DOHA: The number of people going to cinemas has increased four fold in seven years, according to the second issue of the “Qatar Social Statistics” report by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics.
From 375,000 moviegoers in 2005, the number increased to 1.6m in 2012 proving the key role cinema plays in entertainment in Qatar. Proportional to this was the increase in cinema halls, from seven in year 2000 to 38 in 2012.
With regard to newspapers and magazines, there were five daily newspapers from 2000 to 2007 which increased to seven in 2008-2012, while monthly magazines increased from our in 2006 to six in 2012. Book borrowers in the country’s libraries more than doubled in 10 years, from 13,000 in 2002 to 28,000 in 2012. The number of borrowed books reached 54,000 in 2012.
Having been the Capital of Arab Culture in 2010, Qatar witnessed many events and the Qatar National Theatre saw 125 events in 2010 compared to seven in 2005. The number of events however dropped to 36 in 2012.
The Museum of Islamic Art recorded the highest turnout in the last quarter of 2012 up to January 2013 with 126,000 visitors, while July and August of 2012, which is the peak of summer recorded the lowest number which was 23,000 visitors.
Among the non-sport activities where young people engaged in, photography and business and social camps ranked first with nearly 50 percent of youth while 34 percent were involved in cultural, scientific and artistic activities in 2012.
Most of those involved in traditional crafts in 2012 were females accounting for 91 percent of the total number, Social Development Centre records have shown. Other focuses were traditional food making, weaving, and headband making.
The tourism sector witnessed substantial improvement as the number of hotel guests in 2012 reached 2.5m. With the opening of new hotels, the number of hotel rooms increased from 3,339 in 2003 to 13,407 in 2012.