Summary

This chapter provides insights with regard to attitudes toward, and behavior pertaining to, entertainment among residents in Qatar. The main body of the report includes participants from Qatar, and points out areas where Qatar (and other countries) stands out. This chapter takes a more focused look at some of the key topics covered in the study, more specifically by nationality in Qatar. The sub-groups considered include Qatari nationals, Arab expatriates, Asian expatriates and Westerners.

Among the six Arab countries covered in this survey, Qatar is unique in the make-up of its population –along with the UAE – in that its number of expatriate residents far outnumbers national citizens in the country.

These results suggest notable differences among the nationalities living in Qatar with regard to their attitudes, preferences and behaviors related to entertainment media. In many respects, the opinions and habits of Qatari nationals and Arab expatriates mirror those of their Arab neighbors. For example, they show a strong respect for Arab culture that they wish to see reflected in their entertainment choices, and they support government regulation and censorship of entertainment media. In other respects, nationals in Qatar report different behaviors and interests than others in the region. More Qataris, for example, use Instagram than Facebook, whereas other nationals in the study prefer Facebook. Qataris enjoy religious content and are less interested than other nationals in locally-produced entertainment (perhaps reflecting relatively little material produced in Qatar rather than disdain for material produced there).

Non-Arabs living in Qatar seem rooted in their own heritage with regard to entertainment preferences. Rather than embrace the entertainment alternatives from the Arab culture in which they are living, they tend to seek out entertainment from their own parts of the world. 

Qatari nationals are a small minority in their own country. This may help explain why nationals are strongly committed to preserving cultural traditions (94% agree), and do not see those traditions at odds with a modern, global society. While Qataris confidently agree that it is possible to preserve one’s culture and heritage in the 21stCentury, they also feel one’s culture should be more integrated into the modern world (85% and 80%, respectively). Nationals in Saudi Arabia and the UAE – which also have high expatriate populations – agree that one’s culture and heritage can be preserved in the 21st Century and integrated into the modern world (84% and 81% in Saudi Arabia, 84% and 68% in the UAE).