Qatar represents the newest face of the Arab World: one of economic growth, innovation, commitment to equality, excellent relationship with the United States and a shopping Mecca. It has in many ways eclipsed the well-known Dubai model. The citizens of Qatar enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world with special regard to the rights of women.
Qatar is an island of wealth and of progress. Its leadership and the constructive role it is playing in the Gulf region and beyond are most impressive especially when considering its geographic size and its population. Qatar has only 300,000 people and a large influx of foreign nationals.
From its early days as a center for pearling, Qatar grew to be the world's largest per capita production and proven reserves of both oil and natural gas in 2010. Qatar has the world's highest GDP per capita, while the economy grew by 19.40%, the fastest in the world. The main drivers for this rapid growth are attributed to ongoing increases in production and exports of liquefied natural gas, oil, petrochemicals and related industries. Qatar has the second-highest human development in the Arab World after the United Arab Emirates. In 2009, Qatar was the United States’ fifth-largest export market in the Middle East, trailing behind the U.A.E., Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Qatar’s commitment to education and health care are distinguished. Many leading American universities are represented in Qatar. The latest technologies are available for medical care in Qatar. Its capital Doha is one of the most modern cities in the world. Qatar is the headquarter of the US Central Command. It gained its independence in 1971.
Qatar is located on the Persian Gulf and has numerous beaches. and a fantastic choice of hotels and restaurants. The summers are hot in Qatar and the winters are pleasant.
Qatar is a very safe country with a large number of attractions. A US citizen does not need a visa.