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Qatar

Background

Qatar

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. His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew him in a bloodless coup in 1995. In 2001, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the second-highest per capita income in the world.

About

Qatar (قطر "kat-ir") is a peninsula jutting into the Persian Gulf, to the north of Saudi Arabia, East of Bahrain and West of the Emirates.

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Qatar

QatarMarriott Doha 

Ras Abou St Po Box 1911
Doha
Qatar

Price (US$): $288 - $453 / night

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Location. Marriott Doha is located near the beach in Doha and close to Qatar National Museum, Museum of Islamic Art, and Grand Hamad Street. Additional points of interest include Souq Waqif and Doha Fort. Hotel Features. In addition to 6 restaurants, Marriott Doha offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/café. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include… more »

QatarMillennium Hotel Doha 

Jawaan Street
Al Sadd
Doha 24249
Qatar

Price (US$): $169 - $366 / night

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Location. Millennium Hotel Doha is a business friendly hotel located in central Doha, close to Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Corniche, and Doha Fort. Additional points of interest include Souq Waqif and Grand Hamad Street. Hotel Features. Millennium Hotel Doha's restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a health club, a spa tub, a sauna, and a steam room. The property's full… more »

QatarSheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel 

Al Corniche Street
P.O. Box 6000
Doha
Qatar

Price (US$): $247 - $393 / night

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Location. Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel is located on the beach in central Doha, close to City Centre Doha, Corniche, and Museum of Islamic Art. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Souq Waqif and Doha Fort. Hotel Features. Dining options at Sheraton Doha Resort & Convention Hotel include a coffee shop/café and a snack bar/deli. A beach bar and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each… more »

QatarFour Seasons Hotel Doha 

The Corniche Road Pob 24665
Doha 1
Qatar

Price (US$): $1071 - $1072 / night

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Location. Four Seasons Hotel Doha is located on the beach in central Doha, close to City Centre Doha, Corniche, and Museum of Islamic Art. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include Souq Waqif and Qatar National Museum. Hotel Features. Dining options at Four Seasons Hotel Doha include 6 restaurants. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include a children's pool, outdoor tennis courts, a health club,… more »

QatarLA CIGALE HOTEL 

60 Suhaim Bin Hamad Street
Doha 25555
Qatar

Price (US$): $329 - $480 / night

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Located in the prestigious business district of Al Sadd, this exclusive hotel offers luxurious amenities, personalised style, and extremely comfortable and inviting accommodation. The long list of facilities at La Cigale Hotel includes the Ozone Spa and Gym, a traditional hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna, hydrotherapy treatments, steam room, 6 facial and treatment rooms, indoor heated swimming pool, high tech health club equipments, and beauty salon. The hotel has several dining and entertainment… more »

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Qatar

Full name
State of Qatar
Capital
Doha
Location

Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia

Geographic coordinates

25 30 N, 51 15 E

Area comparative

slightly smaller than Connecticut

Border countries

Saudi Arabia 60 km

Coastline

563 km

Climate

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

Terrain

mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel

Lowest point

Persian Gulf 0 m

Highest point

Tuwayyir al Hamir 103 m

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, fish

Population

840,926 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Arab 40%, Indian 18%, Pakistani 18%, Iranian 10%, other 14%

Religions

Muslim 77.5%, Christian 8.5%, other 14% (2004 census)

Languages

Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language

Government type

emirate

Independence

3 September 1971 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day, 3 September (1971); also observed is National Day, 18 December (anniversary of Al Thani family accession to the throne)

Chief of state

Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani (since 27 June 1995 when, as heir apparent, he ousted his father, Amir KHALIFA bin Hamad Al Thani, in a bloodless coup); Heir Apparent TAMIM bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, fourth son of the amir (selected Heir Apparent by the amir on 5 August 2003); note - Amir HAMAD also holds the positions of Minister of Defense and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces

Head of government

Prime Minister HAMAD bin Jasim bin Jabir Al Thani (since 3 April 2007); Deputy Prime Minister Abdallah bin Hamad al-ATIYAH (since 3 April 2007)

Internet country code

.qa

Internet users

563,800 (2009)

Airports

6 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Doha, Mesaieed (Umaieed), Ra's Laffan

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