This chapter includes the following articles.
Since gaining independence in 1971 Qatar has quickly risen to prominence both regionally and internationally to become an economic, political and cultural powerhouse in the Middle East. With a relatively small local population and substantial revenues generated from having the third-largest proven natural gas reserves globally, Qatar boasts one of the world’s highest GDP per capita, according to IMF estimates. Prior to 2010 the country was primarily known for its large gas reserves; however, Qatar’s global profile received a major boost when it won the bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Now, the country is recognised in the international arena for many reasons, including its push for domestic infrastructure projects. This chapter contains a viewpoint from HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar; and an interview with Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.