Country Profile - QATAR
Qatar is a peninsular Arab country located in the middle east, whose terrain comprises arid desert and a long Persian (Arab) Gulf shoreline of beaches and dunes.
Language: Arabic (official), English is commonly used as a second language
Religion: Muslim 67.7%, Christian 13.8%, Hindu 13.8%, Buddhist 3.1%, folk religion <.1%, Jewish <.1%, other 0.7%, unaffiliated 0.9% (2010 est.)
Currency: Qatari Riyal
GMT: (+) 3
Qatar, once one of the poorest Gulf states, is one of the richest countries in the region today. Qatar is using income from its large gas reserves to bankroll its regional and global ambitions, including winning a controversial bid to host the 2022 Football World Cup.