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    Qatar is a sovereign and independent state located in West Asia, with its seat of government and main commercial and financial institutions situated in the capital city of Doha. Qatar is an Islamic State and one of the world’s most important producers of oil and gas.
    Qatar places an importance in the development of education, culture and tourism, health care, mining, transportation and agriculture. With its cultural, tourist and economic attractions, Qatar is now a tourism and business destination, a factor which contributes to the country’s economic growth. (For more information visit this site: Qataris and residents enjoy free health care in public hospitals which are managed by the Hamad Medical Corporation. Although petrol and natural gas are the foundations of the Qatari economy, mining (iron ore and aluminum) also contributes to the industries for steel, cement, and handicrafts. Qatar has an extensive road network and a railway system - the Doha Metro and Lusail Tram – which allow for easy travel within the country. In the agriculture scene, Qatar has seen growth in farming, producing animal products and raising livestock, which includes camels.
    The weather is hot from April to October with cooler temperatures from December to February. The daily average temperature in Doha ranges from 18.5 degrees Celsius (65 °F) in January to 37 °C (99 °F) in July.
    Sports is an integral part of the development of Qatar. Every year, the country celebrates National Sport Day on the second Tuesday of February. Qatar has hosted many international sporting events, developed its own talent, and has invested in modern training facilities and infrastructures. Football is the most popular sport in the country. Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 - the first in West Asia and the second time the showpiece will be organised in Asia.
    Recent developments in Qatar are in line with the Qatar National Vision for 2030 which was launched in July 2008. Their vision aims to make Qatar a fully developed country by 2030 by providing a high standard of living for all its people for generations to come based on sustainable developments. The four main pillars of the vision are environmental, economic, social and human developments.
    Arabic is the official language but English is widely spoken as a second language.
    The Qatari Riyal (QAR) is the currency of Qatar.
    Various modes of transport are available in Doha. You can easily travel within the country and to or from the Hamad International Airport (HIA). Bus Services The bus network is a convenient way to travel as it connects from the HIA to various destinations across and within Doha. The bus fare can only be paid with a Karwa Smartcard which is available at HIA help desks. Taxis There are different companies that provide taxi services to and from HIA or to move around Doha. Karwa taxis are widely available and are operated by Mowasalat, the national transport company. The taxi pavilion at the HIA is located to the left of the arrival hall. All taxis are metered and the minimum flag-down fare at the airport starts from QAR 25 (US$7). Cash payments are accepted in Qatari Riyal only. Transfer time to the city centre from HIA is 30 minutes on average. Car rental / Driving There are many local and international car hire firms operating in Qatar and several of them have branches at HIA. Doha Metro The Doha Metro connects communities within Doha and its suburbs. It is a rapid transit system which started operations on 8 May 2019. Doha Metro has three lines: Red, Green and Gold, with 37 stations across 76 km that converge at the centrally located Msheireb Station, close to Doha's main cultural attractions. Most stations provide free feeder buses.
    The Hamad International Airport, which opened on 27 May 2014, is Qatar’s gateway to the world. For more info, visit its website at:
    For important phone numbers you may need during your visit to Qatar, please visit this webpage: References: Qatar Government Communications Office ( Qatar Public Works Authority ( Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( Hamad International Airport (

Qatar is a country located in Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula Its sole land border is with neighbouring Gulf Cooperation Council Monarchy Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. The Gulf of Bahrain, an inlet of the Persian Gulf, separates Qatar from nearby Bahrain.

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