Being labeled as one of the most boring countries in the world over a decade ago, Qatar has steered away from that label and is now one of the most exciting countires on earth. Qatar is most famous for its extreme desert sport - dune bashing. The country is also home to several historical landmarks such as the Museum of Islamic Art, East-West artwork, Al Thakira Mangroves, and Qatar’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Al Zubarah Fort.
Qatar is a conservative country. Parents still involve their children into arranged marriages and marrying cousins and other family members is not prohibited. Moreover, most Qatari women are only allowed to date local men. Once people know that Qatari women are dating foreigners, it will certainly create a huge commotion and result in a disgraceful family scandal. It will lower the said woman’s marriage potential.
Expats usually say that Qatari men and women are unapproachable, too serious, and proud. Nevertheless, once you get to know them, you’ll find out they are easy to open up to. They also show their bubbly sides once they are comfortable with the person. However, public display of affection (PDA) is still frowned upon in the country.
Qatari men also make sure they prove their masculinity once they’re dating Qatari women. They need to look financially stable - by paying expensive food when they are on a date and giving extravagant gifts to show off to the girl’s family.
Despite these traditional codes and customs which discourage dating, it is not unheard of for Qatari men, and women to date foreigners secretly. With the emergence of the technological age, most of them already use dating applications to meet and date other people. Unlike UAE, Qatar does not block such mobile apps. Aside from this, nightclubs and hotel bars in Qatar are also the go-to places of Qatari who are looking to meet other people.
With men outnumbering women in the country, the dating scene in the country can be quite challenging. In Qatar where dating is indeed a taboo, people must always look for ways to break the rules of society to enjoy the relationship scene.