WHILE QATAR is a multinational entity by all aforementioned measures when it comes to making money and driving industry, the previously attributed idea of it being a ‘behind closed doors’ success story is supported by the difficulty in getting into the country to begin with.
Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE are the only states able to enter Qatar without a visa, while much of Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand can obtain a - relatively costly - visa upon arrival. For the rest of the world, the process is complicated and requires assistance from a guarantor ‘on the inside’; a structure that again adheres to the goal of filtering the economic elite, the academic prospects, and the entrepreneurial adventurer from the typical tourist or just the generally curious.
That being said, within the business travelling community, you should be fine, and once you’ve paid your way in to Doha’s new Hamad International Airport - Qatar Airways concertedly building its flight network from here at present - then your routes around the country are equally clinical. It’s not like the Far East where a tuktuk or a jet ski might seem like a fun, alternative mode of transport. In this regard, alternative means limousine or car rental instead of getting a bus or taxi.
Uber has reached Qatari shores and is one of the more popular inner-city modes, but while they are available, it is strongly suggested that you stick to air conditioned methods such as this rather than relying on walking or cycling. The highest per capita carbon dioxide emissions in the world and intense heat to boot should put pay to any aspirations of keeping mobile to this end (footballers in 2022 are in for a draining few weeks).
Hamad International Airport
Doha limousines is a popular way to travel
Uber comes to Doha