Key Facts, International Travel, and Things to Do


    Qatar is a peninsular Arab country that is located in the Persian Gulf and shares its borders with Saudi Arabia. Previously under Bahraini and Saudi rule, Ottoman rule followed by British rule from 1916-1971, Qatar became an independent state on 3rd September 1971. Since then, it has undergone monumental changes. Thanks to its large reserves of natural gas and oil, the population has boomed from only 110,000 people in 1970 to around 2.5 million people in 2016. Qatar is classified as a country of high human development and enjoys a high per capita income as a result.

    Its capital city is Doha, recognised in 2014 as one of the 'New7Wonders Cities' alongside Beirut, Havana, and Kuala Lumpur. Its famous, ever changing skyline is dominated by ultramodern architecture and is a stark contrast to the traditional Arabic Old Souq in the downtown area. In 2022, Qatar will be the first Arab country to host the FIFA Wold Cup of football.

    • Language: Arabic
    • Currency: Qatari Rial (QAR)
    • Time Zone: AST (GMT+0300)

    International Travel

    Hamad International Airport (HIA) has replaced Doha International Airport as international flights hub. HIA is located approximately 13 km from Doha and offers several bus routes to Doha and surrounding areas.

    HIA has joined the top tier of global airports becoming the sixth airport in the world to receive the '5-Star Airport' designation by Skytrax.


    For more information on where to stay and accommodation, check out our dedicated Accommodation page.

    Things To Do

    There are plenty of things to do and see in Doha. As well as visiting the local Souqs and its local beaches, a must for any trip is a stroll along the waterfront promenade of Doha Corniche, which extends for several kilometres along Doha Bay. Along here The Msheireb Enrichment Centre is located, a landmark destination showcasing Qatar's culture and heritage. The Museum of Islamic Art sits opposite Doha Bay and presents over 1400 years worth of Islamic art from three continents. For those interested in art, the Arab Museum of Modern Art reflects that Qatar is one of the biggest art buying countries in the world.

    Whilst in Doha, don't forget to take a tour on a double decker bus or on the dhow boat cruise to absorb all of the sights the city has to offer, such as the Pearl Qatar Marina and the picturesque promenade. Head to the Souq Waqif for a spot of shopping - traditionally crafted gifts, garments and spices are abundant here. This traditional souq contrasts to the modern shopping malls, housing luxury boutiques and world famous brands, which can be found throughout the city.

    If interested, you can also drive one hour north of downtown Doha and visit the Al-Shahaniya Camel Race Track located in the Zikrit peninsula, which hosts some of the most exciting camel races in Qatar!


    Qatar enjoys a hot desert climate with very long summers and scarce rainfall. The average temperature in the month of March is around the mid-twenties degrees centigrade, with the highest temperature ever recorded being 39 degrees centigrade. Overnight temperatures can feel chilly, so a coat or jacket is recommended for evenings. March is also the month with the highest chance of rain, although this mostly happens on isolated days.

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    Important Info

    Provisional Date

    The date of this race is based on the provisional calendar. Usually these dates do not change but this cannot be guaranteed until the final calendar is released towards the end of the year. If the date of the race does change, it will not affect the validity of any tickets you purchase for the event. If possible, we recommend booking any accommodation and flights/travel on a flexible basis or waiting until the calendar is confirmed.

    For extra peace of mind, you can take out Booking Protection cover at the checkout and receive a refund on your booking including service and delivery fees if the event month changes and you cannot attend on the new date.

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