Hertz Car Rental in Qatar gives you the opportunity to travel throughout this fascinating country at your convenience while staying cool and out of the hot sun. Whether you are seeing the sites of bustling Doha, or want to drive out on the roads through the desert to see historic sites at places such as Zubara, renting a car is the ultimate way to do it.
Hertz Car Rental makes it easy to pick your ideal car, with several branches in the heart of Doha, including at the airport. This means you can drive from your flight to your hotel, see as much of the country as you like and then head back again for your flight home. Create your own itinerary with the convenience of a rental car, whether you’re traveling on business or are planning some serious relaxation time in this energetic and exciting country.
As with any country, there are specific driving rules when using the roads in Qatar. We recommend checking before you travel, but these are some of the most important:
• Qatari drivers drive on the right side of the road.
• The use of mobile phones when driving is illegal.
• It is mandatory for all passengers and the driver to wear a seatbelt while traveling by car and children under the age of 10 are not allowed to sit in the front passenger seat.
• Qatar has a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving, with a legal limit of 0.0mg with fines and potential for a jail sentence.
• Your driving license, supporting documents and insurance should be kept in the car with you at all times.
• If you are involved in an accident, no matter how small, the police must be called. In the case of minor accidents, vehicles can be moved to the side of the road to prevent congestion, but you must stay at the scene. It is up to the traffic police to decide who is at fault in the case of smaller accidents.
Qatar has a great motor racing heritage and petrol heads should flock to the Losail International Circuit, north of Doha. As well as hosting the annual MotoGP of Qatar, it also holds a range of other events, such as the opening round of the FIM Motocross World Championship and the World Touring Car Championship. It’s well worth checking to see what will be on while you’re in Qatar, or you can visit one of the many track days held throughout the year.
For those looking for scenic driving, Qatar has a number of coast roads with stunning views of the Persian Gulf. Pearl Boulevard in Doha, on the other hand, gives you a real slice of luxury as it takes you through the heart of The Pearl-Qatar, a man-made island filled with luxury retail and entertainment venues, as well as opulent accommodation. Even if you’re not staying there, it’s worth driving through just to marvel at it.
• Minimum car rental age: The minimum car rental age in Qatar is 25 years. However, some vehicles can be rented from 21 years upon payment of a young driver’s surcharge of QAR 100.00 per rental.
• Average speed limits: The average speed limit in Qatar ranges between 60km/h and 100km/h in towns and cities, and 120km/h on motorways and expressways.
• Toll roads and costs: Qatar currently has no toll roads.
Renting a car in Qatar requires specific documents:
• GCC (Gulf Corporate Council - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE) nationals must provide their GCC-issued driver’s license and passport.
• Non-GCC national (including those with GCC-issued driver’s licenses) must provide their national driving license and their passport. This will entitle them to drive in Qatar for seven days before they must obtain a temporary Qatari driving license for the remainder of their stay.
• An International Driving Permit (IDP) is also required and can extend this seven-day period to six months
• Customers with driving licenses issued by the People’s Republic of China who wish to drive in Qatar must also have an official Hertz Certification Form issued by Hertz China on Hertz notepaper with a Hertz China Corporate Seal.
• Customers wishing to rent a car in Qatar with driving licenses issued in Vietnam must present their original license along with an authorized translation from the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport.
• Refueling at petrol stations: Refueling in Qatar is very affordable and petrol stations can be found on most stretches of road. Many are open 24 hours a day.
• Traveling with children: Child seats are not mandatory in Qatar. However, if you prefer to use one you are able to hire one with your car rental at an additional charge of QAR 50.00 per day, QAR 150.00 per week or QAR 300.00 per month.