The State of Qatar is a sovereign and independent state in the Middle East, occupying a peninsula that juts into the Persian Gulf. Since the 20th century, Qatar has emerged as one of the world’s most important producers of oil and gas. While there is increasing investment in non-energy sectors, oil and gas still account for more than half of the Gross Domestic Product. Due to oil and gas, the country now has one of the highest incomes per capita in the world.

Qatar is an Islamic State whose laws and customs following the Islamic tradition. His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was named emir of Qatar after his 61-year-old father, His Highness Sheikh Hamad, announced his abdication as leader of the gas-rich Gulf state in June 2013. His Highness Sheikh Hamad’s abdication broke the mould of Gulf politics, where rulers traditionally remain on the throne until they die.

There are approximately 2 million people living in Qatar. More than half of the population lives in the capital city of Doha. Three-quarters of the Qatari population are Muslim, while the remaining population practices a variety of other religions. The official language is Arabic, though English is commonly spoken and is the main working language.

About Qatar

Population: 2 Million (2012)
Area: 11,437 sq km (4,416 sq miles)
Capital: Doha
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 76 years (men), 78 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Riyal = 100 dirhams
Main exports: Oil, gas
Internet domain: .qa
International dialling code: +974

Healthcare in Qatar

According to the recent World Health Statistics reports by World Health Organization, there has been a massive increase in public spending on healthcare in Qatar in the last years, and the country is currently at the top of the per capita health expenditure list among the Gulf Cooperation Council. See link below.

World Health Organization

Qatar is a country buzzing with energy, rich in tradition and bursting with development. It has turned itself into a modern state for its nationals, a thriving economy for expatriates and an exciting tourist destination.

Quality of life in Doha is good. Most people who move to Qatar, find that the slower pace of life makes for much better quality of life. They’re able to spend more time with their families and explore new opportunities that might not otherwise have presented themselves.

The historical Qatari lifestyle is still evident in Doha’s museums, traditional souks, parks and deserts, but the city has imbibed much from the rest of the world in terms of the variety of food, sports and leisure, and entertainment options that are available.

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