Here are our easy to read Qatar Facts for Kids which were researched by kids and edited by us.
We have been reading a lot in the news about Qatar and the Soccer Worldcup 2022. We enjoyed the WorldCup 2010 in winter in South Africa (yes, July is winter in South Africa) and now there will be a World Cup be played under the hot desert sun in July 2022, that will be really different!
So we checked our clever books to find fascinating facts about the Arab country, where the Soccer World Cup 2022 will take place and have written the most interesting bits here for you.
Here are some interesting Qatar Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.
Qatar lies in the Middle East and belongs to the Asian continent. A flight to Doha/Qatar take roughly 7 hours from London/England, more than 12 hours from New York/USA.
The national airline is Qatar Airways. Their logo includes the head of an oryx, the national animal of Qatar.
The country lies on a peninsula in the Persian gulf which borders Saudi Arabia. Qatar is one of the emitates on the Arabian peninsula. In size it is roughly as big as the US state of Connecticut.
Qatar is a desert country bordering Saudi Arabia on the Arab peninsula. There is only limited natural water supply and thus there is not much agriculture or crop farming possible, only 5% of the lands is used for agriculture such as for date palm plantations.
Natural hazards include sand storms, dust storms and haze.
The highest point of Qatar is located in the south of the country. The peak is called Qurayn Abu Al Bawl, also referred to as Tuwayyir al Hamir, and reaches 103 metres/343 feet hight.
The emirate on the Persian gulf has many attractions for the whole family to visit. Among the most popular are:
Qatar is country where many foreigners live: Arabs, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, Nepalis, Filipinos and other expats (workers living in the country only for some years) have made Qatar their home. Only 15% of all people in Qatar are Qatari. As the expats are mainly men, only one quarter of the total Qatar population is women!
Did you know that oil-rich Qatar is the second richest country in the world after Lichtenstein, although it is one of the smallest countries in the world. Qatar also has the third largest gas reserves in the world.
About 14% of the Qatari are millionaires (in dollars). The country is dominated by the Al Thani family for more than 150 years. In 1999, women were allowed to stand for and vote for the first time in municipal elections.
The Qatari people are mainly Muslims and the Sharia law is written law in the constitution. This strict law allows for stoning and whipping as legal punishment for misbehaviour such as drinking alcohols and criminal activities such as robbery.
The Qatari dress modestly and this is also asked from tourists. So women need to cover their skin and should not miniskirts, leggins or sleeveless tops and dresses and men should not wear shorts and sleeveless t-shirts.
Arabic is the predominant language in Qatar. English is the second most spoken language in the country.
The most popular sports in the country are soccer, handball and tennis.
In 2010, Qatar won the bid to host the 2022 Soccer World Cup. It is planned to build 9 new stadiums for this mega sports event. Qatar will be the first Arab country to host FIFA's Soccer World Cup. As corruption accusations are currently investigated, it still is not certain if the event will go ahead or might be cancelled should the accusations be proven to be correct. But for now all building process is going ahead in the country. See what is planned for the big event:
Lusail City: A new city called Lusail City will be built in the sandy dunes close to the Northern suburbs of Doha. The name "lusail" comes from a desert flower. This city will be build for 200,000 people who will live and work there and there will be 8.5 km long shopping arcade, golf courses, housing, marinas, a new stadium and even a zoo with giraffes. There will be futuristic buildings which are cooled by solar power!
New roads and infrastructure: There will be a new causeway be build to link the neighboring Arab state of Bahrain with Qatar. And the German Railways (Deutsche Bahn) are already building a new railway system in the capital Doha which altogether stretches to 320km of railway lines.
New Airport and SeaPort: The new international airport in Doha will cost 11 billion US Dollars. A new deepsea port will be added to the Qatar infrastructure too.
New Hotels: Many new hotels need to be build to house the many visitors for the Worldcup. There are at least 5,000 more hotel rooms needed. Alcohol is only allowed to be consumed in some five-star hotels and it is planned to allow alcoholic drinks in special 'fan-zones' for the 2022 Worldcup.
Qatar being a muslim country, has a different working week than we know it. The week runs from Sundays to Thursdays, as their shops are usually closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
Shops are usually open in the morning until noon and then close for a long lunch break and only open in the late afternoon again.
Below on the picture you can see the Corniche Walkway in Doha, where many families go for a stroll on the weekends. There is lots of entertainment for kids in Corniche Park too.
Picture Credits for Qatar Facts: Shutterstock, Clipboard: 1. Doha by Kaleff at sxc, 2.Falconry by Jan Smith, 3. Doha by Vobios