Top 10 things to do in Qatar

Qatar

Qatar has the world's third-largest natural-gas reserves, behind only Russia and Iran. Doha, Zubarah Fort, Zubarah.

Qatar is a country.

Qatar (/ˈkæˌtɑr/, i/ˈkɑːtɑr/, /ˈkɑːtər/ or i/kəˈtɑr/; Arabic: قطر‎ Qatar [ˈqɑtˤɑr]; local vernacular pronunciation: [ɡɪtˤɑr]), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic: دولة قطر‎ Dawlaṫ Qatar), is a sovereign Arab country located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island kingdom of Bahrain. In 2013, Qatar's total population was 1.8 million: 278,000 Qatari citizens and 1.5 million expatriates.

Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971. Qatar has been ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century. Qatar is an absolute monarchy and its head of state is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. After Saudi Arabia, Qatar is the most conservative society in the GCC as most Qataris adhere to the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation according to Qatar's Constitution.

Qatar is the world's richest country per capita and has the highest human development in the Arab World; furthermore, it is recognized as a high income economy by the World Bank. Qatar has the world's third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves in excess of 25 billion barrels. Qatar has become an influential player in the Arab world. Qatar supported several rebel groups during the Arab Spring both financially and by asserting global influence through its expanding media group, Al Jazeera Media Network. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first Arab country to host the event.

Although tiny, Qatar wields significant clout. Qatar's rising international profile has led some analysts to identify it as a middle power.

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Top 10 things to do in Qatar

Al Khor

Al Khor
Al Khor is a coastal city in northern Qatar, located 50 kilometres north of the capital, Doha. The name of the city means creek in Persian as the town is ...

Lusail

Lusail
Lusail is the newest planned city in Qatar, located on the coast, in the northern part of the municipality of Al Daayen. Lusail is located about 23 km north of the ...

Zubarah

Zubarah
Zubarah , also called Al Zubarah or Az Zubarah, is a deserted town located on the north western coast of the Qatar peninsula in the Madinat ash Shamal municipality, about ...

Mesaieed

Mesaieed
Mesaieed is a municipality in the State of Qatar, approximately 50 kilometres south of Doha. Its capital is also called Mesaieed.LocationMesaieed is located approximately 50 kilometres south ...

Dukhan

Dukhan
Dukhan is an industrial city in western Qatar. It is approximately 60 kilometers west of the capital, Doha. Dukhan is administrated by Qatar's state oil agency Qatar Petroleum and holds ...

Doha

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Umm Salal Mohammed

Umm Salal Mohammed
Umm Salal Muhammad, or sometimes Umm Salal Muhammed, is the capital city of the municipality of Umm Salal in Qatar.Umm Salal Muhammad is a small settlement in the center of ...

Al Rayyan

Al Rayyan
Al-Rayyan is the largest municipality in the state of Qatar. Al Rayyan means 'the source of irrigation' and as per Islam it also means 'a door in heaven' or 'one ...

Al Wakrah

Al Wakrah
Al Wakrah is a city and municipality of Qatar located halfway between Ad Dawhah and Mesaieed municipalities. Al Wakrah's eastern edge is the shores of the Persian Gulf. Ruled by ...

Smaismah

Smaismah
Simaisma is a small seaside town located on the eastern coast of Qatar 30 km north of the capital Doha. It was demarcated in 1988. This town is characterized by old ...

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art
The Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha offers an Arab perspective on modern and contemporary art and supports creativity, promotes dialogue and inspires new ideas. It is the ...

Doha Corniche

Doha Corniche
The Doha Corniche is a waterfront promenade extending for several kilometers along the Doha Bay in the capital city of Doha, the state of Qatar. Running parallel to the Corniche ...

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif
Souq Waqif is an important souq in Doha, in the state of Qatar. Literally translated to "the standing market," this shopping destination is renowned for selling traditional garments, spices, handicrafts, ...

Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex

Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex
The Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex is a tennis complex in Doha, Qatar. The center is owned and operated by the Qatar Tennis Federation. It is the home venue ...

The Pearl-Qatar

The Pearl-Qatar
The Pearl-Qatar in Doha, Qatar, is an artificial island spanning nearly four million square metres. It is the first land in Qatar to be available for freehold ownership by foreign ...

Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium

Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium
Hamad bin Khalifa Stadium, also known as Al Ahli SC Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Doha, Qatar. It is currently used mostly for football matches. It is the home ...

Barzan Tower

Barzan Tower
The Barzan Towers , or simply the Barzan Tower, when referring to the pair as a whole, and also known as the Umm Salal Mohammed Fort Towers, are towers that ...

Doha Golf Club

Doha Golf Club
The Doha Golf Club in Doha, Qatar, is an 18-hole, 7,374-yard, par 72 championship course that was designed by Peter Harradine. The Doha Golf Club is also one of the ...

Al Wajbah

Al Wajbah
Al Wajbah is a settlement in Qatar, located in the municipality of Al Rayyan. It is 10 miles west of the capital Doha. The town was the site of the Battle ...

Aspire Tower

Aspire Tower
THE TORCH DOHA, also known as Aspire Tower, is a 300-metre-tall skyscraper hotel located in the Aspire Zone complex in Doha, Qatar. Designed by architect Hadi Simaan and AREP and ...