The State of Qatar is situated on the western coast of the Arabian Gulf. Its total land area is approximately 11,521 square kilometers. As of January 2015, Qatar’s population was approximately 2.25 million. Doha is Qatar's capital city. Other towns in Qatar include, Al Wakrah, Al Khor, Ras Lafan, Dukhan, Al Shamal and Mesaieed.
Arabic is the official and main language in Qatar, but English is also widely spoken.
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Life and Culture in Qatar
Qatar is one of the safest countries in the world. Visitors have a unique opportunity to experience the welcoming and friendly nature of the local culture. A modern state with deep Arab and Muslim roots, Qatar combines a cosmopolitan society with traditional Islamic values. The country provides an exciting mix of modern living and traditional Arab culture.
Men and women are expected to dress modestly, in keeping with local customs and laws.
Qatar is a warm country which enjoys sunshine almost throughout the year. The best time to visit Qatar is between October and April, when the temperature dips for the winter months. The coolest months are December, January and February. Winter can be chilly, especially in the evenings. Although high temperatures may restrict outdoor activities during the summer, there is still plenty to do within many of Qatar’s well-appointed, air-conditioned indoor facilities.
A Historical Glimpse of Qatar
Recent archaeological discoveries indicate that human habitation of the Qatar Peninsula dates back to between 8,000 and 10,000 B.C..
Qatar witnessed a boom in its pearl diving industry during 1700s, when Al Wakrah, Al Bida and Al Zubarah were established as important fishing centers.
The discovery of oil in 1939, followed by initial extraction in 1949, initiated the rapid modernization of Qatar’s infrastructure.
Key Objectives of Qatar National Vision 2030
Qatar National Vision (QNV 2030) provides a framework for the country’s long-term sustainable development strategy and comprises four pillars of development:
Education: The Engine Driving a Nation
Qatar has the world’s highest GDP per capita and is considered to be one of the wealthiest countries in the world, thanks to its abundant mineral resources. Qatar’s leadership recognizes that such resources are finite and that education is the engine that will drive the nation towards a sustainable, knowledge-based economy.
Through Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), Qatar has established a unique educational hub within its capital, as the state’s tertiary education investments continue to be lauded globally.
QF has developed international partnerships to nurture its educational environment with leading universities including, the University College London, Carnegie Mellon University, Texas A&M University, Northwestern University and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
QF Chairperson Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser established the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in 2009.
As an international, diverse platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action, WISE has established itself as a global reference for new approaches to education through both the annual summit and a range of ongoing programs.
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