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Social Life in Qatar

12 Aug, 2021
Topic: Religion and Community
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Social Life in Qatar

The Qatari Society stands on deeply rooted customs, traditions, and fundamental principles that have been passed on for generations. These values can be represented in the focus on family life, and kinship that determines the ways of connecting with each family member as well as relatives especially in terms of the rights and obligations of each individual during family occasions that are reliant on the feelings of connection and social belonging, and Islamic values.

Traditional Qatar Majlis reflect the Arabic and Islamic values. A Majlis is the main place for gathering guests, friends, and family members. Typically males and females are separated in their gatherings. Arabic Coffee gets served to the guests by the youngest family members starting with eldest. Guests are also presented with incense (Bukhoor) as an expression of hospitality, and Oud gets used during important ceremonies.

Safety and Security

One of the benefits of living in Qatar is the fact that it is considered one of the safest countries and the lowest in terms of crime rate, and the highest in safety and security indexes.

According to the global annual report to the safety index issued annually by the international database encyclopedia “Nambeo”, Doha city in the State of Qatar is the safest city in the world in 2021. 

Qatari Cuisine

The Qatari cuisine can be best described as a simple cuisine that uses simple cooking techniques deeply rooted in the seasonal authentic flavors of the Bedouin life that were passed on to our current generation. Qatari Cuisine has a hint of influence from India, and Persia in the past, and shares commonly well-known dishes with other GCC Countries.

In Qatar, a typical morning breakfast will compromise of Rogag (with the spread of cheese, honey, or jam, or will contain egg filling), and Balalet, during lunch, a traditional main course will be Asida, Harees (Also known as Jareesh), Kabsa, Margouga, Salona, Madroba, Machboos rice with Hammour, to name a few.

For desserts Qataris enjoy eating Khabees, Kanfaroosh, and Lugaimat. There are a number of Qatari restaurants in the state of Qatar such as:
Al Jiwan Restaurant located at Qatar National Museum, that serves you the best of Qatari Cuisines and International Tastes with the courtesy of Arabic hospitality.
Al Jasra Resturant: located at the heart of Souq Waqif, Al Jasra restaurant offers you the setting and the atmosphere of Qatari Majlis and Qatari dishes in reasonable prices. Nassayem Qatar: Experience generous Qatari hospitality at the diplomatic club’s signature restaurant.

For more information, you can check Visit Qatar’s website.