The timezone AST in QatarTimezones are always computed by their difference to UTC, the "Universal Time Coordinated". In Qatar exists only a single tonezone at UTC+3. E.g. New York is currently at UTC-4 in Eastern Time, so the time difference between NY and Qatar is 7 hours.
Qatar has no time difference between summer and winter. A daylight saving time doesn't exist.
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Only 1 nationwide time zone
|Standard time:||Arabia Standard Time (AST)|
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Qatar has an east-west extension of 0.8 degrees of longitude. Given the country's location in Western Asia, this corresponds to about 82 kilometers. With such a small extent the course of the sun at different positions in the country hardly matters. The position of the sun in the west of the country deviates from that in the east only about 3 minutes. This means the sun rises and sets 3 minutes later in the west than in the east.
The Arabia Standard Time also applies in Yemen, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait and in Saudi Arabia.
No daylight saving time in QatarDue to the sun's orbit around the equator, the days are longer in summer (June to September in the northern hemisphere). Countries that switch to daylight saving time in the summer months align the daylight phase with the human rhythm. Unused bright morning hours are thus shifted into the evening (more information on daylight saving time here).
Due to the relative proximity to the equator, the impact in Qatar is not particularly large. Doha is only 2,800 km from the equator. A day in midsummer would then not last from 04:43 to 18:28, but from 05:43 to 19:28. The effect would be quite noticeable in the evening, but the sun rising later in the morning falls at a time when many people are already awake. Thus, daylight saving time was never introduced in Qatar.