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GENERAL INFORMATION
Official Name
State of Qatar
Capital
Doha
Head of State
His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Heir Apparent
His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani
Head of Government
His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh HamadBin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani
Legislation
Advisory Council
Law
Based on Sharia Law with both Civil and ShariaCourts
People Nationality
Based on Sharia Law with both Civil and ShariaCourts
Law
Qatari(s)
Population
744,000 (March 2004)
Language
Arabic (official), English
Religion
Islam
Area
11,437 sq km (4,427 sq miles)
Main Cities
Doha, Mesaieed, Al-Khor, Dukhan, Ruwais, Al-Wakrah, Al-Shamal, Ras Laffan
National Flag
 The colour of the national flag is maroon, with abroad vertical white stripe at the pole side. The twocolours are separated by a nine-point serrated line
Climate
winter: 20 to 30 degrees Celsius; summer: 25 to 48degrees Celsius
 
Weekend
Fridays and Saturdays
Working Hours
Government:
7:00 to 14:00 (Fridays and Saturdaysare the weekend holidays)
Private sector:
08:00 to 12.00 and 16:00 to 20:00.Malls stay open until 21:00 or 22:00 (Fridays are theweekend holidays)
Banks:
07:30 to 13:00 (Fridays and Saturdays arethe weekend holidays)
Local Time
Greenwich Mean Time + 3 hours
Electrical Current
220-240 Volts + 6% with frequency 50 hertz
WHY Qatar?
 • Qatar enjoys political and social stability.• Qatar enjoys a high standard of living and high purchasingpower.• Qatar has one of the most vibrant economies in the region• Central location in the Gulf enables easy access to othermarkets in the region.• Foreign investments enjoy full protection• Qatar has good relations with other countries• Qatar has a well developed infrastructure• Qatar welcomes foreign investment in either on a joint venture basis or as asole investor.• Qatar is carrying out a comprehensive development plan including manyprojects which provide lucrative investment opportunities.• Exemption from income tax is granted• No quantitative restrictions are imposed on imports no export taxes.• Qatar provides cheap energy duty free imports of raw materials ,equipment and machines.• Easy recruitment of employees of different skills and nationalities• The state is actively encouraging expansion of the private sector as acontribution to the country's economic development• First class hotels, beach resorts and a variety of clubs have plenty to offerto the visitors.In short, Qatar provides some of the best investment opportunities in theworld.
GEOGRAPHY 
 The limestone peninsula, which extends from the westernside of the Arabian Gulf into its warm shallow waters, has acoastline well in excess of 700 kilometers, and total landarea of just over 11,437 square kilometers, including itsoffshore islands and reefs. Not surprisingly, the country hasmany historical ties with the sea.Many areas of the country lay below sea level, with the highest pointapproximately 120m above sea level. Salt flats or “sabkha” characterisemany of the low-laying areas, where the gypsum formations known as“desert rose” can be found just below the surface.
 
POPULATION
  The population numbers around 744,000 (March 2004) andis concentrated predominantly around the capital, Doha,which is built around a bay roughly half way along theeastern coast. The latest population center is developing north of Al Khor,in association with the new Ras Laffan Industrial City, whichhas the largest port for the export of liquefied gas in the world.Sports, especially sea sports, are well catered for and the organised tripsaround Qatar are of special interest to many people, even spending the nightin Bedouin Tent and gaining a true insight into the local culture.
CLIMATE
 Qatar enjoys sunshine just about everyday of the year. Theaverage temperatures during the summer range from 38°Cto 42°C during the day and 18°C at night, while wintertemperatures are 34°C during the day and 10°C at night.Swimming in the Arabian Gulf or in the many hotel pools,water sports, desert and city tours, shopping – a perfectlocation for visitors to soak up the sunshine. Once the sun sets, go star-gazing in the clear night sky, enjoy a moonlight stroll along the Corniche, orview the skyline from Doha Bay. This clean and pristine environment offersvisitors ideal conditions to completely unwind and enjoy their time in Qatarpoetry and song, while amazing art is created through weaving. Using toolsmade from both wood and gazelle horn, weavers work with sheep, goat, andcamel wool to create beautiful rugs, tents, and cushions.
CULTURE
  The people of Qatar are friendly and make visitors feelvery welcome. Arabic is the official language, althoughEnglish is widely used. Qatar is an Islamic state, whichguides not only the religious beliefs of Qataris but also playsa large part in daily living.Beautiful mosques are located throughout the country fordaily prayers, and Qataris are guided by the Muslim teachings and values.Primarily a Bedouin culture, Qatar’s traditions are based on poetry and song,while amazing art is created through weaving. Using tools made from bothwood and gazelle horn, weavers work with sheep, goat, and camel wool tocreate beautiful rugs, tents, and cushions.
CURRENCY 
  The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR), divided into100 Dirhams. Banknote denominations include 1, 5, 10, 50,100, and 500. Coinages included 25 and 50 dirhams. TheRiyal exchange rate is pegged to the US Dollar at QR 3.65.
 

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