One of the most beautiful and tranquil countries in the world, Qatar attracts visitors with its picture-perfect beaches and welcoming Arabian culture. The country is more than just a vacation destination; it offers visitors the chance to reconnect with nature, history, and culture. Tourists come for a wide range of reasons, including retail therapy, family bonding, the chance to indulge in some delicious cuisine, cultural immersion, and educational excursions to nearby attractions. There is a lot to explore in this country and you will not be bored. Let’s have a peek at some interesting facts about this country.
Airport is home to a massive bear
When you land in Doha, Qatar, one of the first things you will notice is a massive teddy bear in front of the Hamad International airport’s main terminal. The massive work of art, which weighs close to 20 tons, reportedly cost $6.8 million and is created by Swiss visual artist Urs Fischer. It has become a popular spot for tourists to snap photos, so its sure to grab your notice. Previously, it was on a display in front of the Seagram Building on New York’s Park Avenue.
The sea and the desert meet in this country
One of the most interesting things about Qatar is that it is one of the few spots on Earth where the ocean and the desert meet. Khor Al-Adaid is not at all like the country’s enormous sand dunes, which are a sight to behold in their own right. The Inland Sea and its surrounding area were declared a protected ecosystem in 2007. Camel herds graze in the vicinity and there are endangered marine species and healthy ecosystems in the region.
First Arab nation to host the FIFA World Cup 2022
One of the most exciting aspects of football is the FIFA World Cup. In 2022, the tournament will be conducted in Qatar making it the first Arab and Muslim country to host it. In preparation for the big event, Qatar has completed numerous large-scale infrastructure projects, such as a carbon-neutral environment, modern metro system, improved rail network, and implemented numerous labour reforms. Its a chance for fans to meet people from all walks of life and for the country as a whole to rejoice in the sport of football.
A man-made island
Prior to the discovery of natural gas and oil, Qatar’s economy relied on the sale of pearls to generate revenue. For a long time, the nation’s economy depended on the export of pearls due to their excellent quality and demand. In homage to their long tradition of pearl diving, Qatar has constructed a man-made island on top of one of the world’s most famous historical diving sites. Called the Pearl-Qatar, its among the first properties in Qatar to be available for ownership by non-Qataris. It is a 1.5 square kilometer artificial island that extends from the mainland.
Battle it out using Mechanical Camels
One of Doha’s most popular activities, camel rides, has gone through multiple changes overtime. Due of the inherent dangers of the job, the use of children as camel jockeys has been forbidden in recent years. In 2004, the country began sending mechanical camel jockeys to the tournament. The replacement of children by robots has spread rapidly over the globe. This Middle Eastern sport of camel racing is one of the most well-attended events in the world.