If you don’t know who Mutaz Essa Barshim is, here’s why you should! Barshim rose from relative obscurity to become one of the best high jumpers in the world. For a country that doesn’t have a medal history in track and field sports, Barshim single-handedly changed all of that.
He won a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012 and a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2017 and 2019, Barshim bagged the World Championship titles. He is regarded as one of the best high jumpers in history, alongside legends like Javier Sotomayor, Stefan Holm, and Dietmar Mogenburg.
Machboos, the National Dish of Qatar
Food is among the best ways to discover a country. One of the most popular dishes across Qatar is Machboos – a smoky rice and meat dish infused with several aromatic spices. Also called Kabsa, Machboos is packed with flavor.
Depending on where you are, Qataris make several variants. Chicken Machboos is a universal favorite. Lamb, fish, shrimp, and even camel meat are staples, too. Machboos is a staple across Eastern Arab countries and the undisputed national dish of Qatar.
Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium
Ahmed Bin Ali stadium lies at the edge of the desert in the historic city of Umm Al Afaei. It is home to Qatar's beloved Al Rayyan SC with or without the FIFA World Cup.
The stadium’s intricate design captures the beauty of desert flora and fauna, its façade resembling waves of dunes. For the 2022 tournament, the architects built the stadium around numerous existing trees and retained 80 percent of the construction material from the old structure.
The spectacular Lusail is the biggest World Cup stadium in Qatar. Lusail was built to host matches at every tournament stage, including the highly-anticipated FIFA World Cup final on December 18, which coincides with Qatar National Day.
The stadium's façade, shape, and motifs reflect the rich history of art and architecture in the Arab world. It is the heart of Lusail city and aims to serve community needs.
90% of Qatar’s Population Live in the Capital
Home to more people than the rest of Qatar's cities combined, Doha is the backbone of the country. It became the country's capital in 1971 when Qatar gained independence from the British. Since then, Doha has seen medical, commercial, financial, and educational developments unprecedented in the Middle East.
Virtually everything tourists can hope to do and see in Qatar can be accomplished in Doha. From visiting historical sites and buying spices and foods from the local markets, to taking a sunset boat tour to breathe in the city sights, Doha is a full-bodied metropolis.