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Qatar

General information
Qatar is a peninsula situated halfway along the West
Coast of the Arabian Gulf. It has a number of islands, the
most important of which are Halool, Shira'aw, Al-Ashat
and others. Its topography consists of a rocky flat
surface with some limestone outcrops in Dukhan area in
the west and Fuwairit area in the north. The surface is
full with characteristic depressions called Rawdat,
particularly in the north and central plants.

Land Area:
11, 437 square km.
Population:
1,625,723 ( till 28 February, 2009 ) According Qatar
Statistics Authority (QSA)

Capital City:
Doha city, capital of Qatar, on the east coast of the Qatar
Peninsula, in the Arabian Gulf. About three-fifths of
Qatar's population lives within the city's limits. Situated
on a shallow bay

Official Language:
Arabic is the official language in Qatar, and English is
widely spoken.

Religion:
Islam is the official religion of the country, and the
Shariah (Islamic Law) is the principal source of
legislation in the country.

Climate:
Qatar has a moderate desert climate with long hot
summers and short pleasant winters with little rain in
winter. The strong northwest wind, which often brings
dust storms, is known as the shamal.

Major Towns:
Doha, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Dukhan, Al Shamal, Mesaieed,
Ras Lafan and others.

Currency
Qatari riyal (QAR). Each Qatari riyal is divided into 100
dirhams. Notes in circulation: QAR1, QAR5, QAR10,
QAR50, QAR100 and QAR500. QAR0.50 (fifty dirhams)
and QAR0.25. Smaller Coins are also legal Tender but are
rarely seen.
Independence:
Qatar gained independence on 3rd September 1971.

On the 27Th of June 1995 His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa
Al-Thani assumed the rule of the State of Qatar supported by the
ruling family and the Qatari people.
Public Holidays:
National Day : 18 December
Eid Al-Fitr: At the 1st of Shawwal for four days.
Eid Al- Adha: starts at 9th of Zilhijjah for five days.

National flag:
The national flag is maroon colour with a broad vertical
white stripe at the pole, the two colours being separated
with a nine-point serrated line.

Meaning of the flag:


A-The white colour reflects the internationally recognized symbol of peace.
B-The maroon colour symbolizes the bloodshed during the several wars
Qatar had undergone, particularly in the second half of the 19th century.
C-The nine-point serrated line indicates that Qatar is the 9th member of the
"reconciled Emirates" of the Arabian Gulf in the wake of concluding the
Qatari-British treaty in 1916. This information on design and colour of Qatar
flag was mentioned in the Archives of the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs
in 1931.
Work Hours:
Government offices: 7 am to 2 pm.
Private establishments: 8 am to 12 noon, and 4 pm to 8
pm.
Friday and Saturday are the weekend holidays.
Shopping Center: 10 am to 10 pm
Local Time:
3 hours + Greenwich Mean Time.

Main Cities
As your aircraft descends into Qatar, you are welcomed by a spectacular view of
the capital city, Doha. The completely landscaped, crescent-shaped Corniche, the
sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf and the sandy desert backdrop provide
the first glimpse of what experiences await you. This sun-kissed country is filled
with possibilities – desert escapades and shopping extravaganzas; natural
attractions and water sports; state-of-the-art sporting facilities and historical
museums; all combined with fine dining and luxurious accommodations.
Welcome to the heart of the Arabian Gulf. Come … experience Qatar.
Doha
The capital of Qatar, Doha is situated halfway down the east coast of the
peninsula. It is an important cultural and commercial centre and enjoys excellent
communications with the outside world through its modern seaport, airport, and
telephone links.
Al Wakra
Halfway between Doha and Umm Said about 17 km, you will find the town of Al
Wakra. Originally a tiny fishing and pearling village, it has evolved into a small
town with a population of less than 30,000. The Al Wakra Museum has been
established in one of the town’s old forts and displays the marine life and the
natural history of the area. There are also fine examples of the art and
architecture included in the exhibits.
Umm Said
Umm Said is the heart of Qatar’s industry. Situated 37 km south of Doha on the
east coast of the peninsula, it has both a commercial port and an oil-exporting
port. There are refineries in Umm Said as well as other industrial establishments
producing steel, natural gas liquids, fertilizers, and petrochemicals. Umm Said
also has fine beaches.
Al Khor
About 58 km north of Doha on the east coast, Al Khor is famous for its harbour
filled with small craft and fishing boats. It has excellent beaches, an historic
tower, and interesting mosques.
Madinat Al-Shamal
A relatively new town on the northern tip of the peninsula, Madinat Al-Shamal is
about 107km north of Doha. It serves as an administrative centre for a number of
coastal villages.
Al Ruwais
Located on the northern tip of the peninsula this town is a fine example of the
traditional Bedouin lifestyle as it merges with the modern world, it's about 110 km
from Doha
Al Zubara
Situated just 113 km North West of Doha lays the town of Al Zubara, an important
archeological site famous for its old fort. This fort-turned-museum was
constructed in 1938 during the reign of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim Al Thani and
was erected on the ruins of a neighbouring fort. The fort itself is square-shaped
with circular towers in three of its corners and a rectangular tower in the fourth.
With high, thick walls, this fort also served as a coast guard station and, until the
mid-1980s, was used by the military.
Dukhan
Situated on the west coast of the peninsula, Dukhan is about 89 km across the
country from Doha. It became important when oil was discovered in the
surrounding area. Like Umm Said and Al-Wakrah, the town also has fine beaches.
Qatar overview
Evidence of early habitation in Qatar that can be traced as far back as to the 4th
century BC appeared in many artifacts such as inscriptions, rock carvings, flint
spearheads and examples of pottery which were all uncovered by the Danish
(1965), the British (1973) and the French (1976) expeditions. Researchers knew al-
Wasil hills since 1957 as an important site of Stone Age archeology. About 200
archeological sites of the prehistoric age were discovered during the eight years
of the work of the Danish expedition from 1965 to 1975.

Several sites of various periods in the Stone Age were discovered to the east of
Um Bab. Other sites were found in the southernmost border near Soudanthil. An
important site for the manufacture of flint tools, which probably goes back to the
Mesolithic Stone Age, was discovered at Umm Tag to the south west of Dukhan;
and new sites were discovered to the south east of Mesaieed.

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 'gatara' as believed to refer to the Qatari
town of Zubarah, which has acquired the fame of being one of the most important
trading ports in the gulf region at the time.

Qatar in the Islamic History


In the Islamic history in the middle of the 7th century AD, the Qatar peninsula and
the surrounding region were under the rule of the Al Munzir Arabs. Their king, al-
Munzir Ibn Sawi al-Tamimi, embraced Islam, and Qatar entered the realm of
Islamic civilization and has participated in all its successive stages and eras.

Spears. Under the Abbasid state during the 8th century AH (14th century AD),
Qatar experienced great economic prosperity and pledged a great deal of
financial support towards maintaining the Caliphate in Baghdad. Evidence of
such support can be gleaned from the inscriptions of Murwab fort on the western
coast of the peninsula, which bears the marks of the Abbasid architectural style.
During the 10th century AH (16th century AD),

Education
The Regular governmental education had been introduced in 1952 The Ministry of
Education was one of the first ministries to be established in Qatar; it was set up
in 1956.The Qatar university inception in 1973 and today is an educational edifice
for country’s national higher education in It is comprised of six colleges For more
information please visit www.qu.edu.qa
Qatar Continue with the ongoing success to establish itself on the international
map of Education by established Qatar Foundation for Education, Science
Community Development in1995. It is a private, non-profit chartered organization,
founded in It aims to develop and utilize human potential through a network of
centers and a unique Education City, with branch campuses of some of the
world's leading universities For more information please visit :www.qf.edu.qa

Health
Qatar has very good public medical facilities, with an extensive network of public
hospitals and healthcare centres covering the whole country, run by the Hamad
Medical Corporation (HMC). Doha has four public hospitals providing a wide
range of specialized medical services.

The government has also encouraged the development of the private health
sector, and there are now many private hospitals and clinics which charge on a
fee per consultation basis For more information please visit: www.nha.org.qa &
www.hmc.org.qa

Leisure
Qatar is a place whose independent spirit makes it a destination endless variety
.the Entertainment and leisure facilities are attractive for both residents and
visitors. Souq Waqif is the most attractive old souq area with shop frontages
featuring traditional architecture, while falconry shops selling traditional crafts.
Within Doha there are a number of interesting museums The Museum of Islamic
Art, which open to public 1, December 2008. Attract specialist visitors from
overseas .
Many travelers make day trips into the desert, to the beaches outside Doha and to
local forts. One of the main attractions is the Inland Sea, a huge lake jutting into
the desert and surrounded by towering sand dunes, which offers opportunities
for bathing and scuba diving. Qatar has a very child-friendly environment, with
numerous playgrounds and a number of theme parks. Especially popular with
children are Palmtree Island in Doha Bay, with its beaches and camel and pony
rides, and Aladdin's Kingdom, an entertainment park with many exciting rides, in
the West Bay area. There is also a popular zoo around 20 km from Doha along the
Salwa Road.
There are facilities and clubs for virtually all forms of sport, including
horseracing, camel racing, boat racing, soccer and falconry. Golf is particularly
popular, with excellent 18-hole and 9-hole courses available at the famous Doha
Golf Club. Qatar has become world-renowned for its hosting of many high profile
sporting events such as Exxon/Mobil Open 2009, and the Qatar Masters 2009
presented by Dolphin Energy. For details that are more valuable, please
visit:www.qatartourism.gov.qa

Quality of Life
Climate in Qatar
According to its geographical location and climate, Qatar is
classified as a hot subtropical desert; very hot and muggy
between June and August and pleasant between November and
February. It has arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid
summers The average annual rainfall is 81 mm, average maximum
temperature is 31oC and average minimum temperature 22oC

Language
Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language

Social Customs
The importation and consumption of alcohol is strictly regulated.
However, liquor permits may be obtained by foreign employees
and the major hotels are allowed to serve alcohol to guests in
restricted areas. Qatar prohibits the brewing and trafficking in
alcohol. Drunken behavior in public or driving under the influence
of alcohol is an offense punishable by imprisonment, a fine or both
and revocation of the offender’s driving license. Importing and using narcotics is
illegal and punishable by heavy penalties. The possession of material deemed
obscene is also punishable by a prison sentence. Qatar bans all pork products.

Finance & banking


Economic growth has naturally brought increasing demand for
banking & financial products and services. The Total domestic
credit facilities increased by 24.4% during the first half of 2008 to
reach QR 182,038 million, compared to QR 146,329 million as at
year-end 2007. The Qatari banking sector comprises of a
combination of national and foreign banks. A total of 17 banks
currently operate in Qatar, nine of which are Qatari institutions, including six
commercial banks and three Islamic institutions also represented is the local
branches of seven foreign banks the Work, is now underway to ensure all
financial institutions active in Qatar can operate in a high-quality legal and
financial services environment, benchmarked to international standards the
Government of Qatar announced an ambitious plan to integrate all banking,
insurance, capital markets, securities, asset management and other financial
services into a single, on-shore jurisdiction under the control of a sole financial
regulatory body that, after a suitable transition period, will apply a single set of
laws to all regulated institutions .
Education
The State of Qatar has adopted an ambitious educational reform
program that is designed to give Qatari students the necessary
skills and knowledge that are required for pursuing advanced
studies in Qatar and abroad and provide the state with qualified
human resources for the local job market. Reform is underway and
started with the creation of the Supreme Education Council (SEC),
which is tasked with directing education policy at all stages. One of its first steps
was to set up independent schools, which is a government-funded school that is
granted autonomy to carry out its educational mission and objectives while being
held accountable to terms agreed to in an operating contract. All Independent
Schools must meet established curriculum standards in Arabic, English,
mathematics and science, as well as comply with periodic financial audits. Tuition
is free for Qatari’s and others eligible for public education. Along with this The
State of Qatar, establish Qatar Foundation which using innovative strategies and
programs focusing on capacity building and character development at the heart
of Education City are six universities, Qatar Science and Technology Park, which
is situated there, as a base for research, turning the dream of a knowledge-based
economy into a reality. For benefits that are more valuable, please visit:
www.english.education.gov.qa & www.qf.org.qa & www.qu.edu.qa

Health Care
Besides being distinguished by its comprehensiveness, diversity
and efficiency in terms of equipment and human resources, health
care in the State of Qatar is based on the sober philosophy that
medical care should be available for all residents of Qatar, citizens
and expatriates alike.
Health care establishments, cadres, curative and preventive
medical services, and equipment have undergone substantial upgrading and
improvements. Qatar has an opportunity to create a health care system that will
provide the most effective and advanced health care to its people and to become
a model for the world to follow. His Highness the Emir created the NHA in 2005
and gave it responsibility to guide reform in Qatar in order to establish one of the
world's most admired and renowned health systems. for more information please
visit: www.nha.org.qa
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), the premier non-profit health care
Established by Emiri decree in 1979 has rapidly developed highly specialized
medical facilities capable of providing state of the art diagnosis and treatment of
diseases that previously could only be managed in overseas medical centers. for
more information please visit www.hmc.org.qa

Sports
the Football is the national sport, the national team have achieve
several achievements by win the 15th Asian games gold medal in
2006 & the gulf cup in Doha2004 .
On Oct. 25 2007 Doha launched its bid for the 2016 Summer
Olympics , and hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Doha
in 2016 will extend the Olympic ideals to millions of new hearts and
minds. This would unleash the power of the Olympic Movement and peaceful
sport to create understanding, hope and change that could unite the entire region
with the rest of the world. For more information, please visit www.doha2016.org
As part of the State’s commitments for hosting the 2006 Asian Games the
games Qatar build a $700 million ‘sports city’ which include 5,000 apartments for
athletes and sports officials to www.doha-2006.com. This have herald the first
ever major sporting event of such a magnitude in the region.
The Government also has started to sponsor many premier sporting events to
attract. World-class sports personalities and supporters.
The Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex annually host Qatar ExxonMobil Open
2009 commencing from 5th - 10th January 2009 , for more details please see
www.qataropen.org .

Housing & Utilities


The State of Qatar attempts to create the optimum living conditions
for its citizens. This is done through raising health, economic and
social standards and providing suitable housing that is appropriate
to the size, needs and social customs and traditions of each
family. The Credit facilities extended by commercial banks to the
land, housing and construction sector increased by 77.6% during
the year 2007 to reach QR 27,966 million, compared to QR 15,745 million in 2006.
The Government provides housing for citizens . It consists of the following
facilities purchased The size of the plot in Doha be a minimum of 625 square
meters, and outside the capital city the minimum size has been fixed at 1000
square meters The limit for Doha is QR1280 per square meters, while on the city
outskirts it is QR800 per square meter & The area of the plot should have prior
approval of Urban Planning and Development Authority. The housing loan
amount, has been raised to QR1.2m from QR600,000. For benefits that are more
valuable, please visit: www.up.org.qa & www.qidb.com.qa
Barwa Real Estate has announced Barwa Housing Program (which is located in
two separate areas one in "West Al Saliya" and the other at "Musaimeer" in South
Doha). with 1984 housing units are constructed in the two locations. The
Mesaimeer area will have 992 double bedroom and triple bedroom apartments,
have been signed with more than 650 beneficiary families that are getting ready
for occupation. The delivery of these units will happen in February, 2009. For
benefits that are more valuable, please visit: www.barwa.com.qa

Transport
The Transport Company “Mowasalat” started its activities by
providing land transport services and solutions in October 2004. By
providing Airport Taxi, Standard Taxi, VIP Limousine, Standard
Limousine, Public Bus Service, School Bus Service, and Private
Hire Bus and Coach Services. for mor information please visit
www.mowasalat.com

Cars
Cars can be rented on most foreign licenses. Foreigners resident in GCC
countries can rent a car if they can show a residence visa from their country of
residence.
Avis, Budget and Euro car rates per day for a small car, including insurance and
unlimited mileage, is about QR150. There are rental desks at the airport and also
in some hotels. There is also an agency in Doha -- Al-Muftah Rent-A-Car on
Musheireb Street -- which often gives rates cheaper than QR150 per day.

Qatar Major Projects

Ras Laffan Industrial City


RasGas
Education City
New Doha International Airport
Qatar -Bahrain Friendship Bridge
Doha Expressway project
Doha Convention Centre and Tower
National Railway System Project
The Pearl-Qatar Project
Barwa Al-Khor
Lusail City
Museum of Islamic Art
Qatar Entertainment City
Twin Hotel Towers
Sports Museum

Ras Laffan Industrial City


was once a wild desert to a hub of thriving energy related industrial base.
Inaugurated on 24 February 1997 with mission situated along the northeast coast
of Qatar covers an area of 106 square km expected to expand to nearly 250
square kilometers in the near future. is an ideal investment centre for
international investors which having some of the elite names in the world of
energy such as ExxonMobil, Shell, Dolphin Energy and Qatar's pride- Qatar-gas
and RasGas LNG production facilities. Strategically located at the centre of the
Arabian Gulf sandwiched between the Far East and Europe on the international
maritime shipping route, energy products can reach markets all over the world in
quick time. For more information, please visit www.raslaffan.com.qa

RasGas :-
RasGas is one of the premier integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) enterprises in
the world established in 2001 by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil who are 70 per
cent and 30 per cent shareholders respectively. RasGas currently operates fifth
natural gas liquefaction train put Qatar in a position of undisputed leadership in
world LNG. With production capacity of 20.7 million tonnes per annum (Mta). It is
expected that this year the production will be in the region of 37m tonnes per
annum (Mta). which represents asizeable proporation of qatar's target of 77 (Mta)
by 2012.
The train 6 is to be expected to be online be the second quarter of this year and
completion of train 7 is expected later this year. RasGas in extracting and
distributing those resources continues to grow. Industry experts estimate that by
2010 Qatar will supply 30 per cent of the world's LNG For more information,
please visit :www.rasgas.com .

Education City :-
Education city is dedicated to building human capital in a part of the world where
the need and potential for human development are considerable, set up under the
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development it provide
a higher educational institutions at the university level, specialised training in
design arts and languages, and sporting .The education city sets out to be an
asset not just for Qatar but for the entire Middle East region and beyond, and it
already touches communities and individuals well beyond the country's borders.
For more information, please visit :www.qf.org.qa .

New Doha International Airport :-


The 5 billion USD to construct New Doha International Airport with a land area in
excess 22 square kilometers the new Doha International Airport expected to
become one of the most sophisticated airports glob wide, & a regional pioneering
aviation centre. And the first airport in the world to be design specifically to
house the six airplanes of Airbus A380-800 super jumbo ,On the opining date
2010, the opining airport annual capacity to handle for 24 millions passengers
and 750,000 tones of cargo. & over 100 hectares alongside have been reserved
for commercial development. & Private development opportunities include free
trade zone, office and Business Park, hotels, and retail mall. This will arising
investment opportunities for more details, please visit: www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar -Bahrain Friendship Bridge :-


The 3 Billion USD for Construction work Qatar-Bahrain Friendship Bridge When
completed in 2013 it will be the longest marine causeway in the world and will link
the two nations via a twin carriageway spanning more than 40km. The bridge will
be one of the most important infrastructure projects in the region it will
strengthening the economic development and social ties between the two
nations, and GCC states in particular, The Causeway will provide both rail and
road connections between Bahrain island, and Qatari peninsula. Construction
work is expected to start at the end of January 2009.

Doha Expressway project :-


Multi-Billion-Riyal project that links the north and south of the country through
capital Doha. The Doha Expressway project is One of the major road projects of
public work authority (Ashghal) , within its Five Year Plan to establish a modern
road network to cope with the urban boom in the state. The Doha Expressway's
entire project will comprises 13 phases. With total length of the street is about 6
kilometres .The public work authority (Ashghal) has announced the opening of
the main street of "22 February Interchange" project in June 2009.which is part of
the Doha Expressway and is being implemented by the German company
Bilfinger Berger AG Civil and Emirate company Al Hamed Development and
Construction. For more information, please visit : www.ashghal.gov.qa.

Doha Convention Centre and Tower :-


1.2 billon US world-class architecture Doha Convention Centre and Tower with
covering area of 100,000 square the Tower will soar 105 storey’s into the sky and
offer panoramic city views from its prestigious central location on the Corniche. It
will be home to a hotel with 300 guest rooms, 80 serviced apartments and 300
residential apartments. For more information, please visit : www.qataridiar.com..

National Railway System Project :-


With a Multi-Billion Dollar US the Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company
has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Germany-based
Deutsche Bahn, to developing a conceptual design for integrating Qatar's various
planned railways into a comprehensive and consolidated national railway system.
The project will also include a passenger and freight railway linking Qatar and
Bahrain. For more information, please visit : www.qataridiar.com.

The Pearl-Qatar Project :-


The Pearl-Qatar, an island, which will redefine an entire nation a destination of
qualities that are unique in the region. It an investment in a place of outstanding
beauty This is the multi billion dollars man-made island covering 985 acres (400
hectares) of reclaimed land offshore The Pearl-Qatar largest urban development
and the first to offer international investors freehold. It is a four-phase mixed-use
development comprising 10 distinct, themed districts to be developed housing
beachfront villas, elegant town homes, luxury apartments, exclusive penthouses,
5 star hotels, marinas, schools as well as upscale retail and restaurant offerings.
will be a destination in its own right - a lavish, secure and exclusive island retreat
with a Riviera-style community. In 2009, there will be a residential population of
more than 41,000 people along with guests at the three 5 star hotels and other
tourists and visitors. the a target completion date end of 2011 . United
Development Company (UDC), the developer of The Pearl-Qatar project & the
country's largest private sector shareholding company with a mission to identify
and invest in long-term projects that contribute to Qatar's growth and provide
good shareholder value. www.thepearlqatar.com

Barwa Al-Khor :-

30QR Billion Qatari Rial project covers an enormous area totalling 5, 459, 168
square metres approximately. The built up area of the project is 3,621,458 square
metres. Al Khor city is to feature creatively inspired designs of villas and town
houses, terraces, flats and mixed use areas2 sprawling hotels; one being a five
star and the other four stars, a superior shopping mall, 4 top schools, 250, 000 sq
m space for offices, a mosque and an international golf course. The project
anticipates offering 24,114 units as homes to the elite with 5 star quality services
to surround them.The project will be completed in 2015. for more details and
more other barwa's local project please visit : www.barwa.com.qa.
Lusail City :-
Lusail will be the ultimate in living experience for around 200,000 people. The new
city in Qatar will be located about 15 km north of the city centre of Doha on the
coast, in the northern part of the municipality of ''UmmSalal''.The development
will have two marinas, residential areas, island resorts, commercial districts,
luxury shopping and leisure facilities, including two golf courses and an
entertainment district. It will be built in phases with the whole project slated for
completion by 2010. www.lusail.com.

Museum of Islamic Art :-


The Museum of Islamic Art , its symbol of culture. it being the largest dedicated
Islamic Art Museum in the world & It has a very large collection of Islamic art , the
Museum of Islamic Art Designed by I.M. Pei, the Chinese-born creator of such
landmarks as the Louvre pyramid, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art
in Washington , DC , the simple. The museum opened to the public on December
1, 2008. www.mia.org.qa .

Qatar Entertainment City :-


$1.5bn to build over 50% of Qatar Entertainment City at the upscale Lusail city.
with covering area of 1 million. The project is a holistic, fully integrated family
entertainment destination covering a total sqm of development and 180,000sqm
of international leisure, retail entertainment and restaurants.4,500 residential
units including villas and sea-view apartments with full community facilities the
project will embark on 2009 it is expected to be complied between 2015- 2016.

Twin Hotel Towers :-


$500m to build twin hotel towers in the Lusail City by Qatar National Hotels (QNH)
Company the two towers with unique designs will be constructed in the Marina
district of Lusail City, located north of Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The two forty five storey
towers. The first among the twin tower will house a hotel of 720 king and twin
rooms, 16 executive suites, 98 junior suites, an executive lounge and a specialty
restaurant. The hotel will have seven-star and five-star facilities at the top and
bottom floors. The second tower encompasses single, double and three bedroom
serviced apartments facing the sea, and a penthouse on the top floor. Along with
that, the towers will comprise two floors exclusively dedicated to a shopping mall
consisting of restaurants, a wide array of luxury shops, and a cinema covering
31,000 square meters in area.'' Hadi Samaan'', a renowned architect in the US ,
designs the towers. The construction is expected to be complete by 2010. For
more information, please visit: www.qnhc.com .

Sports Museum :-
8,000sqm area will display Qatar history and heritage.The museum will add value
to the existing facility and will help in promoting sports tourism in Qatar. The
“Aspire Zone” will be the venue for setting up the museum to attract lot of
visitors. The museum consist several of section such as Qatar’s achievements in
different sports, GCC, international, Olympics sports, in additional to that, there
will be special educational section for the benefit of school students. It is
expected to be open before January 2011.

Important Websites
Ministries & Government Organizations

Ministry of Economy & Commerce www.mec.gov.qa


Ministry of Foreign Affairs www.mofa.gov.qa
Ministry of Interior www.moi.gov.qa
Ministry of Education www.moe.edu.qa
Qatar Tourism Authority www.experienceqatar.com
Ministry of Awqaf & Islamic Affaires www.islam.gov.qa
Center for Geographic Information Systems
www.gisqatar.org.qa
Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture www.baladiya.go
Hamad Medical Corporation www.hmc.org.qa
Qatar Central Bank www.qcb.gov.qa
Qatar National Olympics Committee www.qatarolympics.org
Planning Council
www.planning.gov.qa
E- Government www.gov.qa
ictQatar
www.ict.gov.qa
Business

Qatar Chamber of Commerce & Industry www.qcci.org


Qatari Businessmen Association www.qataribusinessmen.org
Gulf Organization for Industrial Consultancies www.goic.org.qa
Doha Securities Market www.dsm.com.qa
Qatar Financial Center www.qfc.com.qa
The pearl www.thepearlofthegulf.com
Qatari Diyar Real Estate Investment Company
www.qataridiar.com
Barwa Real Estate www.barwa.com.qa

Banks
Qatar National Bank www.qnb.com.qa
Qatar Islamic bank
www.qib.com.qa
Doha Bank www.dohabank.com.qa
Commercial Bank www.cbq.com.qa
International Bank of Qatar www.ibq.com.qa
Qatar International Islamic Bank www.qiib.com.qa

Oil, Gas, Petrochemical and Industrial

Qatar Petrochemical Company


www.qapco.com
Qatar Petroleum www.qp.com.qa
Rasgas www.rasgas.com
Qatar Fertilizer Company www.qafco.com
Qatargas www.qatargas.com
Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Co. www.qimco.com

Service Industries

Qatar Telecom (Q-Tel) www.qtel.com.qa


Qatar Airways www.qatarairways.com
Educational Establishment

Qatar Foundation www.qf.org.qa


Qatar University
www.qu.edu.qa
Doha College www.dohacollege.com

Hotels
Doha Sheraton Hotel & Resort
www.sheraton-doha.com
Inter-Continental Doha www.doha.interconti.com
Sofitel Doha Hotel www.sofiteldoha.com
Doha Marriott Gulf Hotel www.marriott.com

Media & Public Relations

Al Sharq Newspaper
www.al-sharq.com
Al Watan Newspaper www.al-watan.com
Al Jazeera satellite Channel www.aljazeera.net
Al Rayah Newspaper www.raya.com
Gulf Times Newspaper www.gulf-times.com

Sports and Leisure


Aspire Academy www.aspire.qa
Doha Golf Club www.dohagolfclub.com/dgc

For more information please refer to the link below were all above
information has been gathered from.
Qatar Investment Promotion Department (IPD) is an Official Department entrusted
with catalyzing the growth and development of Qatar's economy by attracting corporate
and private investors and by stimulating the growth of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in
Qatar. IPD is a division of the Ministry of Economy and Commerce .
IPD provides investors with extensive information related to business environment,
including current investment projects, procedures related to setting up businesses, and
government incentives.

http://www.investinqatar.com.qa