A gateway between East and West, Qatar is a unique and cosmopolitan country. You can enjoy the capital Doha’s unique city offerings or venture out on the sand dunes, a visit to the ancient Zubara Fort, shop at Souq Waqif, take in a concert at Katara Cultural Village, visit the Museum of Islamic Art or enjoy two hours at the golf course. With restaurants offering cuisines from around the world, first class hotels, amazing shopping malls, intriguing cultural highlights and the beauty of the desert on your doorstep, Qatar offers traditional Arabian hospitality in the heart of a modern and vibrant country.
Qatar is a small peninsula of 11,437 square kilometers that lies halfway along the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. The population is well over a million, and 61% of the inhabitants live in Doha, the capital city. The official language is Arabic, and Islam is the official religion. The currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR). The time zone is GMT+3, and the IDD code is +974. The climate during the summer is hot with high humidity. The winter months, October through April, offer some of the best weather in the world, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 30 degrees Celsius.
Qatar is experiencing rapid growth, especially in higher education. In addition to the national university, Qatar University, Doha hosts branch campuses of several top universities, including University College London, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC), Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, University of Calgary, Virginia Commonwealth University and Weill Cornell Medical School.