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Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972. His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew him in a bloodless coup in 1995. In 2001, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. As of 2007, oil and natural gas revenues had enabled Qatar to attain the highest per capita income in the world. Qatar has not experienced the level of unrest or violence seen in other Near Eastern and North African countries in 2010-11, due in part to its immense wealth. Qatar's international image is bolstered in part by the Doha-based Al Jazirah news network, which has provided comprehensive coverage of the Near East and North African Arab revolutions. Additionally, Qatar played a significant role in the Libyan revolution by pressing the Gulf Cooperation Council and the Arab League to assist the Libyan rebel movement.



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Communications

Telephones - main lines in use World Ranking: 115
298,100 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular World Ranking: 133
2.329 million (2009)

Telephone system
General assessment Modern system centered in Doha
Domestic
Combined fixed and mobile-cellular telephone subscribership exceeds 300 telephones per 100 persons
International
Country code - 974; landing point for the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) submarine cable network that provides links to Asia, Middle East, Europe, and the US; tropospheric scatter to Bahrain; microwave radio relay to Saudi Arabia and the UAE; satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (1 Atlantic Ocean and 1 Indian Ocean) and 1 Arabsat (2009)

Broadcast media
TV and radio broadcast media are state controlled; home of the satellite TV channel Al-Jazeera, which was originally owned and financed by the Qatari Government; Al-Jazeera claims editorial independence in broadcasting; transmissions of several international broadcasters are accessible on FM in Doha (2007)

Internet country code
.qa

Internet hosts World Ranking: 173
887 (2010)

Internet users World Ranking: 117
563,800 (2009)


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Qatar (Doha):


GPS points from Qatar (Doha)

`aqdah Baladiyat Al Khawr Wa Adh Dhakhirah

Al Mutabariqah Baladiyat Ar Rayyan

An Nu`man Baladiyat Ash Shamal

Simsimah Baladiyat Al Khawr Wa Adh Dhakhirah

Qarn Abu Wa'il Baladiyat Ar Rayyan

Nabat Al Wasil Baladiyat Al Wakrah

Shura`awah Island Qatar (general)

Abu Kharab Baladiyat Al Khawr Wa Adh Dhakhirah




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