Think getting a car rental in Doha is not important? It is. I have made a total of six trips to Doha, and every time, I realize just how important a rental really is. If you have not arranged for a rental just yet, here are three good reasons to do so now.
1. Bus Service Is Very Limited
The public bus transport was launched as Doha's first public transport only in 2005. Back then, it had only two routes. By 2006, this expanded to six routes. Doha's bus line, Mowasalat, has more routes now but that is not to say that things are much better. The buses still have very limited routes. Moreover, these buses follow a very erratic schedule. Expect to have to stand under the sun just waiting for the next bus to come along.
2. Taxis Are Few and Far in Between
There are two kinds of cabs in Doha: limousine taxis that come unmarked, and Karwa taxis which are green in color and are operated by Mowasalat. Both are extremely hard to find especially during regular workdays. In fact, if you need a taxi during business hours, you will have to reserve one 24 hours before you will use it. In some cases, it is possible to find on-call cabs but you may have to wait more than 90 minutes. The only areas that you can expect to find either a Karwa or a limousine taxi is in international hotels, the airport, or major malls.
3. There Are Many Sights to Check Out
Doha has many places of interest for first-time visitors. On the museum front alone, there's the Al Khor Museum, the Al Wakrah Museum, the Museum of Orientalists, the Qatar National Museum, the Museum of Islamic arts, the Sheikh Faisal collection, the Arab Modern Art Museum, and the Photography Museum. Then, there are the many cultural heritage sites, such as the Clock Tower, the Doha Heritage Village, the Souf Waqif, the Heritage Library, and the Al Koot Fort.
There are many things to do, see, and try in Doha but be careful which roads you take. Major trunk roadways that lead to industrial areas are specifically choked from 8 to 10 in the morning. Avoid Daffna, Ain Khalid, Salwa Road, Decoration Roundabout, Ramda, All Rayyan, Airport Road, E-Ring, C-Ring, and Abu Hamour as much as you can. During peak hours, vehicles move bumper-to-bumper in these areas, and worst hit are street numbers 35, 45, 52, and 33.