The State of Qatar is quickly becoming one of the most economically and socially dynamic countries in the Middle East and the world. Qatar has been developing in recent years to enter the world-stage with major centers for education, sports, entertainment, energy and health. The capital city Doha offers the contrasts of traditional Arabian souqs (markets) to gleaming state-of-the-art, modern buildings. For more about Qatar and its culture, please access our introduction and culture pieces.
The New York Office of Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) will assist you with your travel arrangements. You can contact Ms Houry Tcheroyan by e-mail or by phone +1 646-962-4953 ) Monday – Friday, 10:00am and 6:00pm).
The general office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am – 6:00pm.
Standard travel options from New York to Doha include
- Qatar Airways, JFK – Doha (non stop, round trip)
- British Airways, JFK – London – Doha (round trip)
Please review the WCMC-Q Travel Policy for Visiting Faculty.
Arrival at Doha International Airport
WCM-Q's visitors are usually met by the Al Maha hospitality service, either at the bottom of the steps from the aircraft, or as you enter the terminal. Your name will be displayed on a board held by an Al Maha service person.
A visitor's visa is required for entry into the country. US citizens may obtain a visa upon arrival at the airport terminal and Al Maha staff will assist you in securing the visa, which they should purchase on your behalf, at WCM-Q’s expense.
The Al Maha service person will continue to provide assistance through passport control and baggage claim. As you walk into the welcome lounge a representative of WCM-Q will greet you and provide further assistance. You will then be transported to your hotel. On arrival at the hotel, you will receive a package from WCM-Q containing a cell phone with international access and contact information for key individuals at WCM-Q.
WCM-Q provides you with a car and a driver during your entire stay. You will be provided with access to a fully equipped office at WCM-Q and an identity card that will give you electronic access to the building after hours. Your office set-up will include a computer with internet access. Our building has wireless access and our ITS staff can help configure your laptop, if you are also bringing your own. Please note that Qatar's electrical supply is 240 volts, and uses the British-style square 3 pin plugs, so be sure to bring an adapter for your computer.
Every effort will be made to make this trip a positive experience for you.