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Planning Your Trip

Doha is a contrast between modern luxury and old-world traditions, making this city a must-see for well-seasoned travelers. With sweltering days and breezy nights, packing is no easy task but these smart tips will help ensure you have everything you need for a trip to this desert oasis.

Ritz Carlton Hotel image
Ritz Carlton Hotel image
What to Pack

Due to Doha’s often scorching temperatures and proximity to the desert, dark sunglasses are a must. Choose large frames that will guard your eyes against the elements and any sand and dirt that may get picked up by the wind.

Business Travel

Over the last few years, Doha has become a business hub in the Middle East, so professional attire is expected.

  • Men should observe formal professional standards by wearing a well-tailored suit in dark colors, like black, gray or navy blue.

  • Women are encouraged to dress modestly. Opt for skirts and dresses that fall below the knee, and avoid revealing silhouettes.

  • Pack the correct 220-volt converter for your chargers and other electronics so you can stay connected.
Summer Escape

As expected, summer in Doha can be very hot but careful planning can keep you cool even when temperatures rise.

  • Bring a swimsuit. Taking a dip in the Sharq Village & Spa’s marbled infinity pool is the perfect way to cool off after a long day of exploring.

  • Pack your favorite sunscreen and other SPF-infused toiletries to minimize the impact of the sun.

  • As the temperature often drops when the sun sets, a light sweater or jacket is encouraged for evening activities.
Cultural Considerations

Qatar is a Muslim country, and as such, visitors are encouraged to show respect for local sentiments by dressing conservatively.

  • Leave your tank tops, shorts and sundresses behind. Instead choose loose, long layers in lightweight fabrics

  • While swimming and water activities are popular pastimes, swimwear should be restricted to the beach and hotel areas.

  • Visitors are expected to dress modestly when touring religious sites. Women are encouraged to bring a scarf to cover their shoulders and hair.
Daytime view of a dining room with square tables and wicker chairs, gold columns and jellyfish-like chandeliers
Daytime view of a dining room with square tables and wicker chairs, gold columns and jellyfish-like chandeliers
What to Reserve

Whether you plan to spend your days exploring natural wonders, admiring the world-class architecture, dining on local delicacies or all of the above, a little planning will help you make the most of your trip to Qatar.

Outdoor Pool
Outdoor Pool

A visit to Doha piques all your senses. The warm sun shines down on the shores of the beach. Scents of spices and freshly baked sweets waft through the souk, where you can hear locals bartering with vendors for livestock.