Postcards in Qatar: Where to buy and How to send them

Thursday, February 04, 2016

In this modern age of emails and social media, I never imagined postcards are still going around. Well, not until I found out about Posrcrossing, a worldwide movement that exchanges postcards from all over the world. A friend of mine was into postcrossing and recently sent me one from the Philippines. After which, I started working out where to get postcards in Qatar and how to send them.

As you can imagine, postcards - like any other things that I want to get my hands on (35mm film, washi tape, etc.) - are scarce in Doha.



Where to get postcards in Qatar:

1. Hallmark Shops (branches at Villagio Mall and City Center) - This is where I got my first set of postcards that are currently travelling to random people and a dear friend in the Philippines. Postcards cost 3QR each.

 2. Online - there are a bunch of postcards available online at dubizzle.com

3. Carrefour - I got some beautiful postcards from the school supplies section of Carrefour. Most of them shot from the souq so they bare some traditional buildings and wooden doors. Postcards cost 2.75QR each, by far the cheapest ones I've found.

4. Souq Waqif - there's a quiant, little souvenir/antique shop in Souq Waqif that carries some postcards named Adham Gift. The postcards cost 10QR for 3 cards.

*Ironically, postcards are nowhere to be found at the post office (where I imagined they would be sold.)


 Where to get postal stamps and send your postcard:

1. Qatar Central Post Office - for regular mail, you'll need at least QR8.50 worth of stamps. while postcards are sent at QR2.50. But according to the lady at information, they don't send out postcards - "open letters" - anymore, so I had to disguise my outgoing post as letters. Envelopes are free at the post office customer service counter.

* There's also a small office that sells collectible stamps, if you're into stamp collecting - at the Central Post Office.

2. Q-Post branches - the process is similar to that of the Central Post Office's.

3. Street Post Boxes around Qatar - If you already have postal stamps, then you can just drop off your postcards at any street post boxes near you. Just make sure that the cost your stamps cover the postage, which is QR8.50 per letter. You can check Google Maps and choose the option to show Qpost street boxes to see them on the map.

 It was my first attempt at sending postcards (disguised as letters) from Doha. As of writing, 3 out of 5 of those have already reached their destination, according to Postcrossing.

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  1. Have fun with postcrossing. Postcards are not even sold in Doha Airport -__- I traded with a postcrosser from Qatar and he told me to send him 2 postcards in exchange. Lol

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  3. Aww this is cute - I used to love sending postcards.. not so much anymore. Interesting stamps you got there!

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  4. you can buy also from Qatar Museums stores or branches, I went to one a bookstore in Ezdan mall there were a great collection recently... Also in the Landmark corridor that sells vintage stuff have got some nice collection

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  12. Hi, thanks for the very useful information. This helped me a lot to send some Postcrossing postcards from Qatar within a 10 hour stopover at Doha airport.

    Some updates (January 2019) :
    1. The rate for postcards is definitely 8.50 QR. You don't need an envelope, just stick the stamps on the card (as usual). I asked about it at the post office and it's no problem. And some of my cards already arrived.

    2. Carrefour still has some cards but the selection is extremely limited and not very nice /interesting cards are left. I guess they are not restocking.

    3. I saw several tourist shops in the Souq Waqif selling postcards, just walk around. Most of them only have very few different cards available though (one of them had just a single card many times).

    4. For anyone on a stopover at Doha Airport: You can easily take bus 777 from the airport to get to the center, to Souq Waqif, the main post office and the mall with Carrefour. A 24 hour unlimited journey ticket costs 20 QR. You have to buy it from the bus driver, try to get the right change in the airport before, otherwise the bus driver might claim he has no change and try to overcharge you in foreign currency if you don't pay attention to the exchange rate. Best download offline Google Maps of Doha and mark the above spots to know where to get off the bus (or just ask the driver).

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  17. Thanks for the information. I was just in Qatar and can provide some additional information:

    1. The Qatar Post main office has post cards and 8.50 stamps, and the woman working there is very friendly and helpful. As you say in your recent update, you don't have to put cards in an envelope. Just stamp and mail them.
    2. There is no post office or even mailbox at the Doha airport, and no airline or airport staff will agree to mail your cards for you. So make sure you mail your cards before departure day!
    3. The postcards at the main post office were only 3 rials each, whereas the ones at the Museum of Islamic Art were 15 rials. The museum cards have nicer designs, but I don't know if they're worth five times more. You be the judge. I was unable to find cards at the Souq.

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