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2 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Qatar: Buying Guide

Qatar – the least inhabited country in the Middle East. It is known for its modern cities, for being a large natural gas exporter, and, of course, Qatar Airlines.

Qatar may primarily be known by its national airline (Qatar Airways) or Hamad International Airport – its main international airport.

But you probably will not be visiting Qatar just to stare at airplanes or explore the airport – no, there is a lot to do in this country.

If you are into history and art, the Museum of Islamic Art will undoubtedly be interested. The Doha Corniche has majestic bay views with a lovely waterside walkway. And let's not forget about the Katara – The Cultural Village Foundation with scenic views.

But before you share your Qatar experiences online to make your friends and family jealous, you should know that international roaming can be expensive.

Roaming bills can be ridiculous, so avoid them if you can. But how? By using local SIM cards.

Local SIM cards, like a Qatari one, allow you to enjoy local rates – almost always cheaper than international roaming.

But are Qatari SIM cards cheap? Quite.

You can get a Qatari for 10 QAR (2.75 USD) from Vodafone. Ooredoo “hands out” SIM cards for free, but you need to top-up at least 10 QAR to get the SIM card. You can get a plan with 1 GB of data valid for 7 days for as low as 20 QAR (5.50 USD).

Cannot see the video above? Watch it here or on YouTube.

These numbers are not bad at all! Especially if you know that costs were waaay higher a few years ago.

Okay, that was your introduction. What about plans? How to top-up? Or check your balance? I will cover it all.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Qatar. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Qatar Guide (logos of Ooredoo & Vodafone)

Original publication: 25th of December 2019. Last updated: 20th of August 2021.

Table of Contents

Can You Buy a SIM Card in Qatar?

Anyone 18 years old or older living in or visiting Qatar can buy a Qatari SIM card from Ooredoo & Vodafone in their stores.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations. Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Qatar). Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Qatar?

You can get a Qatari SIM card in the official stores of Ooredoo & Vodafone. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Hamad International Airport (مطار حمد الدولي/ Maṭār Ḥamad al-Duwalī).

Cannot see the video above? Watch it on YouTube.

You can expect to pay the following for Qatari SIM cards:

  • Ooredoo Qatar: “free”, but top-up or plan purchase required
  • Vodafone Qatar: 10 QAR

The following operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Ooredoo Qatar: 35 QAR (9.67 USD)

Can You Use Your Phone in Qatar?

Qatar uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Qatar. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Qatar, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 & 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American Frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 & 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Qatar.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Qatar or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Qatar (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Qatar

Qatar has two mobile network operators:

  • Ooredoo Qatar
  • Vodafone Qatar

The following frequencies are used in Qatar:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

Cannot see the video above? Watch it on YouTube.

To check whether your phone will work in Qatar, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

5G NR in Qatar

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Qatar since 2018. Ooredoo Qatar's 5G network is, for now, exclusive to postpaid customers. On the other hand, Vodafone Qatar offers 5G NR to both prepaid and postpaid customers.

Best SIM Card in Qatar

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Qatar, I recommend going with either Ooredoo or Vodafone. Both operators have excellent coverage throughout the country and have fast speeds, but Ooredoo is the best. Vodafone offers more variety in plans and 5G NR to prepaid customers.

SIM Card Registration in Qatar

SIM card registration with your passport information is mandatory in Qatar. It will be done at the point of purchase.

Internet Censorship in Qatar

Internet censorship is prevalent in Qatar. The government censors various things, such as LGBTQ content, pornography, political criticism, and escort services. The WIFI networks in some hotels are not subject to this censorship, but your traffic will still be monitored at all times.

That is why I would recommend using a VPN to browse the web in peace. I use both NordVPN and Surfshark.

NordVPN has the most servers of any VPN service out there, which I love. Surfshark is insanely cheap for the price they charge. Depending on where I am, I will either use NordVPN or Surfshark. Neither VPNs have servers in Qatar, which makes sense, but connecting to nearby countries will still result in fast browsing speeds.

You can get amazing discounts for both NordVPN and Surfshark when using these links. Stay safe, secure, and private in Qatar!

Qatar Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

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Mobile data prices in the Middle East have always been a hit or miss. Some nations have awful infrastructure, resulting in high prices. Others are dealing with economic crises, with high inflation rates as a result.

Then you have other countries where mobile data rates are lower than the cost of most grocery items.

Qatar has had a duopoly for ages, which resulted in high mobile costs for a long time. However, this has changed over the years for the better.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Qatar is 3.20 USD, around the Middle Eastern average of 3.94 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

When we compare these numbers to 2019's figures, the average cost of 1 GB of data has decreased by 74.6%.

For most Qataris, these prices are not an issue. However, you should not forget that about 88% of the Qatari population are foreign workers – most coming from India (25%), Bangladesh (12%), Nepal (12%) & Egypt (12%).

I have received many comments from migrant workers in Qatar saying they believe the cost of mobile data is (still) too high. Luckily, the mobile operators have lowered their prices lately.

But their prices will probably never go as low as the average cost of data in the South Asian countries or Egypt.

Okay, that was a lot about prices – what about mobile internet speeds? Are they fast in Qatar? Well, you will be surprised.

Qatar's average mobile download speed is around 171 Mbps, making it the country with the 3rd fastest mobile download speed globally.

Qatar has been in the top ten countries with the fastest download speeds for years now. However, since the active rollout of 5G NR, the average mobile download speed doubled from June 2020 (83 Mbps) to June 2021 (171 Mbps).

These numbers are certainly impressive – no doubt. However, we should not forget that Qatar is a relatively small country (158th largest out of the 193 UN-recognized member states and 2 observer states).

Moreover, the country is investing heavily in infrastructure in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. At least the locals can benefit from all these upgrades already 🙂

What mobile operator is the fastest in Qatar? Ooredoo Qatar or Vodafone Qatar?

Currently, Ooredoo Qatar is the fastest mobile operator with a Speed Score of 149. However, Vodafone Qatar is not far behind with a Speed Score of 136.

What about 5G NR speeds? Both Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar produce incredible results. Ooredoo Qatar is currently the fastest mobile operator with a median download speed of 394 Mbps. Vodafone Qatar's median download speed is 354 – not too far behind.

These numbers will only increase when more users get 5G compatible devices, when upgraded versions of 5G NR become available, and when frequencies of 5G NR Frequency Range 2 (24 GHz =>) start being used for 5G NR in the country.

With affordable SIM card prices, reasonably priced packages, blazing-fast internet speeds, and excellent nationwide coverage, you should have a smooth network experience in Qatar.

Currency in Qatar

200 Qatari Riyal Bank Note
© Qatar Central Bank (QCB)/مصرف قطر المركزي

Qatar uses the Qatari Riyal with the symbol QAR (which will be used throughout this guide). However, prices are often listed in QR or ر.ق. For example, 25 QAR = 25 QR/ر.ق . For reference, below are some exchange rates between QAR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 QAR = 0.25 USD
  • 10 QAR = 2.75 USD
  • 100 QAR = 27.45 USD
  • 1000 QAR = 274.65 USD

For up-to-date QAR:USD exchange rates, search QAR to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

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Qatari Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Ooredoo Qatar & Vodafone Qatar, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs) 

With that being said, let’s see what Qatar has to offer to us.

Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo Logo
© Ooredoo

Ooredoo Qatar, just Ooredoo, is the largest mobile operator in Qatar. Ooredoo is a Qatari mobile operator active in Northern Africa, Southeast Asia & the Middle East.

Ooredoo uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Ooredoo:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Ooredoo SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

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Coverage – Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo has the best coverage in Qatar.

Its coverage is nationwide. However, some places in the desert have no coverage at all, and other sites have to deal with 2G and 3G reception.

Below is Ooredoo's 4G/LTE map:

Then the 4G+ map with places where you can even reach faster speeds (450 Mbps) on 4G/LTE:

Also, the 4.5G coverage map where speeds can go all the way up to 700 Mbps on 4G/LTE:

Then we also have a 5G NR map on 2100 MHz, reaching speeds of up to 1 Gbps:

Finally, we also have the 5G NR map on 3500 MHz with maximum speeds up to 2.2 Gbps:

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – Ooredoo Qatar

You can get an Ooredoo SIM card, called Hala, for free in Ooredoo stores. However, you are expected to top up at least 10 QAR or buy a plan on the spot. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Hamad International Airport (مطار حمد الدولي).

Short-term travelers can also take advantage of the Ooredoo Visitor SIM. For 35 QAR (or 9.67 USD), you get 250 MB, 25 local minutes, and 25 international minutes – all valid for 7 days. The SIM card itself is valid for 30 days, which can be extended by buying a plan.

Ooredoo Qatar Visitor SIM
© Ooredoo Qatar

Your international minutes can be used to call the following destinations:

You can pre-order the Ooredoo Visitor SIM online or get the Ooredoo Visitor SIM card at the following locations:

Dial *100# to access the Ooredoo menu.

Ooredoo SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 150 days (no top-up for 150 days or no activity for 150 days).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo Qatar Hala Top Up Cards
© Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo top-up vouchers are sold in Ooredoo stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

The following top-up options are available:

Top-UpValidity
10 QAR30 Days
20 QAR60 Days
30 QAR180 Days​
50 QAR180 Days
100 QAR180 Days
200 QAR360 Days
500 QAR365 Days

To top up your Ooredoo SIM card, dial *100# and follow the instructions.

Dial *100# or *129 to check your Ooredoo balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Ooredoo Qatar app (Android/iOS).

Ooredoo Qatar App
© Ooredoo Qatar

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo Qatar Hala Prepaid
© Ooredoo Qatar

Ooredoo has three data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Local Packs – Ooredoo Qatar
Ooredoo Qatar Hala Smart Combo Cards
© Ooredoo Qatar

The Local Packs are combo plans with data and minutes.

You can activate a Local Pack by texting the Activation Code to 121:

PricePlanDataLocal Minutes (Units)ValidityActivation Code
10 QARHala Smart QR 10100 MB100 units30 days WP10
15 QARHala Smart QR 15100 MB175 units30 days WP15
60 QARHala Smart QR 60250 MBUnlimited units 30 days WP60
All In One Packs – Ooredoo Qatar
Ooredoo Qatar Flexi Cards
© Ooredoo Qatar

The All In One Packs are combo plans with a unit system (Flexi Points) and data.

You have the following unit rates:

  • 7 MB = 1 Flexi Point
  • 1 local minute = 1 Flexi Point
  • 1 local SMS = 1 Flexi Point

The following All In One Packs are available:

PricePlanDataData ValidityFlexi PointsFlexi Points ValidityPack Type
5 QARFlexi QR 5100 MBUntil midnight30 Flexi PointsUntil midnightOne-Time
5 QARFlexi QR 5100 MBUntil midnight30 Flexi PointsUntil midnightRecurring
10 QARFlexi QR 10250 MB3 days70 Flexi Points3 daysOne-Time
10 QARFlexi QR 10250 MB3 days70 Flexi PointsUntil next day midnightRecurring
20 QARFlexi QR 20550 MB7 days150 Flexi Points6 days One-Time
20 QARFlexi QR 20550 MB 17 days150 Flexi Points7 daysRecurring
60 QARFlexi QR 602 GB7 days500 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
60 QARFlexi QR 602 GB 17 days500 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring
100 QARFlexi QR 1002.2 GB7 days1000 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
100 QARFlexi QR 1002.2 GB 17 days1000 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring
150 QARFlexi QR 1502.2 GB7 days2100 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
150 QARFlexi QR 1502.2 GB 17 days2100 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring
200 QARFlexi QR 2002.2 GB7 days3100 Flexi Points30 daysOne-Time
200 QARFlexi QR 2002.2 GB 17 days3100 Flexi Points30 daysRecurring

1 unlimited data at 64 Kbps after exhausting your data allowance

Data Packs – Ooredoo Qatar
Ooredoo Qatar Hala Recharge Data
© Ooredoo Qatar

The Data Packs are data-only plans.

The following Data Packs are available:

PricePlanDataValidityBonus DataBonus Data ValidityPack Type
5 QARData Recharge QR 5300 MBUntil midnightN/AN/AOne-Time
10 QARData Recharge QR 10750 MB3 daysN/AN/AOne-Time
20 QARDaily Flexi QR 201 GB1 dayN/AN/ARecurring
20 QARQR 201 GB7 days N/AN/ARecurring
20 QARData Recharge QR 201.6 GB7 days N/AN/AOne-Time
30 QARData Recharge QR 301 GB14 days 1 GB7 days One-Time
60 QARData Recharge QR 602.5 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
80 QARData Recharge QR 804 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
100 QARData Recharge QR 1007 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
125 QARData Pack QR 125“Unlimited”, 100 GB7 days N/AN/ARecurring
150 QARData Recharge QR 15014 GB28 days 2 GB7 days One-Time
200 QARData Recharge QR 200 20 GB42 days2 GB7 days One-Time

APN/Internet Settings – Ooredoo Qatar

  • Name: Ooredoo Qatar
  • APN: data
  • Port: 80
  • MCC: 427
  • MNC: 01

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone Logo
© Vodafone

Vodafone Qatar, just Vodafone, is the smaller mobile operator in Qatar. It entered the Qatari market to end Ooredoo's, back then Qtel's, monopoly. Vodafone, as a company, is active in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East & Oceania.

Vodafone uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)

This is what you will learn about Vodafone:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Vodafone SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Click on the links above to jump to the section you are interested in.

Jump to Ooredoo

Coverage – Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone has extensive coverage throughout Qatar.

Reception can be found almost anywhere. However, it can be spotty or fall back to older networks (2G or 3G) in the desserts.

Below is Vodafone's 2G coverage map:

Then we have the 3G map:

Let's take a look at the 4G/LTE map:

We also have the 5G NR map:

Finally, we have the Vodafone coverage map showing all technologies (2G, 3G, 4G/LTE & 5G NR):

I always like to compare official coverage maps with one made independently because some mobile operators are overly optimistic with their maps.

SIM Card Price – Vodafone Qatar

You can buy a Vodafone SIM card for 10 QAR in Vodafone stores. It is also possible to get them at Hamad International Airport (مطار حمد الدولي).

It is also possible to get a Vodafone eSIM for the same price as a regular SIM card. To use a Vodafone eSIM, you need to have one of the following devices:

  • Google Pixel 3
  • iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

Dial *100# to access the Vodafone menu.

Vodafone SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 180 days (no top-up for 180 days or no activity for 180 days).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone top-up vouchers are sold in Vodafone stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations, and grocery stores.

To top up your Vodafone SIM card, dial *127*VoucherCode# (Flex), *777*VoucherCode (all others), or *100# and follow the instructions. The method you use depends on the top-up card and what type of plan or recharge you wish to activate.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *127*123456# or *777*VoucherCode#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100#, *129#, or *130# to check your Vodafone balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the My Vodafone (Qatar) app (Android/iOS).

My Vodafone Qatar App
© Vodafone Qatar

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone Qatar Flexi Plans
© Vodafone Qatar

Vodafone has six data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Daily Offers – Vodafone Qatar

The Daily Offers are offers giving you free data, minutes, or bonuses when you recharge a certain amount every day.

Dial *123# to access Daily Offers.

Flex – Vodafone Qatar

Flex is a combo plan using a unit system (Flex). Below are the rates:

ActionFlex
1 GB 147 Flex
1 local minute1 Flex
1 local SMS 1 Flex
1 international SMS 1 Flex
1 minute to Bangladesh 2 Flex
1 minute to Egypt5 Flex
1 minute to Nepal2 Flex
1 minute to Pakistan4 Flex
1 minute to the Philippines4 Flex

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The following Flex plans are available:

PricePlanFlexValidityActivaton Code
5 QARFlex 530 FlexUntil midnight*200*3005#
10 QARFlex 1070 FlexUntil next day midnight*200*1110#
20 QARFlex 20 Weekly150 Flex7 days *200*771#
50 QARFlex 50 Weekly450 Flex30 days*200*45#
100 QARFlex 100 Monthly 1000 Flex30 days *200*1000#
Flex Prepaid – Vodafone Qatar

The Flex Prepaid plans are combo bundles using a unit system (Flex) and offering data.

For the Flex rates, click here.

The following Flex Prepaid options are available:

PricePlanFlexDataUnlimited Data Speed 1Validity
100 QAR1000 Flex1000 Flex2.2 GB (8 days)256 Kbps30 days 
150 QAR2100 Flex2100 Flex2.2 GB (8 days)512 Kbps30 days 
200 QAR3100 Flex3100 Flex2 GB (8 days)2 Mbps30 days 
300 QAR3750 Flex3750 Flex2 GB (8 days)2 Mbps30 days 
500 QAR6250 Flex6250 FlexN/A15 Mbps 30 days 

1 when Flex allowance has been exhausted

Flex Recharge – Vodafone Qatar

Flex Recharge plans are combo bundles using a unit system (Flex) and offering credit and data.

For the Flex rates, click here.

You can get one of the following Flex Recharge plans:

PricePlanDataCreditFlexValidity
5 QARQR5 RechargeN/A5 QAR30 Flex30 days
10 QARQR10 RechargeN/A10 QAR70 Flex30 days
20 QARQR20 RechargeN/A20 QAR150 Flex7 days
55 QARQR55 RechargeN/A55 QAR475 Flex30 days
60 QARInternet 602.5 GBN/A500 Flex30 days
80 QARInternet 804 GB N/A700 Flex 30 days
100 QARInternet 1007 GB N/A1000 Flex30 days
100 QARQR100 RechargeN/A100 QAR1000 Flex30 days
150 QARQR150 RechargeN/A150 QAR2050 Flex30 days
200 QAR Internet 200 20 GB N/A3100 Flex30 days
200 QARQR200 RechargeN/A200 QAR3100 Flex30 days
300 QARQR300 RechargeN/A300 QAR3750 Flex30 days
500 QARQR500 RechargeN/A500 QAR6250 Flex30 days
Hadaya Flex – Vodafone Qatar

The Hadaya Flex plans are combo plans using a unit system (Flex) and offering data.

Below are the rates:

  • 7 MB = 1 Flex
  • 1 local minute = 1 Flex
  • 1 local SMS = 1 Flex
  • 1 minute to India = 1 Flex
  • 1 minute to Bangladesh & Nepal = 2 Flex
  • 1 minute to Pakistan & the Philippines = 4 Flex
  • 1 minute to Egypt = 5 Flex
  • 1 minute to 20 select countries 1 = 5 Flex

1 Bahrain, France, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

You can get one of the following Hadaya Flex plans:

PricePlanFlexDataActivation Code
10 QAR70 Flex70 Flex (3 days)260 MB (4 days)*200*1110#
20 QAR150 Flex150 Flex (7 days)512 MB (8 days)*200*771#
30 QAR225 Flex225 Flex (14 days)750 MB (8 days) *200*1030#
50 QAR430 Flex430 Flex (30 days)1.8 GB (8 days)*200*45#
60 QAR500 Flex500 Flex (30 days)2 GB (8 days)*200*60#
80 QAR700 Flex700 Flex (30 days) 2 GB (8 days)*200*80#
100 QAR1000 Flex1000 Flex (30 days)2.2 GB (8 days)*200*1000#
150 QAR2100 Flex2100 Flex (30 days)2.2 GB (8 days)App/Online Only
200 QAR3100 Flex3100 Flex (30 days)2 GB (8 days) 1App/Online Only
300 QAR3750 Flex3750 Flex (30 days)Unlimited @ 2 MbpsApp/Online Only
500 QAR6250 Flex6250 Flex (30 days)Unlimited @ 15 MbpsApp/Online Only

1 speeds reduced to 2 Mbps after data allowance exhaustion

Hadaya Combo – Vodafone Qatar

The Hadaya Combo plans are combo bundles with data and minutes.

You can get one of the following Hadaya Combo plans:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesValidityActivation Code
20 QARCombo 201 GB25 minutes15 minutes7 days*200*620#
50 QARCombo 502.5 GB100 minutes20 minutes14 days*200*650#
100 QARCombo 1005 GB240 minutes25 minutes30 daysApp/Online Only
150 QARCombo 1508 GB600 minutes50 minutes30 daysApp/Online Only
300 QARCombo 300“Unlimited”, 20 GB 1Unlimited100 minutes30 daysApp/Online Only
450 QARCombo 450“Unlimited”, 200 GB 2Unlimited100 minutes30 daysApp/Online Only
750 QARCombo 750“Unlimited”, 500 GB 2Unlimited500 minutes30 daysApp/Online Only
Hadaya Data – Vodafone Qatar

The Hadaya Data plans are data-only bundles.

You can get one of the following Hadaya Data plans:

PriceDataBonus DataData ValidityBonus Data ValidityActivation Code
10 QAR300 MB450 MB3 days4 days*200*2010#
20 QAR700 MB836 MB7 days8 days*200*325#
30 QAR1 GB1 GB14 days8 days*200*2030#
50 QAR2 GB1.8 GB28 days8 days*200*50#
60 QAR2.5 GB2 GB28 days8 days*200*2060#
80 QAR4 GB2 GB28 days8 days*200*2080#
100 QAR7 GB2 GB28 days8 days*200*2100#
125 QAR“Unlimited”, 100 GB 1N/A7 daysN/A*200*600#
150 QAR14 GB2 GB28 days8 daysApp/Online Only
200 QAR20 GB2 GB28 days8 days*200*2200#
250 QAR“Unlimited”, 300 GB 2N/A30 daysN/AApp/Online Only

1 speeds reduced to 2 Mbps after data allowance exhaustion
2 speeds reduced to 15 Mbps after data allowance exhaustion

APN/Internet Settings – Vodafone Qatar

  • Name: Vodafone Internet
  • APN: web.vodafone.com.qa
  • MCC: 427
  • MNC: 02
  • Authentication Type: PAP
  • APN Type: default

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Qatar

I would highly encourage anyone visiting Qatar to get themselves a Qatari SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Qatari SIM card is not an option. For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in Qatar, but they may not be cheap.

However, these methods may be more expensive than getting a SIM card from the local operators.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards. That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Qatar here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming. However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local operators of the country you are visiting. Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free. The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Qatar.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.

The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Qatar

Getting a SIM card from Ooredoo or Vodafone would do you well when considering a Qatari SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Cards in Other Middle Eastern Countries

Visiting other countries in the Middle East? Check out my Middle Eastern SIM card buying guide, covering other Middle Eastern countries, such as:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

Support Phone Travel Wiz

It takes a lot of time to analyze, translate, and review the SIM card options worldwide (especially to test them out).

Your support helps me keep producing impartial content by eliminating the need to recommend international SIM cards as the best local SIM card (but some of them CAN be useful)

Every Ko-Fi donation, one-time or monthly, helps me to spend more time creating local SIM card buying guides.

Check Out My Resource Page

Looking for the best companies and gadgets to enhance your travel experience? Check out my travel resources page for the best companies to use when you travel!

Save money with international SIM cards, on plane tickets, bus rides, cruises, and accommodation.

Besides that, I also list services and items I use to make my life easier – and I believe they will help you too!

Start Your Own Online Business – Make Money While Traveling

Do you want to learn how I started an online business that allows me to generate income while traveling?

In my starting an online business guide, I tell you which tools, services, and products I have for this site and my YouTube channel.

If I can start a business about something I am passionate about (phone travel), then you can do it too!

Learn About Your Phone Travel Options

You can buy local prepaid SIM cards, international SIM cards, mobile hotspots, or roam internationally.

Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

Phone Travel Tips, Tricks & Hacks

I have written many articles with tips and hacks to save money on mobile costs while abroad. You surely want to check them out!

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Who is the guy behind Phone Travel Wiz? Well, find out on the Ernest Adu about page!