Qatar, located in the Middle East on the Arabian Peninsula, is a sovereign Arab state, and has close military ties with the United States. Surrounded by the Arabian Sea on the Arabian Peninsula, Qatar has a landscape that is mostly sand and is a low and barren plain: Its neighbor is Saudi Arabia. The following are some facts that might not be known about the State of Qatar.
5 Facts You Might Not Know
The capital of Qatar
Although a Muslim state, the consumption of alcohol is legal in Qatar. Restrictions apply, however, and though drinking for non-Muslims is allowed in hotels and nightclubs, it is illegal to drink alcohol outside of these premises for non-Muslims. Within a private residence, drinking is allowed only with a permit from the Qatar Distribution Company.
Qatar has one of the highest incomes per-capita and has the second highest, according to the World Factbook, GDP in the world, next to Liechtenstein in Europe. With the rise in oil prices within the last few years, oil and gas discoveries in Qatar have helped it attain its high economic growth. Prior to the discovery of oil, Qatar had a fishing and pearl diving economy up until the 1940's.
Seeking to become a more knowledge-based economy, Qatar has recently built the Qatar Science and Technology Park; the country hopes to attract more technology companies from all over, as well as provide a center for technology companies already in Qatar.
The World Cup in 2022 will be held in Qatar. It has been suggested that it be held during winter, to avoid injury to players and fans during the high heat of summer. Although the stadiums would be cooled, concern is for the tourists who would not want to leave their air-conditioned hotels in the highest heat of summer in Qatar.
Agreement on how to pronounce the name of the state which will host the World Cup is now being debated at present by newscasters, according to NPR.
The currency of Qatar
is the Qatari Rial(QAR)
Flag of Qatar
Qatar belongs to the Asian continent
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Airports in Qatar
and Doha International Airport
Leaders of Qatar
List of oil fields in Qatar
Map of Qatar
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Coordinates (in Latitude & Longitude) of Qatar
25 30 N, 51 15 E
Kilometers of coastline
Square kilometers of land
Square kilometers of water
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15.56 / 1000 population
4.82 / 1000 population
130 sq km
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