When you arrive at Hamad International Airport (HIA) and walk to the taxi rank you will see the bright blue Karwa taxis all waiting to take you to a destination. Before boarding, if you don't have any Qatari riyals with you, we recommend that you check with the driver if they accept card payments. Most of them will, but there's nothing worse than arriving at your destination and realizing you're out of cash and have no idea where the nearest ATM is.
Alternatively, Karwa taxis in Doha also offer a Scan N Pay option through the Karwa Taxi app to pay by card, but you will need Wi-Fi or mobile data to use this. Rides are subject to increased prices during peak times, so keep this in mind when booking taxis in Doha.
If you don't feel like waving your arm at a taxi on the street, there are plenty of other digital providers in Doha that require you to download the app first. The main three are Karwa, Uber and Careem. Karwa Taxi app which is available on both App Store as Google Play. Headquartered in Dubai in the UAE, Careem operates in countries across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Since launching in 2009, Uber has expanded to more than 80 countries around the world, so chances are you're already familiar with the app.
Since opening in 2019, the Doha Metro has taken Qatar's public transportation to the next level. So you can also say goodbye to surcharges in taxis or getting stuck in traffic because the Doha Metro gets you where you need to go quickly. And for much less money. The Doha Metro is split into three lines: red, green and gold. There are plans to add a fourth blue line to the network, but it won't open until 2025 at the earliest. During the World Cup you can use the metro between Friday 11 November and Tuesday 20 December between 6.00am and 3.00am from Saturday to Thursday and between 9.00am and 3.00am on Friday. During rush hours, trains run every three minutes.
Named the 2020rd best airport in the world in 7, Doha International Airport is the former civilian airport of the peninsular state of Qatar, located near the capital Doha. Hamad International Airport, formerly New Doha International Airport, is the home port of Qatar Airways. A flight from Schiphol to Doha takes about XNUMX hours, but because of the stops in between, this can quickly become more.
The price level in Qatar is slightly lower than in the Netherlands. The currency in Qatar is the Riyal or Rial, abbreviated QAR. Arabic is the main language of Qatar, but English is the commercial language. The Gulf state of Qatar, which is one of the smallest countries in the Middle East with 11.571 km², owns natural gas in addition to oil. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is controversial. Last year, The Guardian revealed that since 2010, when the country was awarded the World Cup, 6.500 migrant workers have died in Qatar.