History UsefulNotes / Qatar

6th May '18 6:04:04 AM AntonF
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Today the country is an absolute monarchy led by Hamad ibn Khalifa Al Thani, who deposed his father Khalifa ibn Hamad Al Thani in a bloodless coup (he had already been practically running the country before anyway) and has continued the modernization progress started by his father, including women’s suffrage and a new constitution. It is the only other country in the world to adopt Hanbali Sunni Islam (specifically, [[TheFundamentalist the Wahhabi movement]]) as its state religion (other Sunni Persian Gulf countries adhere to Maliki school). Nevertheless, it is ''way'' more liberal than fellow Wahhabi-adhering Saudi Arabia. It is also, surprisingly, one of the few Arab states willing to take UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} to the negotiations table.

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Today the country is an absolute monarchy led by Hamad ibn Khalifa Al Thani, who deposed his father Khalifa ibn Hamad Al Thani in a bloodless coup (he had already been practically running the country before anyway) and has continued the modernization progress started by his father, including women’s suffrage and a new constitution. It is the only other country in the world to adopt Hanbali Sunni Islam (specifically, [[TheFundamentalist the Wahhabi movement]]) as its state religion (other Sunni Persian Gulf countries adhere to Maliki school). Nevertheless, it is ''way'' more liberal than fellow Wahhabi-adhering Saudi Arabia.UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia. It is also, surprisingly, one of the few Arab states willing to take UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} to the negotiations table.



Its recent economic growth has been driven in many ways by immigrant labour from India and the Greater Middle East, to the point where four-fifths of Qatar's 1.5 million people are foreign workers with temporary residence. Sadly, these foreign workers have not been treated over well, with many being forced to sign contracts in languages they do not speak, being prohibited from forming trade unions, and work in poor conditions. The International Trade Union Congress and the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' estimate, for instance, that at least 4,000 workers will die building the World Cup infrastructure - more than players who will take to the field. The average per capita annual wage for an immigrant worker is $2,500, whilst the average per capita annual wage for the natives is $102,000. This has led some commentators to compare the nation with ancient Sparta; a clique of sybarites and ''dilettantes'' secured in power by vast slave labour.

[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football fans]] may know the country as the future host of the 2022 World Cup, a selection that is widely believed to have been [[MoneyDearBoy influenced by cash]]. Fans of sport in general (especially in Asia) may also remember the capital, Doha, as candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and was host of the 2006 Asian Games, best known as the games whose opening ceremony featured Mohammed bin Hamad, a son of Sheikh Hamad and captain of Qatar's equestrian team, galloping with his horse carrying the Torch up the stands to light the cauldron perched atop the bleachers. Also, much like Bahrain and the UAE, Qatar is attracting motorsport, having become the first nation in the Arab World to host a grand prix motorcycle race in 2004.

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Its recent economic growth has been driven in many ways by immigrant labour from India and the Greater Middle East, to the point where four-fifths of Qatar's 1.5 2.6 million people are foreign workers with temporary residence. Sadly, these foreign workers have not been treated over well, with many being forced to sign contracts in languages they do not speak, being prohibited from forming trade unions, and work in poor conditions. The International Trade Union Congress and the ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' estimate, for instance, that at least 4,000 workers will die building the World Cup infrastructure - more than players who will take to the field. The average per capita annual wage for an immigrant worker is $2,500, whilst the average per capita annual wage for the natives is $102,000. This has led some commentators to compare the nation with ancient Sparta; a clique of sybarites and ''dilettantes'' dilettantes secured in power by vast slave labour.

[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football fans]] may know the country as the future host of the 2022 World Cup, a selection that is widely believed to have been [[MoneyDearBoy influenced by cash]]. Fans of sport in general (especially in Asia) may also remember the capital, Doha, as candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and was host of the 2006 Asian Games, best known as the games whose opening ceremony featured Mohammed bin ibn Hamad, a son of Sheikh Hamad and captain of Qatar's equestrian team, galloping with his horse carrying the Torch up the stands to light the cauldron perched atop the bleachers. Also, much like Bahrain and the UAE, UsefulNotes/UnitedArabEmirates, Qatar is attracting motorsport, having become the first nation in the Arab World to host a grand prix Grand Prix motorcycle race in 2004.
6th May '18 3:58:25 AM AntonF
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Today the country is an absolute monarchy led by Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani in a bloodless coup (he had already been practically running the country before anyway) and has continued the modernization progress started by his father, including women’s suffrage and a new constitution. The country is ''way'' more liberal than UsefulNotes/{{Saudi Arabia}}, but less than the [[UsefulNotes/{{UnitedArabEmirates}} UAE]]. It is also, surprisingly, one of the few Arab states willing to take UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} to the negotiations table.

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Today the country is an absolute monarchy led by Hamad bin ibn Khalifa Al Thani, who deposed his father Khalifa bin ibn Hamad Al Thani in a bloodless coup (he had already been practically running the country before anyway) and has continued the modernization progress started by his father, including women’s suffrage and a new constitution. The It is the only other country in the world to adopt Hanbali Sunni Islam (specifically, [[TheFundamentalist the Wahhabi movement]]) as its state religion (other Sunni Persian Gulf countries adhere to Maliki school). Nevertheless, it is ''way'' more liberal than UsefulNotes/{{Saudi Arabia}}, but less than the [[UsefulNotes/{{UnitedArabEmirates}} UAE]]. fellow Wahhabi-adhering Saudi Arabia. It is also, surprisingly, one of the few Arab states willing to take UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} to the negotiations table.
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Qatar is a huge tract of desert, so most of the cities are on the coast. It is also, like fellow Persian Gulf countries, full of oil, which earns it the distinction as the country with the highest GDP per capita adjusted according to purchasing power parity (i.e. living costs) at $124,000; for comparison, the UsefulNotes/UnitedStates ranks eleventh at $59,000. Adjusted by nominal value, its ranking drops to sixth at $60,000 per capita, still the highest in Asia and just ahead of the US.



Qatar is a huge tract of desert, so most of the cities are on the coast. It’s also full of oil, making it the country with the highest GDP per capita in the world.

Religiously, Qatar is ''strictly'' conservative, being one of the only two nations in the world (alongside Saudi Arabia) to officially adopt as state religion the Salafi school of law of Sunni Islam, a very strict, puritanical branch that rejects any modern modifications and sometimes interprets laws highly literally; for your information, stealing is punishable by the cutting of [[AnArmAndALeg arms]], and death sentences such as [[ValuesDissonance decapitation and crucifixion are allowed by law]]. If you're still not familiar with it, well...it's an ideology that's currently adopted by, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment ahem]], fundamentalist groups such as Taliban and Al-Qaeda...though theirs are obviously ramped UpToEleven.
2nd Dec '17 1:38:17 PM Wariolander
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One of the richest states in the whole region, Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''قطر‎ Qaṭar''), officially known as the State of Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''دولة قطر‎ Dawlat Qaṭar''), is a little Western Asia appendix country in the Arabian Peninsula. It's the only country in the world to begin with a "Q", and also lacks the typical "Qu" formation.

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One of the richest states in the whole region, Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''قطر‎ Qaṭar''), officially known as the State of Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''دولة قطر‎ Dawlat Qaṭar''), is a little Western Asia Asian appendix country in the Arabian Peninsula. It's the only country in the world to begin with a "Q", and also lacks the typical "Qu" formation.
2nd Dec '17 1:38:04 PM Wariolander
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One of the richest states in the whole region, Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''قطر‎ Qaṭar''), officially known as the State of Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''دولة قطر‎ Dawlat Qaṭar''), is a little appendix in the Arabian Peninsula. It's the only country in the world to begin with a "Q", and also lacks the typical "Qu" formation.

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One of the richest states in the whole region, Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''قطر‎ Qaṭar''), officially known as the State of Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''دولة قطر‎ Dawlat Qaṭar''), is a little Western Asia appendix country in the Arabian Peninsula. It's the only country in the world to begin with a "Q", and also lacks the typical "Qu" formation.
9th Sep '17 10:24:01 AM Nick98
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Originally governed as part of Bahrain, the place became a hotspot for commercial activity, being a good place to stop between the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean. Later it became a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire until the Ottomans wanted to turn “protecting” into “conquering”, when they were expelled for good from the area.

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Originally governed as part of Bahrain, UsefulNotes/{{Bahrain}}, the place became a hotspot for commercial activity, being a good place to stop between the Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean. Later it became a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire until the Ottomans wanted to turn “protecting” into “conquering”, when they were expelled for good from the area.



[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football fans]] may know the country as the future host of the 2022 World Cup, a selection that is widely believed to have been [[MoneyDearBoy influenced by cash]]. Fans of sport in general (especially in Asia) may also remember the capital, Doha, as candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and was host of the 2006 Asian Games, best known as the games whose opening ceremony featured Mohammed bin Hamad, a son of Sheikh Hamad and captain of Qatar's equestrian team, galloping with his horse carrying the Torch up the stands to light the cauldron perched atop the bleachers.

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[[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football fans]] may know the country as the future host of the 2022 World Cup, a selection that is widely believed to have been [[MoneyDearBoy influenced by cash]]. Fans of sport in general (especially in Asia) may also remember the capital, Doha, as candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and was host of the 2006 Asian Games, best known as the games whose opening ceremony featured Mohammed bin Hamad, a son of Sheikh Hamad and captain of Qatar's equestrian team, galloping with his horse carrying the Torch up the stands to light the cauldron perched atop the bleachers.
bleachers. Also, much like Bahrain and the UAE, Qatar is attracting motorsport, having become the first nation in the Arab World to host a grand prix motorcycle race in 2004.
20th Feb '17 5:20:48 PM nombretomado
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Its recent economic growth has been driven in many ways by immigrant labour from India and the Greater Middle East, to the point where four-fifths of Qatar's 1.5 million people are foreign workers with temporary residence. Sadly, these foreign workers have not been treated over well, with many being forced to sign contracts in languages they do not speak, being prohibited from forming trade unions, and work in poor conditions. The International Trade Union Congress and the ''[[BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' estimate, for instance, that at least 4,000 workers will die building the World Cup infrastructure - more than players who will take to the field. The average per capita annual wage for an immigrant worker is $2,500, whilst the average per capita annual wage for the natives is $102,000. This has led some commentators to compare the nation with ancient Sparta; a clique of sybarites and ''dilettantes'' secured in power by vast slave labour.

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Its recent economic growth has been driven in many ways by immigrant labour from India and the Greater Middle East, to the point where four-fifths of Qatar's 1.5 million people are foreign workers with temporary residence. Sadly, these foreign workers have not been treated over well, with many being forced to sign contracts in languages they do not speak, being prohibited from forming trade unions, and work in poor conditions. The International Trade Union Congress and the ''[[BritishNewspapers ''[[UsefulNotes/BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' estimate, for instance, that at least 4,000 workers will die building the World Cup infrastructure - more than players who will take to the field. The average per capita annual wage for an immigrant worker is $2,500, whilst the average per capita annual wage for the natives is $102,000. This has led some commentators to compare the nation with ancient Sparta; a clique of sybarites and ''dilettantes'' secured in power by vast slave labour.
23rd Jan '16 3:15:15 PM Morgenthaler
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10th Jan '16 5:47:21 PM phoenix
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[[TheBeautifulGame Football fans]] may know the country as the future host of the 2022 World Cup, a selection that is widely believed to have been [[MoneyDearBoy influenced by cash]]. Fans of sport in general (especially in Asia) may also remember the capital, Doha, as candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and was host of the 2006 Asian Games, best known as the games whose opening ceremony featured Mohammed bin Hamad, a son of Sheikh Hamad and captain of Qatar's equestrian team, galloping with his horse carrying the Torch up the stands to light the cauldron perched atop the bleachers.

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[[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball Football fans]] may know the country as the future host of the 2022 World Cup, a selection that is widely believed to have been [[MoneyDearBoy influenced by cash]]. Fans of sport in general (especially in Asia) may also remember the capital, Doha, as candidate city for the 2020 Olympic Games, and was host of the 2006 Asian Games, best known as the games whose opening ceremony featured Mohammed bin Hamad, a son of Sheikh Hamad and captain of Qatar's equestrian team, galloping with his horse carrying the Torch up the stands to light the cauldron perched atop the bleachers.
20th Dec '15 10:28:51 PM Dimas28
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Originally governed as part of Bahrain, the place became a hotspot for commercial activity, being a good place to stop between the Arabic Peninsula and the Indian Ocean. Later it became a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire until the ottomans wanted to turn “protecting” into “conquering”, when they were expelled for good from the area.

In the last parts of 19th century and early 20th century, Qatar approached the British to help them dissociate from the Al Khalifa clan of Bahrain, essentialy turning themselves into a protectorate [[MeetTheNewBoss from one country to another]]. In 1971 it became an independent state.

Today the country is an absolute monarchy led by Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani in a bloodless coup (he had already been practically running the country before anyway) and has continued the modernization progress started by his father, including women’s suffrage and a new constitution. The country is ''way'' more liberal than Saudi Arabia, but less than the UAE. It is also, surprisingly, one of the few Arab states willing to take UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} to the negotiations table.

Its recent economic growth has been driven in many ways by immigrant labour from India and the Greater Middle East, to the point where four-fifths of Qatar's 1.5 million people are foreign workers with temporary residence. Sadly, these foreign workers have not been treated over well, with many being forced to sign contracts in languages they do not speak, being prohibited from forming trade unions, and work in poor conditions. The International Trade Union Congress and the ''[[BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' estimate, for instance, that at least 4000 workers will die building the World Cup infrastructure - more than players who will take to the field. The average per capita annual wage for an immigrant worker is $2500, whilst the average per capita annual wage for the natives is $102,000. This has led some commentators to compare the nation with ancient Sparta; a clique of sybarites and ''dilletantes'' secured in power by vast slave labour.

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Originally governed as part of Bahrain, the place became a hotspot for commercial activity, being a good place to stop between the Arabic Arabian Peninsula and the Indian Ocean. Later it became a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire until the ottomans Ottomans wanted to turn “protecting” into “conquering”, when they were expelled for good from the area.

In the last parts of 19th century and early 20th century, Qatar approached the British to help them dissociate from the Al Khalifa clan of Bahrain, essentialy essentially turning themselves into a protectorate [[MeetTheNewBoss from one country to another]]. In 1971 1971, it became an independent state.

Today the country is an absolute monarchy led by Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who deposed his father Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani in a bloodless coup (he had already been practically running the country before anyway) and has continued the modernization progress started by his father, including women’s suffrage and a new constitution. The country is ''way'' more liberal than Saudi Arabia, UsefulNotes/{{Saudi Arabia}}, but less than the UAE.[[UsefulNotes/{{UnitedArabEmirates}} UAE]]. It is also, surprisingly, one of the few Arab states willing to take UsefulNotes/{{Israel}} to the negotiations table.

Its recent economic growth has been driven in many ways by immigrant labour from India and the Greater Middle East, to the point where four-fifths of Qatar's 1.5 million people are foreign workers with temporary residence. Sadly, these foreign workers have not been treated over well, with many being forced to sign contracts in languages they do not speak, being prohibited from forming trade unions, and work in poor conditions. The International Trade Union Congress and the ''[[BritishNewspapers Guardian]]'' estimate, for instance, that at least 4000 4,000 workers will die building the World Cup infrastructure - more than players who will take to the field. The average per capita annual wage for an immigrant worker is $2500, $2,500, whilst the average per capita annual wage for the natives is $102,000. This has led some commentators to compare the nation with ancient Sparta; a clique of sybarites and ''dilletantes'' ''dilettantes'' secured in power by vast slave labour.


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Religiously, Qatar is ''strictly'' conservative, being one of the only two nations in the world (alongside Saudi Arabia) to officially adopt as state religion the Salafi school of law of Sunni Islam, a very strict, puritanical branch that rejects any modern modifications and sometimes interprets laws highly literally; for your information, stealing is punishable by the cutting of [[AnArmAndALeg arms]], and death sentences such as [[ValuesDissonance decapitation and crucifixion are allowed by law]]. If you're still not familiar with it, well...it's an ideology that's currently adopted by, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment ahem]], fundamentalist groups such as Taliban and Al-Qaeda...though theirs are obviously ramped UpToEleven.
5th Feb '14 2:47:14 PM alchixinren
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One of the richest states in the whole region, Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''قطر‎ Qaṭar''), officially known as the State of Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''دولة قطر‎ Dawlat Qaṭar''), is a little appendix in the Arabian Peninsula.

Originally governed as part of Bahrain, the place became a hotspot for comercial activity, being a good place to stop between the Arabic Peninsula and the Indic Ocean. Later it became a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire until the ottomans wanted to turn “protecting” into “conquering”, when they were expelled for good from the area.

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One of the richest states in the whole region, Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''قطر‎ Qaṭar''), officially known as the State of Qatar ('''Arabic:''' ''دولة قطر‎ Dawlat Qaṭar''), is a little appendix in the Arabian Peninsula.

Peninsula. It's the only country in the world to begin with a "Q", and also lacks the typical "Qu" formation.

Originally governed as part of Bahrain, the place became a hotspot for comercial commercial activity, being a good place to stop between the Arabic Peninsula and the Indic Indian Ocean. Later it became a protectorate of the Ottoman Empire until the ottomans wanted to turn “protecting” into “conquering”, when they were expelled for good from the area.
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