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    Shoppers at a zoo in the Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar.

    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.


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