About Qatar

Welcome to Qatar, a country where citizens share their traditions and culture with an open-mind

Be fascinated by the authentic Souq Waqif, stroll along the bustling Corniche, discover the fine artworks on display in the Museum of Islamic Art, or experience a memorable desert safari to Khor Al Adaid, the unique inland sea surrounded by impressive sand dunes.

Located halfway along the western coast of the Gulf and spread over 11,437 square kilometer, the State of Qatar benefits from its key location, halfway between Europe and Asia.

A bridge between East and West, Qatar is at the cross roads of economic, cultural and natural heritage. It is easily accessible from some of the world's major cities, thanks to the country’s 5-star airline, Qatar Airways, which flies to 100 destinations worldwide.

Qatar benefits from year-round sunshine with temperatures ranging from 25ºC (74ºF) to 45ºC (113ºF) in summer. The best months to enjoy Qatar's pleasant weather are between October and May.

The climate of Qatar is typical of hot and arid desert lands, pleasant in winter and extremely hot in summer. Short transitional periods separate the two main seasons.

The air temperature in January averages a high of 22°C and has an average low of 13°C. The minimum overnight low at this time of year has been known to fall as far as 6°C. The temperature also falls heavily after sunset in the desert, where winds can be bitingly cold.

Information taken from Qatar Tourism Authority (www.qatartourism.gov.qa)

Qatar is a peninsula located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. Its territory comprises a number of islands including Halul, Sheraouh, Al-Ashat and others.

Topographic Features:
The terrain is flat and rocky with some low-rising limestone outcrops in Dukhan area in the west and Jabal Fiwairit in the north. It is characterized by a variety of geographical phenomena including many coves, inlets, depressions and surface rainwater-draining basins known as riyadh (the gardens), which are found mainly in the north and central part of the peninsula. These areas have the most fertile soil and are rich in vegetation.

Land Area:
The total land area of Qatar is approximately 11,521 square kilometers.

The population of Qatar is over 2.155.000 inhabitants as of April 2014; 83% of inhabitants reside in Doha and its main suburb Al-Rayyan.

Capital City:

Official Language:
Arabic is the official language in Qatar, and English is widely spoken.

Islam is the official religion of the country, and the Shariah (Islamic Law) is a main source of its legislations.

Qatar has a moderate desert climate with long hot summers and short mild winters and little rain in winter.

Major Towns:
Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Dukhan, Al Shamal, Mesaieed, Ras Lafan and others.

The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR), which is divided into 100 dirhams. The Exchange parity has been set at the fixed rate of US $ = 3.65QR's.

National Day:
The 18th of December every year in commemoration of Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammad Bin Thani, the founder of the State of Qatar.


  • National Day: 18th of December
  • Eid Al-Fitr Holiday: Starts from the 28th of Ramadan until the 4th of Shawwal (changes each year)
  • Eid Al- Adha Holiday: starts at 9th of Zilhijjah until the 13th of Zilhijjah (changes each year)

Meaning of the flag:

  • The white color reflects the internationally recognized symbol of peace.
  • The maroon color symbolizes the bloodshed during the several wars Qatar had undergone, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.
  • The nine-point serrated line indicates that Qatar is the 9th member of the "reconciled Emirates" of the Arabian Gulf in the wake of concluding the Qatari-British treaty in 1916. This information on design and color of Qatar flag was mentioned in the Archives of the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1931.

Government offices: 7 am to 2 pm.
Private establishments: 8 am to 12 noon, and 4 pm to 8 pm. Also increasingly 8 am to 4 pm and 9 am to 5 pm
Friday and Saturday are the weekend holidays.

3 hours + GMT

240 Volts + 6% with frequency 50 hertz. Information taken from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Qatar National Sports Strategy

Aspire Academy is proud of its contribution to progressing the State of Qatar’s strategic objectives in the areas of Sports development (through Sports and Sports Science), knowledge building (Education) and sports participation and healthy lifestyles (Aspire Active).

For more information: Qatar’s Sports Sector Strategy

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