There are a lot of things we know about Qatar. We know that it is the richest country in the world in terms of per capita GDP. We know that it is one of the most beautiful countries among Gulf Nations. We know it has a lot of tourist attractions including sand dune adventures, lovely beaches. We know that it is hot most of the year, and that is a good thing for those who are tired of the cold climate.
But just like any country, Qatar has some hidden gems that you probably haven’t heard of, until now. So let’s look at some of these facts and marvel at how much this country still has left to explore.
Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Qatar
1. Outdoor cinemas
When we think about cinemas, we think about popcorn, watching a movie in an enclosed space, and more commonly, buying tickets to go see the latest movies in a cinema inside a mall. Qatar has put a twist into movie watching; with the country’s outdoor cinemas, you can watch your favorite film in the outdoors, particularly the desert.
This is exactly what CITW (Cinema in the Wild), a group of movie junkies, has to offer to the adventurous movie-goer. To know where their next screening is, go visit their Instagram page. Their movie screenings don’t go the whole year round, so you have to keep up to date.
2. There are no forests in Qatar
There are only four countries in this world that have no forests, and Qatar is one of them. The other three are Oman, San Marino and Greenland. First of all, Qatar is a really small country, and it doesn’t get enough rain. One can say that Qatar is truly a highly urbanized desert. Basically the only plant life that grows in Qatar are Palm and Cacti. While it does have trees, Qatar’s vegetation are spread far and wide away from each other.
3. There is a giant teddy bear at Hamad International Airport
Admittedly, this fact, like many others, is pretty random. This teddy bear, known as the Lamp Bear, and designed by Urs Fischer, a Swiss artist, is located inside the Hamad International Airport. According to the artist, the bear make the airport more human, more playful, and reminds guests about what they enjoy most about home. The Lamp Bear is worth $6.8 million.
This article reminds us that there’s more to a country than what we normally read, watch or hear about. The only way to really know the nitty gritty details of a place is to visit it, and immerse in its culture.