With dazzling skyscrapers, luxurious artificial islands and vast swathes of sandy desert, Qatar is growing as a global tourist destination. Learn some quick facts about the country ahead of your trip:

  • Qatar is a small peninsula in the Middle East. It borders the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.
  • Most of the 2.8 million people who live in Qatar reside in or near the capital city of Doha. The majority are foreign workers; only about one-ninth of the population are citizens.
  • Qatar is the richest nation in the world thanks to its oil wealth. Luxury travellers can indulge in extravagant hotels, designer shopping, decadent dining and lavish experiences.
  • Arabic is the official language, but English is widely used as a second language.
  • Temperatures can reach up to 50 °C (122 °F) in the summer, from June to September. January is the coolest month, with temperatures between 14 and 22 °C (57 and 72 °F).
  • Top tourist sites include Souq Waqif market, the Museum of Islamic Art (built on its own island!) and the Doha Corniche waterfront promenade.

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