- an independent emirate on the Persian Gulf; under British protection until 1971. 8500 sq. mi. (22,000 sq. km). Capital: Doha.
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Examples from the Web for qatar
Qatar is just a little spit of land that looks like a polyp on edge of Saudi Arabia.
American criticism, meanwhile, is blunted by the U.S. need to maintain its major military base in Qatar.
Had the coup succeeded, the Qatar problem might have become still worse than it is.
The successful World Cup bids of both Russia and Qatar have come under relentless scrutiny that has ultimately changed little.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
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Suspicion has focused on the government of Qatar, which has strong ties to Nusra, as the source of the money.A 26-Year-Old Woman Is ISIS’s Last American Hostage
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- a state in E Arabia, occupying a peninsula in the Persian Gulf: under Persian rule until the 19th century; became a British protectorate in 1916; declared independence in 1971; exports petroleum and natural gas. Official language: Arabic. Official religion: (Sunni) Muslim. Currency: riyal. Capital: Doha. Pop: 2 042 444 (2013 est). Area: about 11 000 sq km (4250 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for qatar
probably from Arabic katran "tar, resin," in reference to petroleum. Related: Qatari.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Qatar was a British protectorate from 1916 to 1971.
It has successfully exploited its oil reserves since 1949.
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