Qatar is an independent and modern nation on the Arabian Gulf, with beautiful beaches and a breathtaking desert landscape. Arabian culture and religious tradition are still prevalent in everyday life, offering most foreigners an interesting contrast to their home country.
Located at the eastern end of the Arabian Peninsula, Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. Qatar has a population of about 1.9 million, 70% of which live in the capital Doha. Its 1.5 million expatriate community makes up a major part of the population. Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the year 1916 until gaining independence in 1971. Qatar has been ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century. Qatar is an absolute monarchy and its head of state The eighth Emir of Qatar is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani who took power in June 2013. There is appointed Prime minister and cabinet ministers constitute the Council of Ministers, which is the supreme executive authority in the country. The Qatar Armed Forces are the military forces of Qatar. The country maintains a modest military force of approximately 11,800 men, including army, navy and air force. Islam is the predominant religion and the Arabic is the official language at qatar.
Development in Qatar
Qatar is experiencing exponential development phase with its fast growing oil and gas economy. Its revenues from oil and gas account for more than 50% of its GDP which made it the country with the highest per capita income in the world. Nonetheless, Qatar’s non energy sector is also getting government and private investment making the economy healthy and sustainable..
With its dream win of FIFA World Cup bid 2022 which ushered a new era of development all around the desert state. By 2030, Qatar aims to be an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for its people. In line with these visions, its Oil and Gas sector is developing in an unbound speed. Non oil sectors are also growing with equal speed. Apart from its new world class posh Cornice city, there are new coastal and waterfront cities like Lusail cities and Industrial cities, Ras lafan Industrial city are getting ready to give a new look to new Qatar according to the promise of the above new vision