QATAR

You will discover a land of contrasts, dynamic and exciting, yet with a sense of timeless serenity and tradition.

Qatar brings together old world hospitality with cosmopolitan sophistication, the chance to enjoy a rich cultural tapestry, new experiences and adventures. Absorb the unique ambience and explore the possibilities of unexpected Qatar. You’re sure to be captivated.

A land that understands a traveller can never be a stranger, just a friend not yet met.
That ultimately everyone is on their own journey,
seeking the warmth of a friendly embrace,
unique experiences, new stories to share.
Where a meal is not a meal unless it is shared.
A land rooted in ancient cultures, authentic soul,
where past learning informs contemporary vision.
Progressive spirit ignites new futures.
A land offering enlightenment, invigoration and inspiration
through its warmth of soul and spirit of vision.

Qatar is a peninsular Arab country whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arabian) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes. Also on the coast is the capital, Doha, known for its futuristic skyscrapers and other ultramodern architecture inspired by ancient Islamic design, such as the limestone Museum of Islamic Art. The museum sits on the city’s Corniche waterfront promenade.
Capital: Doha
Dialing code: +974

Arabic is the official language of Qatar, with Qatari Arabic the local dialect. Qatari Sign Language is the language of the deaf community. English is commonly used as a second language, and a rising lingua franca, especially in commerce, to the extent that steps are being taken to try to preserve Arabic from English’s encroachment. English is particularly useful for communication with Qatar’s large expatriate community. Reflecting the multicultural make-up of the country, many other languages are also spoken, including Baluchi, Hindi, Malayalam, Urdu, Pashto, Tamil, Telugu, Nepali, Sinhalese, Bengali, and Tagalog.

In 2012, Qatar joined the international French-speaking organization of La Francophonie (OIF) as a new associate member. However, in December 2013, the French daily Le Monde revealed that Qatar, which has very few native French speakers, had not yet paid any contribution to the OIF, while the outgoing Administrator of the OIF complained in 2015 that Qatar had not kept any of the promises it made when it joined the Organization and had never paid its annual membership fees.

The monetary unit of Qatar is the riyal (abbreviated to QR or QAR). The exchange rate is fixed at US $1 = QR3.64. There are no foreign exchange controls. ATMs can be found in many locations and most shops and restaurants accept major credit cards.

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