Qatar is an Arab and Islamic country of ancient origin, based on the foundations of the true Islamic religion and some ancient customs and traditions in its dealings with others, which made the Qatari society a gentle and hospitable society. There are some morals and social behaviors that should be observed when visiting guests from all over the world to the State of Qatar, as follows:

Clothes:

Everyone should adhere to dress modestly in public places, and avoid walking in swimwear on the roads, far from the beach or swimming pools.

Alcohol:

 Non-Muslims are allowed to consume alcohol in hotels or at home (provided a license to do so), but it is prohibited to drive a car during or after consuming alcohol, and it is prohibited to appear drunk in front of people.

Other religions:

Although Islam is the official religion in the country according to the constitution, the State of Qatar respects and tolerates other religions, and has established a church on its land.

Entering the council:

It is preferable to avoid walking with shoes inside the councils, and to accompany women to the halls designated for them, in addition to accepting the host’s hospitality.

Driving:

When driving a car, everyone must follow traffic rules and laws, and avoid insulting and impolite gestures to drivers of other vehicles to avoid penalties and legal accountability.

Ramadan:

It is the month of fasting when Muslims refrain from eating all kinds of food and drink from dawn until sunset, and non-Muslims are called upon to refrain from eating, drinking or smoking in front of the general public.

Islamic and national holidays:

Qatar celebrates Islamic holidays, such as Eid al-Fitr, which comes after the month of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha, which coincides with the Hajj season, in addition to the national holiday on the eighteenth of December of each year.

Other tips

  • It is not allowed to express your emotions publicly, as this would expose you to imprisonment according to the law.
  • It is important to stand up for new guests, especially the elderly or high-ranking ones, and salute the elders.
  • Take refreshments with the right hand.
  • Avoid stretching the shoes across from others or nodding your feet to any of them.
  • Shake the cup of Arabic coffee when you have finished taking it so that the host realizes that you do not want more of it.
  • It is forbidden to take pictures of military equipment or other people without their prior consent, especially Arab women.
  • When a man meets a Qatari woman, he should avoid shaking hands with her unless she extends her hand towards his hand first.
  • Muslim guests should be avoided offering refreshments containing any alcohol and foods containing pork.
  • Avoid using the finger to call upon people, and use the entire palm of the hand for that.

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