Population

May 4, 2009

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Almost all Qataris profess Islam, specifically Sunni Islam. Besides ethnic Arabs, much of the population migrated from various nations to work in the country’s oil industry. Arabic serves as the official language. However, English as well as many other languages like Hindi, Pashto, Malayalam, Punjabi, Urdu, Sindhi, Balochi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Tagalog, and Persian are widely spoken in Qatar.

Expatriates form the majority of Qatar’s residents. The petrochemical industry has attracted people from all around the world. Most of the expatriates come from South Asia and from non-oil-rich Arab states. Because a large percentage of the expatriates are male, Qatar has a heavily skewed sex ratio, with 3.46 males per female.

In July 2007, the country had a growing population of approximately 907,229 people,of whom approximately 350,000 were believed to be citizens. Qatari citizens follow the dominant Hanbali branch of Islam practiced in neighboring Saudi Arabia, therefore it is considered the culturally closest Persian Gulf state to Saudi Arabia.

The majority of the estimated 800,000 non-citizens are individuals from South and South East Asian and Arab countries working on temporary employment contracts in most cases without their accompanying family members. Most foreign workers and their families live near the major employment centers of Doha, Al Khor, Messaeed, and Dukhan.

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Qatari law

February 9, 2009

When contrasted with other Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, for instance, Qatar has comparatively liberal laws, but is still not as liberal as some other Persian Gulf countries like UAE or Bahrain. Qatar is a civil law jurisdiction. However, Shari’a or Islamic law is applied to aspects of family law, inheritance and certain criminal acts. Women can legally drive in Qatar and there is a strong emphasis in equality and human rights brought by the HRA.

Politics

December 10, 2008

Qatar to duchy (emirate). According to the 1971 interim constitution the head of state is the emir (of a reigning dynasty, A-Sani). Executive power is exercised by the emir appointed government of Prime Minister. 35-Passenger Advisory Council is a consultative body of government. There is no parliament or political parties.

Buy

October 12, 2008

The Iranian bazaar (Iranian bazaar) in the old part Dohas worthwhile mainly because of the spices and specialties that exist in much better quality than today anywhere in the usual supermarkets there.
The bazaar possible only after 18.00 clock visit, because otherwise the heat is really not to endure. Some shops but have air conditioning. The air conditioners heat but the narrow aisles at a bazaar.

Geography

August 24, 2008

The Qatari peninsula just 100 miles (161 km) north into the Persian Gulf from Saudi Arabia and is slightly smaller than Connecticut. Much of the country consists of a low, barren plain, covered with sand. To the southeast lies the spectacular Khor al Adaid (“Inland Sea”), an area of rolling sand dunes surrounding an inlet of the Gulf. There are mild winters and very hot, humid summers.

The highest point in Qatar is Qurayn Abu al Bawl at 103 metres (340 ft) in the Jebel Dukhan to the west, a range of low limestone outcrops running north-south from Zikrit through Umm Bab to the southern border. The Jebel Dukhan area also contains Qatar’s main onshore oil deposits, while the natural gas fields lie offshore, to the northwest of the peninsula.

Etymology

June 21, 2008

The name “Qatar” may derive from the same Arabic root as qatura, which means “to exude.” The word Qatura traces to the Arabic qatran meaning “tar” or “resin”, which relates to the country’s rich resources in petroleum and natural gas.

Other sources say the name may derive from “Qatara”, believed to refer to the Qatari town of Zubara, an important trading port and town in the region in ancient times. The word “Qatara” first appeared on Ptolemy’s map of the Arabian Peninsula.

In Standard Arabic, the name is pronounced IPA: [ˈqɑtˁɑr], while the local dialect pronounces it giṭar In English-language broadcast media within Qatar, for example television commercials for Qatar Airways and advertisements concerning economic development in Qatar, the name is pronounced “KA-tar”, with a distinct differentiation between the syllables from the forming of the ‘t’ sound.

When to Go

May 16, 2008

Because the heat is so fierce in the summer and sandstorms are so common in spring and winter, the best time to visit is November or late February to early March. During these times the weather is much milder, with pleasant, even chilly evenings and the odd rainy day. For the sports-minded, key international fixtures will make a trip to Qatar worth the effort whatever season, and, in Doha at least, there are plenty of air-conditioned facilities to make even the worst summer tolerable. It’s also worth remembering that summer brings to the desert its own consolations, like mirages and halos of heat above the sand.

Doha

May 6, 2008

Doha (Arabic: الدوحة‎, transliteration: Ad-Dawḥah or Ad-Dōḥah) is the capital city of Qatar. With a population of 400,051 according to the 2005 census,[citation needed] it is located in the Ad Dawhah municipality on the Persian Gulf (25.3° N 51.5333° E). Doha is Qatar’s largest city, with over 80% of the nation’s population residing in Doha or its surrounding suburbs, and is also the economic center of the country. Doha is home to the Education City, an area devoted to research and education. Doha was the site of the first ministerial-level meeting of the Doha Development Round of World Trade Organization negotiations. The city of Doha also held the 2006 Asian Games.

Qatar

May 6, 2008

Qatar officially the State of Qatar (Arabic: دولة القطر transliterated as Dawlat Al-Qatar), is an Arab emirate in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the larger Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south; otherwise the Persian Gulf surrounds the state.