Qatar is a small peninsula that juts out towards the Persian Gulf and is connected to the Arabian Peninsula in the south. Qatar, which shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia, has always been a country divided between the desert and the sea. Despite the often harsh climatic conditions in the country, its inhabitants have managed to adapt and make the most of the wealth of these two environments for their own well-being.
A large part of the country is made up of a huge barren plain covered with sand. The famous 'inland sea', the Khor Al-Udaid, is found in the south-west of the country. It is one of the marvels of the Qatar desert and unquestionably one of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. By day, this spot really looks like a tourist destination, where the sea runs onto the land. By night, it transforms into a beautiful landscape composed of high dunes lit up by the moon.
Qatar is a relatively flat country. Its highest point, Qurayn Abu al Bawl, is no more than 103m high. The desert in the backcountry is mainly composed of pebbles and sand dunes. At sunrise and sunset, visitors can admire the beautiful landscapes and the natural play of lights on the dunes.
Jutting into the Persian Gulf, Qatar's culture has been influenced by its neighbouring Muslim countries since the age of Antiquity. At the junction of the Arabian Peninsula, Mesopotamia and Europe, Qatar has always had a window on the world.
Traditional but modern, Qatar has a welcoming culture, which is very similar to the other countries in the Persian Gulf and which is mainly represented by Islamic art. Pearl hunting, henna painting and hawk hunting are the most representative activities of the culture here.