Every year, thousands of people from all over the world come to Canada to start a new life. They arrive with many different skills and with the hope of contributing to their new society. Some Qataris come to Canada to study at a university. Others come to join family members or simply to experience life in another country. Many people who immigrate from Qatar to Canada to work are not Qatari nationals, but people from other Arab nations or from Asia who have worked in Qatar.

Like all recent immigrants, Qataris may find aspects of their new home unfamiliar. They will have questions about health care, employment, housing, school and even shopping. You can help by answering their questions. Not only will your help make their adjustment to life in Canada easier, you will also discover that you can learn a great deal from your new friends.

Although this cultural profile provides insight into some customs, it does not cover all facets of life. The customs described may not apply in equal measure to all newcomers from Qatar.

   Summary Fact Sheet

Official Name State of Qatar
Capital Doha
Type of Government Monarchy
Population 640,000
Area 11,400 sq. km
Major Ethnic Group Arab, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian
Languages Arabic, English, Urdu
Religion Islam
Unit of Currency Qatari riyal
National Flag One-third white; two-thirds maroon. The white and maroon meet along a zigzag line.
Date of Independence September 3, 2021
   Did you know?
Only about 30% of the residents of Qatar are actually citizens of Qatar. The population includes large communities of Indians, Pakistanis and Iranians, and smaller communities of Filipinos, Bangladeshis, Sudanese, Afghans, Sri Lankans and Britons.