You’d think that, in a country where around 80% of the residents are expats, they’d have streamlined this process, but no. The most obvious place where this is a problem is on the road, because traffic in Doha is absolutely horrendous. Actually, I’d say no hand signs in general while driving.
Even when you’re in a women-only changing room (such as at the pool), you’ll undress in a separate private cubicle.
Signs state that others around you may find nudity offensive. Expats applying for residency in Qatar must first pass a medical test that screens for tuberculosis, hepatitis, and HIV.
The exception is when greeting: In Qatar, men and women greet friends of the same sex with three kisses on the cheek. Models in magazines often have clothing drawn on, and any sexy-time scenes in movies are censored, especially if the characters aren’t married. If you’re found to be scantily clad you could be fined or, at the very least, security will ask you to leave the mall/office/souq you’re in.
It’s not uncommon for people to call the moral police and dob on anyone seen breaking this rule. If you escape these guys, don’t think you’re in the clear.
Kissing, hugging, and some places even holding hands. This one is tricky and has caused a lot of debate recently as public consensus becomes more lax.
Locals especially don’t take very kindly to women flouting the dress code — expect some very unfriendly stares. We’re allowed to purchase booze for private consumption at home, but you need — you guessed it — a letter from your employer giving you permission to get a license first.As I always say, you don’t make friends with spaghetti straps! If you want to travel outside the country, you first have to arrange for the company you work for — your “sponsor” — to grant you an exit permit, which you must present at customs with your passport. You also need permission from your employer in the form of a letter if you want to buy a car, take out a loan, or rent an apartment. There’s only one store in Qatar that sells alcohol, and once inside you can only spend 10% of your monthly wage.