Key Country Facts
Qatar will be the first country in the Middle East to host FIFA in 2022, where it plans to build eco-friendly stadiums
Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, sandy beaches of Khor Al Udeid
Top exports: petroleum gas and crude petroleum
The capital of Qatar is Doha. About 2.169 million people live here (2013). The official state religion is Islam. Its official languages are Arabic and English, though Urdu, French, Malayalam, and Tagalog are also used. The top exports are petroleum gas and crude petroleum, bringing vast amounts of wealth to the country and rising the GDP per capita to the highest in the world with an estimate of $129,700 in 2016. The time zone is 7 hours ahead of EST.
One place worth a visit is the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, filled with Islamic artifacts and history while exploring the calm atmosphere of the museum. The museum was built by renowned architect I.M. Pei, and is known for its geometric architecture. Also worth a visit is the sandy beaches of Khor Al Udeid, where travelers can ride camelback along the shoreline.
An interesting fact is that Qatar will be the first country in the Middle East to host FIFA in 2022, where it plans to build eco-friendly stadiums. Also interesting is that Doha has its own section of luxury living called Pearl Island, while travelers can see a strip of homes, restaurants, shops, and other luxury sites on an area of land shaped like a strand of pearls. This location used to be a pearl diving site, influencing its design.
Nature lovers will delight in knowing that despite Qatar being located in desert area, it has a wide variety of flora and fauna found on Purple Island in the Northeast.