Travelers who expect to visit restaurants and cafes should pay particular attention to locals. If a restaurantâ€™s hall is full of visitors, you can be sure that this dining facility is a good place to eat.
Doha often hosts interesting fairs and exhibitions devoted to various crafts. Tourists are advised to find out about these events and their schedule in advance. Such fairs are a great place to purchase very interesting and unique handicrafts.
In spite of the fact that Arabic is the official language of the country many local people can communicate in English very well. Employees in hotels, restaurants, and major shopping centers can also be proficient in several foreign languages.
Friday is the day off in numerous shops and public institutions, and Thursday is often a short working day. During the daytime many institutions can close for a lunch break that usually lasts no more than two hours.
Tourists should not forget that taking pictures of local people without their agreement is prohibited. Photography in the territory of religious sites and cultural institutions may be prohibited or allowed for an additional fee.