Qatar is just 1 of the 50 countries where Islam is the religion of the majority. People live and breathe it, so when Ramadan arrives, the habits of the whole country are affected. 

Ramadan in Qatar: Expat Challenge

I had so many questions: When will I be able to buy my groceries? What do I have to wear? Will everyone still be working?  

Highlights and lowlights of Ramadan in Qatar 1. No eating or drinking during Ramadan

Many restaurants close during the daylight hours and any that stay open keep curtains drawn.

2. No alcohol

During Ramadan, Qatar dries up. The single alcohol shop in Doha closes for the month, as do all hotel and restaurant bars. 

3. Work hours/business hour

Ramadan is a time for contemplating your relationship with God. It is NOT a time for working! So, official work hours are reduced, even for non-Muslim expats. 

4. Road Rage

It’s statistically proven that there are more road accidents during Ramadan than any other month which means that we expats stay housebound at sunset. 

5. Iftar in Qatar

One of the traditions that makes Ramadan a treat is the nightly Iftar that marks the breaking of the fast.