Senior Citizens Explore Qatar

Aug 12th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Senior Travel to the Middle East

Americans don’t know much about Qatar.  Now and then we hear about the ultra-rich gathering for some event or for just plain fun in Qatar, but that’s about it.  So seniors, welcome to Qatar, “a country where citizens share their traditions and culture with an open-mind.” Qatar also known as the State of Qatar or locally Dawlat Qaṭar, is an Arab emirate, in the Middle East, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait of the Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island state of Bahrain.

Qatar, a former pearl-fishing centre and once one of the poorest Gulf states, is now one of the richest countries in the region, thanks to the exploitation of large oil and gas fields since the 1940. Dominated by the Thani family for almost 150 years, the mainly barren country was a British protectorate until 1971, when it declared its independence after following suit with Bahrain and refusing to join the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar has been ruled as an absolute monarchy by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century. Formerly a British protectorate noted mainly for pearling, it became independent in 1971, and has become one of the region’s wealthiest states due to its enormous oil and natural gas revenues. Qatar has the world’s largest per capita production and proven reserves of both oil and natural gas. In 2010, Qatar had the world’s highest GDP per capita, while the economy grew by 19.40%, the fastest in the world. The main drivers for this rapid growth are attributed to ongoing increases in production and exports of liquefied natural gas, oil, petrochemicals and related industries.

Qatar has the second-highest human development index in the Arab World after the United Arab Emirates.  The Human Development Index (HDI)  is a comparative measure of life expectancy, literacy, education and standards of living for countries worldwide.

International Travelers

So what’s there?  Why would any senior American want to go there?  What are the major attractions that keep drawing Hollywood movie stars, Arab sheiks, famous folks from all over the world to this tiny state? Tourists can explore the natural environment of Qatar by taking an exciting desert safari, relaxing at the many beaches and pools or just enjoying their favorite sport, be it bowling alleys, tennis, snookers, billiards, golf courses, or ice skating rinks. Today soccer is a big sport and Qatar and will host the 2022 tournament. There is something for everyone in this wonderful place. And Doha has the most attractions with dozens of neat things to take in.

The country’s major airline is Qatar Airways and connects to 80 destinations.  So did you even consider moving there?  Many Americans have.  Here is a site that caters to folks who would like full information before you go.  Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?  jeb



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