Business hours

Weekends are Friday and Saturday, although some trading companies may work Saturdays.

Western companies are open from 8.00am to 5.00pm and local and trading companies are open from 7.30am to 12.30pm and 3.30 to 8.00pm.

Banks are open daily, except Friday and Saturday.

Public holidays

February 26 – Mouloud
July 9 – Leilat al-Meiraj
September 3 – Independence Day
September 11 – Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)
November 17 – Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
December 2 – National Day
December 7 – Al-Hijra
December 16 – Ashoura


Qatar has a mild winter and a hot summer with temperatures ranging from 5°C to 45°C + in the height of summer. The weather is generally pleasant from October to May. The hottest months are generally June to September, with some humidity during August and September. Rainfall in the winter is slight averaging 80mm per year.

For weather details in Qatar, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.


Oanda currency converter

The local currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR).

Time zones and time differences

Qatar is eight hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.

To find out the current time in Doha, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Qatar's country code is +974.

For calls to Qatar from Australia dial: 0011/0018 + 974 + telephone number.

For calls from Qatar to Australia dial: 0 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

For further information (e.g. area codes) please visit the international dialling codes.

Electricity and water

Qatar's power supply is AC 50 cycles, 240/415 volts, 1, 3 phases, 2, 4 wires.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Explore Qatar
Qatar Tourism Authority

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