Qatar Driving Advice and Car Hire Info

The research for this website was carried out mainly in 2011 and 2012. Therefore there is a good chance that much of the information may now be out of date. This is particularly true of countries in the developing world, especially Asia, Africa and parts of South America where conditions can change often. Also, the political climate in many countries has changed a lot in recent years- The Middle East being an obvious area where this is the case. Therefore the information on this website should be treated with caution. You should always check with your Government’s website or the UK Foreign office travel advice website before finalising plans to drive abroad.

Driving in Qatar-
Driving on an international driving permit is not permitted in Qatar, although visitors may drive on a foreign driving licence for a maximum of 14 days. Roads are in good condition and there are many multi lane roads. Driving standards are not so good through – people tend to drive at high speed and in an aggressive manner. Accidents are common and fatality levels are high. If you have a motor accident its an offence to leave the scene so you must stay with the vehicle. Road rules are strictly applied- you can even get fined for making rude gestures! Tolerance of drink driving is zero and if you’re caught you should expect a heavy fine or worse. This website has some useful detailed info on driving in Qatar

If you plan to drive in the desert make sure you have an adequately equipped 4WD vehicle. Try to travel in convoy, take a supply of water and a mobile phone and leave travel plans with your hotel or the car rental company. This website has a useful section on desert driving.-

Qatar Car Rental –
Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, National,  Avis, Budget,  all operate in Qatar. Also usually features on Car rental broker sites such as Argus Car Hire and Web discount sites such as or Expedia. These are some local companies-

Qatar Self Drive Rules –
None of the rental companies seem to allow vehicles to be taken outside Qatar.

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