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Basic information

Latest news from Qatar

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Qatar: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Qatar

Nationmaster: Qatar
A compilation of facts and figures from many sources

Medea - Qatar
(European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation)

BBC country profile - Qatar

Maps of Qatar

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Qatari riyal (QAR)

Communications in Qatar (Wikipedia)

National flag of Qatar

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page). See also previous anthem (1954-96).

Languages of Qatar
Ethnologue Database

Who's who in Qatar

Historical and political texts relating to Qatar


Constitutional background

Text of constitution 
Draft approved by referendum on 29 April 2003.

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

al-Thani family
Biographical notes on the ruling family (Medea database)

List of government ministers (CIA)

Heads of state and prime ministers
Historical list (ZPC database) 


Qatar timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Qatar: a country study
Includes a substantial historical section


Qatari newspapers  

The TV station's website

More about al-Jazeera

Press freedom and censorship


US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Bahrain

Descriptions, room charges and telephone numbers (Qatar-Info)

Lonely Planet guide  

Qatar Airways
The national airline

Electricity and phones (Steve Kropla)
Plugs, sockets, TV system, mobile roaming, etc.

Etiquette in the Gulf States (Medea)


World Bank: Qatar 
Comprehensive economic data

Qatar and the IMF

Economic news and data (zawya.com)

Qatar's exports (Medea)

Qatar's imports (Medea)

Qatar equities market  
Latest share prices (zawya.com)

Oil, gas, and electricity
US Energy Information Administration

Oil and gas  
A survey of Qatar's resources (Qatar-Info)

Water in Qatar
Aquastat country profile


Qatar Info
A practical and informative site aimed at expatriates and visitors

US-Qatar Business Council

University of Qatar

British Council in Qatar

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ministry of Endowments & Islamic Affairs

Qatar Charity Society


In the Qatar section


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Books from Amazon

Bedouins of Qatar
Klaus Ferdinand, et al. Hardcover, 1993

A Line in the Sand
Guillermo Verdecchia, et al. Paperback, 1997

Oil and Politics in the Gulf: Rulers Merchants in Kuwait and Qatar
Jill Crystal. Paperback, 1995

The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar, 1870-1914
Frederick Fallowfield Anscombe. Paperback, 1997

Qatar (Enchantment of the World)
Byron Augustin, Rebecca A. Augustin. School& Library Binding, 1997

Arabian Time Machine: Self Portrait of an Oil State.
Helga Graham. Hardcover, 1978

Economic and Social Development in Qatar
Zuhair Ahmed Nafi. Hardcover, 1984

The Ottoman Gulf: The Creation of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar
Frederick F. Anscombe. Hardcover, 1997

P. T. Unmin. Hardcover, 1982

Qatar Country Study Guide (World Country Study Guide)
USA International Business Publications. Library Binding

With Their Bare Hands: The Story of the Oil Industry in Qatar
Nasser Othman. Hardcover, 1984


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Last revised on 01 November, 2013