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Qatar is a sovereign Arab state, located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the much larger Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian gulf. A strait of the Arabian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island state of Bahrain.

Qatar has been ruled as an absolute and hereditary emirate by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century. Formerly one of the poorest Gulf states, the mainly barren country was noted mainly for pearl hunting. It was a British protectorate until it gained independence in 1971. Since then, it has become one of the region's wealthiest states due to its enormous oil and natural gas revenues. In 1995, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani became Emir when he deposed his father, Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, in a peaceful coup d'état. The most important positions in Qatar are held by the members of the Al Thani family, or close confidants of the al-Thani family. Beginning in 1992, Qatar has built intimate military ties with the United States, and is now the location of U.S. Central Command’s Forward Headquarters and the Combined Air Operations Center.

Qatar has proven reserves of oil and natural gas. Qatar tops the list of the world's richest countries by Forbes. In 2010, Qatar had the world's highest GDP per capita, while the economy grew by 19%, the fastest in the world. The main drivers for this rapid growth are attributed to ongoing increases in production and exports of liquefied natural gas, oil, petrochemicals, and related industries. Qatar has the second-highest human development in the Arab World after the United Arab Emirates. In 2009, Qatar was the United States’ fifth-largest export market in the Middle East (after the UAE, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt). logo
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"Business leaders should start to take steps to ensure that they are ready for the tax in Qatar. As a first step, they should understand the VAT framework and legislation when it is published.
Many of Qatar's star players have been off colour, and it showed against Iran last week. Striker Sebastian Soria has hardly won a match on his own for Qatar in the many years he has been with the Qatari team, while the others have also not lived up to ...
Senior officials from the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, one of the world's leading and fastest growing financial centres, successfully concluded panel discussions, face-to-face consultations and networking events with professionals from ...
At the other end Qatar's Andri Syahputra looked dangerous as he charged at the England back four, but his shot was blocked well by England captain Morgan Feeney.
FILE PHOTO: Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker tours the stand of the company at the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) in Berlin, Germany, March 9, 2016.
Qatar Airways had similar approach where they tweeted that "with over 3,000 channels to choose from, Oryx One is the only Entertainment you'll need on board.
The long-term expats are both parents of boys with autism and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPS), a condition in which the brain has trouble interpreting information from the senses.
Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Qatar's ambassador to Germany, along with senior representatives from the QFC, Manateq and Ghorfa at the Germany roadshow.
March 27 (Reuters) - Qatar's February trade surplus jumped 74 percent from a year earlier, Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics data showed on Monday.
During the meeting, Ozer conveyed greetings of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Qatari emir, according to Qatar's official QNA news agency. Ozer, 62, replaced Ahmed Demirok, who served as the Turkish ambassador in Doha from October ...
Qatar's Sovereign wealth Fund said on Monday it would open an office in San Francisco to expand its growing U.S. portfolio, and was still considering investing in a technology fund formed by SoftBank Group.
MotoGP Race Report. Franco Morbidelli pulled out an advantage as his rivals battled away to win the opening Moto2 race of the season in Losail, Qatar.
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Marking a major breakthrough in the region's solar industry, Qatar Solar Technologies (QSTec) has successfully produced its first polysilicon at its 8000 metric ...
In February 2017, Japan was at the top of the countries of destination of Qatar's exports with close to QR3.9bn, a share of 19.1 percent of total exports, followed by South Korea with almost QR3.6bn and a share of 17.5 percent, India with about QR2.3bn ...
Joan Mir wins the first race of the 2017 season after leading a nine-rider group across the finish line... 1. Joan Mir SPA Leopard Racing (Honda) 38m 27.364s 2. John Mcphee GBR British Talent Team (Honda) 38m 27.499s 3. Jorge Martin SPA Del Conca ...
Senior officials from the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority, one of the world's leading and fastest growing financial centres, successfully concluded panel ...
Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry (QCCI) yesterday announced the launch of the World Trade Agenda Report, which discusses the pressing needs for ...
The Qatar Foundation says it is looking at possible job cuts, the latest gulf entity to acknowledge being hurt by low global energy prices.
Qatar - Brad Binder, making his debut in the Moto2 class of the MotoGP World Championship, finished 20th at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar and gained valuable experience with his new KTM. As a result of racing being cancelled on Saturday ...
Maverick Vinales prevailed at the MotoGP Grand Prix of Qatar in the opening race of the championship, as Yamaha claimed first and third on Sunday.
WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be in Turkey on March 30 to meet senior Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the U.S.
Reports are coming in that bad weather caused delay of some flights in and out of Hamad International Airport.
LuLu Hypermarket Group is holding "Tunisia Week 2017" for the first time in Qatar to explore the food and food habits of Tunisia.
Wellington: New Zealand said Sunday it did not plan to "choose sides" on trade between the United States and China, as Chinese premier Li Keqiang arrived for a visit focused on the issue.
Qatar's real estate market remains resilient to global economic headwinds and will witness "continuous growth" on the back of the government's "wise policies," an official has said.
Doha: A team from Qatar University has won first place in Qatar National Research Fund's (QNRF) ninth Annual Undergraduate Research Experience Programme (UREP) competition.
HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada said observing the Earth Hour is a symbolic demonstration to raise public awareness on ...
Reigning MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez and his team-mate, Dani Pedrosa visited the Doha marketing Services Company WLL (DOMASCO), a Honda flagship showroom in Doha on Thursday.
H E Mohammed Saleh Abdulla Al Sada (third left), Minister of Energy and Industry, with engineer Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari (left), President of Qatar General Electricity and Water corporation (Kahramaa) turn off electricity during the Earth Hour at the ...
The 'Qatar-UK Business and Investment Forum' which will be held in London and Birmingham from tomorrow is a new prospect for Qatari-British relations at the economic level and presents an opportunity to inject more Qatari investments into Britain, ...
Qatar Airways urged passengers to check updates on flight status on the carrier's website. "Bad weather in Doha is affecting some flights in and out of Hamad International Airport.
Fahad Al Sahli from Saudi Arabia clinched the first place in the Qatar's first ever obstacle course race - 'Esrar' held yesterday at Aspire Zone.
"The leaders and soldiers of 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment "Red Dragons" performed exceptionally in support of Area Support Group-Qatar and U.S. Army Central Command," Samulski said. "Their actions were essential to protecting vital national ...
A new photography exhibition that highlights portraits of Qatar at dusk and dawn has opened at Katara cultural Village. The photos were shot by award-winning photographer Abdulla Al-Mesleh, who said he spent took countless hours capturing the best ...
More than a hundred restaurants and cafes around Qatar have started offering festival set menus to diners in the runup to the main event at this year's Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF). A new feature of the festival, QIFF Menu kicked off on ...
Qatar's Syed Azlan Amjad defeated Umair Zaman in an all Qatari clash to win the second Aspire Academy Professional Squash Association (PSA) satellite Tournament in Doha on Thursday.
Qatar and its organisations are observing Earth Hour 2017, a global lights-off-event, today from 8:30pm to 9:30pm with the slogan 'change climate change'.
Qatar Foundation is expected to lay off some 800 employees imminently, employees there have told Doha News. The layoffs, which are apparently due to budgetary constraints, will apply "across the board" to QF staff based in Qatar. This includes ...
Saudi Arabian Embassy has received the CSR leadership award in recognition of its contributions at a ceremony hosted by Qatar University to launch the CSR ...
The demand for the hydroponic technique used by some local agricultural farms to increase production of vegetables has increased and more than 200 ...
Jorge Martin took control on day two of the season-opening Qatar Moto3 Grand Prix, finishing with the fastest combined lap time after FP3.
Qatar's 1-0 home defeat against Iran on Thursday has left the hugely ambitious country's 2018 World Cup dreams in tatters.
England Under-18s followed up Wednesday's win over Saudi Arabia with a hard-fought victory over their hosts Qatar at the Aspire Zone.
Qatari rider Saeed al-Sulaiti won the first race of the third round of Qatar Superstock600 that took place at Losail International Circuit during the Grand Prix of Qatar presented in association with the Qatar Tourism Authority. Al-Sulaiti, who took ...
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has given yet another eight months to Qatar to implement new labour reforms designed to end abuse of migrant ...
The four-month low global oil prices rather limited the FTSE Russell-induced gains on the Qatar stock exchange (QSE) this week.
The State of Qatar stressed its important role in supporting the international efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change as it has initiated the establishment of the Global Drylands Alliance, which seeks to combat desertification and drought ...





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