Qatar is a fascinating country with many things to know about it! The IloveQatar.net (ILQ) team has listed some must-know facts about this beautiful country.
- Qatar is a peninsula! This Arab country has a land border with Saudi Arabia and is surrounded by the Arabian Gulf.
- H.H. The Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is the current head of state and the Al Thani family has ruled the State of Qatar since 1825.
- 40% of the entire country lives in Doha, as per the Statistic Authority (2020).
- The country is home to 100+ nationalities. More than 90 countries' citizens can enter Qatar visa-free.
- Doha was ranked as the 'second safest city' in the world by Numbeo's 2022 report.
- Qatar is the richest country in the world by GDP per capita.
- The week starts on a Sunday in Qatar. Fridays and Saturdays are considered weekends here.
- Qataris are considered a 'minority' in their own country and the total population of Qatar as of April 2022, is 2,773,598 (Planning and Statistics Authority).
- Qatar's biggest exports are oil and natural gas, adding to over 97% of the country's exports. Before the discovery of gas, Qatar's economy greatly relied on trading, fishing and pearl diving.
- There is no income tax in Qatar for employees.
- The Pearl-Qatar, a real estate development in Qatar resembles a string of pearls. It is the first area in which foreigners are allowed to purchase a property.
- The Olympic Cycling Track in Qatar holds the Guinness World Records title for the Longest Continuous Cycle Path with 33 km in length and seven meters in width.
- Qatar is home to the world’s tallest indoor rollercoaster inside the theme park - Quest Doha.
- Msheireb Downtown is a sustainable city located in the heart of Doha. You can find many coffee shops and restaurants here.
- Khor Al Adaid in Qatar is one of three places in the world where the sea meets the sand dunes.
- Qatar sees one of the largest gatherings of whale sharks.
- The second-largest population of dugongs can be found in Qatar.
- During the winter season, hundreds of flamingos flock to Qatar on their migration from Europe and Siberia to Africa.
- There are no volcanos or mountains in Qatar.
- Qurain Abu al-Bawl, located in the south of Qatar is the country's highest point at 103 metres.
- Hamad International Airport (HIA) was voted the Best Airport in the World in the 2021 Skytrax World Airport Awards; for the 6th year in a row.
- Qatar Airways has bagged multiple awards and it was announced as the ‘Airline of the Year’ at the 2021 World Airline Awards, managed by Skytrax.
- Qatar Airways allows travellers to carry falcons in its Economy Class cabins!
- Qatar’s flag consists of ‘Al Adam’ (maroon colour) with a broad white serrated band (nine white points or isosceles triangles) on the hoist side.
- Arabic is the national language of Qatar.
- Qatar’s National Anthem ‘As Salam al Amiri’ was adopted in December 1996.
- Islam is Qatar's national religion, and Qataris are largely Sunni Muslims.
- Qatar’s National Day is celebrated on 18 December every year.
- Each Tuesday of the second week of February is celebrated as Qatar National Sport Day.
- In Qatar, the Thobe is the national attire for men whereas the Abaya is the national attire for women.
- Qatar's national currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR).
- Qatar Airways is Qatar's national airline.
- The Arabian Oryx is Qatar national animal.
- The Falcon is Qatar's national bird.
- The Sidra Tree is Qatar's national tree.
- Qataf is Qatar's national flower.
- Machboos, a rice-based dish, is Qatar's national dish.
- The Ardha (traditional sword dance) is Qatar's national dance.
Tradition, Culture & Food Facts
- Robots are used for camel racing in Qatar.
- Qatar's traditional boats are called 'dhows'. You can ride on one of them at the Doha Corniche.
- Karak, tea with sweetened condensed milk, is a popular drink in Qatar. Arabic coffee also called 'Gahwa' is usually served to guests here.
- Spices, dates, bukhoor, Gahwa cup sets and desert rose crystals are some of the souvenirs you can take back from Qatar.
- Souq Waqif is a great place to experience the culture and traditions of Qatar, including traditional food.
- You can find camel meat being served at some of the restaurants in Qatar.
- You can also find a dedicated Falcon Hospital at Qatar's Souq Waqif.
Qatar 2022 Facts
- Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to be hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
- Qatar is also the smallest country ever to be hosting the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™.
- The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ final will coincide with Qatar National Day on 18 December 2022.
- Stadium 974 (formally known as Ras Abu Aboud Stadium) in Qatar is the first demountable FIFA World Cup™ stadium.
- Qatar 2022 will be the first carbon-neutral FIFA World Cup™ in the history of the event.
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