Qatar is a small Emirate in the Middle East with Doha as a capital. It became independent on 1971 and is now ruling by the Amir His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani since 2013.

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Surrounded in the south by Saudi Arabia, the Qatar peninsula is bordered by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Bahrain in the West.

The majority of its population lives in Doha (Al-Dawhah), a mix of modern buildings, big shopping malls and the traditional old town. The city is famous for its wonderful Corniche, a 7-kilometer waterfront promenade along Doha Bay where you can enjoy the spectacular capital's skyline.

Qatar was originally quite poor with its economy based on the fishing and pearling industry. Its sudden prosperity is derived from the production and export of oil and gas after World War II. Since the 70s, qataris have enjoyed a high standard of living with privileged social services, and were among the richest in the world.

The monarchy continued to nurture strong relationships with Western countries as a major pillar of its national security. Ruled by the Al Thani Dynasty from the 19th century, the country is renowned for its cultural and religious tolerance, its generous hospitality, and have sought to enhance civil liberties.

Qatar has many natural and cultural treasures with its inland sea and its desert, its historical forts and modern buildings (the Pearl, international resorts and five star hotels), its museums and traditions to falconry and camel races, etc.

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