Qatar: Values                                                   

Social Life
  • Traditional values tend to shape the average Qatari person’s social and cultural life, which remains strongly centered around the family.
  • The father has the dominant role in the family.
  • The place of women is still overwhelmingly the home, but with the government’s active encouragement, women are increasingly entering government and private business employment. Gender segregation in the workplace is not strictly enforced in Qatar.
 Modern Multicultural Lifestyle
  • Qataris have used their oil-derived incomes to build new houses with modern amenities, purchase automobiles, and travel overseas.
  • South Asians and other expatriates maintain their own distinctive lifestyles.
  • There are no major tensions between ethnic groups, nor between Sunni and Shia Muslims.
  • The crime rate in Qatar is extremely low and poverty is almost unknown.

The majority of Qataris are bound together by common values and a common religion.
Below are some common beliefs that many Qataris hold true:
  • Importance of family
  • Faith in Islam
  • Modesty in dress
  • Acceptance of one’s place in society
  • National pride
  • Harmony and humility
  • Smooth interpersonal relationships
  • Hospitality
  • Respect for tradition
  • Respect for authority
  • Respect for elders
  • Compromise
  • Patriarchy


Q: What do you think patriarchy means?  

A: Patriarchy is a social system in which the father or eldest male is head of the household, having authority over women and children. Patriarchy also refers to a system of government by males, and to the dominance of men in social or cultural systems.


  • The family is the center of the social structure and includes aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, and honorary relations such as godparents and close family friends.  
  • People get strength and stability from their family.  

Saving/Keeping Face, Harmony, & Group
  • Anything that might hurt another's self-esteem is to be avoided or else one risks ending a relationship.
  • One who is insensitive to others is said to lack a sense of shame and embarrassment.
  • This concern for self-esteem helps to maintain harmony in society and within one's particular circle, but it also can give rise to a willingness to sacrifice personal integrity to remain in the good graces of the group.