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Qatar Introduction 2009
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SOURCE: 2009 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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Qatar Introduction 2009
SOURCE: 2009 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK


Background:
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. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the second-highest per capita income in the world.


NOTE: The information regarding Qatar on this page is re-published from the 2009 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Qatar Introduction 2009 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Qatar Introduction 2009 should be addressed to the CIA.






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