Qatar is member of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab League and the United Nations. The official language is Arabic, but English is widely used. The religion is Islam; the society draws its traditions and values from Arab and Muslim culture. The legal system is based on the Sharia Law; crime rate is one of the lowest in the world. The streets are safe and private property is seldom vandalized.
Qatar has a desert climate, characterized by long hot summers and short winters with very little rain. The land is generally flat with the exception of a few hills in the North West. Vegetation is sparse, though some farms have been established in the North.