Tuesday, 21 September 2021 11:18 GMT

Interesting facts about Qatar

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Qatar is a small but rich Middle Eastern country. Quite typical, isn't it? A modest but rich Arab state that owes its prosperity to vast deposits of oil and natural gas.

  • Qatar is the richest country in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund, Qatar has been the leader in per capita GDP for many years. The country has the world's third-largest reserves of oil and natural gas, the production of which is the basis of Qatar's prosperity. There are no other valuable minerals, and almost the entire territory of only 11.5 thousand square kilometers is a hot and dry desert, where in summer the temperature sometimes rises to +50 ° C.
  • Qatar shares a land border with only one country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, but in recent years, due to the tense relations between these countries, the Saudi authorities have been developing a canal project between the Arabian Peninsula and the Qatar Peninsula. If the project is implemented, Qatar will become an island power. By sea, Qatar is bordered by Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. The population of Qatar is nearly 3 million people, 99% of whom are urban dwellers, and 90% of the population lives in the capital, Doha, and its suburbs. Only 20% of Qatar's population are Qatari nationals. The other 60% come from other countries, Pakistan, India, Iran, etc. By the way, there are almost three times as many men as women in Qatar.
  • Because of the very dry climate, Qatar has serious problems with freshwater. Due to its scarcity, it even had to build a desalination plant to obtain fresh water from seawater. There are no rivers and lakes in Qatar or in neighboring Saudi Arabia. By the way, gasoline in Qatar is cheaper than drinking water.
  • Because of the hot climate and desert soil, it is very difficult to grow plants and raise livestock, so the authorities decided not to invest in agriculture. No food is produced in this country, and everything consumed here is imported from other countries.
  • During its history, Qatar has been under the control of Britain, Portugal, the Ottoman Empire and Bahrain. Well, now it is an independent state - an absolute monarchy, ruled by an Emir. There are no political parties in the country.
  • Qatar's official language is Arabic, but only 40 percent of the population is Arab. Virtually the entire population of Qatar speaks at least two languages: Arabic and English.
  • Qatar is the most athletic Arab country. Sports are actively practiced here and sports facilities are being built. Earlier, Doha hosted the final tournament of the women's tennis championship. However, Qatar's favorite game is soccer. Qatar is preparing to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
  • The headquarters of the famous international television company Al-Jazeera is located in the Qatari capital, Doha. "Al Jazeera translates as "island" and is short for Al Jazeera Al Arabiya, the Arabian Peninsula on which Qatar is located. The Al-Jazeera network includes several TV channels broadcasting in English, Arabic and Serbian, as well as a website.   In 2012, Al-Jazeera was recognized as the best news channel of the year.
  • Qatar is one of the top 20 safest countries in the world. It is the only Arab country on the list and one of only two Asian countries (the other is Singapore).
  • The country's national airline, Qatar Airways, has been named the world's best airline for 2019. In 2020, it won the award for the world's best business class and best food on board.

Documents required for Qatar visa application

To apply for a tourist visa to Qatar you must provide:

  • Passport valid more than 6 months from the date of contacting the consulate.
  • 3 photographs matching Qatar visa picture requirements;
  • 3 copies of application form. The data should be written in English or Arabic letters, and each form must be signed by the applicant.
  • A certificate confirming hotel reservation, invitation of sponsors, or persons living in Qatar.

When contacting the consulate, employees may require confirmation of the material capabilities of the tourist. The traveler can provide cash, credit card, or bank statement.


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