Dating, living together before marriage, and sex before marriage are technically illegal in Qatar. Qataris prefer meeting potential partners through a well-defined courtship routine. It usually involves families setting up matches. An engagement before getting to know a potential spouse is quite common in Qatar.
The fathers are integral to the courtship practice. Nothing can proceed without their approval and blessing. Expats in Qatar need to be discreet about dating. Getting caught can mean serious trouble, from arrests to deportation.
Stadium 974 is a temporary venue with a compelling origin story. Located near the scenic Doha coastline, the structure was made entirely from shipping containers — a tribute to Qatar’s historic seafaring and trade traditions.
The stadium makes history as the world’s first demountable covered football stadium. Fun fact: 974 is also Qatar's international dialing code. The venue is temporary, but its legacy will live on after the World Cup as a vibrant community waterfront and business hub.
Al Wakrah Dhow Harbor
The Al Wakrah harbor is one of the best places for dhow spotting in Qatar, once the most northernmost port along the infamous Pirate Coast. Al Wakrah was a small fishing and pearling spot during the early 1900s that gradually turned into a mooring point for 250-300 boats.
The harbor reopened to the public in 2017. While you won’t find pearl divers or pirates today, Al Wakrah offers stunning views and quiet spots to watch seafaring life go by.
The Royal Family
The ruling Al-Thani family differs from other Arab royals. First, the family does not have a long-standing tenure in the kingdom. They are not descendants of Prophet Muhammad either, like other Arab rulers. The rise of the Al-Thani family owes its origins to imperial politics between the Ottomans and the British. Their power is intrinsic to the creation of an independent Qatar.
The current king of Qatar is HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. He has three wives, thirteen daughters, and eleven sons. Here he is pictured with his glamorous second wife, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser Al-Missned.
Qatar is the perfect destination for sandboarding; the dunes are ideal for sand boarders looking for a desert adventure! Sandboarding involves sliding down a dune on a board or traveling across while standing.
Qatar’s deserts have relatively softer sand, making it easy for anyone to try this exhilarating sport. Beginners can opt to stay strapped to the board. One of the best places for sandboarding in Qatar is Khor Al Adaid – a serene spot away from the city rush.