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Welcome to Qatar

The State of Qatar is a sovereign and independent state in the Middle East, occupying a peninsula that juts into the Arabian Gulf. Since its complete independence from Britain in 1971, Qatar has emerged as one of the world's most important producers of oil and gas. It is an Islamic State whose laws and customs follow the Islamic tradition. Since 2013, the country has been governed by HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

Welcome To Qatar

Facts & Figures about Qatar

Location and geography
Location and geography

Qatar is a peninsula state located amid the western coast of the Arabian Gulf. Qatar's largest islands are Halul, Shraouh and Al-Asshat.

Topography
Topography

The land mainly has rocky plains, covered with a range of low limestone outcroppings such as in Jebel Dukhan and Jebel Fuwairit.

Area
Area

Qatar occupies an area of 11,521 square kilometres.

Capital City
Capital City

Qatar’s capital city is Doha (in Arabic, ad-Dawḥa, which means ‘the big tree’).

Climate
Climate

Qatar has a desert climate with hot summers, warm winters and scarce rainfall.

Language
Language

Arabic is the official language of the country, though English is widely spoken.

Religion
Religion

Islam is the official religion of the State of Qatar, and the Islamic Law (Sharia) shall be the principal source of its legislation.

Population
Population

Qatar has a population of more than 2,6 million.

Major Cities
Major Cities

Doha (capital), Al-Wakrah, Al-Khor, Dukhan, Al-Shamal, Msaieed, Ras Lafan and others.

National Day
National Day

Qatar National Day is celebrated in the 18th of December every year.

Official Working Hours
Official Working Hours

In Qatar, the official working hours are eight. However, in Ramadan working hours are five.

Time Zones
Time Zones

Fridays and Saturdays, Qatar National Day, National Sport Day, Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha

Local Time
Local Time

Arabian Standard Time (AST), with a UTC of +3:00

Electric Current
Electric Current

220 – 240 + 6V/50Hz. A mix of plugs: 3-pin square and 2-pin round designs.

Economy
Economy

Due to its substantial reserves of oil and gas, Qatar has one of the highest incomes per capita in the world.

HH the Amir
HH the Amir

The Amir is the Head of State…

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Government
Government

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National Vision 2030
National Vision 2030

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National Flag
National Flag

This flag has a unique story and a long history…

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