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State of Qatar is an independent sovereign state located in the middle of the west coast of Arabian Gulf. It has maritime and land borders with Saudi Arabia and it has also maritime boundaries with Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Iran.
The State of Qatar which has a dry desert climate is stretched as a peninsula on the length of 200 km and width of 100 km. The total land area of the state is 11,850 square kilometers including a number of islands and coral reefs.
The modern history of Qatar was began in the early eighteenth century AD when the ruling family "Al Thani" reached to the southern part of Qatar. The "Al Thani" family's root is connected with Almaadied tribe (Branch of Bani Tamim) in the Ushaiqir of Al Washm district in Najd. In the middle of eighteenth century the family moved to the northern part of Qatar, which includes Zubara and Ruwais and Fuert.
In 1878, H.E. Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammad Al Thani succeeded his father H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Thani.
In 1913, H.E. Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani assumed the power and the oil was discovered in the country for the first time during his rule.
H.E. Sheikh Hamad Bin Abdullah Al Thani assumed the power in 1940 and ruled the country until 1948.
In 1949, H.E. Sheikh Ali Bin Abdullah Al Thani became the ruler of the country until 1960 and was succeeded by H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Ali Al Thani who ruled the country until 1972.
H.E. Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al THani assumed the power in 1972 and Qatar gained independence on 3rd September 1971.
In 1995, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani came to power in the country with the allegiance and support of the ruling family and the people of Qatar.
Economic and social development:
After His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani assumed the power of the country on 27th June 1995, the country witnessed a turning point in the march of national work and a necessary step on the level of political and economic reconstruction towards a comprehensive development.
The features and aims of this modern stage in the history of Qatar are assimilated in widening the public participation in the process of national decision making, affirming the role of nation's people in the management of national affairs through "Majlis Al Shoura", rooting the principles of freedom and acknowledging the right of election instead of direct appointment in a number of establishments and institutions in addition to acknowledgement of rights of election and nomination in the municipal council for Qatari women for the first time.
The system of censorship on local dailies was lifted up on the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, The redeemed Emir of Qatar. The Qatar TV started its broadcast and Al Jazeera independent channel was started its operation latter on while the country's local press has flourished in a climate of freedom, democracy and incentives for growth and proliferation.
The features of new phase was also conveyed in concern with the interest of youth sector through the development of educational methods and curricula to suit the needs of the community and meet the country's need for educationally and professionally qualified cadres and after that providing job opportunities for Qatari graduates along with adopting the scientific curriculum planning for the development of the country's economy and investment of resources and the exploitation of resources by identifying and developing strategies and putting Long-term plans and encourage the private sector and make maximum use of national and foreign experience and to create the right economic climate to attract investments.
Qatar is a peninsula located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. Its territory comprises a number of islands including Halul, Sheraouh, Al-Ashat and others.
The terrain is flat and rocky with some low-rising limestone outcrops in Dukhan area in the west and Jabal Fiwairit in the north. It is characterized by a variety of geographical phenomena including many coves, inlets, depressions and surface rainwater-draining basins known as riyadh (the gardens), which are found mainly in the north and central part of the peninsula. These areas have the most fertile soil and are rich in vegetation.
The total land area of Qatar is approximately 11,521 square kilometers.
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