Qatar (/ˈkæˌtɑːr/,i/ˈkɑːtɑːr/, /ˈkɑːtər/ or i/kəˈtɑːr/;Arabic:قطرQaṭar[ˈqɑtˤɑr]; local vernacular pronunciation: [ɡɪtˤɑr]), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic:دولة قطرDawlat Qaṭar), is a sovereigncountry located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island of Bahrain, as well as sharing sea borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.
A television viewing audience of 484 million in 80 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America and North Africa witnessed Japan defeat Australia 1–0 in the final.
Qatar, India and Iran all lodged interest in hosting the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, while Australia also considered making a late bid. Qatar officially submitted their bid on 19 June 2006, while India withdrew their interest and Iran failed to submit proper documentation for their bid on time.
Qatar was announced as host nation on 29 July 2007, during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Due to FIFA regulations stating that confederation events can be hosted either in January or July, and July being peak summer heat in the Middle East, it was also announced that the tournament would be held in January of that year.
Most major stock markets in the Gulf rose in early trade on Tuesday, with the Saudi index leading gains on rising oil prices, while Qatar traded flat. Oil, a key catalyst for the Gulf's financial markets, extended gains as hopes of a solid recovery in fuel demand following the reopenings of the U.S.
... with Qatar ... The deputy oil minister further noted that eight contracts have been signed to develop joint oil fields with Qatar, saying that two other contracts are going to be inked following approval by Iran’s High Economic CoordinationCouncil ... Iran to BeginCrude Oil.
Petropars was awarded the contract for Farzad B development in a Monday ceremony attended by the Iranian Oil MinisterBijan Namdar Zanganeh and senior officials from state-run National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) ...Iran’s state oil company starts preparations for drilling oil wells in northern Moghan region.
The total trade between Qatar and the United States of America has reached around $810m in the first quarter of the current year ...The United States is a leading equipment supplier and partner for Qatar’s oil and gas industry, and US companies have played a significant role in the development of the oil and gas sector.
The rival producers and traders have been eyeing how the competitive landscape may shift if sanctions are lifted on Iranian oil sales ...Iran also produces and exports ultra-sweet low sulfur oil or condensates, especially from South Pars, which is similar to condensates produced by Norway, Qatar, the U.S.
Qatar’s Finance Minister Ali Sherif al Emadi was arrested over embezzlement allegations and stripped of his duties on Thursday ... Emadi steered Qatar’s economic policies during the 2014-2015 oil price crash that prompted the tiny nation - as well as other Gulf countries - to accelerate plans to diversify the economy.