Qatar Local Customs

  • The Traditional Dhow Festival  -Not to be Missed!
    The Traditional Dhow Festival -Not to...
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  • The Traditional Dhow Festival  -Not to be Missed!
    The Traditional Dhow Festival -Not to...
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  • The Traditional Dhow Festival  -Not to be Missed!
    The Traditional Dhow Festival -Not to...
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Qatar Local Customs

  • Qatari Dress

    Qatar Local Customs

    In Qatar you will probably see some expat residents wearing anything from shorts to spagetti-strap tops. While most likely no Qatari will ever tell you that you shouldn't be wearing this, that does not mean that they don't take offense to it. Consider what the Qataris themselves wear - both men and women are completely covered from head to toe in...

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  • Language

    Qatar Local Customs

    Pronunciation Note: Qatar is not pronounced as KAY-tar, or KWAY-tar, or even 'catarrh'. Arabic has a very gutteral voiced consonant that has no equivalent in English and is usually -- rather badly -- transliterated as 'q'. A much closer approximation of the proper pronounciation is 'cutter' or even 'gutter'. The other options above that are...

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  • Conservative Society

    Qatar Local Customs

    Qatar is a very conservative society. I was surprised not to be able to enter some of the shopping malls during weekend ie Thursdays & Fridays here because I was going in by myself. It's a family mall on weekends!!!

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  • Hand Shake

    Qatar Local Customs

    The thing likely to impress you about the Arab is his hospitality. Always shake hands. When they greet each other after a long absence it is customary for Arabs to kiss on each cheek. An Arab may also keep hold of your hand while he is talking to you after shaking hands. This is a normal custom in Arabia and is a mark of friendship (not sexual...

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  • What to Wear

    In Qatar you will probably see some expat residents wearing anything from shorts to spagetti-strap tops. While most likely no Qatari will ever tell you that you shouldn't be wearing this, that does not mean that they don't take offense to it. Consider what the Qataris themselves wear - both men and women are completely covered from head to toe in...

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  • Local dress and how you should dress

    Qatar is a very interesting middle eastern country. Let me start out with telling you that actual Qatari citizens make up not even half of the coutry's population. The majority of the population is from places like Sri Lanka, the Phillipines, India, other arab countries and some europeans. The work force of the country is made up of the foreign...

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  • Qatari Young Generation

    Young Qatari generation is as modern as any other country's young generation. They all can speak english and listen to the english songs.

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  • Qatari Traditional Dress

    Qatari people usually wear the long white dress which is typical arabic dress. but there is something very common which i ahve noticed. I noticed that Qataris Must Wear the black ring on the headwhen alongwith this white long dress. In the Picture you can see Qatari boys from College coming out and they are in their national dress.

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  • It's an Arab country....

    Unlike its neighbor (Saudi Arabia) women can drive. However, conversvatism is key. When in doubt, women should be more covered than less. It will keep you out of trouble and it shows respect for the local culture.While you dont have to wear this traditonal Saudi dress, women should not show much, if any, skin (hotels are an exception)....head...

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  • Qatar is a very conservative...

    Qatar is a very conservative society. I was surprised not to be able to enter some of the shopping malls during weekend ie Thursdays & Fridays here because I was going in by myself. It's a family mall on weekends!!!

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  • As in any part of the world,...

    As in any part of the world, one has a duty, in terms of protocol, to give due weight to the cultural norms of the host country. In Qatar, it is important to understand the respect in which the Head of State, H.H. The Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani is held [here shown with the Heir Apparent, Jassem bin Hamad al Thani]Qatar is an absolute monarchy,...

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  • The thing likely to impress...

    The thing likely to impress you about the Arab is his hospitality.Always shake hands. When they greet each other after a long absence it is customary for Arabs to kiss on each cheek. An Arab may also keep hold of your hand while he is talking to you after shaking hands. This is a normal custom in Arabia and is a mark of friendship (not sexual...

    more
  • There are many Iranians in...

    There are many Iranians in Qatar. There are also many Persian carpet shops as well. If you are like me (a U.S. citizen), then you probably already know that the U.S. government does not allow products from Iran to be imported. Even if you do not plan to buy, I would recommend taking a look. These carpets are very intricate and extremely beautiful....

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  • In Qatar as everywhere else in...

    In Qatar as everywhere else in the region, you see some pretty funny things sometimes. One of these has to be in Doha's principal 5-star hotel, what we call the 'world's largest table lamp'. The woman at the table is my wife, Myra. (See photo)

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  • Pronunciation Note: Qatar is...

    Pronunciation Note: Qatar is not pronounced as KAY-tar, or KWAY-tar, or even 'catarrh'. Arabic has a very gutteral voiced consonant that has no equivalent in English and is usually -- rather badly -- transliterated as 'q'. A much closer approximation of the proper pronounciation is 'cutter' or even 'gutter'. The other options above that are...

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  • You can virtually always...

    You can virtually always communicate in English, but you may well need to be able to read Arabic numbers. Here they are. Note: The first line shows the printed versions; the second demonstrates the handwritten ones.

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