Archive for the ‘Transportation’ Category

The worst thing during Ramadan is traffic jam since the timings for schools and offices are almost the same.  But in my three years in Doha, I believe that this has been the worst traffic that I’ve ever experienced.  This year, the traffic situation has reached its peak probably because there have been more cars […]







After 4 weeks of extended vacation in the Philippines, Mavis and Xiane are finally arriving tonight…

…and I’ve got a gift for Mavis which I think she’ll like.

Carry On Baggage Allowance

The below rules are for Qatar Airways operated flights. Local authorities and airports may apply different rules. Please check with them before your journey.

 

First Class

Business Class

Economy

All flights

2 pieces not exceeding 15kg (50 x 37 x 25cm)

2 pieces not exceeding 15kg (50 x 37 x 25cm)

1 piece not exceeding 7kg (50 x 37 x 25cm)

Checked Baggage Allowance

 

First Class

Business Class

Economy

All flights

40 kg

30 kg

20 kg

Trans Atlantic flights

2 pieces each not exceeding 32 kg
maximum dimensions 158cm

2 pieces each not exceeding 32 kg
maximum dimensions 158cm

2 pieces each not exceeding 23 kg
maximum dimensions 158cm

  • The dimension of each piece of baggage must not exceed 158cm (total dimension = length + height + width).
  • Excess baggage will be charged at the airport. For excess baggage rates please contact your nearest Qatar Airways Office (click here for a list of office locations).
  • Trans Atlantic travel to and from the Americas on QR operated and interlining flights.

Liquid and Gels

As of 1 June 2007, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommends all liquids, gels, pastes and aerosols up to 100 ml must be carried in one transparent and resealable plastic bag to a maximum capacity of 1 Litre. The transparent bag dimensions should not exceed 20 cm x 20 cm or 8 inches x 8 inches. Containers over 100 ml will not be accepted even if they are partly filled. All items must fit comfortably in the plastic bag. You are required to produce your clear transparent bag of liquids separately for security screening.
There are no restrictions on baby food and medication. You will be required to produce a medical certificate for medication taken onboard.

For people expecting to stay and work in Qatar, I’m sure you’ve read a lot about the dismal transportation system here. So you’ve probably planned to buy a car once you’ve arrived. You have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting cars in Qatar; from the real expensive luxury cars to an affordable yet dependable car. Qatar is actually tagged as the “Land of Land Cruisers” as you’d see them everywhere (Saudi would be the “Land of the Suburbans” as per experience). Of late, Mavis and I see a lot of Nissan Tiida’s on the street. The basic Tiida would set you back about QR 44,000. The Top 3 Company cars in the market would be Toyota, Honda and Nissan. All Japanese companies.

Anyway, here is a list of showroom prices for Honda and Nissan in Qatar.

We got an email today from one of our readers asking life and about practice of religion in Qatar. Lets me share with you some of our answers.

1. Exit Permit scenario is it true that employer supposed to hold the passport and you need permission from employer everytime  you want to travel or leave Qatar.
You get to hold on to your passport (unlike Saudi). However, government procedures impose that you need to get an EXIT VISA if your planning to go out of the country. That means, you need a written permission from your company that they’re allowing you to leave the country plus approval from Immigration once you submit the requirements. This is applicable for anyone holding a WORK VISA. Families of the employee can leave Qatar anytime they want without the need for an EXIT PERMIT.

You can ask your company to give you a MULTIPLE EXIT PERMIT so you don’t have to apply for an EXIT PERMIT nor get their approval everytime you leave. However, not a lot of companies give this to their employees.


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