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Qatar is a relatively conservative country – but extremely welcoming. Hospitality is a cornerstone of local culture and everybody is welcome.

Qatar 2022 was the first FIFA World Cup to be held in the Middle East and the Arab World. Over a million fans visited the region over the course of the tournament – many experienced Arab culture and traditions for the first time.


People can generally wear their clothing of choice. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting public places like museums and other government buildings. Swimwear is commonly worn at hotel beaches and pools.

Traditional attire

While international visitors and residents wear a wide variety of clothing styles, Qatari citizens usually wear traditional attire. Visitors are welcome to wear traditional Qatari clothing if they choose to.


Qatar has a very family friendly culture. Children are welcome in almost all premises, including restaurants, malls, cultural establishments and fan zones, all day and late into the evening.


Alcohol is not part of local culture, but hospitality is.  Alcohol is served in licensed restaurants, bars and hotels.

Drinking alcohol outside of designated areas is prohibited. It is not permitted to bring alcohol into the State of Qatar. Visitors should avoid travelling with alcohol from their country of origin or purchasing duty free products en route to avoid confiscation upon arrival into Qatar.

Public displays of affection

Public displays of affection are not part of local culture, but making new friends and celebrating together are.


When taking pictures, common courtesy should be exercised and fans are advised to ask permission before photographing/filming members of the public.


Qatar has an optional tipping culture. It is common to carry cash to provide a discretionary tip for services such as hospitality.


The first day of the week is Sunday and the weekend is Friday and Saturday.

Access to services

Friday is Holy Day in Qatar and access to services is limited. Banks and other services usually close in the morning before reopening after midday.  Some supermarkets and pharmacies will be open 24/7.

For visitors that need Consular support, please contact your respective Embassies and Consulates in Qatar.