Road Trips, Doha
Hiring Taxis are a pathetic situation in Qatar.
To book a legal taxi: Tel: (+974) 4458 8888
Usually when you need them in Doha you cannot find them, and if you find them they are already hired! They usually stand outside big Malls but then again you need to wait because there are long queues waiting.
You can recognize the legal taxis from their color, but have in mind that funnily enough they wouldn’t know the route you want to go. This is because drivers are mostly ignorant. They don’t always do it on purpose.
The last time we used a license one, we showed him the route, he pretended that he knew exactly where he was taking us, and 15 minutes later he said he got lost. He would stop here and there for information, and the route was from the airport, close to the golf club. We spent more than 2 hours in the taxi and we got so angry only because he lied that he knew the place well.
Avoid getting in an unlicensed taxi especially if you are a female alone. If you get stuck call a friend or head to the nearest hotel.
Taxi fares around Doha will be between QR20 (US$5.50) and QR40 (US$10.95).
The meter starts running at QR4 (US$1.09) then QR1.20 (US$0.32) per kilometre inside Doha and QR 1.80 (US$0.49) outside Doha.
The taxi fare from the airport to any destination in Doha should not exceed QR25 (US$7).
Limousines are also available with a fixed starting charge of QR20 (US$5.40)
Here you can see some more pictures of Doha, the way that I saw it while rushing in a taxi to the Airport very early in the morning.
Doha is certainly worth a bit more time to explore the city, maybe next time !
One of the newest additions to Doha’s tourist scene!
The First Tourist Bus of Doha.
You can tour around the city’s most famous spots riding an open-top bus. Trundling from the airport end of the Corniche all the way to the Pearl, the route takes tourists on a tour of Doha’s past, present and future.
Stops include Souq Waqif, the Museum of Islamic Art, Salata Park, Katara, the Pearl, and City Center and Lagoona Malls. The bus plays a recorded commentary about Qatar in seven different languages.
Buses arrive at each stop every 20 minutes, meaning that you can hop on and off whenever you want. Tickets cost QR 180 (€36.00) for an adult, QR 90 (€18.00) for children from 5-15 (under 5s are free)
There is a family ticket – for two adults and two children – costs QR 455 (€90)
One of Quatari ventures is dune bashing and the unforgettable rides.
The fun begins when the 4X4 Wheel Drive vehicles start the dune bashing over the golden sands where you get the real meaning of fun.
It is not that cheap however, considering that you have to pay $ US 62 per person!
Recently i had planned for a road trip from dubai to doha in my car during holidays (18th December to 21st December), but i could not complete all the formalities before the holidays, hence i cancelled my trip.
1) You must have a valid UAE residence visa
2) The car must be registered in your name, if financed by any bank then you must obain a no objection certificate from the bank.
3) You must obtain Certificate of Tourism from Road Transport Authority (RTA), documents required may be your passport copy, NOC from bank if the car is under loan period, orginal registration card, driving licence etc.
4) You may apply for saudi transit visa after getting the certificate of tourism from RTA, there is one private agency who does this in deira (Bilaad Al sham - Deira)
5) Qatar consulate confirmed that visa can be obtained at the border depending on the profession of the resident. (eg: Professionals, managers, accountants etc... are allowed)
I think all these paper works will take 7-10 days, therefore plan atleast 2 weeks ahead if you are planning for a road trip to Doha from Dubai.
The procedures can change from time to time, so better take an idea from the above and reconfirm with the authorities before you travel.