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Doha, Qatar

General Information

The State of Qatar is a peninsula located on the Western side of the Arabian Gulf, covering an area of 11,437,414 sq.mi. Its only border is to the south with Saudi Arabia. Doha is the capital and the economic, financial, cultural and government heart of the country. Qatar became independent on the 3rd September 1971 and the current ruler is The Emir H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani. With a population of some 1.4 million (25% national), Qatar offers a diverse and multi‑cultural mix of individuals. With one of the fastest growing economies and highest income per capita, Qatar is increasingly becoming well known worldwide. It has become one of the world's major energy suppliers with extensive gas and hydrocarbon reserves.