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Qatar: Tiny Arab Emirate and Oil Rich Country
Qatar was ruled by Bahraini sheikhs till 1871 when they were overthrown by the Qatari people and later on the British installed the al-Thani family in charge of Qatar’s affairs who have continued to lord over Qatar till today. Qatar was previously an impoverished Arab state and a pearl fishing village but the discovery of large reserves of oil in the 1940’s changed its fortunes and today the country is one of the leading oil producers and has 15% of the global proved gas reserves. This oil wealth has bestowed a highly affluent lifestyle upon the Qatari people. Emir Hamid bin Khalifa also introduced certain liberal reforms like press freedom, voting rights for women and framing a new constitution in 2005 that ushered in democratic parliamentary government in Qatar. The country has a liberal press and the Al-Jazeera channel is one of the leading media houses in all of Arab world.
Qatar Facts and Figures
Qatari people have to experience a long and intensely hot summer that lasts from May to September with temperatures exceeding 55°C while winters are mild with temperatures touching 17°C. Water is scarce and rainfall is minimal although sudden cloud bursts may take place sometimes.
Qatar Culture and Tradition:
Qatari culture bears a close resemblance to other cultures in the region. Qatar’s governance is explicitly based on Sunni law with the majority of its population followers of Hanbali Madhhab, one of the four Sunni schools prevalent in Qatar. Shia’s comprise 10% of the population, but owing to large-scale immigration comprising of foreign professionals and labourers, foreigners have outnumbered the local Qatari population.
Prior to the discovery of its vast oil reserves in the 1940’s Qatar was a largely agrarian country dependent on fishing and pearling. Today Qatari people enjoy one of the highest per capita incomes in the world fuelled by its vast energy resources. Nearly 85% of Qatar’s exports are oil based and the country has recently taken steps to widen its economic based and set up a Qatar Science and Technology Park and Qatar Financial Centre in Doha apart from other measures.
Qatar Tourist Attractions:
Like all Arab countries Qatar offers its own brand of fun that consists of sun and sand. You can go four wheeling i.e. drive on the golden sandy deserts or prefer camel rides in the majestic deserts. Local shops called ‘souks’ are a great place to shop till you drop. The Doha City Center Mall offers great shopping experience and is one of the biggest malls in the Middle East.
Other Qatari Places to See include:
Sydney, Dec. 6 (ANI): Owning an iPhone in India is equivalent to 22.3 percent against the country's GDP, a new study has revealed.
Sydney, Dec. 6 (ANI): Owning an iPhone in India is equivalent to 22.3 percent against the country's GDP, a new study has revealed.
London, Dec. 6 (ANI): FIFA will take a decision over whether to switch the dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar in December 2014.
Nusa Dua (Indonesia), Dec 4 (IANS) Sticking to its position that food security was non-negotiable as it impacted four billion people worldwide and millions of farmers, India Wednesday rejected the subsidy proposal in its present form at the global trade talks here.
Nusa Dua (Indonesia), Dec 3 (IANS) Trade ministers from around the world Tuesday opened talks to finalise a package of agreements covering agriculture, development and trade facilitation in a bid to pave the way for future completion of the Doha Round.
Washington, Dec 3 (IANS) Days after naming Congress party president Sonia Gandhi among the world's richest leaders, an American news site has removed her from the list, saying it had been unable to verify the story.
Washington, Dec 3 (IANS) Huffington Post has removed UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi from its list of world's richest leaders.
London, Dec 2 (ANI): The gruesome conditions faced by thousands of migrant workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar have not improved despite growing opposition, according to the International Trade Union Confederation.
Tehran, Dec 1 (IANS) Iran plans to attract $70 billion for investments in its oil and gas industry, the country's media reported Sunday.
Washington, Dec 1 (ANI): French footballer Zahir Belounis has said that Qatar deserves to host the 2022 World Cup despite being stuck in the country for two years over a pay dispute.
Manama, Nov 29 (IANS) Gulf countries have agreed to set up a unified regional security force aimed at deterring crime and threats to their states.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) India have been awarded an Asian champions league play-off slot after a gap of two years.
Vienna, Nov 26 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $106.07 a barrel Monday, compared with $106.73 last Friday, according to the OPEC Secretariat.
London, Nov 23 (ANI): Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has added his voice to the growing concern about conditions for migrant workers in the venues of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar and has urged FIFA to put enough pressure on the Qatari government to address the kafala system.
Johannesburg, Nov 23 (ANI): FIFA chief Sepp Blatter has slammed criticism over work conditions on 2022 FIFA World Cup venues in Qatar and accused European companies, saying that France and Germany had pushed the bid for 'economic interests'.
Vienna, Nov 22 (IANS) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.40 a barrel Thursday, compared with $104.58 the previous day, according to the OPEC Secretariat.
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): FIFA president Sepp Blatter has slammed the working conditions for migrant workers in Qatar as 'unacceptable' following an Amnesty International report, which claimed that migrant worker abuse was rife in the country which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Vienna, Nov 21 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $104.58 a barrel Wednesday, compared with $105.02 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat.
Vienna, Nov 20 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.02 a barrel Tuesday, compared with $105.04 the previous day, according to OPEC Secretariat.
New York, Nov 20 (IANS) The football teams of Oman, Kuwait and Iran recorded victories at the 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers.
Vienna, Nov 19 (IANS/WAM) The basket of 12 crude oils of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) stood at $105.04 a barrel Monday, compared to $105.24 last Friday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations.
London, Nov 19 (ANI): The design of one of the nine new stadiums being built in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup has reportedly been likened to a vagina after the plans were unveiled.
New York, Nov. 18 (ANI): Al Jazeera America is reportedly losing audience in the United States as it drew just 13,000 viewers a day since its launch on August 20.
London, Nov 18 (ANI): Amnesty International has said in a report that Qatar's construction sector is rife with abuse, as work begins on the 2022 FIFA World Cup stadiums.
Islamabad, Nov. 16 (ANI): Afghanistan has finalized the draft of a security pact that will allow continued presence of American military in the country post-2014, diplomats said.
Washington, Nov. 13 (ANI): The United States is set to become the world's top energy producer by 2015, according to a new report.
Sydney, Nov 13 (ANI): The Qatar 2022 Soccer World Cup is set to be switched to November and December in winters, as the Premier League was close to an agreement last night for it, according to FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke.
Dhaka, Nov 12 (IANS) Less than two weeks after the seizure of about 200 gold bars, police at Bangladesh's main airport in capital Dhaka Tuesday morning again seized 320 gold bars weighing about 37 kg from a plane arriving from Doha in Qatar, an official said.
London, Nov. 12 (ANI): Egypt has been reportedly ranked the 'worst', when it comes to treating the women of the country, making it stand at an embarrassing low rank in a polling on 22 Arab states.
London, Nov 10 (ANI): FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be moved to January or February 2022 in order to avoid clashing with the Winter Olympics, which are also to be held that year.
Dubai, Nov 9 (IANS/WAM) Emirates Airline, which normally makes the headlines for buying aircraft, has decided to build one and Saturday unveiled the light sport aircraft to the world.
London, Nov 9 (ANI): After revealing that several countries had offered to co-host the 2022 World Cup with Qatar, Sepp Blatter has admitted that he is open to the possibility of staging the event in more than one Gulf nation.
New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS) India Friday sought Kuwait's support for early conclusion of a free trade agreement with the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Doha, Nov 8 (IANS) France's World No.2 Gregory Gaultier will lead the field at this week's Qatar Classic after Egypt's World No.1 Ramy Ashour withdrew from the PSA World Series event following an injury sustained at last week's World Championship in England.
Moscow, Nov 7 (IANS) The Russian foreign ministry Wednesday denied media reports that a diplomat has held talks with Afghanistan's Taliban movement over the release of a Russian held captive since April.
Washington, Nov. 6 (ANI): In a study of 34 countries, China and Germany have been reportedly rated as the best nations to be an expatriate in.
New Delhi, Nov 1 (IANS) Indian menswear designer Manish Tripathi will unveil his flagship store in Doha, Qatar in March next year and says that his couture label is for the "royal family" and other high profile people in the region, a good market for Indian wear.
Dubai, Oct 31 (IANS) Four Indian nationals in Qatar died after they entered a manhole that was connected to sanitary sewer lines.
New York, Oct. 30 (ANI): The cable news network, Al Jazeera America, has announced a major expansion plan, despite reports of low viewership initially.
Manama, Oct 30 (ANI): A five-metre bronze statue depicting the infamous head butt of French legend Zinedine Zidane during the 2006 World Cup final match has reportedly been removed from a famous landmark in the capital city of Qatar, which will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
New Delhi, Oct 29 (IANS) Passenger carrier Qatar Airways Tuesday said it will become a full-time member of the global airline alliance, oneworld, from Oct 30.
Washington, Oct 26 (IANS) The Indian Air Force (IAF) has received its Fourth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, a large, versatile military transport aircraft capable of carrying heavy, oversize loads long distances and landing on rough and unprepared surfaces. Once India receives its full complement of ten aircraft, it will be the largest C-17 operator outside the US.
London, Oct 26 (ANI): FIFA president Sepp Blatter has claimed that the world football governing body has been portrayed as the villainous 'Sheriff of Nottingham' of football, when 'hero' Robin Hood would have been a much more appropriate comparison.
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) Envoys of four nations -- South Africa, Qatar, Slovenia and Namibia -- presented their credentials to President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday.
Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) The US-India Business Council is making a strong push for India's inclusion in the US "Global Entry" programme that will promote ease of travel between the two countries and deepen their business and cultural ties.
Manama Oct. 22 (ANI): The decision to bar homosexual and transgender foreigners from working in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries has not yet been adopted, a senior Kuwaiti official has said.
Lebanon, Oct 20 (IANS) A day after being released, nine Lebanese Shia pilgrims who were kidnapped by rebels in Syria in May 2012, have returned to Beirut, BBC reported Sunday.
Kabul, Oct 19 (IANS) The Afghan Taliban has split, with the formation of an extremist faction opposed to peace talks, an Afghan newspaper reported Saturday.
Dubai, Oct 19 (IANS/CMC) Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell had to settle for a bronze medal in the men's 100 metres individual medley (IM), on the first day of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 leg.
Johannesburg, Oct 18 (ANI): Former German number one tennis player Boris Becker has said that Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal is capable of beating Roger Federer's record haul of 17 Grand Slams.
Kabul, Oct.15 (ANI): The proposed Bilateral Security Agreement to determine extent of U.S. and allied forces and their role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of NATO forces at the end of 2014 is stuck because of Washington's reluctance to commit to coming to the defence of Afghanistan in case of external aggression.
London, Oct 15 (ANI): Two German broadcasters have reportedly alleged that they were detained and imprisoned by Qatari Police while they tried to investigate the plight of migrant labourers working in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Moscow, Oct 14 (IANS/CMC) Two of the Caribbean's top swimmers won a medal-brace each on the third stop of the FINA Swimming World Cup 2013 here.
Islamabad, Oct 14 (IANS) A US special envoy Monday opened talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad to discuss the reconciliation process in Afghanistan and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Washington next week, officials said.
Kabul, Oct 13 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry Saturday extended talks with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on a key security agreement but some contentious issues remain to be finalised, media reported citing a presidential spokesperson.
Washington, Oct 12 (ANI): Former English Football Association Chairman, David Triesman, has labeled the culture inside the world's football governing body, FIFA, as ugly.
Dubai, Oct 11 (IANS) Twenty nine fishermen from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), all Indian nationals, who were jailed for illegally entering Qatari waters will be freed Oct 14 when their two-week jail term ends, The Peninsula reported.
Riyadh, Oct 10 (IANS/WAM) The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has called on the Syrian regime to arrange a cease-fire with rebels out of respect for the sanctity of the Haj.
New York, Oct. 10 (ANI): A senior Kuwaiti health official is planning to introduce a 'gay detector test' at the airport to keep LGBT expatriates out of Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC).
Doha, Oct 9 (IANS) India will be looking to exorcise the ghosts of Tehran when they renew acquaintance with Uzbekistan in their third Group A encounter of the AFC U-19 Championship (Qualifiers) at the Al Arabi Stadium here Thursday.
London, Oct 9 (ANI): The former FIFA technical inspector, who led the official inspection of the bidding nations, has said that the world football governing body has made a mistake by awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and will put the health of players and fans at risk if the tournament is not moved from the summer.
Algiers, Oct 9 (IANS) Mohamed Sobei, the Egyptian coach of the Saudi Judo team, died Tuesday in Algiers at the age of 62 following a heart-attack, Xinhua reported citing president of the Algerian Judo Federation, Messaoud Mati.
Mumbai, Oct 7 (IANS) Engineering major Larsen & Toubro (L&T) Monday said it has secured two EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) projects worth Rs.1,100 crore in the hydrocarbon sector in the UAE and Qatar.
Dubai, Oct 6 (IANS) Abu Dhabi-based businessman Yusuffali MA emerged as the most powerful Indian businessman in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries for the fourth time in a row in a '100 most powerful Indians' list announced by Arabian Business magazine.
Islamabad, Oct 6 (IANS) A pro-Taliban Pakistani political leader, Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, will visit Afghanistan on the invitation of President Hamid Karzai, a spokesperson for the leader said Saturday.
Doha, Oct 5 (IANS) India will look to get back to winning ways against Nepal in their second Group A match of the AFC U-19 Championship (Qualifiers) here at the Al Arabi Stadium Sunday after losing to hosts Qatar 0-2 in their first match.
Doha, Oct 5 (IANS) An impressive second half helped Qatar script a 2-0 win over India in their Group A encounter of the AFC U-19 Championship here at the Al Arabi Stadium.
Washington, Oct 5 (ANI): FIFA president Sepp Blatter said that no decision will be made over a possible shift in the dates of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar until the 2014 Rio World Cup.
London, Oct 5 (ANI): The English Premier League has reportedly said that it welcomes world football governing body FIFA's decision to set up a task force to look into alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
London, Oct 5 (ANI): World football governing body FIFA has reportedly agreed to set up a taskforce for discussing alternative dates for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, although a final decision will not take place before the 2014 World Cup.
London, Oct 4 (ANI): Qatar 2022 World Cup's chief executive Hassan al-Thawadi has said that workers' rights were the tournament's top priority and it would not be built on 'blood of innocents'.
London, Oct 4 (ANI): World's football governing body, FIFA is expected to announce on Friday that Qatar faces no threat to its right to host the 2022 World Cup.
London, Oct 4 (ANI): FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said that if Qatar was denied hosting rights because of the weather, the next step could be snatching rights from a nation because of arbitrary and discriminatory reasons, and he was not a party to this but moving the World Cup to winter was definitely needed.
Doha, Oct 3 (IANS) India may not wear the favourites tag in their Group ahead of the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) U-19 Championship (Qualifiers) but they can surely roll back time to draw a lot of inspiration as they gear up for hosts Qatar in their opening match at the Al Arabi Stadium here Friday.
Mies (Switzerland), Oct 3 (IANS) Brazil and Argentina have been included on the 2014 MotoGP calendar, the sport's governing body FIM announced.
Dubai, Oct. 3 (ANI): The Arab countries are reportedly working on drafting a religious defamation law, which would allow them to prosecute even the non-resident violators.
London, Oct 3 (ANI): The organisers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have reportedly agreed to stage the tournament in the winter to avoid footballers playing in country's scorching summer months.
Manama, Oct 2 (ANI): International bodies have criticised Qatar's response to the report on migrant workers death during 2022 FIFA World Cup preparations as 'extremely weak and disappointing'.
Tehran, Oct 2 (IANS) Qatar football club Al Ahli has signed Iranian midfielder Mojtaba Jabbari.
London, Oct 2 (ANI): 70 Nepalese builders working in the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have died in construction sites since the start of 2012, according to a death toll announced by Nepal government representatives in Doha.
London, Oct 1 (ANI): Qatar has reportedly promised a crackdown on private building companies allegedly exploiting migrant workers, including Nepalese and Indian, following an investigation by a reputed British newspaper that revealed the deaths of an alarming numbers of labourers in the building boom prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Damascus, Sep 29 (IANS) Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al- Moallem said Saturday that the ongoing crisis in Syria could end within weeks if countries that support the rebels in Syria halted their support.
Moscow/Damascus/Beijing, Sep 28 (IANS) Russia expressed hope Saturday that the world community will provide financial, organisational and technical help for Syria in a short period of time for the implementation of the UN resolution on that strife-torn country.
Damascus, Sep 28 (IANS) Syrian Ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, said the UN Security Council resolution on Syria's chemical weapons addressed the concerns of the Damascus government.
Bangalore, Sep 27 (IANS) Reigning National champion Rajini Krishnan from Chennai will participate in the 2013-14 Qatar Super Bike championship commencing at the Losail circuit in Qatar Oct 4.
London, Sept 26 (ANI): An international trade body has said that along with Nepal, many migrant workers from India and Sri Lanka engaged for the preparations of the 2022 FIFA World Cup have also died and many more are facing squalid labour conditions and consular problems, which has been compared as akin to slaves.
London, Sept 27 (ANI):Over a hundred migrant construction workers employed on a project in Brazil related to the preparations of the 2014 FIFA World Cup are reportedly facing 'slave-like' conditions similar to Nepalese migrant workers in Qatar.
London, Sept 17 (ANI): The organisers of the 2022 Qatar Football World Cup have expressed their distress at the findings of an investigation into the treatment of migrant workers in the country, saying that they are 'appalled' by the report.
New York, Sep 26 (IANS/WAM) A ministerial group of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and India discussed here ways to strengthen and develop cooperative relations between them in various fields, and reviewed current regional and international issues of mutual interest.
Washington, Sept. 26 (ANI): Qatar Airways has come under scrutiny after it was accused of forcing its female workers to seek permission from the company before getting married.
Peshawar, Sept 26 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has urged the government to allow Taliban to open an office for the peace dialogue in the country.
London, Sept 26 (ANI): Numerous Nepalese migrant labourers have reportedly died in Qatar recently and many more are enduring atrocities and labour abuses, raising questions about Qatar's preparations to host the 2022 Football World Cup.
Rio de Janeiro, Sep 24 (IANS) The world football players' union FIFPro has sounded a warning about the perils of intense tropical heat during next year's World Cup in Brazil.
Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 24 (IANS) M.C. David, a 57-year-old amateur magician from Kerala, has secured a US patent for an invention that generates electricity "anywhere, anytime".
Rio de Janeiro, Sep 24 (IANS) Flamengo will continue to be led by interim coach Jayme de Almeida for their Copa do Brasil clash against Botafogo Wednesday sathe club searches for a new head coach.
Doha, Sep 21 (IANS) The long-awaited commercial and entertainment complex meant for expatriate workers in Qatar's capital Doha is set to open in the first week of October.
London, Sept 20 (ANI): FIFA President Sepp Blatter has claimed that political pressure from Europe resulted in members voting for Qatar to win rights of hosting the 2022 Soccer World Cup.
London, Sept 20 (ANI): Chances of a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 progressed after European football chiefs agreed a summer event could not be played in Qatar.
Riyadh, Sept. 19, (ANI): Oil Ministers of Gulf countries will meet next week in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh to discuss the unification of oil product prices to combat regional smuggling.
Dubai, Sep 18 (IANS) A five-year-old Indian boy died in Qatar, a week after falling into a manhole, a newspaper reported Wednesday.