QAR – Qatar Riyal

Monetary System

19.05.1973: 1 Qatari riyal (QAR) = 100 dirham

2020 Issues

On 13 December 2020, the Central Bank of Qatar unveiled its fifth series of banknotes, including a 200-riyal denomination for the first time. A total of 8 billion riyals’ worth of notes began entering circulation on 18 December 2020, on the occasion of Qatar National Day. The designs on the fronts of the new banknotes share a common theme based on traditional geometric patterns, the State of Qatar flag, Qatari flora (Dreama), and a gate representing historical Qatari architecture. Preceding issues will circulate in parallel until 19 March 2021, at which point they lose their legal tender status and may be redeemed only at banks for a period not to exceed 10 years.
Each note has a 6-digit serial number and fractional alphanumeric prefix (999,999 notes per prefix). The prefix letter corresponds to the denomination, and the number starts at 1 before advancing consecutively over time.

Description: 1.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 134 x 66 mm

Green, blue, orange, and purple. Front: Arabic text; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords; gateway; Qatari flag; Dreama flower in SPARK Orbital. Back: English text; Oyster and Pearl monument; dhow (bateel). Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 1. Watermark: Palm trees and electrotype 1. Printer: (De La Rue). 134 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 5.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 140 x 67.5 mm

Brown, black, orange, and red. Front: Arabic text; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords; gateway; Qatari flag; Dreama flower in SPARK Orbital. Back: English text; two horses, one camel, three oryxes, hair tent (buryuut hajar), and tree. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 5. Watermark: Palm trees and electrotype 5. Printer: (De La Rue). 140 x 67.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 10.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 146 x 69 mm

Blue, green, orange, and purple. Front: Arabic text; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords; gateway; Qatari flag; Dreama flower in SPARK Orbital. Back: English text; Sidra Medicine and Education City (Qatar Foundation); Lusail Stadium; Torch Tower (Aspire Zone). Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 10. Watermark: Palm trees and electrotype 10. Printer: (De La Rue). 146 x 69 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 152 x 70.5 mm

Red, pink, purple, and yellow. Front: Arabic text; holographic patch; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords; gateway; Qatari flag; Dreama flower in SPARK Orbital. Back: English text; Qatar Central Bank building and Ministry of Finance building. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized QCB 50. Watermark: Palm trees and electrotype 50. Printer: (De La Rue). 152 x 70.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 158 x 72 mm

Teal, blue, orange, and yellow. Front: Arabic text; holographic patch; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords; gateway; Qatari flag; Dreama flower in SPARK Orbital. Back: English text; Abu Al Qubaib Mosque. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 100. Watermark: Palm trees and electrotype 100. Printer: (De La Rue). 158 x 72 mm. Paper.

Description: 200.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size:

Brown, orange, and purple. Front: Arabic text; holographic patch; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords; gateway; Qatari flag; Dreama flower in SPARK Orbital. Back: English text; Museum of Islamic Art; Qatar National Museum; Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized 200. Watermark: Palm trees and electrotype 200. Printer: (De La Rue). Dimensions unknown. Paper.

Description: 500.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 164 x 73.5 mm

Violet, purple, red, and green. Front: Arabic text; holographic patch; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords; gateway; Qatari flag; Dreama flower in SPARK Orbital. Back: English text; Ras Laffan LNG refinery; LNG tanker ship. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized Arabic text. Watermark: Palm trees and electrotype 500. Printer: (De La Rue). 164 x 73.5 mm. Paper.

2008 – 2015 Issues

On 15 September 2008, the Qatar Central Bank issued a new series of four notes—1, 5, 10, and 50 riyals—which have symbols along the left front edge that facilitate their use by the sight impaired. New 100- and 500-riyal notes are in the works, but because these denominations were upgraded in 2007 with the addition of the 18-mm wide Optiks security thread, bank officials did not feel the need to update them.
The prefixes on these notes resume where the preceding issues end.

Description: 1.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 134 x 66 mm

Blue, brown, and purple. Front: Arabic text; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: English text; three native birds: crested lark, Eurasian bee eater, and lesser sand plover. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized QCB 1. Watermark: Falcon head with electrotype ١ over 1. Printer: (De La Rue). 134 x 66 mm. Paper.

Description: 5.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 140 x 67.5 mm

Green. Front: Arabic text; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: English text; National Museum building; oryx and camel. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized QCB 5. Watermark: Falcon head with electrotype ٥ over 5. Printer: (De La Rue). 140 x 67.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 10.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 146 x 69 mm

Orange and brown. Front: Arabic text; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: English text; dhow; sand dune at Khor al-Udeid. Solid security thread and windowed security thread with demetalized QCB 10. Watermark: Falcon head with electrotype ١٠ over 10. Printer: (De La Rue). 146 x 69 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 152 x 70.5 mm

Pink, purple, blue. Front: Arabic text; holographic patch; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: English text; Qatar Central Bank building; Oyster and Pearl monument. Holographic stripe. Windowed security thread with demetalized QCB 50 in ovals. Watermark: Falcon head, electrotype ٥٠ over 50, and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 152 x 70.5 mm. Paper.

2007 Issues

These 100- and 500-riyal notes are like the preceding issues, but with the designs slightly shifted to make room for Optiks—an 18-mm wide demetalized security thread with a clear polymer oval aperture—which replaces the windowed security thread used on the older notes.
Each note has a 6-digit serial number and fractional alphanumeric prefix (999,999 notes per prefix). The prefix letter corresponds to the denomination, and the number starts at 1 before advancing consecutively over time.

Description: 100.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 158 x 72 mm

CAUTION!!!
We DO NOT BUY notes without the “transparent window”.
The notes without the “transparent window” are not current.

Green and purple. Front: Arabic text; holographic patch; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: English text; Mosque of the Sheikhs with minaret; al- Shaqab Institute building. Solid and Optiks security threads. Watermark: Falcon head with electrotype ١٠٠ over 100 and Cornerstones. Printer: (De La Rue). 158 x 72 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 QAR – Qatar Riyal Size: 164 x 73.5 mm

CAUTION!!!
We DO NOT BUY notes without the “transparent window”.
The notes without the “transparent window” are not current.

Blue and violet. Front: Arabic text; holographic patch; coat of arms with dhow, palm trees, and crossed swords. Back: English text; Royal Palace; Al-Wajbah Fort; falcon head. Solid and Optiks security threads. Watermark: Falcon head with electrotype ٥٠٠ over 500. Printer: (De La Rue). 164 x 73.5 mm. Paper.

Qatar Monetary Agency

The Qatar Monetary Agency (QMA) was established by decree 7 of 1973, and on 9 May 1973, Qatar and Dubai signed an agreement terminating the Qatar-Dubai Currency Agreement of 1966. The agency took over the assets and liabilities of the Qatar-Dubai Currency Board on 19 May 1973, the date when the former issued its first series of notes. Notes from both issuing authorities circulated in parallel for 90 days, after which time the older notes were withdrawn.