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Driving and Public Transportation

Qatar - Driving and Public Transportation


There is hardly any public transport in Qatar, and most people use private transport, or the many taxis and limousine services. Many western expatriates employ private drivers, or are provided with a driver under the terms of their employment contract.

Motor vehicles which are more than five years old cannot be imported into Qatar.

Foreign nationals are allowed to drive on their own driving licences for their first seven days in Qatar, after which they are required to obtain a local licence. It is necessary to hold a residence permit in order to apply for a Qatari driving licence. Local car hire companies sometimes allow foreign nationals to drive on an international licence for an extended period.

In most cases the procedure for issuing a local licence just includes an eye test and a simple written test, but drivers are sometimes asked to undergo a practical driving test.

Traffic accidents are very common in Qatar, and are the country's leading cause of death. Hazards include the numerous roundabouts and the speed at which locals tend to drive. In rural areas, wandering camels and poor roads increase the risks. The government is encouraging the greater use of seatbelts and more observance of the speeding limits, but as yet with little noticeable effect.

If you are involved in a traffic accident you must leave your car exactly where the accident happened until the police arrive. Insurance companies will not pay up if either car involved in an accident is moved.


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