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MLDAS 2017 - Local, Venue, Lodging and Visa Information

MLDAS 2017 venue: The symposium will be held at the Qatar National Convention Centre in Doha.

Doha - the capital of the State of Qatar is a modern city located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. Weather in Doha in mid-March tends to be sunny and pleasantly warm (average highs 21-27°C, 70-80°F). You can check out the current weather forecast.

Travel Visa. Attendees from many countries will need a visa or other forms of travel authorization for entry into Qatar. Entry visa rules can be complex. Therefore, please check the regulations and how they apply to travelers in advance. Registered participants should contact the organizers of the symposium if they need a visa.

Transportation and Distances. The Hamad International Airport in Doha is served by a large number of major airlines from all continents. It is one of the most modern and advanced airports in the world; it started operating in May 2014.
West Bay Doha is where most of the hotels are and is about 20 kilometers away from the airport. It can be reached by taxi or limousine services.
We recommend the taxi services as they are the least expensive option. Turquoise/blue taxis marked with the "Karwa" sign are available to the right as you exit the arrivals terminal in Doha. We do not recommend that symposium attendees rent a car in Doha.

Currency. The official currency of the State of Qatar is the Qatari Riyal. One Qatari Riyal is valued at 0.27 US Dollars (approximately 0.20 Euros).
ATMs are available in the arrivals terminal of the Doha International Airport right accross from the baggage claim belts. All major hotels and shopping centers also provide ATMs.

Electricity in Qatar is 240V / 50Hz AC. The electrical sockets are similar to the ones in Great Britain. See this photo for the type of plugs that work in Qatar.

Cell phones from other countries will typically require roaming capabilities. Cellular phone coverage in Doha is excellent, basically served by two companies.