Before the discovery of oil, Qatar was noted mainly for pearl hunting. Following Ottoman rule it became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971. Qatar has been ruled by the Al Thanifamily since the mid-19th century. In 1995, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani became Emir when he deposed his father, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, in a peaceful coup d'état. He later abdicated in favor of his son, current Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, in June 2013. Qatar's semi-elected Majlis al Shura has very limited legislative authority. After Saudi Arabia, Qatar is the second most conservative society in the GCC as most Qataris adhere to the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam.
Discover the beautiful city of Doha and visit major attractions including The Pearl, the cultural village of Katara, the Equestrian Club, the Museum of Islamic Arts and the Souq Waqif, a traditional Qatari bazaar.
Go on an exciting fishing trip on board a traditional Qatari dhow. Snorkel, swim or simply enjoy the sun as your chef prepares a delightful barbeque lunch!
Travel through time as you go for a drive towards the northern part of Qatar. See the Zubara Fort, the ancient mosque at Al-Jassasiya and the traditional village of the north