As ambassadors to Qatar; Unique Choice says
“Welcome to Dawlat Qatar”
Qatar was barely known as a tourist destination; it has however at least 6000 years of history waiting to be encountered and today is one of the most exciting skylines in the Middle East with futuristic buildings, shopping malls and sports stadiums. The nation is at a turning point in its history emerging as a vibrant Tourist, Business and Sport capital of the Middle East. Doha the Capital is the proud city of the FIFA world cup 2022.
For any tourist, a trip abroad is often as good as the memories they can take home. Certainly those who take the time to venture from the luxury of their hotel rooms to look around this beautiful country will amass a wealth of rich experience to be savored for many years.
At Unique Choice we are continuously demonstrating that we can go the extra mile to deliver on our commitment to provide a range of exclusive packages and services to our extensive mix of partners in the Trade and Customers alike.
Encounter Qatar with Unique Choice and make it both enjoyable and memorable.
Qatar is a peninsula some 11,437 square kilometers in size, located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. The coastline extends more than 700 km in length with shallow coastal water in most areas. The territory of the State comprises a number of islands including Halul, Sheraouh Al Beshairiya, Al Safliya and Al Aaliya.
The total population is presently approximately in the region of 2 Million as at 31st December 2013 and has been increasing at a rate of 9% annually in recent years. Almost 50% of the population resides in the city of Doha, which is the business and administrative capital. Other population centers include Dukhan on the west coast, Mesaieed and Al Wakra in the south, and Ras Laffan and Al Khor in the north
The country has a moderate desert climate with mild winters and hot summers, winter nights can be cool, but temperatures rarely drop below 5 degrees Celsius. Temperatures and humidity rise in coastal cities and towns during summer. Rainfall is scarce (average 70 mm per year), between October and March.
Qatar’s constitutional development has kept pace with its rapid development and economic growth. The first provisional constitution was issued in 1970 and amended in 1972 upon independence. In April 2003, an overwhelming 96.6% of Qatari voters said “yes” to a draft permanent constitution that took effect on 8th June 2005, transforming the country into a democracy. The first parliamentary elections in Qatar’s history will be held in 2007, and women are lining up to take part.
The Emir is the ruler of the State. Rule in Qatar is hereditary within the family of Al Thani, whereby power is transferred from father to son. His Highness the Emir is the head of the constitutional authorities, holding both legislative and executive powers. The Emir appoints the prime minister and ministers. The Council of Ministers (Cabinet), the supreme executive authority in the country, assists in implementing the general policies of the State. A 35-member Advisory Council debates economic, political and administrative matters referred to it by the Council of Ministers. Qatar held its first free election in 1999, when a 29 member municipal council was formed. Woman were allowed to contest.
The national flag is maroon with a broad vertical white stripe at the pole, the two colours being separated with a nine-point serrated line. The white color signifies the internationally recognized symbol of peace. The maroon color symbolizes the blood shed during the several wars that Qatar has undergone, particularly in the second half of the 19th century. The nine-point serrated edge indicates Qatar as the ninth member of the reconciled Emirates” of the Gulf, after the 1916 Qatar-British Treaty.
Archaeological discoveries, inscriptions and artifacts indicate that Qatar was populated as early as 8000 BC the nomads of the area were referred as the Catharrei – “People who constantly search for water”
During the 16th century, the Qataris aligned with the Turks to drive out the Portuguese. Subsequently, along with the entire Arabian Peninsula, they fell under the nominal rule of the Ottoman Empire for four successive centuries — with the real power and control remaining in the hands of the sheikhs and princes of local Arab tribes.
In 1916, a treaty was ratified with Britain in which Qatar became a British Protectorate. The full independence of Qatar was announced on 3rd September 1971 Qatar was actively involved in the discussions leading to the foundation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and has hosted a number of Supreme Council Summit Meetings.
Qatar, with proven gas reserves of over 900 trillion standard cubic feet in its huge North Field, and oil reserves of over 15.2 billion barrels, has one of the fastest growing economies and highest per capita incomes in the world. In just decades, it has developed into a major global supplier of energy and is set to become the largest exporter of LNG in the world and a world leader in gas-to-liquids (GTL) production.
Investment laws allow for up to 100% foreign investment in projects related to agriculture, industry, leisure, tourism, health, education and the exploitation of natural resources, energy or mining — subject to dispensation from the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.
Together with Qatari partners who hold a 51% interest, foreigners can invest in all sectors except banking, insurance, commercial agencies and real estate. The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QR), which is divided into 100 dirhams.
The official language of the country is Arabic, but English is widely spoken and understood. Islam is the official religion of the country, and Sharia (Islamic Law) is the principal source of legislation.
The country is well served by Doha International Airport, which is located close to the centre of the city, Metered taxis and limousines are easy to find and a new comprehensive transport system, including bus services covers all corners of the country. Car hire companies are located at the airport and at all major hotels. Qatar has a modern road system which includes highways linking Qatar with other GCC countries. The Friendship Bridge linking Qatar to Bahrain is currently at the planning stage.
A good telecommunication system is also in place, giving immediate telephone, telex, fax and Internet access to all parts of the world