Swearing by God who erected the sky Swearing by God who spread the light Qatar will always be free Sublimed by the souls of the sinceres Procede thou on the manners of the ascendants And advance on Prophet's guidance In my heart, Qatar is an epic of glory and dignity Qatar is land of the early men Who protect us at time of distress, Doves they can be at times of peace, Warriors they are at times of sacrifice
Located in the Middle East
Official religion is Islam
Time GMT +3
Total: 11,437 sq km
Natural resource petroleum, natural gas, fish
Population 928,635 (July 2008 est.)
Capital City Doha
Currency is Qatar Riyal (QAR)
Football is a very important sport in Qatar
Short History Of Qatar
It has been proven that the first inhabitants of Qatar lived in 4000bc. This has been proven from Ancient rock carvings that were found during European expeditions. Also Qatar is located on old historical maps. The historical texts were said to have come from the first inhabitants, the Canaanites.
Qatar was a very small and poor country before the 16th century, but its growth was really started by a man named Sheikh Qasim Bin Muhammad Al-Thani, he's the man that united Qatar and fought for it. The man was very brave and daring and had the ability to take down any problems he faced, in or out of the country. The Sheikh was informed about his country at all times and never hesitated to defend Qatar, but never tried to cause conflict. When the Ottomans tried to invade Qatar he tried to make peace, but when the foolish Ottomans still didn't accept he defended his country and defeated the Ottomans.
The Qatari Tribes entered Qatar in The beginning of 18th century, and progressed throughout Qatar later on in the 18th century. The Tribes of Qatar were unified in 1849 starting with Doha. When the Ottomans were defeated in the battle of Al-Wajba, the independence of Qatar grew a substantial amount; many of the Qatari tribes recognized the amazing leadership of Sheikh Qasim because of this victory. Qatar stayed part of the Ottoman Empire until it signed a treaty with Britain. Although this happened Qatar was still going to be ruled by the Al-Thani family.
Qatar gained it's independence in 1971, when this happened Qatar became a member of the Arab League and the United Nations. Since then Qatar has discovered Natural Gas and has made a lot of money from this natural resource. Qatar has more gas lines then roads; this is because Qatar needs to export its rich substances to different countries. Its natural gas is Qatar's main energy source and money source. Qatar is now worldwide known and is the worlds 3rd richest country per capita. The leader right now of Qatar is Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who is continuing the road to make Qatar a wonderful place for people…
Economy and population in Qatar
In the past few decades the economy of Qatar has been rising very quickly . Since the oil has been found Qatar has been flourishing. The population of Qatar has also been rising very quickly. The oil in Qatar is the major source of income and provides Qatar with lots of what it has right now. The famous Al Jazeera channel was made by the Qatari government, and is now the most popular news channel in all of Qatar . One large project that Qatar is dealing with now is the building and developing of the new town, Lusail. Pearl diving used to be the main source of income .
Tourism is a growing source of income in Qatar. Lots of visitors come to Qatar and lots of hotels have been built. All the hotels in Qatar can suit up to 8000 people. There are lots of tourist companies that offer trips to the desert and such.
law closely restricts the activities of Qatari women, who are largely limited to roles within the home. Women are not allowed to obtain a driver's license without the permission of her husband.
However, growing numbers of woman are receiving government scholarships to study abroad, and some women work in education, medicine, and the media
Qatar has the lowest violence rate in the world.
Political aspects of Qatar
Qatar is now ruled by H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, who was put to power in 1995.
Qatar gained its independence when the British withdrew back in September 3 rd 1971.
H.H. Sheikh Hamad is a very popular emir to his people because of his loyalty and kindness to Qatar.
One time when he came back from America after a kidney transplant he received a very warm welcome from his people.
He began his education in Qatar then continued his college years in Sandhurst Military Academy in England.
He has done a very good job in developing Qatar
He is one of the many reasons of why Qatar is now one of the most developed countries in the Middle East.
One of the reasons why Qatar has the highest income per capita is thanks to the Emir.
He is sometimes known as the Emir of generosity. One day after hurricane Katrina he donate $100million.
Education in Qatar
Education is very important in Qatar, and Sheikha Moza has done her best to improve the education even more.
One of the biggest education centres in the world is in Qatar, it is called Education City and is still being expanded.
There are also some other famour colleges and universities in Qatar, such as Cambrige University, Texas A&M University, College of the North Atlantic and more.
Qatar Academy is in the top 10 best schools in the middle east. Qatar Academy hires only the best of teachers from all over the world.
Qatar is building a major building for medical usage. This building is called Sidra. It is going to be really big and will provide state of the art facilities.
Qatar is the only GCC country to allow women to vote. Alcohol is available in Qatar, yet you need a license for this first. 30% of people in Qatar are Qatari's, which shows that there are many expatriates. Qatar also has the largest Money per Capita. Sheikh Hamad is really focused on getting the people in Qatar to be Athletic, and he has organized the building of Aspire. Aspire is a world wide recognized sports facility. He also builds big football stadiums and has now brought in a group of professionals from all over Europe. These 14 people are supposed to try and enable one Qatari team to enter the champions league. This would be a big step for Qatar since Qatari's really like football and would bring Qatar more on the map. The Qatari laws are based on Islamic Laws. The dress code in Qatar is also changing and Westernizing more, as now women can really wear what they want. Lots of new shopping malls and entertainment facilities in order to attract more tourists and convince them to come back. Qatar is being turned into a luxury destination with lots of famous hotels such as the Ritz Carlton, the Four Seasons and the famous pyramid shaped Sheraton.
Asian Games, Olympics
The Asian games were held in Qatar in 2006 and were a big success. Qatar is now a candidate for the run in holding the Olympics. This would be a very big and important step for the tourism industry in Qatar. Lots of people came to the Asian games, and lots of hotels were built for this. Roads were also re-built and the infrastructure was updated. The Asian games went really smooth, and so hopefully the Olympics will be a big success just like the Asian games.
Over the past few years Qatar has really changed a lot. As you can see Qatar has really changed a lot during the past few years and Qatar is a very new country.
The Pearl is a big housing complex opening in Qatar. Many celebrities have already bought a house here (For example David Beckham) The Pearl will be very famous and a very luxurious complex, like The Palm, located in Dubai
There are lots of people in Qatar, and these are of many different Religions. There are Buddhists, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and others. However the most popular religion is Islam. Most people in Qatar are Sunni Muslims, however there are some Shia’a.
Pictures The Emir. The Qatar Foundation Logo The Skyline of Qatar Money in Qatar The Qatari National football team
Pictures 2 Al Jazeera Logo Logo of the QFA (Qatar football association) The Sheraton Hotel. It used to be the tallest building in Qatar (2001)
Thank you for watching my presentation on Qatar. I hope you enjoyed it and learnt some new things. If you havent already been in Qatar, it is a really tourist friendly and nice place to visit. Dale Kettern 8D