National Symbols of Qatar

Qatar, officially known as the state of Qatar, is a country in Western Asia on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Doha is the capital and the most populous city in the country. Bedouins, Hadar, and Afro-Arabs constitute the ethnicity of Qatar. Islam is the official religion. Qataris are largely Sunni Muslims with a minority of Shia. Arabic is the national language in the country. The national currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR).

Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani is the ruler of the state. Qatar National Day is celebrated on the 18th of December. A variety of shows are performed on that day including the national dance Ardha, along with different themed events and parades conducted by the armed forces.

Qatari National Anthem “As-Salām Al-ʾAmīrī” opens with an Oath urging citizens to follow in their forefathers’ footsteps. The lyrics were written by Mubarak bin Saïf al-Thani and the music was composed by Abdul Aziz Nasser Obaidan. White and maroon are the two national colors that constitute Qatar’s flag. The emblem shows two bent swords with a sailing ship in the middle.

The traditional Thobe is a man’s national dress in Qatar. It consists of a long white shirt worn over loose pants and is widely worn by locals. Machboos, the national dish of Qatar, is a delicious rice-based dish served with marinated chicken or meat. Besides food, Karak, a mix of black tea and condensed milk with cardamom, is the national drink that has become a staple of life in Qatar, enjoyed by both locals and expatriates alike.

Qatar’s national bird is the falcon which is commonly used as a hunting tool due to its keen eyesight. The Arabian Oryx with its straight horns is Qatar’s national animal.

Qatar’s national flower, the Qataf, grows along the country’s coastline whereas the Sedra represents an icon of the country’s culture and heritage, and is thus Qatar’s national tree.

Qatar shows great interest in sports especially football that is the national sport. Qatar even celebrates National Sports Day on the 6th of December.

Country information

Official name(s) The State of Qatar
Alternative name(s) State of Qatar (official, English)
Regional location Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
Country name etymology Derives from Qatara, believed to refer to the Qatari town of Zubara, an important trading port and town in the region in ancient times.
Climate Arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers
Terrain Mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel
Population 2,881,053
National Day 18 Dec 1878
Language(s) Arabic
Religion Islam (official)
Country code +974
Literacy rate 89.0%
Currency Qatari Rial
Capital city Doha
ISO QAT
Domain(TLD) .qa
Ethnicity Bedouins, Hadar, and Afro-Arab.
Head of government Prime Minister
Nationality Qatari
Driving side Drive on the Right-hand side
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Total area 11,581 km2 (4,471 sq mi)
Timezone UTC+3 (AST)
Average elevation 28 m (92 ft)
Coastline 563 Km
Mains electricity 240 V
Emergency telephone numbers Emergency Telephone Numbers

Coat of arms

Flag map of Qatar

Flag map of Qatar

Motto of Qatar

No official motto

National animal of Qatar

The National animal of Qatar is The Arabian Oryx

National Animal of Qatar - The Arabian Oryx

National flower of Qatar

The National flower of Qatar is Qataf. Botanical name is Limonium myrianthum.

National flower of Qatar - Qataf

National bird of Qatar

The National bird of Qatar is Falcon

National bird of Qatar - Falcon

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Neighbouring countries of Qatar

Qatari Proverbs - Popular quotes, proverbs and sayings.

The long thobe will tire you.

You’re sunset and I’m sunrise.

One day is for you and another is against you.

All who are running on their fathers footsteps, are running.

He’s a chick and he’s as big as his mother but he can’t fly.

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