The State of Qatar is located on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering Saudi Arabia. It is approximately 160km long and 50-80km wide with a total land area of 11,586 sq km. The south is dominated by sand dunes.
Qatar is an emirate headed by HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani who appoints his council of ministers. Qatar has a 35-seat Advisory Council that acts as a legislature. The Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar is HE Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Saada.
Qatar population is about 1.6 million people and expatriates form the majority of Qatar’s residents - nearly three quarters of the population. Arabic is the official language. The currency is Riyal.
Qatar holds the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and is the largest supplier of liquefied natural gas. Qatar proven natural gas reserves stand at approximately 25 trillion cubic meters. Qatar holds almost 14 percent of total world natural gas reserves and is the third-largest in the world after Russia and Iran. The majority of Qatar’s natural gas is located in the massive offshore North Field, which spans an area roughly equivalent to Qatar itself. In year 2010 Qatar celebrated achieving 77 Mta LNG production capacity.
Qatar is also a significant net exporter of oil. The GECF Headquarters are located in Doha, Qatar.
|Language(s)||Arabic (official), English|
|National currency||Qatari Rial|
|Labor force (inhabitants)||2,080,808|
|GDP (current billion US$)||192.01|
|GDP per capita (current US$)||69,026.47|
|GDP growth (percentage)||1.43|
|Exports of Goods and Services (current billion US$)||NA|
|Proven natural gas reserves (billion c.m.)||23,846|
|Natural gas marketed production (billion c.m.)||170.04|
|Pipeline exports (billion c.m.)||22.36|
|LNG exports (billion c.m.)||104.41|
|Domestic natural gas consumption (billion c.m.)||40.95|
Source:GECF Annual Statistical Bulletin