Qatar, the official State of Qatar (Arabic: دولة قطر Dawlat Qatar), is located in Western Asia, situated on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
Qatar is a high-income economy, backed by the world's third-largest natural-gas reserves and oil reserves. Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar is classified by the UN as a country of very high human development and is widely regarded as the most advanced Arab state for human development.
The working week in Qatar is from Sunday to Thursday, with Friday (the holy day of Muslims) and usually Saturday being days off. Government ministries working hours are form 7am – 2pm, Sunday to Thursday.
Shop times vary but generally from 8:30 – 12:30 and 4pm – 9pm, although shopping malls tend to be open all day between the hours of 9am to 11pm. Some shops do not open at all on a Friday, while others open for a couple of hours in the morning and reopen in the late afternoon. Most malls now open on Fridays at 1:30pm, with shopping centres opening at 4pm.
Please dress modestly when out in public:
There are many photographic opportunities in Qatar, but exercise discretion when photographing local residents, even from a distance. It is wise to ask their permission first. Muslim ladies are very modest, so if you are a man, kindly approach another man when asking for direction of advice.
There are stiff fines for consuming alcohol other than on licensed premises or at home (you must have a liquor permit to buy alcohol for use at home). Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious offence, and could lead to prosecution if a traffic officer even smells alcohol on your breath and you have been involved in a car accident. Alcohol is never sold of served during the monthof Ramadan. The country applies a Zero tolerance attitude to drugs.
The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR), which is divided into 100 Dirhams. The exchange parity has been stet at the fixed rate of US$1 = QR3.64.
Qatar local time is three hours ahead of GMT, also knows as Universal Coordinated Time. It is fixed across the country and there is no summer time saving.