Country: QATARqatar

Capital: Doha

Geographic Coordinates: 25 30 N, 51 15 E

Population: 840,926 (July 2010 est.)

Main Religion: Islam

Language: Arabic

Government Type: Emirate

Head of State:  Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al-Thani

Main Industries: crude oil production and refining, ammonia, fertilizers, petrochemicals, steel reinforcing bars, cement, commercial ship repair

GDP in US Dollars (per capita): $121,700 (2009 est.)

Currency Code: Qatari riyal (QAR)

Life Expectancy:75 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)

Environment - current issues:  limited natural fresh water resources are increasing dependence on large-scale desalination facilities

Issues facing Women and Children:

  • Domestic and gender-based violence is commonplace.
  • Investment in primary health-care infrastructure has improved child survival rates, though approximately 10 per cent of children under five are underweight region-wide.
  • Injuries and accidents, particularly those involving automobile traffic, are the leading causes of childhood morbidity and mortality.
  • HIV/AIDS prevalence remains low, but there is a general lack of knowledge among the region's population about how the virus is spread.

Land  Mine Ban Signatory: Y

Local Media: Press: Al-Watan (The Homeland), Al-Rayah (The Banner), Gulf Times, Qatar Tribune; Radio and TV: Al-Jazeera, Qatar TV, Qatar Broadcasting Service (QBS)

Interesting Fact: "Our Lady of the Rosary" became the first church to be consecrated in Qatar in March 2008.

Famous for: Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Bin Jaber Al Thani, Aspire Tower, Al- Jazeera TV, Doha Fort, Corniche Bay, Palm Tree Island, powerboat racing


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