Qatar has a rich and vibrant history – a history that can be traced back as far as 4000 BC. Throughout the centuries, the fishing and pearling trades have established Qatar as an important port in the Gulf. With the expansion and growth of its oil and gas industry, the port and the country maintain their international importance.
The Al-Thani family began its rule of Qatar in the 18th century and still today you can see the positive influences this family has on the growth and development of Qatar. When the present Emir, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, came to power in 1995, he brought a modern and positive approach that transformed the country into an ideal host for major sporting events and international conferences, as well as a luxurious tourist destination.
While visiting Qatar, keep up on the latest local and international news and events through the Qatar press. Qatar-based satellite television channel Aljazeera offers up-to-the-minute news from around the world, while the five daily newspapers provide news and entertainment in both Arabic-language– Al Raya, Al Sharq, and Al Watan – and English-language – Gulf Times and The Peninsula. Qatar News Agency is the sole subscriber to foreign news agencies in the country. Many foreign news agencies are located in Qatar and international papers are available, including Herald Tribune and Financial Times.
Qatar Television offers both Arabic- and English-language programming suitable for the entire family, including movies, series, cartoons, and news reports. Qatar Radio is broadcast in Arabic, English, and French. There is also a vast selection of print media available in both Arabic- and English-language. Many magazines are available, including the must-read Marhaba. Containing an introduction to the country, places to stay, things to do, it is a great resource for visitors. Other publications include Al-Ufuq, Dohat Al Jamee Magazine, Abode Magazine, Eve Magazine, and Qatar Happening. Up-to-date information at your fingertips.