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Qatar – Country Facts and Information:
The state of Qatar is a constitutional monarchy with a hereditary emir position. It occupies a small peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf from the east side of the Arabian Peninsula. Its only land border is Saudi Arabia from the south, with the rest of its borders surrounded by the Persian Gulf. There is the canal of the Persian Gulf that separate Qatar from the nearby state of Bahrain. Qatar was once controlled by Bahrain and was considered a part of it, however in 1800s Great Britan and the Ottoman Empire took hold of it; Qatar became independent in 1971, and is now controlled by Sheikh Hammad ibn Khalifa al-Thani the leading Qatari family. Although it became an independent state there were still territorial disputes between Bahrain and Saudi Arabia till 2001.
The capital of Qatar is Doha. Qatar is rich in oil, natural gas, chemicals, steel, cement, and fertilizer. Most of its revenue though is generated from oil and natural gas.
As a state located in the Middle-East most of its population should be Arab Muslims, however that is not the fact. Only 20% of the population is Arabs and specifically Qatati while the rest are Arabs from other countries, Pakistanis, Indians, and Iranians.
The official language of the state is Arabic, but English is widely spread as well.
One of Qatar’s achievements is the creation of Al Jazeera, which is considered controversial news network.
Qatar – Interactive Map:
Other large cities in Qatar:
Doha is the capital of Qatar and the largest city in this state. It is the heart of commercial, cultural, and education centers. The country’s main sea port and international airport lie in Doha as well.
Al Khor is a small town coastal town originally famous for fishing, but due to its extraordinary beaches, museums, and mosques this town has become famous for much more.
Al Wakra – The commercial fishing hub of Qatar. Its old fishing ports are still used today. Al Wakra is also famous for its Islamic architecture, beaches, and harbours.
The currency of Qatar is the Qatari riyal abbreviated to QAR. It is divided in 100 dirhams and is issued by the Qatar Central Bank. The Qatar currency wasn’t always the riyal in 1966 Qatar used the Indian rupee, but when the rupee was devalued Qatar adopted the Saudi riyal. Though after some time Qatar decided on introducing their own currency.
As of now: 17 April 2012 – 1 U.S. Dollar = 3.64110369 Qatar Riyals.
Major Banks in Qatar:
Qatar National Bank
The Qatar National Bank (QNB)
P.O. Box 9005 Qatar
Quakertown, PA 18951-9005
215.538.5600 or 800.491.9070
Qatar Commercial Bank
Commercial Bank of Qatar
PO Box 3232, Doha, State of Qatar
380 Al Markhiyah Street
Telephone: +974 4449 0000
Qatar Islamic Bank
Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB)
Head Office, Doha, Qatar
Grand Hamad Street
Tel: +974 4440 9409
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