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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

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