Speed Limits, Road Classifications and Breakdown Recovery
Understand the different speed limits and types of road in Qatar, plus who to call following a breakdown or accident...
Roads in Qatar
The main roads in Qatar are generally good quality, modern highways, and are usually either dual or three-lane carriageways. There are a number of routes that run out of Doha to other parts of the country, and several of these have been recently upgraded, or are in the process of being upgraded, into wide multi-lane highways.
Within Doha there are five circular access roads that curve around the city centre, which are known as the A, B, C, D and E Ring Roads. These are intersected by straight roads heading towards the suburbs. While road quality is good, traffic congestion, particularly at peak hours, is a serious problem, and there are often disruptions due to construction work and development.
There are currently no tolls payable on any of Qatar’s roads, but there is a highway that crosses the international border with Saudi Arabia, where the relevant visas and their associated fees apply. There is also a major bridge project underway that will connect Qatar with the neighbouring island state of Bahrain. The road, which will span the Arabian Gulf and goes by the name of the Friendship Bridge, will be an estimated 40 Km in length when complete – the world’s longest bridge. The latest estimate is that the project will be finished in 2015.
Road Signs and Speed Limits
Directional road signs and street names are written in both English and Arabic, and speed is measured in kilometres per hour.
Speed limits within city areas generally range from 60 Kph to 100 Kph, and the limit is well indicated by signs. On out-of-town roads the limit is 120 Kph.
- For an explanation of the meanings of different road signs: Click here
Petrol is particularly cheap in Qatar, as it is elsewhere in the Gulf region. There is an ample supply of filling stations on Qatar’s roads, mostly run by the Woqod company. Many are open 24 hours a day.
Breakdown and Recovery
There is no dominant major national breakdown service as there is in some other countries. Some insurance policies will include breakdown cover, and several independent towing companies are in operation in Doha and beyond. These include:
- Arabian Allied Association Qatar
- Arabian Automobile Association
- For a full directory of other independent car recovery firms: Click here
Be aware that towing another vehicle on the road using a rope is illegal.