Qatar is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. For such a small country population and land area-wise, it is deemed the richest country in the world per capita GDP. This is mostly due to the fact that it is rich in hydrocarbons, natural gas, in particular. In fact, it is the fourth leading producer of natural gas in the world, behind US, Russia and Iran.
Doha, the capital city, has undergone major transformations in both aesthetics and function. World-class architects, including I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano and others, have made the city their canvas for some of the most amazing architecture you will ever see. Here are some fascinating facts about Doha.
7 Surprising Facts About Qatar’s Capital
1. Wonderfully-designed Hotels
Doha’s hotels, and many other buildings, have a unique design that brings the old and modern architecture together. Often, these hotels, like the Mandarin Oriental Doha, are set in downtown squares and open courtyards. Upon entering these hotels, you will instantly be immersed in Qatari culture.
2. Amazing Food
Doha is like a cauldron of mixed cultures when it comes to food. There are so many restaurants that offer a variety of dishes. Japanese, Arabic Grill, Asian Wok, dishes from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, North America; the vast amount of choices might overwhelm you.
3. Incredible Museums
Speaking of amazing architecture, some topnotch architects have taken their prowess to Doha and built incredible Museums. One example is Jean Nouvel, the famous French architect. He designed the National Museum of Qatar, which resembles a desert rose from an aerial view. The astonishing architecture features around 539 disks that overlap and merge with glass; a masterpiece in itself.
4. Fascinating Dunes
Driving through the Qatari desert requires 4×4 cars and the courage to drive along dune borders and go down huge dunes. Rides typically last 2 hours where all you see is a majestic expanse of sand and dunes.
5. The Ratio of Men to Women: 3 to 1.
Qatar has the most number of men for every woman in the whole world. Specifically, there’s 3.41 men for every woman in Qatar. Second in the global list is UAE with 2.18, followed by Kuwait, Maldives, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
6. Wonderful Airport
Hamad International Airport is considered as one of the best — if not the best — airports in the world. And recently, it plans to undergo a two-phase expansion to accommodate more travels and provide more amenities.
7. The Safest Country
According to the World Risk Report, Qatar is the safest country in the world, in terms of likelihood of having a natural disaster. In contrast, the Philippines has a World Risk Report in 2018 that makes it the third most dangerous country.
These fascinating facts about Doha will surely make you want to visit the capital. Enjoy its offerings, and be sure to have the time of your life.