Berlin Major Klaus Wowereit (C), accompanies the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (L), and his wife Mozah Binti Nasser Al Missned (R), to the landmark Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. Qatar celebrates its National Day in commemoration of the historic day in 1878 when Shaikh Jasim succeeded his father, Shaikh Muhammad Bin Thani, as a ruler and led the country towards unity. The event on December 18 is considered as an opportunity for all Qatari nationals and expatriates to recognise and celebrate what it means to live in modem day Qatar.
Qatar is a peninsula of 11.521 sq km located half way down the west coast of the Arabian Gulf enveloped by water from almost all sides. The country is centrally placed among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). It is neighboured by Saudi Arabia and UAE from the south and by Bahrain from the north-west. Qatar is considered as an ideal gate to the Arabian Gulf due to its unique historical monuments and its beautiful scenery, in addition to the high quality architecture, sports, shopping, restaurants and living compartments.
The state of Qatar with a population of 1,677,045, is a land of astonishing natural beauty and cultural prosperity, it is considered to have some of the most beautiful landscape in the Arabian Peninsula. The country's geographic location had a major influence on its politics, strategic options and development. Although the country is small in size yet it is big in value, it has achieved in decades what takes centuries for other countries to achieve. Its citizens hold an optimistic future and potentials that others can only envy. Qatar's history extends to more than four thousand years; it tells stories of heroism, great courage, wisdom, patriotism, love and devotion to homeland. This brings closer understanding to the richness of the Qatari cultural experience, which has contributed, to the building of modern Qatar.
Since His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani ascended the throne