Is There a Right Way to Pronounce Qatar?


Qatar is back in the news this week due to the dozens of FIFA executives indicted for bribery and racketeering by the U.S. Justice Department. One of the scandals in FIFA’s long-storied history of corruption comes with the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

What made me turn my head and say, “Que?” were various TV news outlets pronouncing the country’s name as “Cutter.” Where did this come from? When somebody says it a different way, it makes your question everything or that the newscaster is trying to sound educated.

From what I gathered reading online, if you are speaking English, it’s Ka-Tar. If you are speaking Arabic it can be pronounced as kuh-ter. It’s like when Alex Trebek speaks a foreign language on Jeopardy! and he has to put emphasis on words with an accent.

I’ve always known it as Ka-tar, rhymes with guitar.  Wikipedia has it that way. The official Qatar Tourism Authority and Visit Qatar has it that way. It’s safe to say that this is the correct way in any situation.

It remains to be seen if Qatar and its capital Doha will keep the World Cup. Considering that 1,000 migrant workers (slaves) have died already building massive football stadiums, it could save lives. In one of the travel videos I watched, the first line is “Qatar is one of the safest places in the world.” I guess not if you’re working on building massive stadiums that will become obsolete after the World Cup is over.

With high temperatures in the summer reaching 140 degrees, it’s one of the few places in the world you can do Bikram yoga outside. There’s a positive about everything.

Even with the dress code. Everybody needs to cover up. Think of all the sunburns you’re going to avoid.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s