In 2022, Qatar will host the World Cup, but many do not know much about this country. Did you know:
- Qatar only shares a border with Saudi Arabia, the rest of the country is surrounded by the Persian Gulf
- December 18th is National Day in Qatar- a celebration of independence and unification
- The Constitution of 2003 established Islam as the official religion of Qatar.
- Traditional dances are performed on Friday afternoons in Doha (the capital of Qatar)
- Qatar has a literacy rate of 89%
- Though the official language is Arabic, English is commonly used as a second language
Nearly all Qataris are Muslims and most Christians in the country are foreign workers. The constitution protects religious freedom, but expat Christians can usually only meet in assigned compounds. During 2011, several foreign workers were deported for their Christian activities. Converting from Islam to Christianity is considered apostasy and converts face persecution from family and the government. The year 2011 saw unprecedented levels of social unrest and the local population seems more open to change.