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Doha's West Bay skyline in the morning seen from the Corniche Promenade. Qatar's capital is located on Doha Bay in central east of the peninsula.
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Destination Qatar, officially the State of Qatar, an independent emirate (an Arabic Islamic monarchy) in the Gulf Region.

The country is situated on a peninsula that extends from the Arabian Peninsula approximately 160 km (99 mi) north into the Persian (Arab) Gulf, it is bordered by Saudi Arabia. Qatar shares maritime borders with Bahrain, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates.

The country covers an area of 11,586 km² (4,473 sq mi) making Qatar about 1.25 times larger than Cyprus, or also somewhat larger than Puerto Rico.

The emirate has a population of 2.6 million inhabitants (end 2016), but Qatari nationals represent only a minority. Capital and largest city is Doha (Ad Dawhah, pop 800,000). Spoken language is Arabic (official).

State of Qatar | Dawlat Qatar

Country Profile

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)

Other Gulf States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates

Qatar is a member state of the League of Arab States

Official Name:
Dawlat Qatar
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, QAT

Actual Time: Tue-Jan-25  10:05
Local Time = UTC +3h

Country Calling Code: +974

Capital City: Doha (Ad Dawhah)

Other Cities:
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.

Nationality: Qatari(s).
Population: 2.6 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)
Literacy: 79%

Natural resources: Petroleum, natural gas, fish.

Agriculture products: Fruits, vegetables; poultry, dairy products, beef; fish.

Industries: Crude oil production and refining, petrochemicals, fertilizers.

Exports - commodities: liquefied natural gas (LNG), petroleum products, fertilizers, steel

Exports - partners: Japan 25.4%, India 14.6%, China 8.4%, UAE 6.8%, Singapore 5.6%, UK 5.5%, Thailand 4.2% (2015)

Imports - commodities: machinery and transport equipment, food, chemicals

Imports - partners: China 11.9%, USA 11.3%, UAE 9%, Germany 7.7%, Japan 6.7%, UK 5.9%, Italy 4.6%, Saudi Arabia 4.4% (2015)

Currency: Qatari Rial (QAR)

Qatar in Figures
Qatar key statistical data.

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Official Sites of Qatar

Qatar is an absolute Islamic monarchy. The Emir is simultaneously the head of state and the head of the executive and the legislative power, also the government is solely responsible to him. State religion is Islam. According to Qatar's constitution Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation.

royal Amiri Diwan - State of Qatar
Official site of the Emir of Qatar (under construction).
The Amiri Diwan is the seat of Qatar’s government. The government complex consists of the offices of the Emir, the Crown Prince, the Prime Minister, and several buildings for the Council of Ministers. The complex is the ceremonial and administrative center of Qatar.
Emir of the State of Qatar (page about the ruling Emir)

Qatar Government
Qatar's government portal (Hukoomi) with services to citizens and visitors.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar.

Diplomatic Missions
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 Google Earth Qatar
Searchable map/satellite view of Qatar.
Google Earth 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.
profile Map of Western Asia
Map of Western Asia and the Middle East region.

Desert south of Doha
Desert south of Doha, the inevitable tyre tracks are made by the tiresome dune bashers.
Image: Steven Byles



Al Jazeera
Qatar based Arab channel television.

Qatar News (in Arabic)
Daily News (in Arabic)
Gulf News
Daily English language newspaper published from Dubai, covers news from the Gulf region.
Gulf Times
National and international news.
Qatar News Agency (QNA)
The state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) was established on 25 May 1975 by Emiri Decree.

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.

The Guardian
Revealed: Qatar's World Cup 'slaves'.
Al Jazeera
Union criticises Qatar for labour abuses.

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Arts & Culture

Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage
Portal of the ministry responsible for administering Qatar's cultural policies and programs.

Katara Cultural Village
The Cultural Village Foundation is Qatar's project for multi-cultural activities. Katara hosts international, regional and local festivals, workshops, performances and exhibitions.

Qatar Photographic Society
Galleries, Slide Show and Publications.
Traditional Dancing
Traditional Qatari Music
Doha Hamad International Airport, transit zone.
Doha Hamad International Airport, transit zone.
Image: kk

Business & Economy

__Quatar Banks
Qatar Central Bank
Qatar National Bank
Commercial Bank of Qatar

Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry

__Quatar Products
Qatar Petroleum
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.

Qatar Airways
The national carrier of the Arabian Gulf State of Qatar.

Doha International Airport
Official website with information about schedules, facilities, and services.
Diwan Amiri
Silver Mask, Museum of Islamic Art.
Image: Peter Dowley
Travel and Tour Consumer Information

Destination Qatar - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover 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.

Qatar Tourism
Experience Qatar, the official Qatar country travel and tourism site.

Tourist Attractions
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.

Discover Qatar
Guide to Qatar by Qatar Airways.

Doha online
Portal site with information on Qatar and Doha.


City of Doha
City of Doha © Embassy of Qatar


Ministry of Education and Higher Education
Official website of the ministry, the highest official authority on all educational affairs in the State of Qatar.

Doha College
The international British school in Doha, the not-for-profit organization is sponsored by the British Embassy.

University of Qatar
Official web site of the University of Qatar, the only government university in the country was founded in 1977.

Environment & Nature

Ministry of Municipality and Environment
The former Supreme Council for the Environment & Natural Reserves (SCENR) is now part of the ministry. Official website with information about the ministry and Qatar's environmental agenda.

Friends Of The Environment Center
Official website of Friends Of The Environment, most information is in Arabic.

Environment in Qatar
Qatar Foundation rubric about the country's environment.


Qatar History
Article about Qatar's history by Welcome Qatar magazine.

History of Qatar
Wikipedia entry on Qatar's history.

House of Thani
Wikipedia article about the family ruling Qatar since the eighteenth century.

Restaurant Besmallh, Doha
Restaurant and Hotel Bismillah in Doha. © Embassy of Qatar

Sources and additional Information on Qatar

Amnesty International: Qatar

BBC Country Profile: Qatar

FAO: Qatar

GlobalEDGE: Qatar

The Heritage Foundation: Qatar

Human Rights Watch: Qatar

OEC: Qatar

Reporters Without Borders: Qatar

Wikipedia: Qatar

The World Factbook -- Qatar
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