Culture of Qatar
People in Qatar speak the Arabic language. The linguistic diversity of Qatar is diverse according to a fractionalization scale which for Qatar is 0.48. The followers of Islam are the religious majority in the country. 98.8% of Qatar's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Qatar. The rate of urbanization in Qatar is considered to be 2.2. According to data on inbound tourists in Qatar, 2,611,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.
The national anthem of Qatar is called 'As Salam al Amiri', which in English means 'Peace to the Amir'. It was adopted in 1996. The lyrics have been written by Sheikh Mubarak bin Saïf al-Thani and the music has been composed by Abdul Aziz Nasser Obaidan.
The first McDonalds in Qatar was opened on 12/13/1995. At the moment Qatar has 25 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 33% of the population of Qatar are obese.
Each year, the people of Qatar consume 0.6 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 1.2% beer, 13.9% wine, 84.6% distilled spirits, 0.3% other alcohol.
One of the most popular national dishes of Qatar is machboos.