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About Qatar
About Qatar
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Located in the Arabian Gulf, the State of Qatar is a peninsula about the size of Connecticut and is attached to southern border of Saudi Arabia. Qatar is a constitutional monarchy that has been ruled by the Al-Thani family since the mid-1800s. HH Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who reigned from 1995-2013, has been credited for transforming the nation with vast economic growth, primarily through its revenues of oil and gas. HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani is Qatar’s current Emir. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani assumed his role as ruler in June of 2013 and promised continuity in the advancements made by his father. While ranked as having the highest GDP per capita in the world, Qatar is continuously implementing strategies towards expansion and development in the most modern context. Focusing on education, health care, infrastructure and communications, the country is inviting to economic activity and business opportunity from all corners of the globe. Qatar’s population is around 2.22 mil (2015) and consists of 12% native Qataris and 88% expatriates, mainly from India and Nepal. Doha is its capital and largest city with a population of around 800,000 . It is also the official seat of the government and the economic center of the Gulf State; it will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

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