Qatar, like the other Gulf countries, is a mix of the traditional and modern–with the modern leading the way. Doha, the capital, has a skyline of architecturally unique, and even award-winning (the “bullet” tower), towers. Along the Corniche (the walkway by the water), you see the Islamic Art Museum on one end and the Sheraton Hotel on the far end–both modern buildings showcasing traditional art and hospitality. The Pearl is a housing/merchant/total living complex in its infant stage where the wealthy can separate themselves from the rest of Doha into their own mini-city. When finished, the complex will include everything necessary for daily life, including schools, shops, services, and homes.
The traditional can also be found if you look for it: Souq Waqif is the central market of shops with everything from clothing to food to household items to a bird market. But, the birds most beloved by Qataris are their falcons. Falconry, in fact throughout all the Gulf, is a major sport and pastime, as is camel racing.