The best way to experience Qatari culture is in people’s homes. Being invited into a Qatari home is a wonderful honor, and one must follow the proper social etiquette. It is good to greet family members according to seniority and status. Some people may not prefer to shake hands, but will instead hold their right hand on their heart as a greeting.
Sharing a meal is central to creating bonds in Arabic culture. Visitors will be invited to sit cross-legged on the floor and eat with their hands. Before entering a home, check whether you are expected to take off your shoes.
The Story Behind Qatar's National Day
Qatar National Day is on December 18. It was established in 2007 by then-crown prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, widely credited with unifying Qatar’s local tribes – giving them autonomy and a sense of identity. He was instrumental in keeping external influences such as the British at bay. Qatar initially celebrated the holiday on September 3, coinciding with the country’s independence in 1971, but later changed the date to December 18 since it had more significance.
National Day in Qatar is a tribute to numerous struggles for independence, from Bahrain’s Al Khalifas to the British. Qataris remember their core values of pride, solidarity, and loyalty on this day.
Home to the World's Best Airline
Don’t just take our word for it. Qatar Airways regularly bags the title of Airline of the Year. It has won the award seven times – a feat no other airline has yet accomplished.
Among its other accolades are Best Business Class, Best Business Class Airline Lounge Dining Experience, and Best Airline in the Middle East. What sets the airlines apart? A host of premium experiences and impeccable airport and in-flight services.
First Arab Country to Host Mondial
Qatar is the first Middle Eastern country to host the FIFA World Cup 2022. It also makes history as one of the only venues to hold the tournament in winter. Qatar made its bid to host the World Cup in 2009, garnering enormous support from the member states of the Arab League.
It won the highly-coveted hosting rights in 2010, beating out countries such as Australia, Japan, the USA, and South Korea. Since winning the bid, Qatar has undertaken massive initiatives – from infrastructural and economic development to football-centric community programs.
Al Bayt Stadium
Located 46 km from Doha in Al Khor, the Al Bayt stadium’s design is an homage to the "bayt al sha’ar" — tents used by the nomadic communities of Qatar. The uniquely Qatari design honors the ancient history and traditions of the people while looking to the future.
Apart from the eye-catching 60,000-capacity stadium, the surrounding precinct, with expansive green spaces, restaurants, and coffee shops, is a sight for sore eyes. The Qatar government envisions the stadium as a vibrant community hub for the Al Khor people even after the FIFA World Cup 2022.