About Qatar

Qatar National Vision 2030

"Qatar National Vision 2030 builds a bridge between the present and the future. It envisages a vibrant and prosperous country in which there is economic and social justice for all, and in which nature and man are in harmony. We need to galvanize our collective energies and direct them toward these aspirations." --His Highness Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Qatar’s vision aims at transforming the nation into an advanced country by 2030, powered to sustain its own development and provide for a high standard of living for its entire people for generations to come.

To achieve this Qatar aims to balance five major challenges - modernization and preservation of traditions; the needs of this generation and the needs of future generations; managed growth and controlled expansion; the size and the quality of the expatriate labour force and the selected path of development; and economic growth, social development and environmental management.

Qatar’s National Vision rests on four pillars – human development, social development, economic development and environmental development.

Human Development aims at development of all its people to enable them to sustain a prosperous society. Social Development for the development of a just and caring society based on high moral standards, and capable of playing a significant role in the global partnership for development. Economic Development for the development of a competitive and diversified economy capable of meeting the needs of, and securing a high standard of living for all its people for the present and for the future. And Environmental Development for management of the environment such that there is harmony between economic growth, social development and environmental protection.

HISTORY

Once Upon a Time in Qatar

We all know that the state of Qatar is an independent Arab emirate occupying the Qatar peninsula on the northern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. But what not many people know is that in the early times, the peninsula was ruled by many dynasties and with the appearance of Islam, Qatar became one of the earliest places occupied by Muslims.After being ruled by the Ottoman Empire, for centuries, and then Britain from the First World War, Qatar became an independent state on September 3, 1971.Historically, the country witnessed various cultures and civilisations in various phases in the history of mankind even during the Stone Age or Neolithic period.Now get ready for this interesting discovery! A 4th millennium BC site which was uncovered at Shagra, in the South-east of Qatar revealed the key role the sea (Gulf) played in the lives of Shagra’s inhabitants. There was also a barter trade system between the settlements at Qatar and the Ubaid Mesopotamia. Exchange of commodities was mainly pottery and dried fish.

Qatar Now

HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani ruled Qatar from independence to 1995 when his son, HH Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani succeeded him.

The good news for everyone residing in Qatar is that during the current Sheikh’s rule there has been a substantial amount of political and social liberalization with a new constitution, municipal elections followed by empowerment of women.

Key Facts

It’s interesting to know that with 15% of the world’s reserves, Qatar has the 3rd largest reserves of natural gas in the world, after Russia and Iran.Qatar is witnessing an exponential growth as a result of the comprehensive plan adopted in the country to diversify the sources of national income.Another milestone for Qatar is the building of the world’s first airport specifically for Airbus’s new A380-800 Double Decker ‘Super Jumbo’, the largest passenger aircraft ever built. The New Doha International Airport (NDIA) is built at a cost of around $9 billion.