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 channeling 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 2.7 million (May 2017 census).


By 2030, Qatar aims to be an advanced society capable of sustainable development and providing a high standard of living for all its people. Qatar’s 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.

The Qatar National Vision is guided by four pillars that aim to diversify the economy, ensure the social welfare of the community, develop local talents and protect the environment and heritage of Qatar.

  • Economic Development
  • Social Development
  • Human Development
  • Environmental Development