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Sunday, 14 September 2014

INFO: At the Tip of your Tip

A tip is a sum of money customarily tendered, in addition to the basic price, to certain service sector workers for a service performed or anticipated. Although tipping is expected from customers, tipping in some countries is discouraged and considered insulting. Some think of it as bribery especially for government workers and policemen.

I remember when my and my husband (still my fiancĂ© during that time) we celebrated our 11th monthsary at Kempinski Hotel. For some fining dining restaurants, tipping is not mandatory, but in Kempinski, they’re gonna ask you how much tip are you going to give since they will show it on your receipt.

For many people, tipping is a way of ensuring a continued good and satisfying service. Say for your regular hairdresser, for you to keep him/her happy, you will give a tip. But how about other services – hotel? Bellman? Concierge? It’s extremely confusing, as it varies from country to country.

So, just to have an idea, here are some useful information on how much, how big, and how less tip you can consider:
Restaurants: 10 to 15 percent
It’s actually for their record since there are some restaurants in Qatar include a service charge with the bill (most of them includes 10% of the total bill), but the people providing the service to the customer usually don’t receive it, so it is fine to tip for about 10-15% of the total bill.
Hotels: QR10 to QR20 for doormen; QR10/day for housekeepers.
Tipping in a hotel in Qatar follows almost the same rule as the rest of the world. A tip of about 10-20 Riyals ($2-$3) for doormen and leave an equivalent of $2 per day for housekeepers too.
Tour guides: QR18 to QR20
Usually tour guides in Qatar are tipped about $5 per day (about 18 -20 Riyals). You could also tip the driver a few dollars if you are happy with their service. Be sure to communicate and discuss all relevant information with your tour guide before actually meeting them.
Taxis: QR5 to QR10
In Qatar, tipping a taxi driver is recommended; a minimum of 5-10 Riyals tip is highly appreciated. Me and my husband once asked a Kabayan taxi driver and told us that every day, they minimum amount that needs to attain is 300QAR, and because there are so many taxis nowadays (legal and illegal literally),giving them tip is one way of attaining their daily quota. Otherwise, they will be forced to get from their own pocket to complete the 300QAR, or do some things that are not good. There are 2 kinds of taxi service that is the normal taxi and the airport taxi. Limousine services are also available for a higher rate.

Spas: QR10 to QR20
In Qatar, it is good ettiquete to tip spa staff, but it is not expected. A tip of 10-20 Riyals is recommended.

Hairdressers: QR10 to QR15 per QR100 service

Tipping in hair salons could range from 10-15 Riyals for services worth 100 Riyals. If you have more than one staff working on you then a tip of 10 Riyals for each is fine. You can always tip them more if the service is outstanding.