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Hi everyone, Has anyone been to Qatar? What's it like, did you enjoy being there, just how strict is it as far as dress rules go (I've heard it's fairly conservative), how are the beaches (swimming? shells? clean?), how's the food, etc. Be glad for any info. I can get and thanks for whatever you can give.

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8 answers
Apr 4, 2009
Well Denise, I actually never went to Qatar, but I lived in Dubai and Bahrain that is close and very similar. You can dress normally, just avoid showing to much skin, specially parts that are more sensual. (I have some photos in my album and website if you wanna check). I always had a type of pachmina to cover a bit when I was in more local and really arabic areas such as the souks, but the rest.... I dressed normally. Swimming if it's the same as both places, there are some really nice beaches, white sand, shells and all, clean water but very salty. Just try to see if they have europeans beach so you can be more comfortable with bikini and all. Public beaches sometimes is not aloud for women's to use swimming cloths. Also there are lots of clubs that you can go to, or swimming pools and beaches from hotels that you can pay just to use the facilities and spend the day. You have restaurants from all over the world and all types of food. Americans, Brazilian, Japanese, Italian, etc... the only problem is that sometimes is a bit spicy or very spicy, so if you are not into spicy food, just order not spicy please. Life in the middle east is really amazing, I had great time and really miss that place. =] Any question just let me know. Enjoy.
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Casper R. says :
Oct 20, 2014
well Denise… I have been there in Qatar for almost 2 years and I should say it is nothing when compared to the other gulf countries like Dubai or Bahrain. The climate is dry, so does the daily weather. You would find it difficult to adjust with the life style and food habit as well. Beverly Diamonds
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Hala S. says :
Aug 20, 2010
I am going in October so haven't been yet but for Western females, you can wear as you usual but best not to show leg and wear a big scarf to cover breasts in case of staring men. Otherwise, I think it's just a little more conservative than Dubai.
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Brian D. says :
Jun 1, 2010
Doha is more westernized than Riyadh, but it is still quite conservative in comparison to what we're used to in Europe and the US. The best accessible beaches belong to hotels in the city--I recommend the Intercontinental Hotel or the Ritz. Even if you're not a guest at one of these (very plush) hotels you can buy day-passes for the pool/spa/beach areas. They are reasonably priced and worth every bit! The beaches were great, the Persian Gulf was much cleaner than I'd expected but beware, if you're there in the middl of summer the water is unbarably hot! I have also heard (but never checked out for myself) that south of the city near/in Al Wakra there are also good beaches where you can rent horses, jet skis, go parasailing, etc, etc. Ask your hotel, if it really exists, they'll not only know about it but can also arrange a visit for you.
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Marcial W. says :
Mar 17, 2010
I would not recommend Qatar for a specific swimming/beach vacation. As others have pointed out it can be be very hot and the country is quite conservative about undressing partially in public. Plus: The better part of the countries' best beaches belomgs to the property of the ruling family, thus there are not many parts that you can access freely. Well, but I would certainly recommend visiting Qatar during the european winter-time, when the weather is very pleasant. Especially if you are interested in a rapidly transforming arabic culture. The Qataris are very hospitable and great people to be around with. The possibly single most interesting place to visit is in my opinion the Museum of islamic art at the Corniche (Promenade) plus the view towards the Doha Skyline from its inner walled courtyard.
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Sarah W. says :
Jun 12, 2009
It's an awesome place, I grew up there. It's not as strict as Saudi Arabia. It's very beautiful and historic
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Apr 30, 2009
Hey;) I want to add some advice. The beaches are really wonderful but you have to take care with your skin. Last summer it was a record temperature - by 50 degrees. So you must drink water a lot and use protective cream if not you will get as freckled as me:)
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Joan M. says :
Apr 5, 2009
" forgetaboutit". they dont like americans,and especally women
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