15 Awesome Facts About Qatar

The United Nations classifies Qatar as a country with very high human development, with the third-highest HDI in the Arab world, after the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Qatar has the world’s third-largest natural gas and oil reserves, making it a World Bank high-income economy. Qatari culture is heavily influenced by traditional Bedouin culture, with less pronounced influences from India, East Africa, and other Persian Gulf countries. The harsh climatic conditions of the peninsula forced its inhabitants to rely on the sea for sustenance.

  1. The country shares land borders with Saudi Arabia to the south. While the northwest coast is only about 30 km away from the islands of Bahrain.
  2. The official name of the country is the state of Qatar or Dawlat Qaṭar in Arabic. During the latter part of the Christian era, Qatar was known by the Syriac name ‘Beth Qatraye.’
  3. Qatar is considered one of the safest countries in the world according to the global peace index.
  4. The country is one of the four countries to have no trees. The other three are san Marino, Greenland, and Oman.
  5. The Qataf is the country’s national flower and grows along the country’s coastal line.
  6. Qatar Airways is the largest passenger and cargo airline on the planet.
  7. The country has the world’s third-largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves.
  8. Being one of the biggest oil-producing countries globally, the country has a lot of CO2 emissions. It has an emission of 37.29 tons of carbon emissions per person, which is the highest among all nations.
  9. The top 5 exports of Qatar are Petroleum Gas ($31 Billion), Crude Petroleum ($17.7 Billion), Refined Petroleum ($10.1 Billion), Ethylene Polymers ($2.27 Billion), and Raw Aluminium ($1.31 Billion).
  10. The top 5 imports of the country are Planes, Helicopters, or Spacecraft ($4.49 Billion), Cars ($1.68 Billion), Gas Turbines ($1.56 Billion), Jewellery ($1.41 Billion), and Refined Petroleum ($591 Million).
  11. Arabian oryx is the national animal of the country. It is also the national animal of some other Arabian countries, which are Jordan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Qatar.
  12. The country has absolutely no forest land.
  13. Qatar is the second fattest country globally, with a percentage of 77.8% of people as obese or overweight.
  14. Football is considered to be the most popular sport in Qatar. However, they have a local sport as well, which is camel racing.
  15. Doha or Baladīyat ad Dawḩah is the most populous country in Qatar, with a population of 344,939. It is also considered to be the wealthiest city on the planet.

  • POPULATION: 27.8 lakhs
  • GDP NOMINAL: $183.807 billion
  • GDP RANK: 56th
  • CURRENCY: Qatari Riyal
  • FOUNDED: 3 September 1971
  • FATHER OF THE NATION: Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
  • TOTAL AREA: 11,571 km2
  • AREA RANK: 164th worldwide
  • ARMY STRENGTH: 165,000
  • ARMY RANK: 90th
  • LITERACY RATE: 93.46%
  • PER CAPITA INCOME: 91,670 PPP dollars (2019)


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