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Sunday, 4 June 2017


Foreign maps of Arabia drawn before the 19th century didn’t show Qatar.

Katar (Qatar) in an 1891 Adolf Stieler map

Qatar has been ruled by the House of Thani since the early 19th century.

Before the discovery of oil, many Qataris earned their living diving for pearl oysters.

Following Ottoman rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence on September 3, 1971.

After Hurricane Katrina, the emir of Qatar donated $100 million to the stricken Louisiana region, intended to help rebuild housing, hospitals and schools.

In June 2017, Bahrain, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, citing the country's support of groups they considered to be extremist

The Qatar Bahrain Causeway was a planned causeway between the two Arab states of Qatar and Bahrain. It was announced that construction would start in early 2009, and would cost approximately US$2.3 billion to complete. As of June 2015, construction had not started, and the Qatar-Bahrain Causeway project was on hold.

Qatar is the only country that begins with a Q.

The only country with which Qatar has a land border is Saudi Arabia.

The flag of Qatar is the only national flag which has a length more than twice its height.

Qatar is a high income economy and is a developed country, backed by the world's third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves. It produces 283 barrels of crude oil and 11 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas every day.

Qatar has the highest Gross Domestic Product per capita in the world.

The official language of Qatar is Arabic, but many people also speak English, especially when they are doing business.

As of early 2017, Qatar's total population was around 2.6 million: 313,000 Qatari citizens and 2.3 million expatriates.

Doha is the capital city and most populous city of the State of Qatar. Doha has a population of 1,351,000.

Traditional dhows in front of the West Bay skyline as seen from the Doha Corniche. By StellarD 

Qatar is the country that has the highest male ratio, with 2.87 males per female.

As of June 2016, nearly 1.4 million people—60% of Qatar's population— were living in the country's filthy, cramped, and unsafe labor camps.

Qatar has competed at nine Olympic Games. Their best result was winning a silver medal in the men’s high jump at Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Football is the most popular sport in Qatar and in December 2010, the country won the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

In Qatar there is a sport called Robot Camel Racing where robots are placed on top of the camels are operated by a joystick, using the right hand to crack whips and the left to pull on the reins. By law they are the only jockeys allowed in Qatar.

Source Daily Express

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