Despite its location in an often volatile area of the Middle East, it's generally a safe country with a low crime rate. This is due in part to a large police presence who aim to maintain security and prevent crime from happening.
However, there are a number of local laws travelers should be aware of, so you can avoid unknowingly doing something that is considered a crime in Qatar.
The country is populated mostly by wealthy individuals and foreigners on lucrative work contracts. There is also a large population of expatriate blue collar workers who are on short term contracts working on various construction projects across the country.
Despite the cultural diversity, the country and its society is quite stable. The capital city of Doha does experience petty crime such as pickpocketing and theft, but keep your belongings safe and secure, and you should be fine.
ATM and credit card theft does happen, so always check to make sure there are no card scanners on the ATM you are using, and keep your cash and valuables out of sight to avoid losing your card.
Women traveling alone may receive the occasional stare, but in Doha this is nothing to worry about. Women should dress modestly, and avoid wearing tight clothing.
It is illegal to harass women in Qatar – this term encompasses everything from striking up a conversation to staring. Many women expats and travelers say they felt safe in Qatar, but the important rule is to respect local customs and dress modestly to avoid any unwanted attention.
Qatar is an Islamic country, and there are several actions considered illegal of which travelers would otherwise think nothing of. Offenses are governed by Qatari law, and penalties can be severe.
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