Electrical Outlet and Voltage Information for Qatar
Tourists who want to visit Qatar must know the electrical outlet, plugs, and adapters used in that country in order to use their appliances and electrical gadgets safely. In Qatar, the voltage used is 240 volts and the frequency is 50 Hertz. The primary sockets in Qatar are the Type D and Type G electrical outlet. When using electronic gadgets or appliances in Qatar, it is important that the plug and electrical outlet are compatible as well as the voltage. If not, there might be some damage to the appliance or electronic gadget that could range from the frying out of its electronic system inside to a dangerous fire. So for people who are planning to visit Qatar, the basic knowledge about the country’s electronic requirements will really be handy.
Type D Old British BS 546 Adapter Plug and Electrical Outlet
The Type D Old British BS 546 adapter is used for the “Type D” Indian (Small 5 amp BS-546) electrical outlet in Qatar. The receptacle end of this Type D plug is also compatible with common household plugs except the Type M South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug. In this Type D Old British BS 546 Plug Adapter, the live and neutral pins are 5mm in diameter, spaced 22mm apart, and the grounding pin is 7mm in diameter with the plug being polarized and grounded. It is an old British standard electrical outlet which is still the primary household electrical outlet in countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Namibia, and Qatar.
Although the Type D electrical outlet and plug is not the standard in Qatar and other countries, it is still used in various households. In terms of design and appearance, the Type D Indian electrical outlet and plug is often confused with the Type M South African electrical outlet and plug. However, as similar as these two may seem, they are not compatible and must not be used together in Qatar or even in other countries.
Type G British 3-pin Plug, Electrical Outlet, and Adapter
The Type G electrical plug is a British 3-pin rectangular blade used widely in Qatar. It has a protective fuse inside to protect cords from high-current circuits and most of the time, the Type G electrical outlet includes a safety switch. Another name for the Type G British 3-pin plug common in Qatar is the 13-amp plug and for safety reasons, the United Kingdom (UK) required electrical outlets in households that use the Type G British 3-pin to have shutters over the live and neutral connections of the electrical outlet. In the insertion of the longer earth pin from the plug, the safety shutters of the Type G British 3-pin is opened. Another purpose of the shutters is to prevent the use of incompatible plugs in Qatar. However, there are cases wherein the safety shutters of this electrical outlet could be opened through a screwdriver in order to insert Type C plugs. But then, the usage of Type G British 3-pin outlet along with another kind of plug is not recommended because these plugs do not have a fuse. The regulation about the safety shutters and fuse is followed in Qatar and all the other countries that uses the type G British 3-pin electrical outlet and plug like United Kingdom, China, Brunei, Cameroon, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Northern Ireland, Nigeria, England, Ghana, Grenada, Macau, Malta, Malaysia, Singapore, Saint Vincent, Saudi Arabia, Scotland and Hong Kong.
The Type G British 3-pin also has a receptacle end that is compatible with most household plug types, except the Type M South African SABS1661 (Old British BS-546 Large) plug. The plug and electrical outlet type used in Qatar is a British BS-1363 13-amp plug. For the adapter, the live and neutral pins are 4 x 6 x 18 mm apart, with the grounding pin measuring 4 x 8 x 23mm. The plug of this Type G British 3-pin is polarized and grounded but not fused. Also, the design of the Type G British 3-pin plug commonly used in Qatar features three rectangular prongs that form a triangle and the British standard require the use of three-wire grounded and fused plug for all the connections to the power mains, including class II, two-wire appliances in Qatar and in other countries. Through this adapter, a tourist can finally use his or her appliance or electronic gadget in Qatar. With all the safety measures and features of this plug and outlet, it is considered as one of the safest in the world. However, with all its features, the plug is bulky and cumbersome. Some people claim that the Type G British 3-pin plug is mostly bigger than the appliances they are connected to but if a tourist would want to use his or her electronic gadget or appliance in Qatar, then there must be a Type G British 3-pin adapter. Although the adapter would not change the volts used, it will enable the plug of the appliance or electronic gadget to be inserted to the electrical outlet used in Qatar.
In terms of compatibility, the Type G British 3-pin electrical outlet will work together with the Type G British 3-pin plug and adapter in Qatar. For the electrical outlet, the Type G British 3-pin sockets are not compatible with other types of electrical outlet and could not be used in Qatar.