Flag of Qatar
State of Qatar


National anthem of Qatar

As Salam al Amiri

As Salam al Amiri is the national anthem of Qatar. It was written by Sheikh Mubarak bin Saïf al-Thani.
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Map of Qatar

Map of Qatar

Basic information on Qatar

Ruled by the al-Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972. His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa al-Thani, overthrew him in a bloodless coup in 1995. In 2001, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Oil and natural gas revenues enable Qatar to have one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.
Location Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia
Population 907,229 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Qatari(s) adjective: Qatari
Flag description maroon with a broad white serrated band (nine white points) on the hoist side