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12 Things You May Not Know About Qatar

Nobody has to pay income tax in Qatar
Neither local nor expat residents need to pay income tax in this country. They keep what they earn. However, a Value Added Tax (VAT) of 5% will soon be implemented (from January 2018) on a specified list of services. This is being done as a way of increasing non-oil revenues and moving towards the National Vision 2030.


Qatari women are now being politically represented
In 2010 Qatar appointed its first female judge – Sheikha Maha Mansour Salman Jasim Al Thani. The country also recently appointed four women to the Shura Council, which is responsible for discussing draft laws, general government policy and the state’s draft budget.

The Hamad International Airport also poses as an art gallery
Qatar spends a lot of money on art installations, especially in the airport. Proving that art can be viewed and enjoyed beyond the confines of a gallery, Hamad International Airport houses the 23-foot Lamp Bear by Swiss artist Urs Fischer in the grand foyer that cost around 6.8 million USD. It will be soon accompanied by a 32-foot tall wooden sculpture named ‘Small Lie’, by American pop artist KAWS.

Although a desert, Qatar has diverse wildlife
Qatar has a diverse variety of wildlife, especially considering the fact that it’s a small desert with seven months of summer and hardly any rain. Purple Island is full of beautiful mangroves, birds, fish and crabs. Depending on the season, there are a few unique birds that migrate to the area as well. The national animal of Qatar, the oryx, can be seen at Zekreet near the film city.

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