Qatar: Did you know?                                           

Did you know that…  

…there are no political parties or leaders in Qatar?  

…there are no elections for the amir? The amir is hereditary.  

 

What do you think hereditary means?

 

…both men and women can vote at the age of 18? In 2007, Qatar held nationwide elections for a 29-member Central Municipal Council (CMC), which has limited consultative powers aimed at improving the provision of municipal services. The first election for the CMC was held in 1999.  

…Qatar is pronounced like “cutter” or “gutter,” but not like “guitar?”  

…Qatari craftspeople are traditionally known for their jewelry, embroidered clothing, and camel saddles?  

…traditional Arabian sailboats called are called dhows (photo)?  

…Qatari men perform traditional Bedouin dances on special occasions, such as weddings?  

…in Doha, an ethnographic museum in the restored Wind Tower House (built in 1935) demonstrates how traditional Qatari houses were ventilated and cooled before electricity and provides a view of life before the oil era?