Complete Guide To New Qatar Currency Notes (2021)

Qatar Central Bank (QCB) has unveiled the fifth series of Qatar currency notes in December 2020. The new Qatari Riyal banknotes have come into effect from December 18, 2020.

As per the latest announcement, all denominations of Qatar currency notes will have new designs and added security features. QCB has also introduced a 200 Qatari Riyal banknote for the first time.

Exchanging Old Qatar Currency Notes

24 JUNE 2021 UPDATE: Major banks in Qatar have announced they will be accepting old banknotes until the 31st of December 2021.

  • After this period, the banknotes of the fourth series will become illegal and indemnified currency.
  • However, the holder will be entitled to recover the value of the remaining notes from the Central Bank within a period not exceeding 10 years from the date of the withdrawal decision.

The Qatar Central Bank stressed the importance of preserving the national currency and not tampering with it, whether by writing, perforation or otherwise, indicating that these acts are criminalized

12 FEBRUARY 2021 UPDATE: Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB), Qatar National Bank (QNB) and Commercial Bank Qatar (CBQ) has announced that it is now possible to deposit all new denominations of Qatari Riyals in the banks’ deposit machines. The banks were required to upgrade their machines for the new banknotes which have high-security features and new designs. 

New Qatar Currency Notes: Design Features

The front designs of the new banknotes share a common theme based on traditional geometric patterns, the State of Qatar flag, Qatari flora (Dreama) and an ornate gate representing the historical Qatari architecture.

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The back designs comprise themes reflecting Qatari tradition, Islamic history, culture, flora and fauna and development of education, sport and the economy.

1 Qatar Riyal Currency Note - New Design 2020
1 Qatar Riyal Banknote

QR1 shows Traditional Dhow (Bateel) and the Oyster and Pearl Monument.

5 Qatar Riyal Currency Note - New Design 2020
5 Qatar Riyal Banknote

QR5 shows a traditional desert scene comprising fauna (Arab horses, Camel, Oryxes), flora (Al Qataf) and ‘hair tent’ (buryuut hajar).

10 Qatar Riyal Currency Note - New Design 2020
10 Qatar Riyal Banknote

QR10 shows Lusail Stadium, Torch Tower (Aspire Zone), Sidra Medicine and Education City (Qatar Foundation)

50 Qatar Riyal Currency Note - New Design 2020
50 Qatar Riyal Banknote

QR 50 shows the Qatar Central Bank building and the Ministry of Finance building.

100 Qatar Riyal Currency Note - New Design 2020
100 Qatar Riyal Banknote

QR 100 shows picture of Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque.

200 Qatar Riyal Currency Note - New Design 2020
200 Qatar Riyal Banknote

QR 200 shows pictures of Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar National Museum and Museum of Islamic Art.

500 Qatar Riyal New Currency Note 2020
500 Qatar Riyal Banknote

QR500 shows Ras Laffan LNG refinery and LNG canter ship.

New Qatar Currency Notes: Security Features

The new bank will have 64 state-of-the-art security specifications.

Qatar Riyal New Currency Note Security Features
Qatar Riyal Banknotes Security Features

1) Each security thread shows the value of the denomination.

2) The numerals and horizontal line prints are raised for the benefit of blind and visually impaired.

3) When you lift the banknote up to the light to see the incomplete shapes on the front and back of the note combine to form the banknote’s value.

4) Lift the banknote up to the light to see the watermark of the State of Qatar Crest and denomination numerals.

5) Tilt the banknote and see changes to the appearance of the hologram.

6) Tilt the banknote and see the changes to the appearance of the security thread.

7) Tilt the banknote to see the Dreama flower on the gate changing colour and a bright circle moving within the flower.

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Qatar Coins in Circulation

Qatar has coins of various denominations in circulation with its riyal currency notes. The coins commonly seen in circulation are of 50 and 25 dirhams (100 dirhams make a riyal).

Images Courtesy: Qatar Central Bank

Legal Warning: Currency images shown here are for awareness purposes only and should not be printed or misused. Printing currency images is a crime as per Qatari Law.

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FAQ on Qatar Currency Notes


How long is the validity of Qatar’s old currency notes?

Major banks in Qatar have announced they will be accepting old banknotes until the 31st of December 2021.

Where can I exchange old currency notes?

Old currency notes can be exchanged at banks until the 31st of December 2021.

What should I do for exchanging old currency after 2021?

After the 31st of December 2021, holders of old banknotes will be entitled to recover the value from Qatar Central Bank within a period not exceeding 10 years from the date of the withdrawal decision.


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  1. Can you please tell me that if i visit qatar on visit visa then what are the requirements to exchange QAR from Qatar Central Bank?

    I am living in pakistan. I have amount in QAR. Most of Exchange companies are not accepting QAR. Only few which are accepting QAR are offering vary low exchange rate of around 33pkr. Banks are also not accepting QAR for long time. I am sick and tired in pursuit to get the right exchange rate. Why doesnt your embassy of Qatar sort this matter? Why doesnt it do anything?

  2. Priyank(Parry) Budhiraja

    Hi I’m Parry from Australia. I’m interested in buying some 2020 new release banknotes as I like to collect them. Can you please explain me how can I buy them. I’m not able to see anything on Central Bank of Qatar website. Please explain me the process. Thanks heaps

  3. Hi
    Currently i am in India and is their possibily to exchange the old QAR currency in India..Now no money exchange banks accepting old currencies here..awaiting your feedback
    Thanks

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sheji, the only solution for you is to exchange them via someone who is travelling to Qatar. Old currencies would be in circulation in Qatar until July 2021.

  4. Hello! tried to change the old currency as you metion in your notice here for two days in three different local banks only to find out that they don’t change this local banks they keep on saying you should use the money just but how can someone be forced to use there money when on websites they listing that its possible to get the new currency??

    There some people who keep there money out of the banks how can that kind of person be helped? If even the bank you have account in they don’t change the old one to the new one?? Whats the reason of publishing that someone can exchange in every local bank???that was really a shock to me the way they treat young people who need help when you vist this qatar banks here many people who keep there money here and there out there going to stuck with the old currency thank you.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Soul, Sorry to hear that you are facing difficulty. As per the announcement by Qatar Central Bank, local banks are supposed to accept old currency until March 2021 and we are sure that is how the retail shops are exchanging old currency. In the worst-case scenario, you can exchange directly from the Qatar Central Bank. Good luck.

      1. Hi ,I have 1000 Qatar Riyal,I try to change all the exchange center like lakhoos,lulu & modern exchange they are not accepted ,even I visited at your branch bharka QNB ,they also not accept,please suggest me in this ,I’m at Oman

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Srikanth, Nowadays most exchange houses outside Qatar are not accepting old currency. You will have to send the currency with someone travelling to Qatar.

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