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Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar within the last 60 years transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues.

Leadership changes in 1995 ushered in wide-sweeping political and media reforms, unprecedented economic investment, and a growing Qatari regional leadership role.

  • Doha (includes Museum of Islamic Art, the Corniche, Doha Fort, National Museum, Golden Mosque);
  • Al Jassasiya Carvings;
  • Al Wakra Museum;
  • Katara Cultural Village
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC +3
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    11 586 Km2
  • Population
    2 532 104 (2023 est.)
  • Main Languages
    Arabic, English
  • Currency
    Qatari rials (QAR)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 92900
  • Airports
  • Heliports

    Arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers

    Qatari 11.6% (2015 est.), non-Qatari 88.4%

    Not all Arab men and women will shake hands with those of the opposite sex; wait to see if they extend their hands first.

    Machboos — a rice dish made with a variety of aromatic spices that produce a smoky taste and served with vegetables and lamb or chicken

    High-income, oil-and-gas-based Middle Eastern economy; better regional integration after 2021 terrorism resolution; infrastructure investments ahead of 2022 World Cup; Islamic finance leader; citizenship-based labor force growth

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