Safety in Qatar

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There are few major concerns when it comes to safety in Qatar. Confidence in the emirate’s security capabilities was highlighted when it was chosen to host the FIFA World Cup.

Most crime occurs among unskilled labourers, although there are concerns about crime increasing in the coming years.

Nonetheless, security infrastructure is expected to improve even further in the run-up to the event and safety is likely to remain a priority for the Qatari government.

Crime in Qatar

The Qatar police protects the safety of expats and othersCrime rates in Qatar are generally low and expats are rarely affected – most crimes are reported within the large pool of foreign labourers who are based in industrial neighbourhoods or labour camps.

Tourists and expats are mainly affected by petty crimes such as pickpocketing, burglary and car break-ins. The police in Qatar are, however, highly visible and capable, and act to safeguard locals and expats alike.

Another growing concern is fraud, so expats are strongly advised to be cautious in their financial dealings. Credit and debit card fraud also happen, but the overall threat is no higher than most cities in the West.

Terrorism in Qatar

Qatar is not immune to the threat of Islamist extremism. The high number of expatriates in Qatar, particularly Westerners, and the government’s growing involvement in regional political affairs increases the possibility that Qatar may be targeted in the future.

That said, the last major terrorist attack happened in 2005 and the security force has an efficient counter-terrorism unit which lowers the likelihood of future attacks being successful.

Protests in Qatar

Qatar was one of several Middle Eastern states that were not affected by the 2011 Arab Spring and its fallout. The government remains popular and political opposition is limited. As a result, public protests are rare and, when they do take place, are generally peaceful and undisruptive.

Road safety in Qatar

The greatest safety threat to expats in Qatar is its roads. Traffic accidents are among the leading causes of death in the country, mostly because of speeding, disobeying basic traffic laws and poor driving standards. Poor visibility during sandstorms and wandering livestock on highways outside of Doha are also problems.

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