Transport and infrastructure in Qatar

Our listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Qatar with the average of all countries in Asia. Overall, the main traffic and transport routes are well developed and in comparatively good condition.

Airports in Qatar

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Road traffic

The network of roads and highways has a total length of 7,039 km. For each of the country's 2.93 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 2.40 meters. This puts Qatar in 163rd place in the global ranking. However, the country's size and population density of around 252 inhabitants per km² must also be taken into account. Countries with fewer inhabitants on the same or even larger area naturally achieve quite different values here and have to connect remote areas to the transport network despite a smaller population.

With an average of 278 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Qatar is considered reasonably safe. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 10.6 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 12.2 in the USA and 17.1 worldwide.

In Qatar, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.



 totalper 1 mio
per km²
Roadways7,000 km2,401.96 km606.29 m
Railroads0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Waterways0 km0.00 km0.00 m
Commercial harbors12944.020.011


 total per 1 mio
per km²
Roadways14,699,500 km3,162.10 km459.66 m
Railroads280,000 km60.24 km8.76 m
Waterways260,300 km55.99 km8.14 m
Commercial harbors46,0549.910.001

Data sources used

Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
CIA Factbook
OECD Statistics
Wikipedia (german)
Qatar: AirportsLargest airports and airlines in QatarThe biggest airports and Qatari in Qatar with further information and data
Qatar: ClimateClimate details in QatarA climate analysis for Qatar incl. temperatures, humidity, rain days per month, hours of sunshine, Water temperature, Rainfalls
Ranking: MegacitiesMega cities - the biggest cities all over the worldRanking of the biggest cities worldwide. On top: Shanghai, Chongqing and Beijing