- Doha; 286,000
- 11,521 square kilometers (4,448 square miles)
- Arabic, English
- Qatari rial
- Life Expectancy:
- GDP per Capita:
- U.S. $67,000
- Literacy Percent:
Qatar Facts Flag
Qatar occupies a peninsula that extends into the Persian Gulf. This oil-rich nation, under British protection until 1971, chose not to join the United Arab Emirates. Qatar has exported oil since 1949, and as reserves decline, the nation has turned to its natural gas. The North Field (half the size of the entire country) is the largest single reservoir of natural gas in the world. The current emir has instituted political reforms, including allowing women to vote and hold office.
- Industry: Crude oil production and refining, fertilizers, petrochemicals, steel reinforcing bars, cement
- Agriculture: Fruits, vegetables; poultry, dairy products, beef; fish
- Exports: Petroleum products, fertilizers, steel
—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition
The biggest oil field discovered in U.S. territory in three decades lies under the Gulf of Mexico. Learn more about its estimated one billion barrels of oil, and what it means for the industry.
A feverish dream of the future springs from the sands in Dubai.
Preserving the last big empties—Adventure magazine presents the best places to stay and play without leaving a footprint.
2014 Traveler Photo Contest
Browse all the submissions and check back for the winning images.