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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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QatarConcorde Hotel Doha 

Al Matar Street
Doha 200000
Qatar

Price (US$): $164 - $302 / night

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Location. Concorde Hotel Doha is a business friendly Doha hotel in the historical district and close to Grand Hamad Street, Corniche, and Doha Fort. Additional points of interest include Qatar National Museum and Souq Waqif. Hotel Features. Dining options at Concorde Hotel Doha include 2 restaurants. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, a… more »

QatarInterContinental Doha 

Al Istiqlal Road West Bay P O
Doha
Qatar

Price (US$): $268 - $412 / night

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Location. InterContinental Doha is located on the beach in central Doha, close to Qatar International Exhibition Center, Doha Golf Club, and Corniche. Other points of interest near this luxury hotel include City Centre Doha and Qatar SC Stadium. Hotel Features. Dining options at InterContinental Doha include 6 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a sauna. This 5 star property… more »

QatarKempinski Residences & Suites, Doha 

Al Qassar Street
Al Dafna, West Bay, P.O. Box 32129
Doha
Qatar

Price (US$): $350 - $910 / night

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Location. Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha is located in central Doha, close to City Centre Doha, Corniche, and Museum of Islamic Art. Nearby points of interest also include Souq Waqif and Doha Fort. Hotel Features. In addition to 2 restaurants, Kempinski Residences & Suites, Doha offers a snack bar/deli and a coffee shop/cafĂ©. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves hot and cold buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant… more »

QatarGrand Hyatt Doha 

West Lagoon Bay
PO Box 24010
Doha
Qatar

Price (US$): $254 - $528 / night

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Location. Grand Hyatt Doha is located near the beach in Doha and close to Doha Golf Club, Qatar International Exhibition Center, and Qatar University. Additional points of interest include College of the North Atlantic. Hotel Features. Grand Hyatt Doha's restaurant serves lunch and dinner. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, a children's pool, a health club, and a sauna. The property's full service health… 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 »

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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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