Do’s & Don’ts

Do :
  • Attest your marriage certificate, if applicable, with the Qatar embassy located in your country
  • Attest your education certificate at the Qatar embassy in your country
  • Obtain police clearance and attest with the Qatar embassy in your country
  • If there are any health concerns, it is strongly advised to initiate testing for TB, AIDS, and Hepatitis C or B since Qatar will not issue a work permit with these conditions present.
  • Alcohol, drugs, or pork are not permitted in Qatar
  • Qatar is an Islamic country and while all cultures, nationalities, and religions are well received, it is in good taste to respect the local culture and religion by not wearing tight fitting or revealing clothing.
  • Beach wear is restricted only to designated beach areas
  • Public displays of affection should be very limited and are generally frowned upon. Anything other than hand holding can lead to arrest.
  • Refrain from shaking hands with a woman, unless it is initiated by them. Since hand shaking is a religious practice, do not take offense if anyone refuses to shake your hand. If a person is not going to shake hands they will generally hold their hand to their heart upon greeting.
  • Always use your right hand; Never shake hands with your left hand or offer anything with the left hand.
  • It is very insulting to sit with the soles of your feet facing anyone.
  • Do not sit with your back any guest and, should someone enter the room, it is customary to make room for them to sit.
  • Drinking in public is strictly forbidden and should not even be in your car, unless it is being transported to a home after purchasing.
  • Modesty is observed during the Holy Month of Ramadan. During this time it is illegal to eat, drink, and smoke in public and may result in arrest.
  • There is zero tolerance in Qatar for drugs and drinking and driving.
  • Be civil and respectful in all circumstances and take notice to your hand gestures and language. Some things which are acceptable in your home country can lead to arrest and fines.
  • Only drive a car in Qatar with a valid Qatari driving license, or any other Quatari accredited license.
  • Do not throw cigarettes butts or any other thing out of your window while driving.
  • Prior consent is needed to take any photographs of people, especially women.
  • Taking photographs of governmental facilities is frowned upon and it is specifically illegal to take photos of any defense facilities. Become aware of your location as these facilities are scattered throughout the city.