Qatar is one of the most vibrant economies in the world with a rich background of history and culture and considered one of the leading business centres in the Region. A leader in different areas, Qatar is one of the world's highest per capita income countries, andfastest growing economies. Qatar is becoming the centre point for many economic and industrial activities and development projects from power and energy to education. Proud of the heritage, Qatar is an attraction for many scholars of history, archaeology, and environment.
The limestone peninsula, which extends from the western side of the arabian gulf into its warm shallow waters, has a coastline well in excess of 700 kilometers, and total land area of just over 11,437 square kilometers, including its offshore islands and reefs. Not surprisingly, the country has many historical ties with the sea.
Many areas of the country lay below sea level, with the highest point approximately 120m above sea level. Salt flats or “sabkha” characterise many of the low-laying areas, where the gypsum formations known as “desert rose” can be found just below the surface.
Qatar enjoys sunshine just about everyday of the year. The average temperatures during the summer range from 3hi je8°c to 42°c during the day and 18°c at night, while winter temperatures are 34°c during the day and 10°c at night.
Swimming in the arabian gulf or in the many hotel pools, water sports, desert and city tours, shopping – a perfect location for visitors to soak up the sunshine. Once the sun sets, go star-gazing in the clear night sky, enjoy a moonlight stroll along the corniche, or view the skyline from doha bay. This clean and pristine environment offers visitors ideal conditions to completely unwind and enjoy their time in qatar poetry and song, while amazing art is created through weaving. Using tools made from both wood and gazelle horn, weavers work with sheep, goat, and camel wool to create beautiful rugs, tents, and cushions.
The people of qatar are friendly and make visitors feel very welcome. Arabic is the official language, although english is widely used. Qatar is an islamic state, which guides not only the religious beliefs of qataris but also plays a large part in daily living.
Beautiful mosques are located throughout the country for daily prayers, and qataris are guided by the muslim teachings and values. Primarily a bedouin culture, qatar’s traditions are based on poetry and song, while amazing art is created through weaving. Using tools made from both wood and gazelle horn, weavers work with sheep, goat, and camel wool to create beautiful rugs, tents, and cushions.
The official currency is the qatari riyal (qr), divided into 100 dirhams. Banknote denominations include 1, 5, 10, 50, 100, and 500. Coinages included 25 and 50 dirhams. The riyal exchange rate is pegged to the us dollar at qr 3.65.
Moving around qatar is quite easy and there are several options available to visitors. Limousine services are available through a variety of companies. More expensive than taxis, but very reasonably priced, late model vehicles with knowledgeable drivers are provided. The most economical method is the public transport buses, known as karwa.