The Mid­dle East’s un­sung force pre­pares to un­veil its less renowned cul­tural beauty to the world, to match its al­ready lauded economic ac­cla­ma­tion

Qatar Business Travel Guide - - News - Writer: Matthew Staff

For a coun­try that has qui­etly gone about its evo­lu­tion of the years, all that is great, mys­te­ri­ous, ad­vanced and niche about Qatar is set to be thrown into the pub­lic do­main as it opens its doors to the world for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

This isn’t to say that Qatar has been closed un­til now of course; its economic de­vel­op­ment and in­fras­truc­tural rise has been per­ti­nently ac­knowl­edged around the world to make it one of the lead­ing states per capita on most scales you care to imag­ine.

As a high in­come econ­omy boast­ing the world’s third largest nat­u­ral gas and oil re­serves, as well as hav­ing the high­est per capita in­come in the world, Qatar’s sta­tus on the top ta­ble of global pros­per­ity is un­doubted; but for the vis­i­tor and busi­ness trav­eller, there is so much more to the coun­try than a healthy bank bal­ance.

Its four main cities - Doha the capital, Al-Khor, Rayyan and Wakra - have proved to the few that have graced its bustling cities that Qatar is a cul­tur­ally di­verse, yet in­dige­nously faith­ful na­tion; the most sig­nif­i­cant power in the Arab world with­out the lime­light that of­ten comes with it.

You only need to cast an eye to­wards its only neigh­bour, Saudi Ara­bia to tes­tify this justapo­si­tion, but Qatar has con­tin­ued to sim­mer fruit­fully un­der the sur­face.

That is, un­til now. Its un­veil­ing as host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will con­firm to the rest of the world what pre­vi­ous vis­i­tors will have al­ready found to their de­light; that Qatar is not just the se­ri­ous, driven busi­ness­man, but is also the cul­tured ex­plorer, the nature lover, and the ad­ven­ture seeker.

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