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Posted On: 15 November 2021 04:16 pm
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Does Qatar have a dress code? What to pack?

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Are you visiting Qatar soon and wondering what clothes to bring and wear?

Though Qatar is a very welcoming country, when you're here, you’re expected to observe dressing etiquettes with respect to Qatari culture and traditions.

According to Qatar 2022,

People can generally wear their clothing of choice. Shoulders and knees should be covered when visiting public places like museums and other government buildings. Swimwear is commonly worn at hotel beaches and pools.

As per Visit Qatar,

"Attitudes towards dress in Qatar are relaxed, but visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public. It is generally recommended for men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered."

What can women wear in Qatar?

Most Qatari women wear traditional dress—which is the abaya and shayla—as a symbol of their culture and heritage. By saying this, female visitors are also expected to be in ‘modest attire’, which means skipping overly short skirts, shorts and revealing tops.

Do you have to wear an abaya in Qatar? No, it’s not compulsory for tourists to dress like the locals. But as a visitor, can you wear an abaya? Yes, all ladies are welcome to wear abayas, and they don't have to be black.

READ: A guide to buying an abaya in Qatar

When visiting mosques or government buildings, wearing shorts, skirts above the knees and sleeveless/ short sleeves are prohibited. You will also need to cover your hair when entering mosques.

READ: Here's what you need to know before visiting mosques in Qatar

Can women wear bikinis? Yes, but only in a hotel swimming pool or a private beach. Otherwise, shorts and shirts can be worn in theme parks and public beaches.

What can men wear in Qatar?

Pants and T-shirts are acceptable for men but do not take off your shirts as it’s prohibited. Fans attending matches should note that removing shirts while in the stadium is not permitted. Men should keep their shirts on unless they're at the beach or in a private pool, and if they wear shorts, they should cover the knees.

Can men wear trunks? Yes, but only in a hotel swimming pool or a private beach. Otherwise, shorts and shirts can be worn in theme parks and public beaches.

For government buildings and most religious places, tight shirts/ sleeveless shirts and shorts are not allowed. Men are required to enter these premises with covered shoulders and legs. Also, avoid slogan t-shirts that may in any way be offensive.

Thinking of wearing thobes? Why not? Qataris will feel honoured that you want to try their national dress and embrace the Qatari culture. So, yes, male visitors and expats are allowed to wear thobes.


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Fans and spectators need not worry as weather and temperatures are pleasant in November and December, thanks to the cool desert breeze.

Typical daytime temperatures reach around 24 degrees Celsius and about 18 degrees Celsius at night. It’s best to carry light jackets and cardigans, and it won’t harm if you keep a bonnet and pair of gloves when you’re out and about in Qatar during these times.

READ: What's the weather like in Qatar?

And there are plenty of shopping malls in Qatar where you can buy just about everything and anything you need, particularly clothes to wear for your entire stay.

So, when are you travelling to Qatar? Did you find this guide useful? Let us know in the comments section below, and please share this article with family and friends — it keeps us going!