Royal Qatar Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Al Asmakh St, PO Box 9488, Doha, Qatar
Royal Qatar Hotel
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Costs 31% less but rated 14% lower than other 4 star hotels

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  • Couples50
  • Solo43
  • Business30

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12h30' transit in Doha

by girishia

I'm a Vietnamese and I'm travelling from Ho Chi Minh City to London, and I'll have to spend 12h30 at Doha.
1. If I don't leave the airport, do I need a visa?
2. What can I do there during the transit time?

Thank you for your help.

btw, I'll be 18 this November, am I allowed to travel alone?

Re: 12h30' transit in Doha

by chizz

Hi there
Yes - you will need a visa if you leave the airport - check that you can get a visa on arrival at the airport though, as I'm not sure if there are restrictions on certain nationalities and you may have to get the visa in advance. The cost for us at the time in Sep. 2008 (British citizens) was 80 QAR pp. We had a 10 hour stopover in Doha so hired a car and after a quick bite to eat for breakfast we decided to have a drive around the city along the Corniche area and then stopped to look around Souq Waqif in the centre, which has many nice restaurants to visit and is a nice shopping area. There is an impressive Persian restaurant in the souq area which is all decked out in mirrors, so nice to have a look inside, even if you don't eat there.
We visited the Gold Souq, Doha Zoo, drove to the beach at Al Wakra (12 km south of the city, where to be honest, there is not much to see!), tried to see the National Museum and Museum of Islamic Art (both closed at the time, but may be open now), saw the Aspire Sports Academy and had a nice buffet meal at the Movenpick Hotel to round off the day. If you do not want to drive, there are several tour companies operating in Doha who can show you around - just do an internet search for them. I was looking at this option before we decided to hire a car for the day.
I have no idea about entry age restrictions if you are traveling alone - I would check with the nearest consulate/embassy.
Good luck!

Re: 12h30' transit in Doha

by Yousafzai_Traveler

Of course you can travel alone !

Not sure if Vietnamese citizens need a visa for Qatar but if you do, then I would suggest you get a short stay visa before you travel so you could actually go out of the airport and see around for a few hours. 12 hours at Doha airport is going to be killer, I had 3 hours stay and it bored me to death.

Re: 12h30' transit in Doha

by chizz

P.S. - Sorry I misread your post - I see you are looking to stay in the airport, not venture out. To be honest, the airport in Doha is very small and there is nothing to do really, so you would be pretty bored for such a long time. I would take the option of doing some kind of tour if you have the funds. I would assume that if you in transit, then you would not need a visa. Good luck!

Travel Tips for Doha

Construction EVERYWHERE

by travelmad478

I don't think I've ever seen as many simultaneously operating construction sites in one place. Doha in 2005 is exploding, and everywhere you look, another office tower, shopping center, residential subdivision, sports arena, bridge, road, or hotel is going up.

Traditional Dress

by bpwillet

One of the first things you will notice about Doha is that the majority of the local women are fully veiled and wearing the traditional abayyiah. It is not polite to stare and if you are a male you may not be acknowledged by them at all. It is an amazing thing about their culture and very different than western styles of dress. However, it is one of the great aspects of being in Qatar.

the first Chrstian church in Qatar

by call_me_rhia

Since 15 march 2008 Qatar has its first Christian church, Our Lady of the Rosary, which has been built on land donated by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani to thank to Christian foreign workers in his country. So as of now, Saudi Arabia remains the only Gulf country not to allow Chirstian churches to be built.

This church is located 15 minutes outside Doha city, in a barren desert location - Abu Hamour - which is between the airport and Wakra. In order to be sensitive towards the Wahhabi islamic majority, this church has no cross, no bell and no steeple. There's no signboard either, but taxi drivers know where it is and will take you there and back if you ask them.

Whereas it is a bit inconspicuous outside, and the courtyard was still being developed (january 2009), inside the church is quite interesting... the walls and ceiling are painted blue and the general impression you'll have is that of peace and tranquillity. Although I'm not a religious person, I recommend this visit to this unique corner of Qatar.

The Pearl Guy

by frankcanfly

This family-owned shop has a wide array of pearls, in all forms of natural colors and sizes. It was an educational experience to visit.

The man is patient with answering questions about the pearls. His father comes in and out very often to greet customers.

(He will be closed for about two months during April/May 2006) He's going sailing. This is THE local source for pearls. His prices are far below any of the prices at the Souqs.

Best Defense and a good Offense

by bpwillet

The traffic around and in the downtown area of Doha can be quite nerve racking. Take the mind set that rules of the road do not apply. You will see motorists who missed their turn going the opposite direction against the flow of traffic. Sometimes on the shoulder, sometimes not. Just be always aware of your surroundings and of everyone else. Lanes do not seem to matter much and if it is convenient for a local to pull over they will-no matter where they are in the road. Also heavy trucks will not drive in fog. If they believe it is foggy they will stop where they are and wait.


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