QATAR’s story is indeed a fascinating one. In just over sixty years, the nation has gone from one of the poorest Gulf states with an economy dependent on pearling and fishing to the wealthiest country (per capita) on earth.
The written history of QATAR begins in a particularly grand fashion.QATAR’s story is in many respects a living history; that is the history of the Bedouin, nomads who travelled across the land taking only memories and leaving only footprints in the desert sand. The Bedouin influence is still evident in every part of the city today from the falcon souq to camel racing, to the dhow port.
QATAR has been ruled by the Al-Thani family since 1850. From 1872 to the beginning of World War I, QATAR was under the Ottoman Empire before becoming a British protectorate in 1916. In 1971, QATAR gained its independence.
QATAR’s story since the end of WWI reads like a modern-day fairy tale. In 1939, oil reserves were discovered turning the impoverished nation into one of the richest countries in the World. The natural gas in Qatar covers a large portion of the world supply of natural gas.However, QATAR has chosen not to rely solely on its Oil and Gas wealth but rather to follow a path of diversification, development and education.
The government welcomes foreign expertise and investment to further enhance QATAR’s prospects. With a participatory government and a stable economy, QATAR provides both national and global investors with a secure home to build their businesses.
Above all, QATAR’s greatest resource is its people. Adaptable and entrepreneurial, with a strong Islamic heritage, QATARI culture is underpinned by Bedouin traditions of hospitality.
QATAR’s future is undoubtedly bright. The coming years will be a great opportunity for the state to showcase its many successes and to continue its legacy as a progressive, thriving and dynamic nation long after the whistle has been blown on the final game of World Cup 2022.