For general emergencies in Doha, call 999.
For GSM users, there is a worldwide emergency number. Dial 112 and your mobile phone will search for any existing network to establish an emergency service for you. This function will operate even if you phone has no SIM card, or your keypad is locked.
Other important phone numbers for emergencies are:
You should dress modestly while in public in Qatar and Doha, including while driving. Women should cover their shoulders and avoid wearing short skirts. Intimacy between men and women in public can lead to arrest, including between teenagers. Homosexual behaviour is also illegal in Qatar.
You should also ask permission before taking photographs of people in Qatar. Many older people and most women object to being photographed. You should also avoid photographing members of the police and armed forces.
You should not sit in a way that shows the soles of your feet or shoes to Qatari hosts, this is considered insulting. You also shouldn't sit with your back towards other guests (chairs are usually arranged around the walls to avoid this).
You should not accept items with your left hand. If you're eating with your fingers, you should also follow Muslim conventions and use only your right hand.
Do not go to the seaside barefoot in Doha. While stonefish are rare, they can be found along the country's shorelines, and will inject poison into your food if you tread on them.
Qatar is prone to haze, dust storms and sandstorms. Given the high temperatures in Qatar, you should drink plenty of fluids (at least eight pints a day) and use high-factor sunblock throughout the year.
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