When compared to other Arabian Gulf destinations, Qatar is actually a lot larger than one might expect.
Certainly, the downtown area of Doha itself is compact, but as the city has expanded along the coastline and then developed vast new urban areas, this is still very much a place to get around by car. Even if distances are relatively small, local bus services are poor, and even if taxis are cheap by European standards, the meter is still running.
Yet to visit Qatar without getting outside the city of Doha would be a huge missed opportunity. There are also some new developments which are some distance away from the main metropolitan area.
Therefore our advice in Doha is that a hire car is certainly worth looking at.
Doha is also a city where it’s best to take to the waters to take in the view.
Should you hire a car in Doha? Verdict – yes