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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 Airways, sponsor of the electric street racing series, The ABB FIA Formula E Championship, was the official airline partner and title sponsor of Saturday's highly-anticipated 2018 Qatar Airways Paris E-Prix, which took place around the architectural complex of Les Invalides in the French capital. This is ...
LONDON - Prospects of a resolution to the 11-month-old dispute with Qatar deteriorated with the United Arab Emirates accusing Qatar's Air Force of intercepting one of its commercial jetliners. The UAE General Civil Aviation Authority said Qatari fighter jets flew dangerously close to an Emirati civilian Airbus ...

Turkey worked as intermediary in Qatar's hostage crisis last April wherein the Gulf country entered secret talks to free 25 of its citizens from kidnappers in Iraq, in a deal that involved at total ransom payment of up to $1 billion to international terrorist organizations, according to an article in the Washington ...
Nigeria will soon sign a bilateral agreement with Qatar to facilitate direct recruitment of skilled workers and professionals from Nigeria, according to ... Speaking to members of Nigerian Community in Qatar at a Town Hall meeting on Friday, Ambassador Wase said all plans have been concluded to sign the ...
Qatar Tourism Authority's (QTA) has recorded impressive growth in its international markets, particularly in BRICS countries, as well as in Germany, acting chairman Hassan al-Ibrahim has said. Al-Ibrahim noted that QTA will soon publish performance statistics in various markets abroad, but revealed that ...
DOHA: Qatar could agree a deal within a fortnight to abolish its controversial exit visa system, which requires workers to obtain their employers' permission ... The exit visa system has long been savaged by critics of Qatar's labour practices as a prime example of the Gulf state's exploitation of its vast migrant ...

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Riyadh and told the Saudis that the United States has had enough of its blockade of Qatar, the New York Times reported over the weekend. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates last year led a group of Arab states in an embargo against Qatar, ...
Doha: A three-wicket haul by Awais Malik and a defiant knock from Zaheer Ibrahim helped Qatar claimed their fourth consecutive victory at the ICC World Twenty20 Asia Region Qualifier A, overcoming Bahrain by five wickets in Kuwait City yesterday. The win in their last league match helped the ...
Qatar finished second in the ICC World T20 Asia Qualifier A tournament in Kuwait City, even as hosts won a last-ball thriller to edge out Saudi Arabia yesterday for a spot in the ... Qatar, after electing to bat first, put 115 on the board, while the United Arab Emirates reached the target with 25 balls to spare.
US interrogators threatened to have family members of a Qatari man, who was held as an “enemy combatant” in a military prison in South Carolina, rounded up by authorities in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, newly released documents reveal. The documents concern the case of Ali al-Marri, who says he was ...
In January and February it reached about 31 percent, according to airport data. Qatar Airways is importing and exporting “heavy electronics, high-value goods and pharmaceuticals” through Pittsburgh. Airline schedules list Doha, Qatar's capital, as the cargo flight's origin or destination with stops generally in ...
Qatar has been trying to encourage Trump through contracts that would support jobs in the US and claims that Qatar joins the US in concerns about Russia, Iran and also terrorism and extremism in the region. Greenblatt has supported Israel-Qatari partnership in the past. He tweeted in February that “Qatar ...
New York: Qatar has called for an immediate lifting of the unjust siege, which is about to enter its second year, reiterating that the siege and arbitrary unilateral measures imposed on the country without any legal or realistic justification, aims at achieving special objectives that run counter to the provisions of ...
New images of the Jean Nouvel-designed National Museum of Qatar have been released, as construction continues in Doha ahead of its projected December 2018 opening. The architectural concept for the scheme has been inspired by the desert rose, and seeks to create a dialogue between the fluid, ...
Qatar Airways has experienced a "substantial" loss in its last financial year, as a direct consequence of the regional dispute that ended up banning the airline, according to its chief executive Akbar al-Baker. The Qatari flag carrier lost access to 18 cities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt ...
DOHA: Qatar's economic roadshow in the US, organized by the Minister of Economy and Commerce in conjunction with the visit of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, achieved many benefits in the economic and investment level between the two friendly countries, Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassem ...
Doha: Captain Inam-ul-Haq displayed an all-rounder performance as Qatar registered their first victory at the ICC World Twenty20 Asia Region Qualifier A, thrashing hosts Kuwait by 26 runs in Kuwait City yesterday. After suffering a six-wicket defeat against the UAE in their opening match, Qatar bounced ...

He added that Sudan is satisfied with the strategic partnership with the State of Qatar, which he said was expanding at every stage in a way that serves the interests of the two peoples, and supporting global stability by transforming the region into a global economic centre. The governor said that his state, ...
Qatar is aiming to capitalise on China's fast growing demand for natural gas as well as its expanding overseas investment and infrastructure pushes as the Gulf state tries to cushion the blows from a blockade by its neighbours. Qatari Energy and Industry Minister Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada said Qatar ...
Qatar is facing fresh questions over its claim to be cracking down on support for terrorism after the Gulf state's prime minister was guest of honour at an event hosted by one of the world's most prolific terrorism financiers. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani, the Qatari prime minister, was ...
DOHA: Auto Class Cars, the authorized distributor of MG cars in Qatar, has celebrated last Wednesday the launch of the MG brand in Qatar at a special ceremony held at its new state-of-the-art showroom on Salwa Road. The event was attended by Sheikh Nasser Bin Nawaf Al Thani, Deputy CEO - NBK ...
Doha: Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan will be coming to Doha on April 26 for a jewellery showroom inauguration. SRK, as the actor is popularly known among his millions of fans, will be opening the new Kalyan Jewellers showroom at the Lulu Hypermarket on D Ring road on April 26. SRK will open ...
In Qatar, business events have seen an average annual growth rate of 36 per cent over the past five years. “Qatar is taking steady steps towards positioning the country as an attractive destination for business events in the region by capitalising on its easy access, growing event management services, and ...
He also emphasised that Qatar works to ensure the sustainability of economic boom in the coming five years with continuing efforts towards more economic diversification, the development of private sector, attracting foreign investments, especially those looking for creativity and innovation, and setting the ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump had separate phone conversations with two leaders of nations in the Persian Gulf region, discussing the ongoing disputes between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors. Trump spoke Monday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and with Sheikh Tamim bin ...
In an address to an investor meeting held as part of National bank of Oman's roadshow at the Commercial Bank Plaza yesterday, Abraham said, “Qatar and Oman are strategic trading partners; now more than ever as a result of the GCC economic blockade. Oman played a big role in coming to Qatar's aid ...
“If you see Qatar as a threat to GCC or change of GCC, this is over exaggerated,” he said, adding, “We are capable of facing this and the essence of GCC is not dependent on Qatar.” The forum was inaugurated by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister ...
Qatar's bid to host the 2022 World Cup was selected by the FIFA Executive Committee in 2010; two of its members were suspended before the vote even began due to allegations of corruption regarding their votes. Qatar is the smallest nation to ever host a World Cup, and this will be the first World Cup they ...
Qatar handed a 3-0 defeat to Syria in the opening match of the 2018 Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Zone Group III in Hanoi, Vietnam on Monday. Jabor al-Mutawa ... Qatar spearheaded by Nasser bin Saleh al Attiyah-led left for the Arab Shotgun Championship, which is scheduled to start in Rabat today. Attiyah ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump had separate phone conversations with two leaders of nations in the Persian Gulf region, discussing the ongoing disputes between Qatar and some of its Arab neighbors. Trump spoke Monday with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and with Sheikh Tamim bin ...
Qatar's Nasser al-Yafei and Rashed Nawaf made it to the doubles quarter-finals at the Qatar Asian Junior under-14 tournament yesterday. The event is organised by the Qatar Tennis, Squash and Badminton Federation (QTSBF) in co-ordination with the Asian Tennis Federation. Alyafei and Nawaf secured ...
Doha: Hamad Bin Khalifa University's (HBKU) College of Law and Public Policy (CLPP) is hosting a public lecture on Climate Change and Energy Transitions in Qatar tomorrow, at HBKU's College of Islamic Studies Building in Education City. The lecture will feature Abdelhadi Nasser Almarri, director of the ...
Technology is being tested in Qatar that could help doctors diagnose autism in minutes rather than months. The first study of its kind in the region has found that at least one in 100 children in Qatar suffer from some form of the disorder. The figure had previously been put at three in every 10,000. Now ...
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on March 23 had expressed his thanks and gratitude to the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani for Qatar's pledge to donate $50 million to UNRWA. "With its unprecedented pledge of $50 million to UNRWA at a recent ministerial conference in Rome, Qatar ...
DOHA: Al Attiya Motors and Trading Co. (AMTC) the sole distributor for Renault Trucks in Qatar, and one of the largest commercial vehicle dealers in the country is celebrating after being awarded first place in the Renault Trucks Retail Excellence Club Challenge 2017. This commanding performance is an ...
"These aggressive actions by Qatar against UAE civilian aircraft are considered as deliberate violations of international covenants and conventions governing civil aviation and are a threat to the safety of civil aviation,” said Saif Al Suwaidi, the director-general of the General Civil Aviation Authority.
Qatar is ramping up asset sales with a $662 million sale of a Hong Kong department store operator at the end of March being the most recent divestment as a ten month Arab quartet boycott of the Gulf state takes its toll. Qatar has been forced to repatriate significant sums from its sovereign wealth fund to ...
The Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti also called on the owners of small and medium-sized Qatari entrepreneurs to establish companies capable of playing a role in the development of the digital economy and to take advantage of this golden era in the history of Qatar ...
Qatar will emerge as one of the fastest growing construction markets on a global basis, BMI Research said and it forecasts an annualised average sector expansion of 14.1% out to 2022. “Despite potential headwinds stemming from the decline in regional political relations, the outlook for Qatar's ...
DOHA: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has launched a scheme at a cost of $1m that involves contracting expert specialists in cardiac surgery, neonatology, and urology, as well as building the capacity of health care providers in the enclave. “We have started two new continuing medical education ...
Doha: The Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Sasol - the international integrated chemicals and energy company - and the Friends of the Environment Centre (FEC) announced the five schools that have qualified for the finals at the fifth Qatar e-Nature Schools Contest. The quarterfinals and ...
KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan and Qatar will sign a $4 billion agreement to jointly develop the Red Sea port of Suakin off Sudan's coast, Sudanese media ... Officials from Qatar's transport ministry visiting Sudan told Reuters on Monday that the deal was being prepared but that its cost and other details had ...
Qatar, who have four points from two matches, have scored five goals and conceded four, while Syria have scored two and conceded as many. Text Size: A A A. By Sports Reporter/Doha. Qatar are waiting in anticipation as Syria take on Iraq in the last match of the International Friendship Championship in ...
A top fundraiser for President Donald Trump received millions of dollars from a political adviser to the United Arab Emirates last April, just weeks before he began handing out a series of large political donations to U.S. lawmakers considering legislation targeting Qatar, the UAE's chief rival in the Persian ...
Dubai: The Qatar crisis is not significant enough to be taken up in the Saudi-US discussions in Washington, Saudi Arabia's deputy head of the General Intelligence has said. “Saudi Arabia's relations with the US are strategic and when we talk about strategy, we are discussing prosperity and the economy.
Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy sued Qatar on Monday, accusing the Middle East emirate of trying to discredit him by stealing and leaking emails that detailed his contacts with the Trump administration and Persian Gulf rival, the United Arab Emirates. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, ...
A spokesperson for Qatar Airways told Reuters news agency on Monday that a memorandum of understanding to buy the minority stake had been signed, with the deal expected to be finalised in eight weeks. The Vnukovo Airport, which is located southwest of Moscow, is the third-busiest airport in the ...
In a statement on its Twitter page on Sunday, CENTCOM said: "The US is not leaving Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, nor is the US leaving Al Udeid AB, Qatar. These reports are false and without merit." The US Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) also tweeted that such reports had "zero credibility".
Al Udeid serves as one of the most important overseas US military bases with operations throughout the Middle East launched from Qatar. Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Defence Affairs H E Dr. Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah had said in Washington in January that Doha will expand ...
By replacing a building's ceiling and walls with the specially-developed thin-film PV modules, harmful radiation can be filtered out, heat can be blocked, and clean energy from the sun can be generated, enabling Qatar to save or generate an estimated 380KW/sqm/year energy, two Mission leaders of ...


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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