Qatar, an independent sovereign country since 1971 is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The population stands at 2.63 million and capital city is Doha. Qatar is an 11,552 square kilometer peninsula extending northwards into the Arabian Gulf. It has 563 km of uninterrupted coastline. Arabic is the official language and English is widely spoken. Local time is GMT/UCT +3 hours. The official currency is the Qatari Riyal (QAR). Qatar welcomes travelers into Hamad International Airport – a world class airport mainly by 50+ airlines, mainly by National carrier – Qatar Airways – one of the world’s fastest growing 5* airline.