everyone back home know you have arrived safely.

Want to know more about the prices of Fast Food in Qatar? Here is a price guide for what to expect to find in food courts across Qatar. This section will be updated as often as possible, but please treat it as example prices only. Also please be aware that exchange rates change much faster than this price guide can be updated.

McDonald’s Prices

McDonald's Qatar Menu Board January 2019
McDonald’s Qatar Menu Board January 2019
Sample Exchange Rates0.210.270.2414.44
QRGBPUSDEURPHP
Big Mac Meal193.955.224.58274
Big Tasty Meal214.375.775.06303
Quarter Pounder with Cheese Meal204.165.494.82289
McRoyale Meal204.165.494.82289
Chicken Mac Meal204.165.494.82289
McChicken Meal (Original)193.955.224.58274
McChicken Meal (Spicy)204.165.494.82289
McArabia Chicken Meal204.165.494.82289
Grand Chicken Meal (Spicy)244.996.595.78347
Grand Chicken Meal (Special)234.796.325.54332
Chicken McNuggets Meal (9 pcs)204.165.494.82289

Link to McDonald’s Qatar Home Delivery menu click HERE

Burger King Prices

Burger King Qatar Menu Board January 2019
Burger King Qatar Menu Board January 2019
Sample Exchange Rates0.210.270.2414.44
QRGBPUSDEURPHP
Whopper Meal204.165.494.82289
Double  Whopper Meal244.996.595.78347
Triple Whopper Meal265.417.146.27375
Big King XXL Meal244.996.595.78347
Chicken Whopper Meal234.796.325.54332
Chicken Royale Meal244.996.595.78347
King Chicken Fillet Meal244.996.595.78347
Chicken Steakhouse Meal234.796.325.54332
Chicken Crisp Meal173.544.674.10245
Chicken Tenders Meal (10 pcs)193.955.224.58274

Link to Burger King home delivery menu click HERE

KFC Prices

KFC Qatar Menu Board January 2019
KFC Qatar Menu Board January 2019
Sample Exchange Rates0.210.270.2414.44
QRGBPUSDEURPHP
Dinner Meal234.796.325.54332
Crispy Strips Meal234.796.325.54332
Mighty Bucket Meal275.627.426.51390

Link to KFC home delivery prices click HERE

Jollibee Qatar Menu Board January 2019
Jollibee Qatar Menu Board January 2019

Super pleasantly surprised

Just occasionally I get a nice surprise. And on Friday I was super pleasantly surprised. We headed to a restaurant located in a mall. Now when I think of restaurants in malls, my expectations are not that high. But this restaurant quite simply doesn’t belong in a mall. I’m talking about ‘Layali Aley’. Located on a corner of Gulf Mall, and accessible only from the outside. So you could argue it’s outside a mall instead of inside.

We have visited and paid for our breakfast at the SMBC. Our review is first hand informed and independant
We have visited and recommend Layali Aley

I knew nothing about the restaurant in advance. I was invited by my son to go with him, and he didn’t know much about it either until we got there. So this is why I had such a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

Opulent

Layali Aley is quite simply opulent. Oozing with quality and comfort. And serving some of the best Lebanese cuisine I have ever tried. Their food is right up there with the very finest in Qatar. Not what you expect to find in a mall. And here is the real kicker… they are really, really, reasonably priced. Our three courses with drinks (excluding shisha) came to around QR 200 each. And trust me you would not mind paying it.

The soft furnishings mean you feel relaxed and unhurried. This is an environment where you can settle down and dwell. The service was attentive and informative, and quite educational as well for me. There is nothing rushed about Layali Aley. You do not feel like you are being processed, harvested and your table released as soon as possible.

Exceptional food

The food was exceptional. I’m not a food critic, so I’m not going to bore you with detail. I will simply say that the food was cooked to perfection, presented beautifully and burst with flavor.

Shisha

After our meal we settled back and enjoyed some shisha. I’m not a shisha expert, but this was good shisha. If you don’t like smoke there are areas where you can escape it.

If you are in, or near Gulf Mall. I strongly recommend you set aside some time for Layali Aley. Take some good company with you, and be as pleasantly surprised as I was. Ask for Krishna, he will look after you.

Layali Aley: +974 44 56 82 45

https://www.layalialey.com/

Located in Gulf Mall

In just 4 hours, get an entire vacations worth of photos to send home, and learn about the beautiful city that is Doha.

Qatar is full of interesting and mostly free things to see and do. I have been in Qatar for nine years and considered myself very capable of showing people around here. How wrong I was.

Qatar Quick RecommendedLast weekend I was invited by Sand Dunes to take one of their 4 hour city tours. I jumped at the opportunity because up until then I had never had a professional guide show me around Doha. Sure when I first got here a number of friends drove me around and gave me their thoughts and beliefs on what was what. But they could never have been as well informed as my guide was on this tour.

I strongly recommend that anyone visiting Qatar, who has an interested in learning about this wonderful country. Should give Sand Dunes a call and book their great value City Tour.

I had booked a night in the Saraya Corniche hotel last Thursday evening, and arranged to be picked up for my guided city tour from there. Sure enough at the allotted time (4:30pm) I got a call from someone who introduced himself as ‘Firas’ from Sand Dunes, informing me that he was downstairs in reception waiting for me.

Firas was super easy to like immediately. He was warm, friendly and extremely attentive. He helped me into his large 4×4 and asked a few questions about what I may be interested in seeing. The tour is not a fixed route with a fixed schedule. Your guide will design your tour around you and what you are most interested in experiencing.

View of the Saraya Corniche Hotel from the MIA car park. That’s our black Land Cruiser bottom left.

We left the Saraya Corniche and drove the short distance to our first stop The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). On the way Firas started to explain the history, architecture and purpose of this stunning building. Some of which I knew, and some of which I did not. Firas certainly knew his stuff.

On arrival at MIA it became obvious my guide came here regularly. The security staff knew him and welcomed both him and me warmly. I had already agreed with Firas that as I only wanted to grab some snap shots of MIA because I had been there before. He would wait for me with the car while I popped up for a lightning fast photographic visit. I was gone about 10 minuets and when I returned Firas was chatting and drinking tea with security, who were keen that I should join them. Can you imagine that happening in the UK at any museum you can think of? I politely declined the offer and we were back in the car heading to our next stop; The Pearl.

On the way to The Pearl, Firas gave a running commentary on points of interest along the route. Instead of just driving me around the Pearl which is what I usually do when entertaining guests, he did the smart thing and took me to the visitor center. I first walked into the Pearl Visitor Center back in 2007 when I came to Qatar on a business trip. Inside the Visitor Centre there is a large model of the Pearl development. The model of the Pearl is still there, but vastly updated.

I found this very interesting and spent quite a while exploring the center. With more time I would have grabbed a coffee and a croissant there as well. In future I will take all of my visiting guests there instead of just driving around the Pearl. It’s far more impressive.

From the Pearl we drove to Katara. The word Katara is what appeared on maps up until 1738 as the designation for what is now Qatar. And now Katara is one of the must see, cannot miss, places to visit in Qatar. And you need to set aside quite a bit of time to do it. As part of the City Tour, it’s important to pop into Katara. But to explore it properly you will need an entire evening. You would also need to check their website for interesting events that are continuously taking place there, to get the maximum out of your visit. Firas drove me around the perimeter a couple of times so I could grab some shots. But we didn’t park and go in.

Next we drove through Doha city center to checkout the amazing architecture and lighting. When I say City Centre, I actually mean West Bay. I believe that the city center could now be described as the Msheireb area. But West Bay is where the concentration of towers is, and this is what forms the iconic skyline images you always see of Qatar. For me being driven around West Bay was a superb experience, because I am normally the driver, and I don’t get to properly look around. From a distance the truly amazing vista that is West Bay, is absolutely stunning. But up close and personal these buildings are truly breathtaking.

We exited West Bay through Al Bidda Park. We did not stop in Al Bidda Park, because once again this is somewhere to dwell and enjoy. But when you drive through it,  you simply can’t imagine that Doha is in a desert country. So much green! And beautifully lit. With free to use fitness equipment and BBQ pits.

Then we did a drive past the Emiri Diwan. This is like Buckingham Palace back in the UK. Except that the Emir does not actually live here. It’s just where he goes to work. His office if you like. This is where visiting dignitaries are hosted. It’s more impressive at night when illuminated. And another photo you simply have to take.

Last but by no means least, we headed to Souq Waqif. Which for me is the number one destination for anyone visiting Qatar. Souq means market and Waqif means standing. So yup, you figured it out. Souq Waqif means Standing Market. Located in the shallow Msheireb Valley there used to be a river, and the souq grew up on either side of that river. Because it was so muddy business was done direct from boats initially. And yes, everyone was standing. Who wants to sit in mud.

The river has long since dried up. But the souq grew up and out. Getting larger and larger and becoming the major hub of commerce in Qatar for many years. Unfortunately, in 2004 there was a fire, and a lot of Souq Waqif was badly damaged. The Emir ordered that it should be re developed but in an authentic manner. And what you see today is the result. Mostly new build, but built to look traditional and established.

I have been taking visitors to Souq Waqif for nine years now. But was only walking them around the obvious attractions. With not a lot of information to offer them. I knew where the best sights and sounds were. I knew that the spice market area would blow their sense of smell away. I knew where to buy souvenirs and I knew some nice restaurants. But Firas was able to do so much more. He took me to places that I did not know existed, and if I did know they existed I didn’t know why they were significant.

Throughout the whole tour Firas had been a wealth of knowledge. But in the souq he really came into his own. He knew everyone. Everywhere we went he was greeting and being greeted by souq employees, staff and businessmen. It was an amazing experience.
I strongly recommend that anyone visiting Qatar, who has an interested in learning about this wonderful country. Should give Sand Dunes a call and book their great value City Tour. Even if you have lived here for a while you would take a lot from it.

The price of the tour is per car (1 to 4 capacity) not per person, and costs QR 600 (GBP 122 USD 165 EUR 139). Divided among 4  that works out at just QR 150 each. An absolute bargain.

References

Sand Dunes: +974 4441 3313 http://sdqholidays.com/

Katara:  http://www.katara.net/en

Souq Waqif: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Souq_Waqif

The Saraya Corniche Hotel – ‘A Real 5 Star Hotel at Value Prices’ for those on a budget.

If you are looking for 5 Star luxury but on a budget, the Saraya Corniche hotel ticks all the box’s. At just QR 236 (GBP 48.00 USD 64.83 EUR 54.49) it’s an absolute bargain.

We have visited and paid for our breakfast at the SMBC. Our review is first hand informed and independant
We have visited and paid for our stay at the Saraya Corniche. Our review is first hand informed and independent

I booked on Agoda for a one-night stay, checking in on Thursday 10th May 2018. The QR 236 I paid was for a ‘Superior King Room’ but on arrival I was upgraded to a ‘Junior Suite’ at no extra charge. There was someone else checking in at the same time as me, and they got upgraded as well. I commented to the receptionist “Wow everyone is getting an upgrade” and she replied, “It’s Thursday Evening Sir”. So my advice is, if you want a Junior Suit for fifty bucks make sure you check in on a Thursday evening.

I shouldn’t complain, because my room upgrade was a massive bonus, but I wasn’t lucky enough to get a Corniche facing room. And that’s a shame because I have seen images taken from that side, and the view is breathtaking. But hey ho, I still had an amazing suite.

The interior decorators brought a real feel of elegance to the rooms, with bright vibrant colours. Even the furniture and bedding was errrr… shall we say ‘popping’. I loved it! Completely different to anything else I have seen in Qatar at any price.

I can’t tell you anything about the ‘Superior King’ room I booked, but my ‘Junior Suite’ was super spacious. And for a solo traveler a bit over indulgent. But if staying more than one night, I would have made a lot more use of the living area.

After checking in, I spent just a few minuets settling in, before I got a call from my Sand Dunes tour guide, telling me he was waiting for me in reception (I will tell you more about Sand Dunes in another item I’m going to write later). So I was back in the elevator and off for my 4 hour ‘City Tour’.

Once back from my superb City Tour, I headed to the 1st floor for dinner in the ‘East West Restaurant’. Had a fabulous meal there and then back down to the ground floor for a quick visit to the ‘Bamboo Asian Restaurant’ for an equally quick beer there, before heading off to bed. The Bamboo has the smallest bar I have come across in Doha. But it had a lovely friendly feel and very reasonably priced beer, so I was very happy.

In the morning I returned to the ‘East West Restaurant’ for breakfast. This is a buffet breakfast at an additional cost of QR 30 (GBP 6.09 USD 8.24 EUR 6.92) which needs to be paid for during check in. With plenty to choose from, you will not leave hungry.

After breakfast I went for a walk around the building. Checked out the pool, spa and gym areas. Popped outside to grab a couple of shots of the exterior, then back to the East West to sit down and write this account of my stay in the Saraya Corniche.

Something I have not mentioned yet, is the excellent location of the Saraya. I haven’t timed it, but I am sure you would be here in around 10 to 15 minuets by taxi from the airport. And if you like walking, you could easily make your own way to Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art, Museum Park, and the soon to open ‘The National Museum of Qatar’. Plus so much more I can’t even think of mentioning at the moment. Location is a really good reason for choosing the Saraya.

In fact just as I am finishing writing this, I started talking to Sue. Sue was sat on the table next to me during breakfast. She was traveling solo. Although no stranger to the gulf region, she had never been to Qatar. She arrived early yesterday morning, bought a QR 20 all day bus card at the airport bus terminal and used it to ride to the Saraya. Checked in, and then walked to Souq Waqif and the Museum of Islamic Art. I asked her how long it had taken to walk to Souq Waqif and she said she walks fast, and it had only taken her 10 minutes. She continued to use her QR 20, 24 hour bus card to ride into the City Centre and wander around there.

Sue was proof that Qatar can be explored and enjoyed for very little indeed. And the Saraya Corniche is a perfect location to have as a base.

Book your stay in the Saraya Corniche by Clicking Here

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Free Visa on Arrival for 81 Countries

Passport holders of 81 countries can get a free visa on arrival in Qatar. They do not need to do anything in advance. No forms to fill in, no paperwork, no online applications. Everything is done quickly and efficiently at passport control in Hamad International Airport (DOH). Some countries get visas for 30 days stay in Qatar, extendable by a further 30 days. And some are entitled to 90 days, but that cannot be extended.

If you are not a passport holder in one of the countries listed below, then you will need to visit the Visas in advance section of Qatar’s Ministry of Interior website.

Country Days
1 Andorra 30
2 Argentina 30
3 Australia 30
4 Austria 90
5 Azerbaijan 30
6 Bahamas 90
7 Belarus 30
8 Belgium 90
9 Bolivia 30
10 Brazil 30
11 Brunei 30
12 Bulgaria 90
13 Canada 30
14 Chile 30
15 China 30
16 Colombia 30
17 Costa Rica 30
18 Croatia 90
19 Cuba 30
20 Cyprus 90
21 Czech 90
22 Denmark 90
23 Ecuador 30
24 Estonia 90
25 Finland 90
26 France 90
27 Georgia 30
28 Germany 90
29 Greece 90
30 Guyana 30
31 Hong Kong 30
32 Hungary 90
33 Iceland 90
34 India 30
35 Indonesia 30
36 Ireland 30
37 Italy 90
38 Japan 30
39 Kazakhstan 30
40 Latvia 90
41 Lebanon 30
42 Liechtenstein 90
43 Lithuania 90
44 Luxembourg 90
45 Macedonia 30
46 Malaysia 90
47 Malta 90
48 Mexico 30
49 Moldova 30
50 Monaco 30
51 Netherlands 90
52 New Zealand 30
53 Norway 90
54 Pakistan 30
55 Panama 30
56 Paraguay 30
57 Peru 30
58 Poland 90
59 Portugal 90
60 Romania 90
61 Russia 30
62 San Marino 30
63 Seychelles 90
64 Singapore 30
65 Slovakia 90
66 Slovenia 90
67 South Africa 30
68 South Korea 30
69 Spain 90
70 Suriname 30
71 Sweden 90
72 Switzerland 90
73 Thailand 30
74 The Maldives 30
75 Turkey 90
76 Ukraine 30
77 United Kingdom 30
78 United States of America 30
79 Uruguay 30
80 Vatican City 30
81 Venezuela 30

The Sapphire Plaza Hotel, quality at a value price

Qatar Quick Visited
Qatar Quick Visited We visited the Sapphire Plaza Hotel and paid for our room. This review is independent and first hand informed.

The Sapphire Plaza hotel is among the very finest Value hotels in Qatar. It’s almost unfair to call it a value hotel because it doesn’t look or feel like one at all. The basic room rate is just QR 220 (GBP 43.38 USD 60.43 EUR 49.90) and that is an absolute bargain.

Sapphire Plaza Hotel 8.4 Rating on Booking.com
Sapphire Plaza Hotel – 8.4 Rating on booking.com

The entire building reflects a much more expensive venue. This is a very popular and busy hotel. You only have to look at its ratings to see that. 8.4 Rating on bookings.com

The location is excellent for getting to all of Doha’s main tourist attractions, giving low taxi fares to almost anywhere that you need to visit.

The staff are brilliant, happy and helpful. No request was too much for them.

The room is much more than you would expect for the money. Everything was clean and in good condition. Well serviced.

Clean, neat and tidy bedrooms
Clean, neat and tidy bedrooms

  • Plush fittings
  • Comfortable bed
  • TV
  • Free WiFi in room and throughout the hotel
  • Full feature bathroom complete with Bath/Shower WC, Bidet, Wash basin, Hair Dryer
  • Dressing Gown if you are not like me a little overweight
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Complimentary Bathroom Toiletries including Soap, Shower Gel, Shampoo, Shower Cap, Dental, Shaving and Cotton Buds

For me a hotel needs to at least provide the basics. Fresh and clean room, a good night’s sleep and a refreshing shower in the morning. A good breakfast is a bonus. And the Sapphire Plaza gave me all of that.

Last night I went for the buffet dinner in the Sapphire Plaza’s ‘Al Maha’ restaurant. At QR 50 it represents good value. They also offer à la carte if you don’t fancy the buffet. Or alternatively you can be in almost any one of Doha’s excellent restaurants for around a QR 20 (GBP 3.95 USD 5.49 EUR 4.55) taxi ride.

Sapphire Plaza Hotel - Breakfast
Sapphire Plaza Hotel – Breakfast

Breakfast is just QR 25 (GBP 4.94 USD 6.86 EUR 5.68) and worth every penny. It’s a buffet breakfast offering something for nearly all tastes. You should not leave hungry.

After breakfast I packed my backpack and headed down to the lobby to write this review of my stay. Like everywhere else in this hotel, the lobby has a quality and classic feel. I am very happy to sit here and use my free WiFi to get a bit of work done before heading off. I have already had plenty of coffee with my breakfast, but if I wanted it there is a lovely coffee shop right here in the lobby.

I usually make a point of using all of a hotels facilities so that I can fully experience all they have to offer. But today I failed to use the pool or the gym. I did pop in and take a look at both. But decided against taking photographs because they were in use and I didn’t want to make anyone feel uncomfortable. But both facilities were clean, modern and very much up to my standard. The pool is a little small to do serious laps in. But if like me all you want to do on vacation is have a wallow, this pool is perfect. And it’s indoors.

Free in-room WiFi, Indoor Pool, Gym, Gift Shop, Café, Free basement parking

No alcohol available in this hotel

Check in: 2pm
Checkout: 12 Noon

Click Here to Book

Room Rate: QR 220 (GBP 43.38 USD 60.43 EUR 49.90)
Evening Meal (Dinner Buffet): QR 50 (GBP 9.86 USD 13.73 EUR 11.36)
Breakfast Buffet: QR 25 (GBP 4.94 USD 6.86 EUR 5.68)
Hotel arranged pickup at airport: QR 100 (GBP 19.77 USD 27.47 EUR 22.73)
Taxi from airport: Should not exceed QR 50 (GBP 9.88 USD 13.73 EUR 11.36)
Taxi to Souq Waqif: Should not exceed QR 10 (GBP 1.97 USD 2.74 EUR 2.27)
Taxi to nearest mall (City Centre): Should not exceed QR 20 (GBP 3.95 USD 5.49 EUR 4.55)
Taxi to nearest bar (Centro): Should not exceed QR 10 (GBP 1.97 USD 2.74 EUR 2.27)
Nearest shops/restaurants approximately 10 mins walk.
Currency conversions as at 27/04/2018

Supermarket prices in Qatar on average are the same as back home. So no need to pack teabags in your suitcase.

Supermarkets in Qatar are very similar to those found elsewhere in the world. There are some major brand retailers like Carrefour and Lulu as well as local brands like Al Meera. They all have similar pricing and similar products. You can save money by shopping around, but people tend to settle on their favourite and just stick to that.

We have put this section together to try and give you a feel for the kind of prices you will find in supermarkets here in Qatar. It’s not kept up to date, and the images provided are simply samples taken from whatever supermarket we were in at the time. But it will give you a good idea.

Bathroom

With bathroom products some brands use different product names and sizes for the same item. For instance in the UK there is ‘Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste 75ml’ and in Qatar there is ‘Colgate Total Pro Whitening Toothpaste 75ml’. In the UK ‘Head And Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo’ comes in a 500ml bottle, whereas here in Qatar it comes in a 600ml bottle.  Where quantity varies we keep the UK price the same and adjust the Qatar price to match the same quantity/volume.

All Prices shown in QAR – Exchange rate 25th April 2018

Qatar UK
Colgate Total Whitening Toothpaste 75ml 8.25 10.16
Head And Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo 500ml 21.25 25.41
Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor Blades Refill 8 Pack 113.75 121.94
Always Ultra Normal Size 1 Sanitary Towels With Wings 14 Pack 22.5 9.65
Panadol Actifast 14S 7.17 15.24
Dove Original Roll-On Antiperspirant Deodorant 50ml 12.75 6.75
Average 30.945 31.525

Beverages

All Prices shown in QAR – Exchange rate 29th April 2018

Qatar UK
Nescafe Original Instant Coffee 200G 26.50 28.53
Tea Bags – Tetley in the UK and Lipton in Qatar 100 Bags 18.25 14.97
Nescafe Dolce Gusto Cappuccino Coffee Pods 16 Capsules 30.50 22.51
Nescafe Original 3 In 1 Instant Coffee 5 Sachets 85G 3.75 6.01
Pepsi Regular 12 X 330Ml 18.00 26.32
19.40 19.67