The FIFA World Cup 2022 will arrive before you know it and it’s going to be time to book your trip to Qatar to watch your team bring home the glory. However, it’s important to keep in mind some simple tips to stay safe.
Qatar is a conservative Islamic country, and there are many federal laws that are dictated by religion. It’s important to follow the laws and customs of the country, as not doing so can end up with dire consequences. Before you travel to Qatar, check out some of our tips on how to dress and behave to have the best time possible.
Qatari women typically wear an abaya, a traditional Islamic garment covering the whole body. While female tourists are not required to wear an abaya, it is suggested not to wear anything too revealing. Wearing shirts that cover your shoulders and long pants are recommended. Women visiting are likely to face harassment on the streets, but it usually will not escalate to physical violence.
Qatar has strict anti-LGBT laws and even homosexuality is considered a criminal act. LGBT couples are advised not to show affection in public and may face harassment on the streets.
Local laws on alcohol can be very strict. While licensed hotels and bars serve alcohol legally, many stores do not, and drinking in public or being drunk in public is a criminal offense. If you are able to legally purchase a drink in a bar, be sure to drink inside the bar, and don’t get too drunk.
On the whole, the country is considered relatively safe, and crime rates are pretty low. That being said, petty crime is known to happen in parts of the country. If you’re staying in a hotel, the hotel should have security and locked doors. If you’re in a hostel or an Airbnb, make sure you lock all doors and windows at night and when you leave for an extended period of time to prevent a home invasion. Keep extra credit cards and copies of important documents locked up in a safe while you go out. If your hotel room doesn’t come with a safe, ask for one at the front desk.
The national airline, Qatar Airways, has faced some troubles in the past year after several neighboring countries severed diplomatic ties with Qatar. Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, and Egypt have all pulled flights from Doha International Airport, and the airline is banned from entering these countries’ airspace. However, the airline is still operational, and completely safe to use, though you are likely to see many canceled or delayed flights.