Get to know the culture and life of Qatar, one of the Gulf countries
Qatar is one of the Arab countries in the Middle East, its capital is Doha, it is bordered by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, the area is about 11,437 km (4,427 sq mi), the total population in 2013 reached 1.8 million: 278 k Qatari and 1.5 million expats.
The following are new things that were encountered while in Qatar that were not found in Indonesia:
1. All newcomers who will live and work in Qatar are required to follow the process of making a Qatar resident card, namely QID, the process that must be passed to get a QID is to undergo a medical check, blood group, and fingerprint.
2. There are two seasons, namely summer and winter, in summer the hot air temperature can reach 40-45 degrees, you can imagine how hot the air is in Qatar, while in winter the temperature can reach 13 degrees.
3. The price of gasoline is very cheap, even cheaper than a bottle of mineral water. The cheapest price of 1 liter of gasoline is 0.8 dirham, if it is exchanged around 3000 rupiah, therefore a vehicle that wastes gasoline is not a problem
4. Traditional clothes for men are known as Thaub, while women’s Abaya
6. The most commonly used names are Muhammad, Mahmud, and Ahmad
7. Holidays are not Sundays, but Fridays.
8. All transactions in government agencies must use a debit card or credit card, government employees are not allowed to accept cash at all, of course this method is very effective in overcoming corruption
credit or debit card
9. Every item is not subject to tax, causing various imported goods to be sold at half the price when compared to prices in Indonesia,
For example, the price of a car, the car here is very cheap compared to Indonesia. The usual vehicle used by the people of Qatar is the Land Cruiser.
11. To get a driver’s license, you must take a test from a driving school. If caught driving a car without a driver’s license, you will be fined and sent to prison. For novice drivers, they must take a test starting from a theory test about driving, parking a test, and finally a road test that will be accompanied by the police. For advanced drivers, they can immediately take a road test.
driving a car
12. To maintain traffic, many automatic cameras are installed on the road or at red lights, road cameras to detect the speed limit of cars, each road has a maximum allowed speed, ranging from 80km, 100km to 120km, usually for regional cross roads. If you cross the camera speed limit or violate a red light, the camera will automatically take a photo of the car’s license plate number and immediately be subject to a fine that must be paid during the extension of the istimarah/stnk once a year.
13. The State of Qatar applies a single identity number QID that is connected to all facilities such as Metrash (traffic information including penalty info if there is a violation), Health card, Bank, etc.
14. Purchase a new phone number must be registered using QID