Emergencies and Pharmacies

Details of where to go in the event of an emergency and details on how to find a 24-hour pharmacy in Qatar...


The main Accident & Emergency unit in Qatar is at the government-run Hamad General Hospital, while the private Al Ahli Hospital also has an A&E unit. Emergency treatment is free to Health Card holders in the government hospitals and clinics. Walk-in patients are assessed quickly in A&E before being assigned the appropriate treatment.

To call an ambulance, dial 999. The ambulance needs to be given a landmark and directions due to Qatar's vague address system, and takes the patient to the Hamad General Hospital.


Pharmacies can be found all over Doha, and many offer 24-hour service as well as home delivery of prescriptions.

Health Card holders can benefit from subsidised medication in government pharmacies, while private insurance policies may cover certain medications too.

Not all medicines require a prescription, and some that may need a prescription in other countries are available over the counter, so a call to the pharmacy may avert the need to visit a clinic or hospital. On the other hand, some drugs which are issued routinely in many countries are not permitted in Qatar, including codeine and some anti-depressants.