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What to do in Qatar: The country where sand is more valuable than oil!

Known for its futuristic skyscrapers and luxurious hotels, Qatar is also a country of rich history and culture. Among the incredible places to visit, we highlight: Doha, with its splendid seafront, the Corniche; the Museum of Islamic Art, an architectural icon; the Pearl-Qatar, a luxurious artificial island; the Souq Waqif market for an authentic shopping experience; and finally, the sand dunes of Khor Al Adaid, a wonder of nature.

The local currency is the Qatari riyal and the official language is Arabic. And here comes good news: Brazilians can enter and stay in Qatar for up to 90 days without needing a visa!

In socio-economic terms, Qatar is one of the richest countries in the world per capita, thanks to the export of natural gas and oil. Politically, it is an absolute monarchy, ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century.

Although Qatar is a more expensive travel destination, the rich cultural experience and opportunity to see some of the world's most innovative buildings are worth the cost.

We were in Qatar twice, once just to visit and once for the World Cup, which really impacted us.


But, what about the curiosity of our title? Qatar has a lot of sand, but not just any sand - it lacks the right sand, the kind that can be used in construction. Therefore, despite being a country rich in oil, the sand is imported, making it more valuable!

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