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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).

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Qatar Post COO Hamad Al Fahida said, "Qatar Post is a brand that is always ready to meet the needs and expectations of the customers and the new Business Delivery Service (BDS) package is another way of showcasing this. With the new options for BDS, affordability and satisfaction have found a place ...
Addressing the workshop, Mohammed Al Muhannadi, Director of population and Social Statistics Department at MDPS said that the higher education sector in Qatar received 69.8 percent of GERD in 2015. The proportion of Qataris among Qatar's total R&D personnel increased to 19.6 percent in 2015 ...
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said on Wednesday that the UAE's response to Qatar's jets intercepting two Emirati civilian aircraft will be "balanced and legal", adding that Doha's recent behaviour indicates its increased concern and confusion. "There are two explanations to the developments in the ...
El Salvador is seeking to reach an agreement with Qatar to allow Salvadoran migrants who are forced to leave the United States to work temporarily in the gulf country, a spokesperson for the Salvadoran presidency said on Tuesday. Last week, US president Donald Trump's administration said that as of ...
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has expressed support for Qatar, dismissing any "unjust and unfair pressures" on Doha by its Arab neighbours, as he urged the gulf countries to resolve their differences through dialogue and negotiations. His comments on Tuesday came as a regional diplomatic dispute ...

An exiled Qatari sheikh once promoted by Saudi Arabia as a possible opposition leader amid a diplomatic dispute with Doha is now in Kuwait, authorities said Wednesday, after he had alleged that the United Arab Emirates was holding him against his will. It's the latest chapter in Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al ...
Qatar Postal Services Company (Qatar Post) has introduced more flexible options for its Business Delivery Services (BDS). ... Qatar Post COO Hamad al-Fahida said, "With the new options for BDS, affordability and satisfaction have found a place of convergence and our corporate clients are the better for it.
The illegal siege of Qatar caused collateral damage across the region, Doha-resident Shan Haider Rizvi told Qatar Urdu Radio's live show Haqeeqat yesterday. "The region at large was affected by it and countries that imposed the siege had as much to lose as Qatar," Rizvi, who manages a trading and ...
Qatari company Baladna, which is creating a dairy industry in the desert to help the country withstand a boycott by other Arab states, plans an initial public offer of its shares in the next few months and aims to move into other farming sectors. "In partnership with a group of businessmen and local citizens, ...
Nabeela J Fakhri, senior vice-president - Human Resources at Qatar Airways, added: "We are very proud of all the good work done by charity organisations in the country and by Qatar cancer Society, being one of the largest charity organisations in Qatar with a mission to improve health conditions, ...
Doha: Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), a member of Qatar Foundation for education, science and Community Development, has announced that the third edition of Qatar Sustainability Week (QSW) will be held from October 27 to November 3, 2018. The week-long event, to be held under the ...
Shop Qatar, the country's biggest shopping festival, has been attracting more domestic, regional and international visitors due to the new visa facilitation measures, a Qatar ... Qatar's free transit visa also attracts many passengers who want to enter and experience the country's various tourism offerings.
Doha: The prices of most items in Qatar have stabilised, reinforcing the claims that the country has successfully overcome the initial impact of the ongoing unjust blockade by four Arab countries, who abruptly severed ties with Qatar in early June last year, and stopped exporting all of their goods, including ...
Doha: Qatar's modified arbitration regime is making the country more attractive for companies as an ideal place to settle their disputes, according to a London-based expert. In February 2017, Qatar updated its arbitration regime with the new Qatar Arbitration Law in Civil and Commercial Matters (No 2 of ...
Doha: Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada has emphasised that Qatar supports the continuation of work on the "declaration of cooperation" between members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and producers outside of the Organization on ...
Three-time NBA All-Star and 2004 NBA Champion Richard 'Rip' Hamilton (left), Al Mana sports Division General manager Tom Foley (right) and NBA EMEA Vice President, Global Merchandising Vandana Balachandar at the opening of the first NBA Store in the Middle East, located at Doha Festival City ...

Doha: Zara Rahim (11) and Mekaal Rahim (9), residents of Qatar, have broken the record for the youngest female, male respectively in the world to complete a full marathon in Antarctica. They broke the record previously set by a 12-year-old girl and 10-year-old boy - both Americans. The KGI Classic ...
Doha, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- Qatar has launched a new service from South Korean shipping line Hyundai Merchant Marine to boost its trade connection with several ports in Asia despite the ongoing blockade, Qatar local media reported Sunday. In a statement released by Hamad port official website ...
Qatar has filed a new complaint with the United Nations, reporting a second violation of its airspace by a United Arab Emirates (UAE) jet in recent weeks. The "military airlift", which was travelling from the UAE to Bahrain, entered the airspace of Qatar on the morning of January 3 "without prior authorisation", ...
Doha: The Qatari tennis team will participate in three futures tournaments to be staged in Antalya, Turkey from January 15. The Qatari squad includes Mubarak Shanan, Mousa Shanan and Jabor al-Mutawa. The Turkey Tennis Federation has given wild cards to the three players to participate in the main ...
Organised in partnership with QSports, Mall of Qatar's family fun event will run from January 15 to April 15 in front of AlRayyan Hotel Doha. Throughout the duration of the event, Mall of Qatar is set to excite shoppers with over 15 different activities such as paintball, a wind-tunnel, and a trampoline park; ...
The firm, which is headquartered in offices at Belvedere Place on Pitts Bay Road, is looking at the UK as an important growth market, according to a report out of Dubai. The gulf Times reported that Qatar Re, the reinsurance arm of the Qatar insurance Group, had been authorised by the Qatar central bank ...
The weekend is here, the weather is good and don't know what to do. Don't worry, we've got you covered. From live shows and musicals to fashion and beauty, these are a few of the many things to do this weekend in Qatar. Flower Festival 2018. The Ministry of Municipality and Environment is organising ...
Qatar will further consolidate its global position as the top LNG exporter as the country has embarked on North Field development, which will ramp up production to more than 100mn tonnes per year (tpy) by 2024. Even on crude oil, Qatar is focusing on field development, especially at the Bul Hanine ...
Doha: All options are available with the State of Qatar to approach international forums and seek arbitration through international courts, other organisations or the UN institutions for bringing the blockade to an end, said Lulwah Al Khater, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "The report of UN ...
An investigation into the hacking of the state-run Qatar news agency (QNA) website has revealed the involvement of two nations blockading Doha, Qatar's foreign minister has said, as he vowed legal action. In an interview on Qatar TV on Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said a ...
After two years of significant pressure, banks in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) except Qatar, can look forward to a period of stabilization of their finances ... Lending growth will also be muted due to sluggish fiscal conditions in Qatar and the GCC as the S&P study does not foresee rebound in oil prices.
Under a strategic partnership between Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) and Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) to support the health sector in Iraq, QRCS' mission in Al-Anbar Governorate has launched a field hospital to offer emergency health care for patients and victims of the ongoing clashes ...
Highlighting the launch of the new series, Kurt Meister, executive director, Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, said: "We've been pleased with our existing partnership with the Qatar National Library, in which QNL has hosted curated playlists that have allowed Qatar's residents and library members to listen to ...
Ooredoo has recently showcased how emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) can transform Qatar's businesses with its third ... The classes aim to support Qatar's innovation ecosystem and community and foster entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.
Turkish exports jumped 46% in 2017 to boost Qatar-Turkey trade volume from $750mn to $1bn, ambassador Fikret Ozer said. Since Qatar's energy exports to Turkey "improved" last year, Ozer said he hopes that trade volume between the two countries would reach $2bn in 2018 by intensifying mutual ...
Tracing the events that led to the blockade of Qatar on June 5 last year, he said the UAE had launched a media campaign against Qatar two months before the gulf crisis. "The UAE requested the extradition of the wife of an Emirati dissident in exchange for stopping the media campaign against Qatar.
By CORRESPONDENT, Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 10 - Qatar Airways has announced its first global sales campaign of the year, the popular'Global Travel Boutique,'offering passengers amazing discounts across all of the award-winning airline's cabin classes. The Global Travel Boutique is back with an ...
Doha (AFP) - A beaming Wesley Sneijder said he had turned down offers "from everywhere" to play in Qatar as the Dutch star was officially unveiled by Al Gharafa in Doha on Monday. The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan star said he was "happy" to be in the Middle East and could not wait to play ...
The Qatari economy has started the New Year with optimistic plans to develop agricultural production to meet the needs of the local market and achieving self-sufficiency in agricultural and livestock products through the Qatar national food security programme and the comprehensive food security plan for ...
Qatar has begun seeking international arbitration in an attempt to end the blockade imposed by three of its gulf neighbours and Egypt. Foreign ministry spokesperson Lulwa Al Khater announced the moves on Wednesday, days after a UN investigation said the blockade was negatively impacting the people ...
Dubai, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Most banks in the six Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) except Qatar will see a stabilization of their financial profiles in 2018, the Dubai branch of U.S. rating agency Standard and Poor's (S&P) said Tuesday. After two years of "significant pressure," GCC banks will ...
Almoez Ali's second half strike proved the difference as Qatar recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Uzbekistan in their AFC U23 Championship 2018 opener at the ... The Al Duhail forward's goal leaves Qatar second in Group A behind table-topping China PR who beat Oman 3-0 in the day's earlier game.
The siege on Qatar has no moral or legal grounds, Doha resident Sarfaraz Jahangir told Qatar Urdu Radio's live show Haqeeqat yesterday. ... This includes Qatari citizens; students; different GCC nationals who were told to immediately leave Qatar; as well as migrant workers in the entire region," explained ...
Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo, said: "It's so inspiring to see so many of Qatar's organisations come together to create a truly unique and community focused event for Qatar. Anyone can run in the Ooredoo Marathon, and as well as raising money for a great cause, this year you will be ...
The Qatar crisis, even without Turkey joining the fray, was putting fragile peace arrangements in the Horn of Africa at risk. The Qatar crisis has expanded to the Horn Africa, potentially fueling simmering regional conflicts. Renewed fears of heightened tension in the Horn -- a region pockmarked by foreign ...
H.E. Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Prime Minister of the State of Qatar, will discuss the pressing security issues for ... With the recent sale of 24 Typhoon jets to Qatar and the establishment of a new squadron for joint UK-Qatar air force training, Dr Al-Attiyah will be offering his ...
"The ACC is a new concept in Qatar as well as in the region to build a full hospital with the concept of ambulatory care. It is making an impact in all aspects on our practices. This hospital has 14 theatres, providing an opportunity to do more surgeries. It will impact on the waiting list of patients and improve it a ...
Dubai, Jan 10 (Reuters) - gulf stock markets were mixed in early trade on Wednesday with Qatar continuing to rebound on the back of buying by foreign investors seeking attractive dividend yields. The Qatari index was up 0.5 percent after 50 minutes of trade with real estate firm United Development, the ...
Doha, Qatar -- A beaming Wesley Sneijder said he had turned down offers "from everywhere" to play in Qatar as the Dutch star was officially unveiled by Al Gharafa in Doha on Monday. The former Ajax, Real Madrid and Inter Milan star said he was "happy" to be in the Middle East and could not wait to ...
A blockade against Qatar by several fellow members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is arbitrary and negatively impacting the people of the region, according to a new UN investigation. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, as well as Egypt, cut diplomatic, trade and travel ties ...
The world will be able to witness two total lunar eclipses and three partial solar eclipses during 2018, Qatar calendar House (QCH) announced on ... the moon will cover 60% of solar disk at peak of the solar eclipse, which will not be seen in Qatar and the other Arab regions, Dr Marzouk explained.
Qatar achieved another milestone in cruise tourism on Thursday, welcoming more than 4,000 tourists on board the mega ship MSC Splendida, the ... by a delegation from the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), Mwani Qatar, Hamad International Airport, and the Ministry of Interior's Immigration Department.
Following the confirmation last month by BAE Systems that Qatar had signed an order for 24 Eurofighter typhoons, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed details of a training package. Meanwhile, Eurofighter reported that final production of the 28 aircraft ordered by Kuwait in 2016 is underway, and ...


resources


  QATAR - A Country Study [Library of Congress]
  Qatar Airways
  Qatar Central Bank
  University of Qatar
  Welcome to Qatar [Qatar government]
  World Factbook for Qatar [CIA]

 

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