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Top 10 most-viewed #QTips episodes!

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QTips, a concept developed by Mr. Q himself, is short for 'bite-sized Qatari cultural tips' and it has been making waves on YouTube for almost 5 years already—the very first episode was uploaded January 2014.

Since then, the weekly show has become a favourite go-to place for people—especially expats—who want to learn more things about Qatar. The episodes range from the most basic questions to topics which are quite bizarre and hilarious at the same time, making its hosts, Mr. Q and The Qatari Guy, household names in beyond Doha!

And since they've hit 150 episodes just recently and we've also announced that the ILQ Network is set to celebrate its 10th Year Anniversary, we decided to gather the best of QTips—based on views and engagement—in one article!

Check out the which ones made it the Top 10 and if you want your question to get featured in a future episode, you know what to to—comment below!

1. What are the 5 ways to wear your Ghitra?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 274,168
Number of likes: 3.2K
Number of comments: 243

The episode in a nutshell:

The 5 ways that The Qatari Guy has mentioned in this very well-shared episode are the following:

1. Professional/Formal look
2. The Cobra look (Mr. Q's favourite)
3. The Trimba (what cool kids like)
4. The Mi'ris (a groom's way of wearing the Ghutra)
5. The Nis Cobra (a mix of Mr. Q and The Qatari guy's style)

Watch the full video for a bonus QTip!

Related episodes:

Why do Qataris have tassels on their Igal?

How to wear your Ghutra the cobra style?

2. How do Qataris kiss?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 215,994
Number of likes: 1.4K
Number of comments: 254

The episode in a nutshell:

One of our funniest episodes yet, this QTip made it so high on this list because it's short, crisp, and downright hilarious! Qataris basically shake each other's hands then kiss each other's cheeks twice (if they don't know each other), and thrice (if they're friends)—but can be extended until four times! The traditional way of kissing on the other hand is by using their noses.

Related episode:

How to greet a Qatari woman?

3. What are the meanings of these 5 weird Arabic sounds?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 128,723
Number of likes: 1.8K
Number of comments: 270

The episode in a nutshell:

These words might sound weird but they actually mean something to Qataris:

1. Afaaa - used to express disappointment
2. Bal! - used to express shock or surprise
3. Aaah! - used to express amazement (a mix of No Way! and Woah!)
4. Tut! - means No
5. Hahaay! - Qataris' way of saying LOL

Related episode:

Arabic hand gestures and what they mean

4. What is the real meaning of Inshallah?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 91,954
Number of likes: 1K
Number of comments: 123

The episode in a nutshell:

InshAllah's direct translation is 'In God's Will' but it can also be used to genuinely tell someone that you'll do your best. Don't use it as an excuse though, The Qatari Guy can't stress this bonus QTip enough!

Related episode:

Five phrases Qatari girls use

5. What do Qatari men wear under their national dress?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 86,857
Number of likes: 648
Number of comments: 103

The episode in a nutshell:

Mr. Q made himself clear, it's not a kilt, guys! To know what it is, watch the full video above! On the other hand, the typical Qatari uniform is made up of a thobe, cufflinks, a pen (optional), a watch, sandals, Ghutra, and Igal.

Related episode:

What do Qataris wear under their thobes and abayas?

6. Can foreigners wear thobes?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 86,762
Number of likes: 1K
Number of comments: 241

The episode in a nutshell:


Locals will be happy and proud to see foreigners wearing their national dress!

Related episode:

Do Qataris really need to always have a pen in their pockets?

7. Why are Qataris smelly?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 68,651
Number of likes: 1.2K
Number of comments: 204

The episode in a nutshell:

Qataris, according to Mr. Q himself, keep themselves fragrant by using these 5 scents:

1. Bukhoor - Arabic incense (smokes up the room and guess what, your clothes too!)
2. Oud - A bit of wood which has an aromatic fragrance to it when you light it up like an incense
3. Dihn Oud - a very potent oil you apply in little drops
4. Perfume/Cologne
5. Flowers

Related episode:

Why do Qataris leave plastlic on their car seats?

8. How to get a thobe made?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 66,495
Number of likes: 691
Number of comments: 87

The episode in a nutshell:

Here are 6 easy-to-follow steps according to The Qatari Guy:

Step 1 - Go to a tailor
Step 2 - Choose your cloth
Step 3 - Get measured!
Step 4 - Choose your collar
Step 5 - Choose your sleeves!
Step 6 - Choose your buttons!

A regular thobe may cost around 150-450 QAR.

Related episode:

What type of Sandals do Qataris wear?

9. What do Qataris eat?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 64,499
Number of likes: 903
Number of comments: 137

The episode in a nutshell:

Here are five of Mr. Q's favourites:

1. Machboos - flavored rice which can be chicken, prawn, meat and vegetables
2. Threed - a mixture of vegetables, bread and meat like a lasagna that's soggy with curry
3. Salonah - a watery curry
4. Harees - porridge mixed with meat and butter usually served during Ramadan
5. Lgeimatv - deep fried dough in syrup or honey

Related episode:

Qatari dining etiquettes

10. How do you say hello in Arabic?

Year: 2014
Number of views: 62,241
Number of likes: 919
Number of comments: 88

The episode in a nutshell:

There are 4 basic ways to say hello in the Qatari culture, according to The Qatari Guy:

1. Kaif Al Haal - What's the situation?
2. Shlonik - How are you?
3. Shakhbarik - What have you been up to?
4. Wenik Ma Tbayyen - Where have you been?

Related episodes:

Saying hello to strangers

Calling just to say hello

To keep yourself updated with the latest weekly episode of QTips, click HERE.

Are you a big fan of QTips as well? if yes, what's your favourite episode? Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!