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Dawlat al-Qatar

Area: 11,525 sq. km.
Neighbouring countries: Saudi Arabia to the West, United Arab Emirates to the South
Capital City: Doha
Other Cities: Dukhan, Umm Said
Ethnic groups: Arabs 53%, Iranians 17%, Indians and Pakistanis 15%, Others 15%
Languages: Arabic
Currency: Qatari Riyal
Member of: CCG (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf), Arab League, OIC (Organisation of the Islamic Conference), UN, OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) and WTO (World Trade Organization)
(De Agostini, Jan. 2008)

Historical outline
A British Protectorate gaining independence in 1971, Qatar is today a hereditary Monarchy. The Constitution defines Islam as State religion and Muslim Law as the main basis for legislation.

The population is about 1.5 million (UN Statistics 2008). The Catholics are about 7%. (Source: Statistical Yearbook of the Church 2008).

Relations with the Holy See
Qatar has diplomatic relations with the Holy See. The Apostolic Nuncio is Mgr. Rajic Petar, tit. archbishop of Sarsenterum (2nd Dec. 2009), also Nuncio to the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait.


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