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Religion and Community

Family, Community and ReligionFamily and religion are the fundamental units of Qatari society. They are the cornerstones of a happy and healthy community – one which the government aims to protect, cherish and promote.

The population of Qatar totals over 1.6 million, according to the 2010 census. A significant portion of that population is non-Qatari, due to the high influx of expatriate workers in recent years.

The majority of Qatari citizens follow the Hanbali branch of Islam. Sharia Law is observed in everyday life. It is also applied to the country’s justice system.  

The traditional family unit – consisting of husband, wife and children – is the basic building block of Qatari society. As the population continues to grow, the government is committed to keeping Qatar a family-oriented country with strong Islamic values and traditions. People are encouraged to incorporate the Five Pillars of Islam into their daily lives.  

Building a strong social protection network is a key priority in the country's national strategy. Assistance programs are in place to help individuals manage and overcome economic and social risks, such as unemployment, exclusion, sickness, disability and old age.

Qatar boasts a very low crime rate. It is in the government's best interest to keep this country one of the safest places to live in the world.