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Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Middle East nation, e.g.: official web sites of Qatar, addresses of Qatar and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Qatar.
Diwan Amiri, residence of the Emir of Qatar
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State of Qatar | Dawlat Qatar
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Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the amir who had ruled the country since 1972. He was overthrown by his son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, in a bloodless coup in 1995.
In 2001, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
Oil and natural gas revenues enable Qatar to have a per capita income not far below the leading industrial countries of Western Europe.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)
border country: Saudi Arabia
other Gulf States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates
Qatar is a member state of the League of Arab States
short form: Qatar
int'l long form: State of Qatar
note: closest approximation of the native pronunciation falls between cutter and gutter, but not like guitar.
ISO Country Code: qa
Actual Time: Wed-May-25 04:21
Local Time = UTC +3h
Country Calling Code: +974
Capital City: Doha (Ad Dawhah, pop 400 000)
Umm Said, Al-Khor, Dukhan, Ruwais
Type: Constitutional Emirate
Independence: 3 September 1971
Constitution: 1970 Basic Law, revised 1972; currently under complete review.
Location: Middle East, Gulf Region, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
Area: 11,586 km² (4,473 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Mostly desert, flat, barren.
Climate: Hot and dry, some humidity in summer.
Population: 1.8 million (2012, Official population clock)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 29 607 (year)
Ethnic groups: Arab 40%, Pakistani 18%, Indian 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14%
Religion: Islam (state religion, claimed by virtually all of the indigenous population)
Languages: Arabic (official); English (widely spoken)
Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, fish.
Agriculture products: Fruits, vegetables; poultry, dairy products, beef; fish.
Industries: Crude oil production and refining, petrochemicals, fertilizers.
Currency: Qatari Rial (QAR)
Qatar in Figures
Qatar key statistical data.
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Official Sites of QatarAmiri Diwan - State of Qatar
Official site of the Emir of Qatar, H.H. Shaikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned
Official website of the Consort of His Highness the Emir of Qatar.
Qatar's e-Government portal with services to citizens and visitors.
Foreign Information Agency
The Official Site of Foreign Information Agency a portal site with information on the State of Qatar.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar.
Permanent Mission of Qatar to the UN
Qatar's representation to the United Nations.
Embassy of Qatar in Washington DC
The Qatar Embassy in the US.
Foreign Diplomatic Missions to Qatar and Qatar's Missions Abroad
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides addresses of the Diplomatic Missions.
Map of Qatar
Political Map of Qatar.
Google Earth Qatar
Searchable map/satellite view of Qatar.
Google Earth Doha
Searchable map/satellite view of Qatar's capital city.
Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
Map of Western Asia
Map of Western Asia and the Middle East region.
Qatar based Arab channel television.
Qatar News (Arabic)
Daily News (in Arabic)
National and international news.
Qatar News Agency (QNA)
Qatar in international news:
Amnesty International Annual Report 2013 Qatar
Amnesty International report placing the spotlight on Qatar’s construction sector ahead of the World Cup.
Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves'.
Union criticises Qatar for labour abuses.
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Arts & CultureNational Council for Culture Arts
A portal to Qatar culture and heritage.
Qatar Photographic Society
Galleries, Slide Show and Publications.
Traditional Dancing © Embassy of Qatar
Business & Economy__Quatar Banks
Qatar Central Bank
Qatar National Bank
Commercial Bank of Qatar
Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Qatar Petroleum is responsible for all oil and gas industry processes in Qatar and abroad, established in 1974.
Qatar Petroleum Company
Qatar Yellow Page
Yellow Pages and telephone directory.
The national carrier of the Arabian Gulf State of Qatar.
Doha International Airport
Official website with information about schedules, facilities, and services.
Destination Qatar - Travel and Tour GuidesDiscover Qatar: Doha, Almaha Sanctuary, Al Jassasiya, Khor Al Udaid Beach, Al Bida Park, Palm Tree Island, Sealine Beach Resort, Al-Gharriyya Resort.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.
Experience Qatar, the official Qatar country travel and tourism site.
Some Information on Qatar's tourist attractions.
Qatar Hotels & Clubs
Qatar's hotels, resorts, and recreation and beach clubs.
Qatar National Hotels
Accommodation information by QNHC Qatar National Hotels Compagny.
Qatar in Brief - Interesting Places in Qatar
Guide by Qatar Airways.
Tourism and business Guide of Qatar.
A guide to Qatar.
Hotels in Qatar
Find a Hotel in Qatar.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
City of Doha © Embassy of Qatar
EducationSupreme Education Council of Qatar
Education for a New Era Inititive reform in Qatar.
Doha - Qatar.
University of Qatar
Official web site of the University of Qatar, founded in 1977.
Environment & NatureSupreme Council for the Environment & Natural Reserves (SCENR)
Official website with information about the Council and Qatar's environment.
Friends Of The Environment Center
Official website of Friends Of The Environment, most information is in Arabic.
Environment in Qatar
Article of the Embassy of State of Qatar about the country's environment.
The ruling family of Qatar since the eighteenth century.
by Qatar Info.
ArabNet's Qatar page
Early history, Turkey & Britain, The discovery of oil, Rulers of Qatar.
Restaurant Besmallh © Embassy of Qatar
SearchThe Country of Qatar
Comprehensive list of links to Qatar related Web Sites.
ISP with links to Qatar Web Sites.
Additional Information on QatarArabNet -- Qatar
BBC News Country Profile: Qatar
Open Directory Project: Qatar
UT - MENIC: Countries: Qatar
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (University of Texas)
The World Factbook -- Qatar
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