How did Qataris keep clean back in the day?

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I was sent email about a fantastic article by Qatar Visitor about a question which they asked themselves. Qataris are known for being well groomed, so how did they take care of themselves back in the day before the skyscrapers, lambos, and super shopping malls? Here's a snippit: "Back in the days before oil, Qataris made clever use of nature to aide them in keeping clean. They made soap out of the leaves of lotus trees, which they would dry and grind and mix with water to wash themselves with. They also used a soap-like substance called dhiyya, which was made of fats. Dhiyya was also used to wash clothes." Read more on what they had to say It's a very good read!