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State of Qatar: Where Skyscrapers Meet Desert

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A land of numerous skyscrapers, a vast desert, speedy sports cars and football, Qatar is preparing to greet the guests of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Apart from the sporting event, it has a lot to offer. Have a sneak peek with Sputnik's gallery.

The state of Qatar on the coast of the Persian Gulf has gained notoriety for its massive oil and gas exports, ambitious infrastructure projects and booming financial activities. However this Arabic state with its largest city, Doha, has a lot more to offer, including museums and Islamic culture, as well as picturesque parks and markets. Now the country wants to add sports to its profile, preparing venues and infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Some worry that due to climate change and global warming some areas of Qatar, where temperatures in the summer can reach 50 degrees Celsius, could become uninhabitable for humans by the 2070s. As long as life is still booming there, Sputnik will provide you with the highlights.

 

© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankShoppers at a zoo in the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
Shoppers of a zoo shop at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Shoppers at a zoo in the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankSkyscrapers in Doha, Qatar.
Skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Skyscrapers in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankPlaying football in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
Playing football in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Playing football in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankA restaurant at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
A restaurant at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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A restaurant at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankYachts at Pearl-Qatarin, an artificial island in Doha, Qatar.
Yachts at Pearl-Qatarin, an artificial island in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Yachts at Pearl-Qatarin, an artificial island in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankReaders in the National Library in Doha, Qatar.
Readers in the National Library in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Readers in the National Library in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankPearl-Qatarin, an artificial island in Doha, Qatar.
Pearl-Qatarin, an artificial island in Doha,  Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Pearl-Qatarin, an artificial island in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankA tradesman at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
A tradesman at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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A tradesman at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankView at Fanar, the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center in Doha, Qatar.
Fanar, the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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View at Fanar, the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankA desert selfie in Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
A desert selfie in Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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A desert selfie in Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankMeeting up at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
Meeting up at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Meeting up at the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankA market near a museum of Islamic art in Doha, Qatar.
A market near a museum of Islamic art in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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A market near a museum of Islamic art in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankA plane flying over the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
A plane flying over the capital city of Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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A plane flying over the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankA mid-day break in the streets of the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
A mid-day break in the streets of the capital city of Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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A mid-day break in the streets of the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankVisitors in the National Library in Doha, Qatar.
Visitors in the National Library in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Visitors in the National Library in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil SitdikovA visitor in the museum of Islamic art in Doha, Qatar.
A visitor in the museum of Islamic art in Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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A visitor in the museum of Islamic art in Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankJeep safari in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
Jeep safari in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Jeep safari in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankSelling falcons in the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
Selling falcons in the capital city of Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Selling falcons in the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankCamel driver, resting in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
Camel driver, resting in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Camel driver, resting in the desert of Khor Al Adaid, Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankKatara Cultural Village in the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
Katara Cultural Village in the capital city of Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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Katara Cultural Village in the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov / Go to the photo bankAn evening crowd in the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
An evening crowd in the capital city of Doha, Qatar. - Sputnik International
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An evening crowd in the capital city of Doha, Qatar.
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