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Qatar, officially State of Qatar, independent emirate (1995 est. pop. 534,000), 4,400 sq mi (11,400 sq km), on a largely barren peninsula in the Persian Gulf, bordering Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (S). The capital is Doha. The economy of Qatar is dominated by oil and natural gas, which accounts for 70% of export income. Oil and gas revenues have been used to diversify the economy, including the development of chemicals, steel, cement, and fertilizer industries and banking. A minority (20%) of the population are Qataris (Arabs of the Wahhabi sect of Islam); the rest are largely other Arabs, Pakistanis, Indians, and Iranians. Arabic is the official language, but English is also widely spoken. The country is a monarchy.

Qatar was ruled by Bahrain from the 1700s until the mid-1800s, when Great Britain and the Ottoman Empire began vying for control of the peninsula. It was a British protectorate from 1916 until 1971, when it became independent. In the 1980s and 90s Qatar had territorial disputes with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. These disputes were not completely settled until 2001.

During the Persian Gulf War (1991), international coalition forces were deployed on Qatari soil. Palestinians were expelled from Qatar in retaliation for the pro-Iraqi stance of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), but since the war relations with the Palestinians have returned to normal. After the Persian Gulf War, Iraq was still regarded as a threat to Qatar’s oil interests; Qatar signed a defense pact with the United States but also restored relations with Iraq.

The present emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, came to power in 1995 after ousting his father. In the late 1990s Sheikh Hamad eased press censorship and promoted ties with Iran and Israel.

Since 2001 Qatar has allowed U.S. use of the Al Udeid air base, and the headquarters for the U.S. invasion of Iraq (2003) were in the country.

The emir has moved steadily to democratize the nation’s government and institute elections. In 2003 voters approved a constitution establishing a largely elected advisory council with the power to pass laws, subject to the emir’s approval; women have the right to vote and hold office.

The constitution was endorsed by the emir in 2004 and came into force in 2005.

During the Arab Spring Qatar was supportive of uprisings in Libya, Egypt, and Syria, and was seen as politically allied with Muslim Brotherhood groups in number of Arab nations.

Sheikh Hamad abdicated as emir in 2013 and was succeeded by his son Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

Preparations for the 2022 World Cup, to be hosted by Qatar, threw light on the country's labor laws and the conditions of migrants working there. Under the country's system of kafala, or sponsorship, workers cannot leave the country or change jobs without their sponsor's permission; there were accusations of abuse of foreign workers involved in construction projects. In 2014 there were tensions with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates over Qatar's support for Islamists in foreign countries.


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Bilateral Relations with Japan Diplomatic, investment, economic cooperation, residents....
Central Tenders Committee (CTC) Tender laws, administers tenders and bids including awarding, classification....
Future of Qatar What will the future be like?
Index of Economic Freedom Policy research and analysis
MBendi Business information, news, industries, events
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries - OPEC Qatar Country Profile, Statistics....
Ports Focus Ports, harbours, marinas....
Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry Information on Qatar's Industry and Trade, business opportunities, economy and foreign trade, statistical information....
Qatar Stock Exchange Providing fair, orderly, efficient and facilitated trading....
Qatari Businessmen Association (QBA) To support and enhance the private sector role in the economy
Qatar Financial Centre Designed to attract international financial institutions and multi-national corporates to establish business operations
Qatar-German-Business-Forum For promoting the already existing economic ties and trade links between Germany and Qatar
Qatar and the IMF Position in the fund, reports....
Qatar Labor Law Information regarding the Qatar Labor Law both in the private and public sector
Qatarabia Basic information to understand the current trends and to identify rapidly the major actors operating on the market
Qatarization The development of the Qatari workforce, through proper education and training
Tenders in Qatar Links to sites with tenders listing
US - Qatar Business Council Members, trade, links, news
US Commercial Service Doing Business in Qatar, Services Available for US Companies and for Qatari Companies
US Department of Energy - Qatar Information, oil, natural gas, refining, onshore & Offshore Development....
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World Trade Organization - WTO Provides trade statistics, goods schedules, services schedules and MFN exemptions, trade policy reviews, dispute cases, and notifications


Al Mashreq Bank locations in Qatar
Commercial Bank of Qatar Provides the full range of banking services
Doha Bank The largest private commercial bank in the State of Qatar
Qatar Central Bank Support the national economy and the stability of the currency
Qatar International Islamic Bank Help customers achieve their financial aspirations
Qatar Islamic Bank Various Banking and investment services
Qatar National Bank Handles all aspects of banking and financial requirements

HSBC Qatar Provides a wide range of banking services for both corporate and individual customers in Qatar

Directories, Job Opportunities

Calling Qatar Business Directory - 15,000 mostly Doha based companies
Companies in Qatar Web directory of local & foreign companies operating in Qatar....
Eligo Recruitment Oil & Gas Industry recruitment specialists
Key Resources Recruitment and training specialists
Qatar Construction Review News, information and business resources for the construction industry in Qatar

Investment & Promotion....

IFP Qatar International exhibitions in Qatar - Up-Coming Events
Indian Business & Professional Network To promote trade and commerce and formation of manufacturing and trading joint ventures between India and Qatar
Milipol Qatar International exhibition for internal State security displaying security products and services
The Pearl Offers unique, true freehold investment opportunities in a safe, relaxed, friendly and exclusive environment
Qatar For Exhibitions & Conferences Organizing New and Exhibitions
Qatar Expo To organise international exhibitions and to promote trade relations with different countries....
Qatar Investment promotion department (IPD) Stimulating the growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Qatar and encouraging local entrepreneurs
QWETEX Qatar Water and Electricity Technology Exhibition and Conference
Ras Laffan Industrial City Combines the services of a modern industrial & commercial port, support services and management services

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General Resources, Heritage....
Qatar National Museum Display the elements of Qatar's history and the traditional modes of life of it's people
National Council for Culture, Arts and Heritage Concerned with culture and its affairs

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Doha Players A theatre for entertaining lovers of English drama in Qatar

Photographic Gallery Mohammed Mannai. Portraits, human interest, heritage....
Qatar Photographic Society Galleries, slide show, publications, links....
Qatar Photo Gallery Part of the TrekEarth Photo Gallery
Qatar Photos Shared photos
Qatar Photographs Photographs, Images and Pictures of Qatar and it cities, its people, the landscape, buildings, events the colors and the variety

Music, Song & Dance & Events

Dunestock An open air Music Festival held annually at the singing dunes of Qatar, featuring local expatriate bands and musicians

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Bangiya Parishad Qatar Bengali social organisation, website has a description of its many social and cultural activities
The Diplomatic Club A club with many facilities....
Qatar Center For Voluntary Activities Voluntary activities to serve the community
Qatar Indian Islahi Centre Functioning among the Indian community, especially Keralites, in Qatar, but it is not limiting its services to any particular community or sect
South African Social Group in Qatar Various Social Events involving fellow South Africans are planned and organised throughout the year
St. James Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church Various Social Events involving fellow South Africans are planned and organised throughout the year

Al Shaqab Stud To maintain the breeding of the original Qatari horse....
AquaStat Information on quantity and quality of freshwater and its availability
Friends of the Environment Center
Qatar Animal Welfare Society, (Q.A.W.S.) Daily care of the animals, legislation issues, the recognition needed, community education and involvement
Qatar Science Club & Occidental Reef Ball Project Environment awareness which aims at promoting the good of all people

Asian Games Events, participants, historical news and info on the 39 sports in Doha 2006
Al Rayyan Sports Club Different sports, news, analysis....
Al Wakra Sports Club Cultural and sport activities....
Doha Darts League Results, scoreboard, links....
Doha Golf Club Tour, clubhouse, events, news, membership....
Doha Sailing Association
Motorcycling in Qatar Results, calendar, track info, news, gallery....
Oasis Beach Club Club offers many facilities for recreation and relaxation
Qatar Aeronautical College Golf Society Regular competitions, play other golf societies, clubs or associations and organise trips....
Qatar Amateur Athletic Federation - QAAF Organising various world-class sporting events
Qatar Bowling Federation Teams, tournaments, news....
Qatar Cricket Association News, schedule, statistics, players, archives....
Qatar Racing and Equestrian Club History, dressage, show jumping, events & results, riding school....
Qatar Fencing Federation Headlines, events....
Qatar Football Association National league, cups, teams....
Qatar Golf Association To introduce and train a whole new generation of young Qatari Golfers
Qatar Grandprix If you are a serious motoGP fan, and you want to get as close as possible to the action, the VIP Village is the only place to be
Qatar Marine Sports Federation Seeking to develop the sport in the state of Qatar and to create a new generation to practices it
Qatar Masters One of the most prestigious golf events in Qatar's sporting calendar
Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation Promote and organize National and International events in the State of Qatar
Qatar National Olympic Committee Local and International sport news....
Qatar Squash Federation Squash fans will witness an enterprising diversion within the coming years
Qatar Taekwondo & Karate Federation Qatar Martial Arts Federation organizes events and hosts visits by experts from overseas
Qatar Tennis Federation Qatar Exxon Mobil Open, Qatar Total Fina Elf Open....
Qatar Volleyball Association Brings you all news on Qatarian Volleyball in brief, with direct links to all major happening

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Schools In Qatar Directory that includes more than 300+ schools, all what you need to know about schools in Qatar....

Ahmad bin Hambal School Information & services
Cambridge School Provides an education based on The National Curriculum for England
Doha Academy A range of balanced academic, creative and physical programmes
Doha College Curriculum is based on the national curriculum for England and Wales
Doha English Speaking School - DESS A broad and balanced education within a secure and challenging environment
Ideal Indian School Provide high standard of education....
Omar Bin Al Khatab Scientific School Info about the school, teachers, students....
Qatar Academy Internationally recognized pedagogy and curriculum with Arabic and Islamic studies, from preschool through secondary education
Qatar International School Following the British curriculum

Al Jazeera Academy A different and separate learning environments
ASPIRE Academy for Sports Excellence - will discover the best young sporting talents from the region and around the world, and make them world class
CHN University Qatar campus, virtual tour....
Carnegie-Mellon University - Qatar Campus Offers programs in business administration and computer science
College of the North Atlantic - Qatar A high quality, student centered, public post-secondary technical institution
Department of Geology, UQ Mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, links to earth sciences
Qatar Aeronautical College
Qatar University, QU The university encourages the use of modern technologies in education
Texas A & M University-Qatar (TAMUQ) Offers university degree programs in oil, chemical, electrical and mechanical engineering
Virginia Commonwealth University - Qatar VCU School of the Arts. Educational opportunities in the design professions: Fashion, merchandising, or interior design
Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC–Q) The educational program leads to the awarding of the doctor of medicine degree

Institutions & Organizations

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development Focuses on the collaboration and integration of research and higher education program

Research, Resources & Projects

Discover Nursing Interested in starting your journey in nursing with the University of Calgary in Qatar?
Fulbright Program International exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals
Qatar Science & Technology Park An internationally recognised hub for research and commercialisation

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Al Thani Dynasty Brief history, genealogy, orders & decorations
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Sheikha Mozah Supporting the country's National Vision and promotes the progress of Qatar and the wellbeing of its people

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Human Rights Watch Human rights developments & report
National Human Rights Committee of Qatar Mission, Objectives and Vision, Governance
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Constitution Society Articles of the Constitution of Qatar
The Duality of the Legal System One applies sharia law (Muslim law). Second, adlia court (civil court)
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A Guide to Qatar's Legal System History, legislative system, the judicial system, the judiciary, the legal profession

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Newspapers, Magazines....
Al Raya Daily newspaper
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Al Watan Daily newspaper
Gulf Times Daily newspaper
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OnLine News, Newsletters, News Agencies....

Qatar News Agency News, images & pictures....
Topixs.Net Free Qatar News continually updated from thousands of sources around the net

Radio, TV, Internet....

Al Jazeera All-news satellite TV channel serving audience in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe
LyngSat Free TV channels from Qatar. Includes links to Al Jazeera Children, Sport, News channels and others
Qatar Television & Radio QTV - Channels 9, 11 & 37

Qatar Expatriates Forum Expatriates discussion forum about living in Qatar

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Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members
Political Leaders Dates and figures of the leadership since 1960 (with pictures)

Amiri Diwan Officials and departments. About Qatar
Hukoomi, Qatar e-Government Deliver government services on-line to the citizens, residents and business sector....
Ministry of Economy and Commerce Investment and trade, economy, news....
Ministry of Endowments & Islamic Affairs Islam as a creed and a way of life
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nation & citizens, government, economy, tourism....
Ministry of Interior Visa Tracking System, Traffic violation inquiry service and other services
Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture Online services, MIS centre, structure, job opportunities....
National Health Authority Health Education and Media Dept
Qatar National Project Management Part of an intelligent i-government culture which will provide leadership with modern tools
Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves An ambitious programs of public awareness and environmental database
Supreme Education Council Information, curriculum, listing of state and public schools....
Supreme Council For Family Affairs Attend to family welfare and foster ties among its members
Supreme Education Council Development and implementation of the education reform effort....

Embassy of Qatar in Italy Rome
Embassy of Qatar in USA Washington DC. A profile of Qatar and its political system, its royal family, and visa regulations

Corporations, Organizations, Public Hospitals and Industrial Entities

Hamad Medical Corporation Departments, education & Training, health Information, journals, tenders, employment....
Internet Qatar The internet service provider
Q-Post History, branches, services, philatelic....
Qatar Chemical Company Q-Chem - An integrated petrochemical plant
Qatar Electricity & Water Company QEWC - Power generation and desalination
Qatar Fertilizer Company QAFCO
Qatar Gas Qatar Liquefied Gas Company
Qatar Lubricants Company QALCO - Makers of Qatar’s own lubricants
Qatar National Cement Co ( S.A.Q) A major producer of Ordinary Portland Cement, Sulphate Resistant Cement, Hydrated Lime and Calcined lime
Qatar National Hotels Co. QNHC - To establish, own, and manage hotels and tourist related projects
Qatar Navigation Qatar's main shipping operator
Qatar Petroleum QP- Formerly Qatar General Petroleum Corporation(QGPC)
Qatar Petroleum Company QAPCO
Qatar Shipping Company Owners/operators of LNG tankers
Qatar Steel Company (QASCO) A foremost leader in the steel industry
Qatar Telcom Q-TEL
Qatar Vinyl Company QVC
Ras Gas Access to the North Field, the largest offshore non-associated natural gas field in the world

Centres, Institutions, Societies....

Computer Centre
Focus Qatar A resource pool for all including the desolate and under privileged
Geographic Information Centre GIS - Journal, events, map & data sales, training....
Pakistan Engineers Forum Qatar Professional organization for Pakistani engineers and other professionals in Qatar and elsewhere
Qatar Charity Society Undertake its activities in Asia, Africa and Europe
Qatar Cancer Society pPledges to work towards increasing public awareness about cancer and cancer prevention
Qatar Red Crescent
RAND Qatar Policy Institute Resource for objective analysis of important problems in the public and private sectors
Reach Out to Asia (ROTA) A charity initiative founded in Qatar to provide those in need with quality education
Shafallah Center Provide comprehensive services to children with disabilities....
Zakah Fund To collect and distribute Zakah and Sadaqa

Foreign Entities

Bosnia and Herzegovina Embassy Handles political, economical, cultural, sports, educational and technical issues and also provides full Consular services
French Embassy Consular section, economics & commerce, cultural centre....
Indian Embassy Consular & visa services, labour/welfare, info....
Iranian Embassy Commercial, Consulate, tourist and cultural sections. News & photos....
Italian Embassy Consular services, visas, economics & commerce, info about Qatar & Italy....
Nepalese Embassy Nepal-Qatar relation, consular services, manpower recruitment, tourism, associations....
US Embassy In the embassy, current, regional & global issues, Washington file, information & services

British Council Information on education and training
World Health Organization - WHO Provides news, information and statistics on the country's public health issues and services, professional health workers

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Travel & Tourism

Airlines, Air, Sea & Coach Charters Services
Gulf Helicopters Experienced in Offshore Operations
Qatar Airways High product and service into Europe and the Far East.
Qatar Airways Cargo Offers web-based tracking and tracing
Privilege Club Qatar Airways frequent flyer program
Qatar Duty Free Find out what your Duty Allowances to each country is for various items

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Doha Airport Provides travel information, hotels near Doha Airport, attractions, getting around, dining....
Explore Qatar Provides news and information with community pages, contacts, events, expatriate resources and monthly magazine articles
Gulf Adventures The ultimate, never-to-be-forgotten, adventures....
Online Qatar Info, weather, accommodation, flights, tourism, attractions, map, photo gallery, business & economy, schools and colleges, embessies & consulates
Qatar Happening Timely, up-to-the minute entertainment, arts and culture, sports and restaurant news
Qatar Living An online community for everyone living (or interested) in Qatar
Qatar Music A guide to live music in Qatar - bands and events, places and dates
Qatar Tourism Explore Qatar, practical info, photo gallery, events....
Regency Travel & Tourism A leading Travel Agency.

Lonely Planet Travel information, maps, photos, background historical and cultural information
Middle East Travel Accommodation, history, after hours, travel info, addresses, cities & sights, business....

Movie Playing in Qatar Cinemas Info, Showtimes, Trailer

Hotels, Resorts, Inns, Hostels....

Al Liwan Suites 83 suites with pure Qatari courtesy & hospitality, resturant and pool side cafe
Four Seasons Hotel Doha With an exclusive beach and marina, gazes over the Arabian Gulf in the the West Bay business and residential complex
Marriott Hotel A state of the art fitness center to mix business with pleasure
Merweb Hotel Set to exceed what is expected from a small-sized hotel
Movenpick Hotel Doha - Superbly located in the heart of the city, on the spectacular Corniche Road
New Capital Hotel 4 star hotel. Situated in the center of Doha
Qatar Palace Hotel Situated in the heart of the capital DOHA and Commercial Centre
Ramada Encore Located in the heart of the city....
Regency Hotel Central location with a classical atmosphere
The Ritz-Carlton Luxury Hotels Doha
The Ritz-Carlton Luxury Hotels Sharq Village & Spa
Rydges Plaza Only ten minutes from the center....
Sheraton Doha Hotel and Resort A beautiful and luxurious resort complete with magnificent landscaped lawns and gardens

Hotels of Qatar Best rates and availability for hotels and car rental services
Qatar Hotels Choose your hotel using criteria such as name of the hotel, number of stars and location
Qatar Links Hotel Stars Qatar's only independent accommodations rating website

Resturants, Fast Food
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McDonald's Qatar Fast food restaurant provides a drive-thru service, a play place area and a private party room

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Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel information, country advise, latest travel updates....
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Safety and Security, Local Laws, Entry and Exit Requirements, Health Issues
US Consular Information Visa, health, crime/drug penalties....
Wikitravel Up-to-date and reliable world-wide travel guide


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Tide Calendar Tide times, sunset, sunrise and global position
Weather Underground Temperature, humidity, pressure
Yahoo Weather By city. Forecast, sunrise, sunset, humidity, wind, dew point....

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Planet Qatar Announcing, finding, buying, renting or selling of anything....
Qatar Chatter Details on places to stay, places to eat and how to do pretty much everything
QatarCom Qatar business directory (by category or alphabetically)
Qatar.Net Portal Gateway To Qatar
Yellow Pages Qatar The Official Business to Business and Yellow Page Search in Qatar

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