Abstract: Discussions on the political culture of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are centralized around their rentier systems. However, this perspective prevents us from seeing the embedded traditional values and politics which these societies have been managing with under their rulers for decades. Traditional elements of political culture including majaalis, diwan, tribal gatherings and national advisory councils have been enriched by social media over the last decade, especially the virtual majlis. Political culture in Qatar provides unique components beyond the oil-centered approach with regards to state-society relations and national identity, where elements of social and human capital are being added to these traditional and unconventional tools of political engagement.