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Your first step to becoming a tour guide.

This service describes the procedures and conditions required to apply for a tour guide course as a first step towards issuing a tour guide license. Areas to be defined: sub-type of tour guide (with or without experience), the sponsor's data, and the identification of the spoken languages. 

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old
  • Applicant’s QID card must be valid at the time of application
  • There is no other open application of the same type for the same applicant

Documents required

  • Copy of QID card
  • Application form (in case of walk-in)
  • Copy of curriculum vitae
  • Copy of educational qualifications
  • Copy of language certificates
  • Copy of No Objection Certificate (NOC)
  • No fee is incurred for this service

Instructions

  • Login to the portal with your NAS credentials
  • Go to  My Profile or Sercies for Individuals
  • Select the specific service from the  List of services  (right-hand side)
  • Fill in the required data
  • Attach the required documents
  • Confirm the accuracy of the entered data
  • Submit the service application

To download the step-by-step process of tour guide licensing click  here .

A step closer to issuing your tour guide license

The service describes the procedures necessary to pay the final exam fees in order to complete the rest of the steps of issuing the tour guide license, where the accredited and authorized university and the type of training will be selected.

  • Before applying for this service, the applicant must have passed the interview test
  • Copy of the QID card
  • Application form
  • Copy of the training course certificate
  • Test fee is QAR 1,200
  • In the case of examination failure, the test fee for the following times is QAR 2000 per test
  • Fees are to be paid only after the application is approved
  • Go to  My Profile
  • Select the specific service from the  List of services  (right-hand side)

Issue a tour guide license 

The service describes the procedures and requirements for the issuance of a tour guide license, where the type of tour guide chosen previously is confirmed.

  Pre-requisite: apply for the Tour Guide Course.

The license is valid for one year only.

  • Before applying for this service, the applicant must have successfully passed the training course
  • The Tour Guide License fee will be QAR 1000
  • Fees are paid after the application is approved
  • Go to  My Profile or Services for Individuals

Renew your tour guide license 

The service describes the procedures for renewing of a tour guide's license. Renewal is for one year only.

  • Applicants may apply to this service one month prior to the expiry of the license
  • The renewal fee for a Tour Guide License is QR 1000
  • An additional 5% of the license fee will be paid for each month or part of it in the case license renewal is delayed
  • Fees are paid after the application is approved 
  • Select the specific service from the  List of services  (right-hand side)

Amend your tour guide license 

This service describes the procedures to amend the tour guide license in terms of tour guide’s type or the languages used originally and identified earlier by the applicants.

  • The tour guide’s license must be active
  • Copy of languages certificates
  • The tourism license information amendment fee is QR 100
  • Go to  My Profile or Services for Indivuals

Cease your tour guide license

This service describes the necessary procedures for ceasing (stopping) a tour guide license and the related work conditions and rules.

  • There should be no violations pending on the tour guide before applying for cancellation of the license
  • The fee incurred in cancellation of the tour guide license is QAR 500
  • The fee is to be paid only after the application has been approved
  • Go to  My Account or Service for Individuals
  • Click on  View  to choose the organization

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Visiting Qatar: The Complete Guide (2024)

Doha Guides Team regularly reviews this article to ensure the content is up-to-date and accurate. The last editorial review and update were on 06 February 2024.

The State of Qatar offers experiences combining old and new, traditional and modern. The country’s tourism sector is undergoing rapid development with milestone achievements in various sectors.

Qatar is also an important business hub, particularly for its robust oil and gas industry. Many trade shows and business conferences take place in Doha throughout the year.

In 2019 Qatar witnessed a huge leap in visitor arrivals with 2.1 million visitors, a double-digit growth compared to 2018. This article explains the types of visas, when to visit, public transport, local attractions, and other important things to consider before visiting Qatar.

Visiting Qatar: Types of Visas

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Did You Know? Thanks to Qatar’s strategic location at the crossroads of East and West, 80% of the world’s population is within a 6-hour flight from Qatar, and more than two-thirds can enter Qatar visa-free.

Qatar offers several visa options for visitors. Here are the common types of visit visa options:

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Qatar is centrally located globally, close to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Flights from around the world touch down at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport daily, making Qatar the perfect place for layovers and visits.

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is modern and rapidly developing, with much construction underway. It is home to most of the country’s best museums and examples of cultural heritage. 

Hamad International Airport

Qatar connects to various destinations worldwide, making it an extremely busy transit spot. In fact, Hamad International Airport (HIA) has fast become the global gateway for overseas travellers. Opened in April 2014, the state-of-the-art airport is conveniently located just south of Doha city.

HIA is certified as a 5 Star Airport by Skytrax and was ranked the Best Airport in the World at the 2021 and 2022 Skytrax World Airport Awards. The airport currently serves more than 30 million passengers annually and is undergoing further expansion to support more than 50 million.

Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, the award-winning national carrier, is certified as a 5-Star Airline for its airport and onboard product and staff service quality.

The Qatar Airways network connects Doha with more than 150 popular destinations worldwide, including most major cities throughout the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia & North, and South America.

Cruise tourism brings over 100 thousand visitors annually to Qatar, enabling them to enjoy the many landmarks that are mere minutes from Doha Port. The peak season runs from October to May, allowing visitors to enjoy the country’s pleasant winter weather during that time.

Qatar has two major seasons: Summer and Winter. May to September can be considered summer, while December to February is the cooler season. March to April and October to November are the transition months.

Summer temperatures are routinely 50°C during the day and often more than 40°C at night. It’s important to wear sunblock, cover yourself and drink plenty of water when going outside during the day.

During cooler months (December to February), the temperatures average between 14°C and 25°C on most days.

Since most of the attractions are within a couple of hours distance from Doha, you do not have to stay at different hotels during your Qatar vacation.

Doha has the presence of almost all major hotel chains in the world. You can choose from a range of Qatar hotels from TripAdvisor .

Doha’s city centre is just 15 minutes drive from the airport by car. To get from HIA to the city, you can take Airport Taxis available at Arrivals Terminal or request your hotel to arrange a private hotel transfer. It is possible to rent a car at the airport or at the hotels. An international driving license is required for visitors to drive in Qatar.

For travelling around the city, you can use the official taxi network called Karwa Taxi or pre-book a taxi using mobile apps like Uber or Careem . Even though Qatar has a network of public buses, they are not recommended for first-time visitors as their frequency is not guaranteed.

Another option would be to use the newly constructed Doha Metro. You can read our complete guide to Doha Metro here: Doha Metro Map, Stations, Timings, Ticket Prices

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Qatar has a long list of interesting places to visit. Some of the more popular attractions include:

  • National Museum of Qatar
  • Museum of Islamic Art
  • Katara Cultural Village
  • The Pearl Qatar
  • Mall of Qatar, Place Vendome, and other shopping malls

You can see a comprehensive list of tourist places in Qatar here .

Since Qatar is an Islamic country, it is important to dress appropriately. Loose-fitting and modesty-covering clothing is the preferred style. Women are not required to wear the hijab or veil their heads in public.

Tourists are generally expected to cover their shoulders and knees at a minimum. Beachwear is acceptable at private beaches and swimming pools inside hotels.

The national currency of Qatar is the Qatari Riyal (QAR). One QAR is equivalent to 100 Dirhams. Qatar Banknotes are available in values of QAR 500, 200, 100, 50, 10, 5, and 1. Coins in circulation are 25 Dhs (QAR 0.25) and 50 Dhs (QAR 0.5).

Since Qatar Riyal is pegged to US Dollar, the value of USD 1 is around QAR 3.64. Banks and ATMs across the country take major international credit cards and debit cards.

  • Normally, the work week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday.
  • Government offices operate from 7 am to 2 pm.
  • Private offices operate from 8 am to 4 pm, or 9 am to 5 pm.
  • Shopping malls generally are open from 10 am to 10 pm and up to midnight on weekends.

Most shops and offices change their working hours during Ramadan . Visitors should refrain from eating and drinking in public, except in hotels, during the hours between sunrise and sunset.

Which is the best time to visit Qatar?

The best time to visit Qatar would be between December and February. During these months, the weather is cooler, and there are several outdoor events happening around the country,

Is it safe to visit Qatar?

Yes, Qatar is a very safe country to visit as the crime rates are low. Violent crimes, especially towards foreigners and women, are extremely rare.

Can you drink alcohol in Qatar?

Alcohol is regulated in Qatar, and it is prohibited to drink in public places. However, alcohol is available at licensed hotel restaurants and bars.

Is Qatar expensive to visit?

Qatar is a moderately expensive place to visit. Even though there is zero tax on products and services, accommodation and eating out can be expensive for tourists.

How many days would I need to visit Qatar?

Since most of the sightseeing in Qatar is based around Doha, you can see the major tourist attractions in three or four days.

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Hi, my query is after my passport renewal I need to update new passport number on my QID. How can I do it? Only my company PRO can do it or I can also do it?

Hi Saddam, Please see this: https://www.dohaguides.com/change-passport-number-in-qatar-id/

Is to possible to change or extend tourist visa to work visa.?

Hi Shibla, In some cases, if your work visa is approved, you may be allowed to change your visa type without leaving the country. There will be an additional fee. Note that this may not be possible in all cases.

Hello. We arrive in Qatar at DOH November 24 at 6 AM. Are we allowed to leave the airport and visit the area for 8-10 hours that day? Thank you in advance for your reply.

Hi Robert, Due to the World Cup, the visa-on-arrival service (or any kind of tourist visa) is unavailable during that period. As per the current rule, you need a Hayya Card to visit Qatar from 1 November, and it is only available for those with a match ticket. There is still five weeks to go before your travel date. So please check back after a few weeks in case the rules change.

Greetings. can you please send me a paper map of Doha? Thanks a lot! Have a nice day!

Hi Reuven, If you are in Qatar, you can buy a paper map from any book store or supermarket. If you are outside Qatar, you can buy on Amazon. Good day to you.

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    Qatar. Middle East. In steeped-in-tradition Qatar, you can learn about the ancient pursuit of falconry, watch camels race across the desert and admire traditional dhows (wooden cargo boats) bobbing on the water. But the country is developing rapidly, with the capital Doha a world-class city in the making, thanks to its spectacular modern ...