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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







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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

  • Qatar Reiterates Ambitious Programs in Peaceful Use of Nuclear Power

    VIENNA: Qatar has ambitious programs for the peaceful use of nuclear power and prioritizes nuclear safety issues in its future projects, HE Ali Khalfan Al Mansouri, Doha's ambassador to Austria and permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and international organizations, said. Speaking during the spring session of IAEA's board of governors under the article on enhancing the organization's nuclear safety-related activities, HE Al Mansouri said Qatar has submitted in November its ratification document of the amendments to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, which was signed in 2005.

  • Registration opens for Qatar Green Building Council's inaugural annual conference

    Qatar Green Building Council , a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development , has opened online registration for its first annual conference which will take place on 27 and 28 April at Qatar National Convention Centre . Through the Conference, QGBC is supporting Qatar Foundation's commitment to promote sustainable best practice and infrastructure development on the nation's journey to a knowledge-based economy as set out in the Qatar National Vision 2030.

  • Road cleaning one of 16 community services in Qatar

    Charbel Maakaron, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP, speaks at the plenary session on Criminal Law in Qatar at the fifth roundtable discussion among local communities on 'The Legal Culture in the State of Qatar,' organised by Doha International Centre for Interfaith Dialogue and Qatar University at La Cigale Hotel in Doha. Seated from left are Dr Bashir Saad Zaghloul, Professor, College of Law, Qatar University, Lt Col Ahemd Zayed Al Mohannadi, Director, Community Policing Department, Ministry of Interior, Dr Othman Mahmoud Othman, Aljazeera, and Ahmed Mattar Al Dossari, Representative of Public Prosecutor.

  • Hamad Medical Corporation convenes first International Advisory Panel ...

    Hamad Medical Corporation this week convened its first international advisory panel of local and international healthcare professionals to map out the future of the Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute and build upon HMC's successes in healthcare improvement. HHQI was launched at the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in April 2014 by Dr Hanan Al Kuwari, Managing Director of HMC, to shape the future of healthcare and build upon HMC's existing commitment to improving quality, patient safety and adherence to international best practices both within the State of Qatar and the region.

  • Applications open for ictQATAR's Digital Incubation Center

    DOHA:Young tech-savvy citizens and residents of Qatar who have innovative technology-related ideas, have a fledgling ICT start-up, or who are ready to start an ICT company are urged to apply to the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology's Digital Incubation Center . The DIC is looking for both aspiring and current entrepreneurs that are capable of harnessing emerging technologies to create innovative products, solutions, or services that will contribute to Qatar's digital economy.




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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