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Qatar is a monarchy, ruled by the Al Thani family. More than half the population of Qatar live in Doha; the capital since independence.
Canaanite tribes are said to be Qatar's first known inhabitants.
The Qataris were against their rule, but with the support of Abu Dhabi, in 1867, the Al Khalifa saw off the Qataris and razed the city of Doha.
The British installed the Al Thani's as rulers of Qatar in an attempt to control piracy off the coast.
Qatar became a British protectorate, in 1916, although the Al Thani's continued to rule as absolute monarchs.
When the British left the Gulf region, in 1971, Qatar was accorded full independence.
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Qatar Airways, the national carrier of the Arabian Gulf State of Qatar, has become one of the worlds fastest growing airlines since the airline was re-launched in 1997.
As the country grows from strength to strength, economically and as a tourist destination, Doha International Airport is increasingly becoming a valuable hub.
When FIFA executives met in Zurich to decide on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup Finals, Qatar was probably the biggest surprise to many.
It would become the first World Cup Finals to be held in the Middle East, and the first to take place during the European winter; from Sunday, 20th November to Sunday, 18th December 2022.
Just days before the tournament was due to begin, Qatar announced that alchohol would not be sold in the stadiums.
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