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What to spend your riyals on

  • Taxi from Doha International Airport to Doha city centre

    22 QAR

  • A cocktail in downtown Doha

    65 QAR

  • Ticket to Aqua Park Qatar

    130 QAR

  • One-day adult pass on the Doha bus

    162 QAR

  • Half-day desert safari

    300 QAR

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Must-sees in Qatar

Boat Fountain Doha Qatar Persian Gulf
  • Doha
  • The hustle and bustle of Doha comes courtesy of the thriving marketplaces as well as beautiful cultural landmarks, like the Museum of Islamic Art and the State Grand Mosque.
Dukhan Qatar sea beach Persian Gulf
  • Dukhan
  • This quieter part of Qatar has a number of fine, peaceful beaches, which pull in the crows all year round. Dolphin Reef is also popular, where you can try diving or swimming with the dolphins.
Zubarah Qatar ancient fort military fortress
  • Zubarah
  • This part of the world is home to a historical town, complete with Zubarah Fort, which was built back in 1938 for military use. The site was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2013.

From the rupee to the riyal

The Qatari riyal, in its first form, was introduced in 1966 after seven years of using the Gulf rupee, followed by a brief spell of the Saudi riyal. The second form was established in 1973, when Qatar entered the United Arab Emirates. At this point, a new series of notes and coins were brought into circulation, and these are the ones that are in use today.

Tips in Qatari restaurants are around 10-15% of the amount paid for your meal. If you do choose to leave a tip, it is customary to do so discreetly, rather than making a big show of your gesture.

Frequently used banknotes

Banknotes come in the following denominations: 1 (brown), 5 (green), 10 (orange), 50 (purple), 100 (green and purple) and 500 (blue) riyals. Coins come in 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 dirham.

Buying Qatari riyal online is easy

Free next-day home delivery on orders over 500 GBP

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  • 3. Pay online
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*The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.

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