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name likely comes from the town of Zubara, which was historically called Qatara.
Qatar is a desert peninsula jutting in the Persian Gulf
and the country is inhospitable and nearly unlivable. There is little rain, no rivers,
and few plants, meaning people must live off the sea to survive, which they have
done throughout history. The earliest people had nothing more than the sea life,
dates, and camel milk for survival, but today the outlook is quite different.
The early people survived on limited resources, but in the modern day the country
simply imports everything including food and water. This transition took place with
the pearl industry, which was sourced partially from this region. The demand for
pearls led to economic growth and trade, shifting the way of life from one wholly
dependent on the land to one primarily dependent on outside products through trade.
This dependency on outside products expanded with the discovery of oil in the 1930s.
This highly sought after resource led to greater profits, but also growing needs
in Qatar. Workers were needed, new machinery and technology
was needed, and the oil needed to be sold and transported. As money flowed into
the country the dependency on foreign goods, and later foreign workers, increased
and continues to increase.
The locals and foreigners alike are reliant on imported foods, goods, and even water,
but their economy can support these needs as long as oil continues to be drilled.
Beyond this, the different lifestyles between the locals and foreign workers are
in stark contradiction. The foreigners living in Qatar
tend to live as they did in their home country, whatever country that may be. Conversely,
the local citizens maintain some historic traditions, but also rely on modern technology
and enjoy luxury goods to suite their improving lifestyles. The citizens are easy
to spot as they maintain traditional dress and tend to live their lives according
to the moral and ethical code of Islam.
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