Qatar is a peninsula of 11,437 km2 located halfway down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf. The Emir, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, is the ruler of Qatar and is the head of the constitutional authorities, holding both legislative and executive powers.

Oil and gas have given Qatar the world's highest GDP (per capita) and made it one of the fastest-growing economies. Displaying an enlightened approach to prosperity, Qatar is channelling its wealth not into trophy assets but into funding the advancement of culture, science and education. Its strategic path towards a post-hydrocarbon economy envisions a vibrant, knowledge-based society of the future.

Energetic and ambitious, the State of Qatar has emerged from virtual anonymity to become one of the most forward-thinking nations in the Middle East, with increasing regional and global influence. Latest estimates put Qatar's population at more than 1.67 million (2010 census).

By 2030, Qatar aims to be an advanced society capable of sustaining its development and providing a high standard of living for all of its people. Qatar National Vision 2030 defines the long-term outcomes for the country and provides a framework within which national strategies and implementation plans can be developed.