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Explore the opulence of Qatar, from the futuristic skyline of Doha to the historic charm of Souq Waqif. Hidden gems, cultural wonders, and luxury experiences.

About Qatar

Qatar's travel and tourism industry is a significant aspect of the country's economy and offers a blend of traditional and modern experiences.

Countries neighbouring Qatar: Saudi Arabia and Bahrain (off the north-west coast).

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Map of Qatar

Map of Qatar

Qatar is a monarchy, ruled by the Al Thani family. More than half the population of Qatar live in Doha; the capital since independence.

Doha is the capital and largest city of Qatar.

Qatar Overview

Qatar is a small, wealthy country located on the north-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the Middle East.


Qatar has a rich cultural heritage influenced by Bedouin traditions and Islamic culture.

Traditional Qatari music, dance, and cuisine are integral parts of the country's cultural identity.

The Museum of Islamic Art, in Doha, showcases Islamic art and artifacts.


Qatar has one of the world's highest per capita incomes, due largely to its vast reserves of natural gas and oil.

Qatar is one of the leading exporters of liquefied natural gas (LNG) globally.

The country has been investing heavily in infrastructure and diversification of its economy through initiatives like Qatar Vision 2030.


Qatar has made significant investments in education, hosting branches of several prestigious international universities.

Education City, in Doha, is a major initiative that brings together various educational institutions from around the world.


Qatar is a peninsula that juts into the Arabian Gulf.

It shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia and is surrounded by the Persian Gulf on the other three sides.


Qatar is an absolute monarchy with the ruling Al Thani family in power.

The country has been undergoing modernisation efforts in various aspects, including infrastructure, education, and healthcare.

Islamic Culture

Islam plays a central role in Qatari society, and the country follows conservative Islamic principles.

Sharia law is the basis for the legal system.

Language and Currency

Arabic is the official language of Qatar.

The Qatari Riyal (QAR) is the official currency.

Pearl Industry

Historically, Qatar's economy was heavily dependent on the pearl industry.

However, with the discovery of oil in the mid-20th century, the country experienced rapid economic growth and development.


Qatar has a desert climate with extremely hot summers and mild winters.

Summer temperatures can soar well above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Qatar Historical Background

Canaanite tribes are said to be Qatar's first known inhabitants.

The Al Khalifa family migrated to Qatar from Kuwait in 1766, and then moved on to rule Bahrain Island.

The Qataris were against their rule, but with the support of Abu Dhabi, in 1867, the Al Khalifa saw off the Qataris and razed the city of Doha.

The British installed the Al Thani's as rulers of Qatar in an attempt to control piracy off the coast.

Qatar became a British protectorate, in 1916, although the Al Thani's continued to rule as absolute monarchs.

When the British left the Gulf region, in 1971, Qatar was accorded full independence.

Visiting Qatar

Qatar is known for its modern architecture, luxury shopping, and a growing cultural scene.

The country has become a major hub for business and international events in the Middle East.

Qatar Highlights

As with any destination, it's advisable to be aware of local customs and regulations when visiting Qatar.

Aspire Park

This expansive park in Doha offers a serene escape with walking and jogging paths, green spaces, and a large lake.

It's a popular spot for picnics and outdoor activities.

Cultural Events

Check for cultural events and festivals happening during your visit.

Qatar often hosts events that showcase its cultural richness, including music festivals, art exhibitions, and traditional performances.

Desert Safari

Experience the beauty of Qatar's desert by taking a desert safari.

You can enjoy dune bashing, camel rides, and experience the serene desert landscapes.


Qatar offers a diverse culinary scene with a wide range of international and local cuisine.

Explore traditional Qatari dishes or indulge in gourmet dining at one of the many upscale restaurants in Doha.

Doha Corniche

Enjoy a walk along the picturesque Corniche, a waterfront promenade with stunning views of the city skyline.

The area is popular for jogging, cycling, or simply relaxing by the water.

Katara Cultural Village

This cultural complex is dedicated to celebrating arts and heritage.

Katara Cultural Village hosts events, performances, and houses galleries, theatres, and restaurants.

It's a great place to experience various aspects of Qatari culture.

Khor Al Adaid

Visit the 'Inland Sea', a UNESCO recognised natural reserve, where you can witness the meeting of the desert and the Arabian Gulf.

It's a unique and picturesque area.

Museum of Islamic Art

Located on an artificial island, this museum in Doha is renowned for its impressive collection of Islamic art spanning over 1,400 years.

The building, designed by architect I. M. Pei, is a work of art itself.

Qatar Museums

Qatar Museums is the nation's preeminent institution for art and culture, providing authentic and inspiring cultural experiences through a growing network of museums, heritage sites, festivals, public art installations and programmes.

The National Museum of Qatar, inspired by the desert rose crystal, showcases the rich heritage and culture of the country.

Souq Waqif

This traditional market in the heart of Doha is a vibrant and bustling place to experience Qatari culture.

You can explore the narrow alleys filled with shops selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, and more.

The Pearl-Qatar

A luxurious man-made island, the Pearl-Qatar is known for its upscale residences, shops, and restaurants.

It's a great place for a leisurely stroll along the marina and to enjoy waterfront dining.

Travel to Qatar

Remember to respect local customs and traditions when visiting Qatar, as the country follows conservative Islamic principles.

It's advisable to check travel advisories and be aware of any specific regulations during your visit.

Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the Arabian Gulf State of Qatar, has become one of the world’s fastest growing airlines since the airline was re-launched in 1997.

As the country grows from strength to strength, economically and as a tourist destination, Doha International Airport is increasingly becoming a valuable hub.

Map of Doha

Map of Doha

Where to Stay in Qatar

Qatar provides a mix of modern luxury and traditional charm, making it an intriguing destination for travellers in the Middle East.

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Qatar 2022 World Cup Finals

When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.

It would become the first World Cup Finals to be held in the Middle East, and the first to take place during the European winter; from Sunday, 20th November to Sunday, 18th December 2022.

Just days before the tournament was due to begin, Qatar announced that alchohol would not be sold in the stadiums.

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