2004 reorganization english.svg thumb Map of the municipalities of Qatar Before 2004, '''Qatar''' was divided into 10 municipalities (municipality) (''baladiyah''): Club career Carvalho started his career in his native state of Rio Grande do Sul at Sport Club Internacional before transferring to CSKA Moscow (PFC CSKA Moscow). In 2005, he became the first foreign player to be named Russian Footballer of the Year. Carvalho's brilliant play during the 2005 UEFA Cup was the key to success of his team, who won the competition, defeating Sporting Lisbon in the Final. thumb 165px left Carvalho playing for CSKA (File:DCarvalho.JPG) This made CSKA the first Russian club to ever win a UEFA competition. He was Man of the Match in the final as he was involved in all three of CSKA's goals. He scored in the 3–1 UEFA Super Cup lost to then European Champions Liverpool (Liverpool FC), but despite this defeat, Carvalho had shown he could cope on the European stage. In November 2007, Wikipedia:Qatar Dmoz:Regional Middle East Qatar Commons:Category:Qatar
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is very involved in the sport and is the owner of Al-Anabi Racing. In 2009, he brought his racing company to the United States as a team competing in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) competition with the help of 11 time NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series World Champion Alan Johnson who serves as the Team Manager. The Al-Anabi Racing Team has won three NHRA Mello Yello Top Fuel World Championships in the last four years. Larry Dixon won the title in 2010, Del Worsham won it in 2011
17 December 2011 title AFC Asian Cup to be Park’s swansong work The-AFC.com publisher Asian Football Confederation Park traveled to the tournament on 26 December 2010 as squad (2011 AFC Asian Cup squads) captain. Park made his 100th international appearance in the semi-final match against Japan (Japan national association football team) on 25 January 2011. Wikipedia:Qatar Dmoz:Regional Middle East Qatar Commons:Category:Qatar
the tradition. The '''Qatar Marine Festival''' in Doha often includes a huge sea expedition by various ''dhow'' boats to find oyster beds on the ocean floor. Other activities at the festival include a musical performance, a seal show, a sandsculptor's expedition and a water, light and sound show. Many companies offer '''shipwreck diving''' for tourists, which can be organised from Doha. Popular diving sites include the man-made Old Club Reef and New Club Reef just out of Messaied, Qapco
the highest GDP per capita in the world. Qatar has become deeply involved in world affairs under the royal family, offering support in peacekeeping missions and UN-mandated wars such as that in the Gulf in 1991. Qatar also plays host to various world conferences, including those of the World Trade Organisation, the UN Climate Convention and various mediation bodies. It leaped onto the world stage with the development of the popular Al Jazeera news network and expansion of Qatar Airways to most of the world's continents, and is rapidly gaining interest among foreigners as it prepares to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup after already holding the Asian Games in 2006. Economy Oil is a cornerstone of the Qatari economy; it used to account for more than 30% of GDP, roughly 80% of export earnings and 58% of government revenues. Proven oil reserves of 15 billion barrels should ensure continued output at current levels for at least the next 20 years. Oil and gas have given Qatar the highest GDP per capita by most studies. Qatar's proved reserves of natural gas exceed 7 trillion cubic metres, more than 11% of the world's total, making it the third largest reserve in the world. Production and export of natural gas are becoming increasingly important. Qatar manages to post very high surpluses each year, and escaped the Global Financial Crisis relatively unscathed. In addition to the energy sector, Qatar also exports petrochemicals, cement and steel. Doha has a rapidly growing financial sector that is cementing itself as one of the centres of trade and finance within the Middle East. The Qatari government has also outlined its plan to boost tourism and media businesses on the peninsula, creating new sectors to further increase Qatar's profile. In addition, many foreign universities have set up outposts in Qatar, transforming Qatar into one of the main education hubs of the Middle East. Climate Wikipedia:Qatar Dmoz:Regional Middle East Qatar Commons:Category:Qatar
Marcos Baghdatis Nikolay Davydenko -valign top Wilkshire played in the 2011 Asian Cup Finals (2011 Asian Cup) in Qatar, starting the first two games against India (Indian football team) and South Korea (South Korea national football team) respectively but missing Australia's final group-stage game against Bahrain (Bahrain Football Association) due
Modern attractions * The Museum of Islamic Art, Doha * Souq Waqif : the traditional old marketplace of Qatar. Has many good restaurants, especially at night time. Also sells many national products - bargaining is recommended. * The Pearl : a man-made island connected to Doha by a bridge. You can find a big variety of restaurants and shops, mainly in the high range. * Villaggio Mall: a spectacular Venetian style shopping mall with a canal and gondolas as well. A huge variety of shops from
, the purpose of the science park is to spur development of Qatar’s knowledge economy. For the '''2001 ISSF World Cup''' in the seventeen Olympic shooting events (ISSF shooting events), the World Cup Final was held in August 2001 in Munich, Germany for the rifle, pistol and running target events, and in January 2002 in Doha, Qatar for the shotgun events. The shotgun final was originally planned for November 2001
of Nations 2009 tournaments included these sports as well. 150px thumb left alt 2007 Gulf Cup Stadium View of the jam-packed stadium during the 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations 2007 Gulf Cup (Image:Gulf Cup (36).jpg) in Abu Dhabi . The Gulf Cup has dramatically featured increased attendance in the stadia (stadium), as well as increased public, and worldwide attention. This has been in particular due to Qatar's role in expanding and improving the competition. Due to Qatar spending
Following Ottoman (Ottoman Empire) rule, Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971. Qatar has been ruled by the Al Thani (House of Thani) family since the mid-19th century. Qatar is an absolute monarchy and its head of state is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. as most Qataris adhere to the strict Wahhabi interpretation (Wahhabi movement) of Islam. Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation according to Qatar's Constitution.
Qatar is the world's richest country per capita (List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita) and has the highest human development (human development index) in the Arab World; furthermore, it is recognized as a high income economy by the World Bank.
Although tiny, Qatar wields significant clout. Qatar's rising international profile has led some analysts to identify it as a middle power.