The Arabian Gulf holds home to one of the exotic Arabic countries by the name of Qatar. The country is painted with Islamic cultures with museums, exhibitions and music scattered all around the area. As with any other country, Qatar has its gallery of facts that fascinate and attract anyone to travel here.
1. Bon Appetite or as the Arabic say: Bil-hana wa ash-shifa
The main meal is ravished during the lunchtime, after which a cup of Karak tea infused with cardamom becomes a reason for the family to spend more time together. Some of the best cafes to devour this beverage are Tea Time and Chapati & Karak. Qataris are fond of sweets which range from having pica nuts or dates to a spoon full of honey at the break of dawn and dusk. The food is an amalgamation of Iranian and some Indian dishes. Machbous (rice with either meat or seafood), Ghuzi, Hummus, etc make up the cuisine. Cutlery is usually disused with the diner scooping food up with the aid of bread.
2. Mineral Rich
Around two-hundred and eighty-three barrels per day containing crude oil is produced in Qatar. It is also known as the leading producer of liquefied natural gas or LNG. This is one of the sustainable energy methods and with the declining climate, much desired. The production rate ranges around 11 billion cubic feet each day. Petrol is sold cheap costing only around QR 50.
The economic growth rate of Qatar has seen a significant shift over the years. The continuous slope towards profit has entitled Qatar in the list of rich nations. One of the strangest ways the Qataris make a living was through collection of pearl oysters. Currently, Pearl Qatar is one of the most visited places and is built upon an old diving site. There is luxury shopping, dining and socializing involved which is every tourist’s dream. Qatar is titled to the country with the highest GDP $140,649 per capita in the world.
4. Invest and Reap
Around a whopping $30 billion was spent by the state on construction and commencement of various projects. Some of them are Asghal Expressway or the New Port Project, which constitute the transport, and the Msheireb development or Lusail City, which constitute the property projects. A recent completed venture is the Hamad International Airport which became public in 2014.
5. Desert and Beaches
The fish-shaped island which is located 40km from the capital Doha, is home to a diversity of fauna and flora such as shellfish, pink flamingo etc. The limestone cliffs powdered along the island along with the Mangrove Forest accentuate the beauty of the island. The locals and tourists revel in camping on beaches such as Dukhan Beach and deserts. Sealine Beach in Mesajeed is well-renowned for dune-bashing or renting out dune buggies.
6. Qataris love their sports
History will talk about the fact that for the first time ever in the history of the Middle East, one of their countries has been chosen to hold the FIFA Tournament. This will occur in 2022 and is a dream goal achieved. There are nine stadiums being set up which would prioritize eco-friendliness and hold up to eighty-thousand people. Another major tournament which has been in play in Qatar is the MotoGP. This is the motorcycle racing World Championship hosted at Losail International Circuit in Doha every year. Association football has been a favorite among the locals for years along with golf, futsal, camel racing, handball, cricket, water sports and many others. There is a tradition of racing camels which is held every winter.
7. Artistic Life
The Doha Film Institute is popular for screening a diverse range of independent films as well as popular films. Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra located on Katara’s Open House showcases classic musical shows. There are many open-air concerts held during the weekends at Museum of Islamic Art Park.
The list becomes reason enough to place Qatar in the countries you definitely want to visit. The city beckons many a weary traveler to come and enjoy the various benefits and unravel the mysteries that the streets hold.