Qatar is home to a diverse collection of monuments, buildings, and undiscovered historic places. You may create your own Qatar trip by include expanses of dry desert, a lengthy Gulf coastline packed with quiet, private beaches, and some dune-bashing.
Here are some of the top things in Qatar, from the breathtaking skyscrapers and distinctive architecture of its capital city, Doha, to desert safaris, shopping outings, and Arabic culture emerging on street corners. Without further ado, let’s discover all that Qatar is renowned for.
Production of Oil and Gas
What has made Qatar famous? Gas and oil! One of the world’s top producers of both natural gas and oil is Qatar. More over 50% of the nation’s GDP as of 2014 came from the energy industry, making it clear how reliant Qatar is on these industries. Almost everything in Qatar is financed by oil and gas exports, which is the major reason it is so well-known and discussed. Qatar is the fourth-largest producer of natural gas in the world, and 13% of the world’s resources come from its gas fields. Given that it is a small nation, the fact that it is the 17th largest producer and the 11th largest exporter of oil is nevertheless impressive. The Dukhan Field was discovered in 1940, which marked the beginning of Qatar’s oil production; natural gas was found roughly 30 years later. These discoveries in the energy production industry transformed the nation’s economy, provided funding for significant initiatives, and enabled the dramatic improvement in the quality of life for its people.
Pearls and the art of Pearl diving
Prior to the discovery of oil and gas and the resulting wealth, Qatar was renowned for its pearl diving industry, which served as the nation’s primary economic engine and export. The Gulf was a pearl-hunting region as a whole, with Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Bahrain seeing a boom in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The gulf was used to seek for pearls, which were then exported to Europe, North America, and India. when a method for growing pearls in marine farms was developed by the Japanese. As a result, the markets for pearls fell, making pearling less lucrative. Fortunately, Qatar found oil and subsequently gas, which replaced and essentially exceeded pearls as the nation’s and region’s main export.
Pearling had a significant role in Qatar’s history and culture in the past. Many still connect Qatar with this activity and positive things. Pearl diving is still practised today, although it is a tourist activity.
Nomadic heritage of Falconry
A well-known aspect of Qatar’s cultural heritage is falconry. Since ancient times, the nomadic Bedouin of Qatar have trained falcons to aid in their hunting endeavours, and many still engage in this pastime today. Even the Middle East’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity List” includes falconry. You may find the birds and all the equipment needed for using them in hunting at the Falcon Souq, which is located in Souq Waqif.
The national animal Oryx
The number of species that can thrive in Qatar is inherently constrained by its harsh desert environment. There are, however, a few well-known outliers. The oryx is the national animal of Qatar, and today’s wild populations still wander freely thanks to conservation initiatives. They are an antelope species distinguished by large, straight horns and a commanding appearance. The passion of Qatar for its national animal is evident in every aspect of its culture, including the name of innumerable buildings and streets, the Qatar Airways emblem, and the mascot for the 2006 Asian Games.
Al Jassasiya Petroglyphs
It is estimated that humans first settled in the region that is now Qatar more than 12,000 years ago. You can gain a special understanding of the activities of one of these prehistoric human groups thanks to the Al Jassasiya Petroglyphs. Over 800 engravings may be seen here, serving as an extraordinarily well-preserved glimpse of a human society far apart from our own.