Find in this article all that you need to know about Doha's transports system and infrastructure.
If you are about to settle in Doha, you will probably have queries about the means of transport which are available there. Unlike the rest of the country, Doha has a rather developed transport network. Indeed, local authorities are currently investing heavily in the transport network development, not only through the construction of new road infrastructures but also through the forthcoming introduction of new means of public transport. This should greatly facilitate trips through Doha and to the rest of the country.
Cars and motorbikes
Most expatriates in Doha prefer to travel by motorbike or by car. In fact, you can rent a car and drive for a maximum of 7 days with an international driver's license. Beyond this period, you will have to obtain a temporary driver's license from local authorities. Note that Doha hosts many car rental agencies. But beware of reckless drivers! You can come across them anywhere once you have started driving.
On the other hand, you will have no trouble in finding parking lots across Doha.
Taxis are also very popular in Doha. You will find not only typical taxi but also luxury limousines. As regards typical taxis, those painted orange are the oldest while those painted navy blue are the newest. These are provided by Mowasalat Karwa which is the national transports company. The navy blue taxis are usually comfortable and equipped with a meter which will be started as soon as your board in. As regards the orange taxis, drivers will rarely start the meter, let alone the air conditioner.
Regarding rates, note that you will pay around QR 10 and QR 1 for each additional kilometer.
Mowasalat also provides a highly developed public bus service across the capital, especially for the medium income population. The main terminal is found in the city's outskirts, that is in the Souk region. You can find bus stops all across the city. However, expect traffic jams during peak hours.
Doha's road infrastructure is highly developed and consists mainly with two or three lane roads. During the last few years, many roundabouts and exchangers have been replaced by traffic lights, underground walkways and flyovers. Moreover, many roads are currently being converted into highways so as to contain the growing traffic through the city and its surroundings.
Good to know:
Doha actually hosts 5 major highways: the Dukhan Highway, Al-Shamal street, the Al Khor Expressway, Wakrah/Messaid Road and Salwa road.
Several projects are currently underway in Doha in order reduce traffic jam and further improve the public transport network. Among these projects, you have the setting up of a four-line subway system in West Bay and Lusail, as well as a tram service. Moreover, Lusail should host a light rail network by 2016. The Gulf Railway, expected soon, should cover the entire Persian Gulf, including Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
As regards aviation, the Doha International Airport is also undergoing development and extension. Indeed, Qatari authorities aim at turning this airport into one of the world's biggest and most important airports. A new airport should also be built so as to facilitate regional and international flights.