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Global Sourcebook for International Data Management

                                         by Graham Rhind



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Table of Contents

Qatar - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



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International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Qatar - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 14th March 2021

(where . indicates the decimal separator and , the thousands separator)


(where ٬ indicates the decimal separator and ٫ the thousands separator)

Qatar - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 1st June 2021

Qatar - Languages


The national language is Standard Arabic External. About 103 600 people speak Gulf Spoken Arabic External. There are also 73 000 Western Farsi External-speakers in Qatar.

Qatar - Company legal forms


   Note: This section last updated 7th August 2016

Qatari company types include:

   Commendite Partnership by Share
   Joint Venture
   Limited Liability Company (LLC)
   Partnership in Commendum
   Public Shareholding Company (PSC)
   Representative Office
   With Limited Liability (WLL)   
   Comprehensive tables of these strings can be acquired – see http:www.grcdi.nl/addresses.htm External

Qatar - Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 21st August 2015


Recipients without a PO Box may use a “Zero PO Box” service, where they can collect their post from the post office. In these cases the address block must contain the recipient’s telephone number so that they can be notified that a postal item has arrived.

Streets in urban areas are often numbered, with the same numbers appearing in different districts of the same urban area. The government is working to alter this situation for Doha, to give each street a name, allowing house-to-house deliveries.


Plaques like these may be found on buildings showing their zone, street and building numbers.

Qatar is creating an area referencing system called Onwani – plaques, like those above, contain a chip containing the Onwani number, and are a part of this project. The area referencing system is a 10-digit number which is linked via a database to a location using GIS co-ordinates. The first two numbers indicate a zone, the next four a street number (front-padded with zeroes when the street number has less than 4-digits), and the final four the house number (also front-padded with zeroes as required). The plaque above, for example, would have the number:


As they are positional codes rather than postal codes in the traditional sense, I do not categorise them as postal codes in this resource.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Qatar - Post office box


This is written PO Box.

Qatar - Postal codes


There is no postal code system in Qatar.

Qatar - Postal code format graphic


Qatar - Postal code format


Qatar - Postal code specifics


Qatar - Postal code regular expression


Qatar - Postal code level of coverage


Qatar - Postal code map


Place names in Qatar


   Note: This section last updated 18th April 2017

Refer to Exonyms in Qatar for full lists of place names in Qatar in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Qatar - Administrative districts


   Note: This section last updated 21st September 2017

Qatar has 8 municipalities External (baladiyat, singular - baladiyah):

    Ad Dawhah (Doha, الدوحة) External
    Al Daayen (الضعاين) External
    Al Khor (الخور) External
    Al Rayyan (الريان) External
    Al Shamal (الشمال) External
    Al Wakrah (الوكرة) External
    Al-Shahaniya (الشحانية) External
    Umm Salal (أم صلال) External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Qatar


   Note: This section last updated 11th October 2011

Qatari telephone numbers have no area codes. Subscriber numbers have 8 digits (from 28th July 2010 - before that, 7 digits). Mobile numbers begin with a 3, 5, 6 or 7.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


  1. ^ citypopulation.de/en/qatar/admin/ External 20230116

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