#2: Qatar, back to the future

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Everything you didn't know you needed to know on the Qatar Classic 2017

QATAR, BACK TO THE FUTURE....

A BIT OF HISTORY...

How old is Qatar then you may ask...

- Archeological discoveries, inscriptions and a collection of exquisite pottery which were found in scattered areas in the country have proven that the land of Qatar was populated as early as 4000 BC.

-In the 5th century BC the Greek historian Herodotus referred to the seafaring Canaanites as the original inhabitants of Qatar.

Further, the geographer Ptolemy showed in his map of the Arab World "Qatara" as believed to refer to the Qatari town of "Zubara", which has acquired the fame of being one of the most important trading ports in the Gulf region at the time.

-During the 16th century AD, the Qataris aligned with the Turks to drive out the Portuguese. Subsequently, Qatar alongside with the whole regions of the Arabian Peninsula came under the Ottoman Empire rule for about four successive centuries.
 

SPOT THE SHERATON...


From this ......
 .........to that
  
 


it's the same view, twenty years later. Top one, one building, it's the Sheraton Hotel.
Cut to 2011, and have a look at the Skyline....

LAST CENTURY...

-In the aftermath of the 1914-18 First World War, the Turkish rule in Qatar came to an end and Qatar signed a protection treaty with Britain in 1916. However, the British influence in the country was limited to supervision of some administrative matters.

The reach of the British Empire diminished after the Second World War, especially following Indian independence in 1947. Pressure for a British withdrawal from the Arab emirates in the Gulf increased during the 1950s, and the British welcomed Kuwait's declaration of Independence in 1961.

When Britain officially announced in 1968 that it would disengage politically, though not economically, from
the Gulf in three years' time, Qatar joined Bahrain and seven other Trucial States in a federation.

Regional disputes however, quickly compelled Qatar to resign and declare independence from the coalition that would evolve into the seven-emirate United Arab Emirates.

On September 3, 1971, Qatar became an independent sovereign state.



OIL...

The country has oil estimated at 15 billion barrels (2.4 km³)



... while gas reserves in the giant north field (South Pars for Iran) which straddles the border with Iran and are almost as large as the peninsula itself are estimated to be between 800–900tcf (Trillion Cubic Feet - 1tcf is equal to around 80 million barrels of oil equivalent).
ECONOMY...

Qatar's national income primarily derives from oil and natural gas exports. Qataris' wealth and standard of living compare well with those of Western European states; Qatar has one of the highest GDP per capita in the Arab World.

With no income tax, Qatar is also one of the two least-taxed sovereign states in the world (the other is Bahrain).

While oil and gas will probably remain the backbone of Qatar's economy for some time to come, the country seeks to stimulate the private sector and develop a "knowledge economy".

In 2004, it established the Qatar Science & Technology Park to attract and serve technology-based companies and entrepreneurs, from overseas and within Qatar.

For the 15th Asian Games in Doha, it established Sports City, consisting of Khalifa stadium (where one of the semis of the World Cup should be played), the Aspire Sports Academy, aquatic centres, exhibition centres and many other sports related buildings and centres.

Photo Credit : catnaps , scaruffi, flickr

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#2: Qatar, back to the future

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