Qatar: A Desert Journey with Andrew McCarthy | Travel + Leisure

In the tiny Middle Eastern country of Qatar, T+L finds a fast-changing capital city, and the enduring magic of the desert.

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Qatar or Kitar, as the locals call it, is a tiny Arab country in the Middle East. It's surrounded on three sides by the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia to the south. Just outside the capital city of Doha, the desert really takes over. I'm Andrew McCarthy, let's go see it. Just 60 years ago Qatar, a formal pearl fishing center had not a single paved road. Today thanks to oil and liquid natural gas it's one of the wealthiest countries on Earth. But out here in the desert money doesn't matter for much. [MUSIC] It's Arabic coffee. Thank you very much. You're welcome. Cheers [MUSIC] [FOREIGN] In Arabic it's calling [FOREIGN]. [FOREIGN] [FOREIGN]. [MUSIC] Nothing out here but wind and sand. Off to my right over there it's Saudi Arabia. Behind me is the Andaman sea. Let's head down to the water's edge. make camp. < [MUSIC] In the capital city of Doha, the talk is of the future, a country on the rise. But out here in the desert, things have remained the same for centuries, and it doesn't look like that's about to change. [MUSIC]
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