7 interesting facts about Qatar

doha (2 of 1)

As you probably alredy know, if you read our yestreday’s post, we had a longer layover in Doha. We opted for the organised tour by Discover Qatar. The tour guide – sorry, we forgot the name – was very knowledgeable and we got to know some interesting facts about Qatar:

1. There are 80 nations who can visit the country visa free.

2. The population is 2.7 million, in Doha live 1.5 million with around 85% expats.

3. The country is mainly male – 75% are men and only 25% are women.

4. Doha had the first 5-star hotel in the Middle East – it’s the Sheraton on the corniche.

5. They love their falcons. Almost every man (aprox. 80%) will own a falcon in his life. As they are as common as dogs in our culture, they have falcon hospitals as well.

6. Souq Waqif is Qatar’s oldest and biggest market. It burned down 15 years ago, but it was rebuilt.

7. Camel racing is super popular. There’s a special TV channel just for that.

 

 

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Slovenian version

Kot verjetno že veste, če ste prebrali najino včerajšnjo objavo, sva na zadnjem potovanju malce dlje čakala na letališču v Dohi. Ker se na državo nisva niti malo pripravila in nisva imela pojma, kaj si naj ogledava, sva se odločila za organiziran “city tour” kar z letališča. Naša vodička – žal sva pozabila njeno ime – je bila zelo načitana in dobila sva kar nekaj novih informacij o tej državi:

1. Državljani 80 držav lahko vstopijo v Katar brez vize.

2. Država ima 2,7 milijona prebivalcev, v Dohi živi skoraj 1.5 milijona ljudi, od tega prb. 85% tujcev.

3. V državi je populacija občutno bolj moška – 75% je moških in le 25% je žensk.

4. V Dohi je bil zgrajen prvi 5-zvezdični hotel na Bližnjem Vzhodu – gre za Sheraton, ki ga najdete ob morski promenadi.

5. Katarci obožujejo svoje sokole. Skoraj vsak moški (prb.80%) bo vsaj enkrat v svojem življenju imel svojega sokola. Ker so tako običajni kot pri nas psi, imajo tudi sokolje bolnice.

6. Souq Waqif je najstarejša in največja tržnica v Katarju. Pred 15 leti je sicer skoraj povsem pogorela, a so jo obnovili.

7. Izjemno popularne so kamelje dirke. Imajo celo TV program namenjen le temu.

 

 


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