What You Need To Know

Al-Rayyan also Ar Rayyan is the largest municipality in the state of Qatar. Al Rayyan means ‘the source of irrigation’ and as per Islam it also means ‘a door in heaven’ or ‘one of the Gates of Paradise’. Its primary settlement is the town of the same name, which largely hugs Doha city and functions as a suburb, with vast expanse of undeveloped lands administered by the municipality.

Al-Rayyan is bordered by the following municipalities:

  • Al Khor – north
  • Umm Salal – northeast
  • Doha – east
  • Al Wakrah – southeast



The Qatari Riyal is the currency of Qatar. The currency code for Rials is QAR, and the currency symbol is ﷼.
In 1966, coins were introduced in the name of Qatar and Dubai for 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 dirham. In 1973, a new series of coins was introduced in the same sizes and compositions as the earlier pieces but in the name of Qatar only.
On September 18, 1966, the Qatar & Dubai Currency Board introduced notes for 1, 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 riyals. These were replaced on 19 May 1973 by notes of the Qatar Monetary Agency in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 100, and 500 riyals; a 50-riyal note was issued in 1976.


Al Rayyan Municipality was created as an independent municipal administration, under the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning by virtue of law No.19/1972 issued in 1979, stating, in its first article, the creation of municipalities in Qatar under the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. In its second article, the law stated that each of these municipalities shall have a council headed by one person and comprising at least four members nominated by decree.
Among the most important regions and districts of Al Rayyan Municipality: Al-Wajba, al-Shakab, al-Rayyan, Maeedher, al-Ghorafa, Ein Khaled, Marrikh, al-Shahaniya, al-Khurayb, al-Nasraniya, al-Outouriya, al-Jamilya, aldoha
Since 2004, Al Jumaliyah municipality was merged with Al Rayyan municipality; Jarayan al Batnah was split between municipality Al Rayyan and municipality Al Wakrah, Doha Industrial Area split off, Zone 58 of Doha is an enclave in Ar Rayyan.


The climate in Al-Rayyan is called a desert climate. During the year, there is virtually no rainfall in Al-Rayyan. The climate here is classified as BWh by the Köppen-Geiger system. The average annual temperature is 26.9 °C in Al-Rayyan. About 76 mm of precipitation falls annually.
The driest month is June. There is 0 mm of precipitation in June. In February, the precipitation reaches its peak, with an average of 18 mm.
With an average of 34.9 °C, July is the warmest month. At 17.3 °C on average, January is the coldest month of the year.
The precipitation varies 18 mm between the driest month and the wettest month. The variation in annual temperature is around 17.6 °C.