The population numbers around 744,000 (March 2004) andis concentrated predominantly around the capital, Doha,which is built around a bay roughly half way along theeastern coast. The latest population center is developing north of Al Khor,in association with the new Ras Laffan Industrial City, whichhas the largest port for the export of liquefied gas in the world.Sports, especially sea sports, are well catered for and the organised tripsaround Qatar are of special interest to many people, even spending the nightin Bedouin Tent and gaining a true insight into the local culture.
Qatar enjoys sunshine just about everyday of the year. Theaverage temperatures during the summer range from 38°Cto 42°C during the day and 18°C at night, while wintertemperatures are 34°C during the day and 10°C at night.Swimming in the Arabian Gulf or in the many hotel pools,water sports, desert and city tours, shopping – a perfectlocation for visitors to soak up the sunshine. Once the sun sets, go star-gazing in the clear night sky, enjoy a moonlight stroll along the Corniche, orview the skyline from Doha Bay. This clean and pristine environment offersvisitors ideal conditions to completely unwind and enjoy their time in Qatarpoetry and song, while amazing art is created through weaving. Using toolsmade from both wood and gazelle horn, weavers work with sheep, goat, andcamel wool to create beautiful rugs, tents, and cushions.
The people of Qatar are friendly and make visitors feelvery welcome. Arabic is the official language, althoughEnglish is widely used. Qatar is an Islamic state, whichguides not only the religious beliefs of Qataris but also playsa large part in daily living.Beautiful mosques are located throughout the country fordaily prayers, and Qataris are guided by the Muslim teachings and values.Primarily a Bedouin culture, Qatar’s traditions are based on poetry and song,while amazing art is created through weaving. Using tools made from bothwood and gazelle horn, weavers work with sheep, goat, and camel wool tocreate beautiful rugs, tents, and cushions.
The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR), divided into100 Dirhams. Banknote denominations include 1, 5, 10, 50,100, and 500. Coinages included 25 and 50 dirhams. TheRiyal exchange rate is pegged to the US Dollar at QR 3.65.