Kah-Tr and Katar are both ok. what isn't is when someone pronounced it as Gatar like the British Queen.
For guys from the West its... Kah-Tr (similar to Cutter)
For guys from the East its.....Ka-tar (like guitar) ....
Not just the pronounciation, people even get the spelling wrong. Katar & Quater, Kuatar, are trending on Twitter.
Qatar means diameter or girth.
To be fair enough with other bidders for 2022 WC, only Qatar (Kah-Tr) has a sincere passion to bring together players from countries with not-so-good diplomatic relations with them particularly Israel. I may hope that good diplomatic relations between Israel and other Arab countries may strengthen not just for football but to unite the whole region irregardless of religion, language and culture. Forever FRIENDSHIPS and PEACE among Arab counties I shall hope. Mabrook...more progress...Qatar.
May be an Arab speaking QLer can give a phonetic translation from Arabic, Any One?
the nationals don't even agree on how to pronounce it!
Name of the country is Cut and it's citizens are cutter! right?
I have heard soooooooo many different ways of pronouncing Qatar that I have to sometimes hold myself back from wincing. Among them:
Qway-tar (some automatically add a "u" after "Q")
But as old wisdom says: a rose by any other name is still a rose.
I know several Al-Thanis that pronounce it like it rhymes with guitar, as well as Qataris who pronounce it different ways. I don't think they really need us telling them how to pronounce their country, mate ;)
How do you pronounce knife and Honour? Do you spell them like nife and onour? ;)
Then we have to spell Qtar not Qatar