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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

  • Robust economy will shield Qatar from oi... Author: Ali Bahzad

    The production of energy, and non-oil operations and services remain Qatar's main developmental activities. These represent the strong indicators of our national economy, which makes us less vulnerable to a decline in world oil prices, the fluctuation of capital markets, and the repercussions of giant entities' successive financial crises in European and American economies.

  • University College London in Qatar and open up access to ...

    University College London in Qatar and open up access to archaeological research in the Middle East and Beyond A new partnership highlighting archaeological research in the Middle East has been set up between University College London in Qatar , and, the online academic publishing platform of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals. The partnership takes the shape of a new, open access book series entitled 'UCL Qatar Series on Archaeology and Cultural Heritage' enabling anyone, anywhere in the world, to freely read about archaeological research and build a greater understanding of the region's fascinating history.

  • India to strengthen ties with Qatar: Pranab Mukherjee

    President Pranab Mukherjee said Wednesday India looked forward to "strengthening and deepening" its ties with Qatar as he wished the country on the eve of its National Day. In his message to Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, Mukherjee said: "India greatly values its close and time-tested relations with Qatar which are deeply rooted in history.

  • Ahmed Bin Hanbal School wins first prize in 'Enterprise Challenge Qatar' 2014

    Ahmed Bin Hanbal Boys School won the first prize in the final round of the business simulation competition and took home the 'Enterprise Challenge Qatar' 2014 trophy. The second place was awarded to Al Zubarah Boys School while Al Shamal Boys School came in the third place.

  • Telegraph Media Group unveils Qatar tourism apps

    DOHA: Qatar is the first tourist destination in the Middle East to be featured in The Telegraph Media Group's series of Telegraph Travel downloadable apps for smartphones and tablets. The group is one of the UK's leading newspaper publishers and its core publications include The Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.




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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