15 things to know about Qatar

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1 Safety & Stability Qatar ranks as the second safest country in the world.
Golden Visa 2015 World Safety Index

Qatar ranks as the second most stable country in the Middle East.
Fragile States Index 20152MoneyQatar has the highest GDP per capita ($145,000) in the world.
CIA world Factbook 20153CurrencyExchange rate of the Qatari Riyal (QR) against the US Dollar is fixed at QAR 3.64 per USD4ConnectivityQatar Airways, winner of the ‘World’s Best Airline’ Award, connects Doha to more than 150 destinations across six continents.
Skytrax5HospitalityQatar’s hospitality sector tops its peers in GCC destinations in terms of guest experience.
Olery Guest Experience in the Middle East 2015 report6ICTQatar is one of the most connected countries in the Arab world, with 91.5% of its population using internet, and 98% of its households enjoying internet connectivity.
State of Broadband Report 20157EducationQatar Foundation’s Education City is home to seven world-renowned higher education institutes, demonstrating the importance the country places on education and knowledge as a foundation for a sustainable modern society.8Research

Qatar boasts several state-of-the-art research facilities, working to find developments in the computing, biomedical, energy and environment fields.

The Arab Expatriate Scientists Network, which seeks to reverse the brain drain suffered by Arab countries, was established in Qatar in 2006.

9SportsQatar is making sports history as the first Middle Eastern country to host the 17th  World Championships in Athletics in 2019; FIFA World Cup in 2022 & FINA World Swimming Championships in 2023.10MICEQatar has a track-record for successfully hosting large-scale international conferences and events, including the 20th World Petroleum Congress, UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) and Science Parks & Areas of Innovation World Conference (IASP 2014).11HealthQatar is the biggest spender on healthcare in the Middle East; 90% of residents are satisfied with health services.
National Health Accounts Report 201512TourismQatar is one of the fastest growing destinations in the world, with tourism arrivals averaging 11.5% annual growth between 2010-2015.
UNWTO Barometer 201513MediaThe Al Jazeera Media Network is headquartered in Doha and has 80 offices around the world.14Arabian Heritage

Qatar is home to Al Zubarah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Marwan Al Shaqab, foaled at Al Shaqab in Doha, holds 24 international titles and is sire of 8 world champions.

15Trade & InvestmentIn the beginning of 2016, Qatar introduced several reforms to facilitate foreign investment, including allowing 100% foreign ownership of companies in the free trade zone Manateq.