The day I went for my medical tests involved being herded into a crowded room, standing in a queue for 3 hours without instruction, and getting yelled at in Arabic. Most expats have a strict ‘hands on the wheel at all times’ policy, because if you so much as wave a thank you to someone it could be misconstrued as a gesture of disrespect. Despite the initial inconveniences of the above rules, once you get used to them they have very little impact on daily life.
And life here is good — the weather’s nice, we don’t pay taxes, and the culture seems to have mastered the work/life balance.
Signs state that others around you may find nudity offensive. Expats applying for residency in Qatar must first pass a medical test that screens for tuberculosis, hepatitis, and HIV.
You’d think that, in a country where around 80% of the residents are expats, they’d have streamlined this process, but no. The most obvious place where this is a problem is on the road, because traffic in Doha is absolutely horrendous. Actually, I’d say no hand signs in general while driving.
Ergo, all photo-taking devices must be checked at the door.