Just about all the major news outlets have people reporting from there...and yet there doesn't seem to be any clear consensus on how the name is pronounced!
The general info is easy:
A country of eastern Arabia on a peninsula in the southwest Persian Gulf. A traditional monarchy, it was under British protection from 1916 until 1971, when it became independent. Oil was first produced commercially in 1949, and its production still dominates Qatar's economy. Ethnic Qataris, Arabs of the Wahhabi sect, make up a quarter of the population, with the rest being immigrants and guest workers primarily from other Muslim countries. Doha is the capital and the largest city. Population: 540,000.
But how the heck do you say the name? I've heard all of the following from various news outlets:
Everyone seemed to be on the same page (kuh-tahr) until a few months ago, and suddenly all sorts of weird pronunciations started popping up.
So does anyone know the reason for the various pronunciations? Or which one is technically correct?