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Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani

Emir of the state of Qatar



Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Heir of the State of Qatar







Flag of Qatar


The flag of Qatar is maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side. The meaning of Qatar's flag is:


White color signifies the symbol of peace as recognized internationally.

Maroon color symbolizes the blood shed during the several wars Qatar had undergone, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.

Nine-point serrated line indicates that Qatar is the 9th member of the "reconciled Emirates" of the Persian Gulf in the wake of concluding the Qatari-British treaty in 1916.



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Fast Facts

The State of Qatar


Capital: Doha


Official Language: Arabic


Government: Emirate - Emir Hamad bin Khalifa - Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim


Area: Total 11,437 km2 


Population:  -  2010 census 1,696,563[1] (148th)


GDP (PPP): 2010 estimate - Total $102.147 billion - Per capita $90,149


GDP (nominal): 2010 estimate - Total $110.844 billion - Per capita $81,963


Currency: Riyal (QAR)


Main Exports: Oil, gas

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Qatar News

  • Al Sadd: We want Xavi to bring us tiki-taka

    The Qatari club are hopeful of luring the ex-Spain international away from his current club and believe that he could have a major influence on the game in the Gulf state Al Sadd director of football Mohammed Al Ali believes that the potential arrival of Xavi could lead to the club adopting the tiki-taka style of play associated with Barcelona and Spain . The Barca midfielder spent time in Doha over the weekend to discuss the possibilities of a potential move to Al Sadd, with his future at Camp Nou currently unclear.

  • Qatar-based Singapore sisters play Home in tribute to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew

    Two Singaporean girls aged nine and 10, have recorded an instrumental duet of Dick Lee's popular National Day Parade song Home - originally sung by Kit Chan - in a moving tribute to modern Singapore's founding fathers. Tricia Ng, 10, leads on the violin while her sister Nicole, nine, accompanies her on the piano, seen in a YouTube clip titled "Home - A Tribute from Doha, Qatar" uploaded on Saturday.

  • Traffic diversion on main Doha-Al Wakra arterial road from tomorrow

    DOHA: The Public Works Authority - Ashghal - has announced a traffic diversion on the main arterial road that links Doha and Al Wakra, partially effective from tomorrow. It will extend from Barwa Village interchange to Al Wakra roundabout north of Al Wakra.

  • Milaha celebrates arrival of first Qatar-India container vessel

    DOHA: Milaha celebrated the arrival of MS Convent, the first direct container vessel that completed its maiden voyage from Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai in India to Doha Port in Qatar , on March 26, 2015. The arriving vessel was received by high-level official dignitaries, including Captain Abdulla Al Khanji, CEO of Qatar Ports Management Company ; Captain Ahmed Ali, Ports Adviser to the Qatari Transportation Minister; Dr. Mark Betts, Executive Director of Operations at Muntajat; and Yousef Al Faihani, Director of Supply Chain at Muntajat.

  • Qatar bourse plans rights issue trading

    DOHA: Qatar Exchange has announced its plans to allow investors to trade rights to share issues, which would let them profit from capital increases even without subscribing to them. Rights allow their holder to subscribe to a share issue, usually at a fixed price that may be lower than the market price.




Any impressions you may have with Middle Eastern countries are defied by an independent state in the Arabian Gulf.  With an area of 11,437 sq km, this peninsula is practically small.  But don’t let its size deceive you.  US magazine, Forbes, compiled a new list of world’s richest countries per capita for 2012 ranking it as number one. 




With its massive natural gas reserves, it continues to flourish economically.  An advocate of change and innovation, Qatar is a visionary country propelled by human, social, economic and environmental developments.

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Home of the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Qatar’s prominence skyrocketed upon winning the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.  Being the first Arab state to ever host the World Cup, Qatar plans to build stadia, equipped with cooling technology, to control temperature since extreme humidity was one of the paramount issues.


Al Rayyan Stadium


Al Gharafa Stadium


Al Shamal Stadium


Al Shamal Stadium


Al Wakrah Stadium


Al Khor Stadium


Doha Port Stadium

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