What kind of place in Doha, where this year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships are being held? Many of you have probably heard of Doha but don’t know much about it. So here is a brief introduction to Doha for you. We hope it makes you a little bit more familiar with this year’s venue.
- QWhere is Doha?
Doha is the capital of Qatar, considered both a Middle Eastern and West Asian nation. The city is located on the Qatar Peninsula, which is on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
- QWhat is Doha’s population?
The city’s projected population for 2019 is approximately two million people, or 70%-plus of Qatar’s entire population. The city’s population has been growing rapidly, at a rate of approximately 1.5 times over the nine-year period from 2010 to 2019. An astonishing 88% of the population is from other countries. The population is also heavily male, at 75%.
（Source: Qatar Statistics Authority）
- QWhat is the climate like in Doha?
Doha’s is a desert climate, with a long, hot summer. During the months of May through September, temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius or higher, with very little rainfall. For this reason the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships are scheduled for the end of September to early October, avoiding the hot summer months—and making it the latest time of the year that this event has even been held. Even during October, however, Doha’s average temperatures range from a low of 26 degrees to a high of 36 degrees Celsius.
- QWhat are some popular sightseeing suggestions?
The number one activity for tourists is to ride on a camel or in a four-wheel drive vehicle around the desert. There are also popular urban tours that take visitors to the Qatar national mosque, the Al-Fanar Islamic Cultural Center, and more.
- QWhat are some popular traditional dishes of Qatar?
Lunch is the biggest meal, with breakfast and dinner tending to be lighter. One popular home-style dish is machboos (kabsa), which is rice with beef, chicken, lamb, camel, shrimp, or fish, cooked in the rice with spices (similar to the concept of biryani).
(Source: Culture & Trip)
Camel meat is standard fare in Qatar. Its flavor is regarded as somewhere in between beef and lamb—and they say it's delicious! A healthy drink with more minerals than regular milk, camel milk is enjoyed by itself, or used in ice cream, chocolate, milkshakes, etc.
(Source: arts and culture 2105)
- QWhat kind of lifestyle do the people of Qatar have?
Qatar is rich in oil and natural gas, and as such the majority of its exports are comprised either of these two commodities or of related products. The population of foreign nationals working as laborers is greater than that of Qatari nationals, which means the nation is heavily reliant on foreign labor. In 2017, per-capita GNI stood at US$61,070 (fourth in the world), making it one of the world’s richest nations.
（Source The World Bank Development Indicators database GNI, Atlas method 2017)
Because of the county’s oil money, it imposes no income tax—and medical care, electricity, telephone services, etc. are all free. University graduates can borrow a certain amount of land free of charge, which becomes the individual’s land ten years later.
(Source: Quatar Wikipedia Japanese)
- QWhat's the government like in Qatar?
Qatar was a British protectorate as of the conclusion of World War I, albeit with rights to autonomy, becoming an independent nation in 1971. The country has been led for generations of emirs, currently by the eighth, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. He was born in Doha in 1980 (now 39 years old), and educated in the U.K. Wielding a great impact on the nation’s current development, Tamim has been named one of the most famous people of Qatar. (Source: Quatar Living.com)