Qatar Central Bank Launches New Series of Qatari Riyal Currency Notes



Qatar Central Bank (QCB) launched new series of Qatari Riyal banknotes today at a press conference held at Qatar Central Bank headquarters. The new notes will come into circulation on 18 December 2020 which is also Qatar National Day.

QCB also unveiled a new QR200 banknote as part of the 5th series of Qatari Riyal banknotes. The new note shows pictures of Palace of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar National Museum and Museum of Islamic Art.

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 orante gate representing the historical Qatari architecture.

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

At the press conference, Executive Director of the Public Debt, Banking Affairs and Issuance at QCB Mohamed Jassim Al Kuwari outlined security and technical characteristics of each category according to their respective value, starting from 38 specifications up to 64, adding that the State of Qatar is one of the first countries to develop these technical specifications, which their number is 64 international specifications for the large categories, whose colors have been chosen with great precision, a matter which contributes to easily differentiate each category from the other and will help certain societal segments (visually impaired and the elderly). He also reviewed the stages of currency printing.


He pointed out that each of these categories has an aesthetic painting from Qatar’s environment and heritage, and reflects Qatar’s sovereignty in decision-making, as well as reflects heritage, economy, health and sports, adding that all categories have these elements.

Al Kuwari said that what distinguishes these banknotes is the beauty of calligraphy as the State of Qatar is the second in the world after Britain in this regard, and it is also the first in the Middle East in terms of the holographic security threads in the category of QR 500 notes. He highlighted the stages of launching the new issue of the Qatari banknotes, starting with their distribution to banks in preparation for making them available in ATMs.

He pointed out that the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 was not overlooked, as one of the categories of the new issue included stadiums for the tournament, and that the QCB has a huge project for the 2022 World Cup-related to the issuance of commemorative coins, where designs and models are now being done.

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Here are some key features of the new Qatari Riyal banknotes:

  •  The numerals and horizontal line prints are raised for the benefit of blind and visually impaired.
  • 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.
  • Lift the banknote up to the light to see the watermark of the State of Qatar Crest and denomination numerals.
  • Each security thread shows the value of the denomination
  • Tilt the banknote and you can see changes to the appearance of the hologram, changes to the appearance of the security thread and the Dreama flower on the gate changing colour and a bright circle moving within the flower.

Source: QCB, The Peninsula