Qatar is an extremely rich country due to its strong economical status contributed by its rich oil reserves. Several tourists visit Qatar solely to experience the sight of such a developed, rich country, wherein, shopping itself would be a completely new experience, apart from sightseeing of breathtakingly designed skyscrapers and other contemporary architectural wonders. But, amidst all this, the question remains, ‘Is Qatar a safe country?’ or ‘How safe is Qatar for visitors?’
Here are some queries often asked by visitors planning a vacation in Qatar:
Is it safe to vacation in Qatar?
Qatar, indeed, is a safe country, and violent crimes are very low, and majority of the tourists never face any safety concern. As far as tourists are concerned, just taking some precautions can go a long way.
The Gulf region is prone to terrorist attacks, and hence, the possibility of another attack is heightened. The attacks can occur anywhere, even at locations frequented by foreigners. One precaution to take would be to avoid public gatherings and demonstrations of any kind, as they could turn violent.
Areas to avoid in Qatar are the continually growing slums located outskirts of cities. These areas have been reported to have higher crime rates.
Are there pickpockets? Can you walk around in Doha?
The most common crime is pick-pocketing, but there is a large police presence throughout the country. Despite the cultural diversity, Qatar, as a society, is quite stable. Doha, the capital city of Qatar, does experience petty crime such as pick-pocketing and theft, but if you keep your belongings safe, you should be fine.
Also, although petty theft exists, it is not common. But there were reports earlier regarding credit card scams. So it best to avoid using ATMs outside.
It is better to remain vigilant when in crowded places or public places near tourist landmarks. Otherwise, Doha is a safe place to walk around. Mugging or kidnapping are a very rare occurrence in Qatar, so it need not be in your list of worries.
Is Qatar safe for women?
Generally, Qatar is safe for women. The locals are well educated and nice to tourists, whom they generally view as their guests.
Women travelling alone may receive an occasional stare, but, in Doha this is not to worry about. It is illegal to harass women in Qatar. Women are expected to dress modestly, and avoid wearing tight clothing. Several women expats and travellers say they felt safe in Qatar, but, remember to respect local customs, and dress modestly to avoid any unwanted attention.
As a woman travelling alone, another precaution to take may be not to hail a taxi from across the road, as there have been previous reports of passengers being harassed while doing so. Hence, it is better to book a taxi in advance through a reputable taxi company. Else, get to know a good taxi driver to drive you around Qatar. As far as possible avoid travelling alone late in the night, and if you must, get your friend or partner to accompany you.
So, if you exercise some normal precautions, follow the rules and laws of the country, you can save yourself from any kind of trouble, and remain safe in Qatar.