According to Mr Muhammad Irwan, there are tons of misconceptions about travelling through this exotic land, with the most common being, “Qatar is unsafe and boring”, which he says is absolutely untrue.
“I've been to Qatar countless times and there it is an extremely safe place to be. In fact, I would likened their country's level of safety and security to that of Singapore. It is safe to go out till the wee hours of the morning without having to worry about your safety. Also, according to the Global Peace Index 2015, Qatar came in 30th place out of a total of 162 countries in terms of peace and stability.
With regards to Qatar being labelled as a boring country with nothing but deserts and more deserts, I have say that I've seen most of Qatar's main attractions and sights, and yet every single time I visit the country again, there is always something new to discover.
Whether you're a cultural buff or adrenaline junkie, the country offers a great mix of historical, cultural and modern attractions which will cater to every traveller.
One of my personal favourites is the Souq Waqif which is the only traditional souq in the gulf - I can never get tired of visiting this traditional marketplace which is chock-full of good food and interesting goods. For those who have never seen a falcon up close, the souq will also present you with this rare opportunity; some of the falcon shopkeepers in the souq will allow their birds to be handled and photographed.”
The other misconception people have about Qatar is that it is a strict Islamic country. However, Qatar’s population is made up largely of foreigners, so while the main religion is Islam, there are other beliefs practised in the country too, such as Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Non-muslim are not required to wear abaya or a scarf but they are expected to dress modestly, for example, no bikinis or see-through clothing in the streets. Travellers may put on their swimwear but at appropriate places such as the hotel's swimming pool or at the beach.