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State of Qatar

Location: Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia

Area: 11,437 sq km

Climate: desert; hot, dry; humid and sultry in summer

Terrain: mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel

Population: 723,542 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Muslim 95%

Languages: Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language

Capital: Doha

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