Qatar at a glance - Part 3 - Orlando / Florida Guide
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Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign affairs strives to establish and develop close direct ties with all peace-loving countries and peoples of the world. It is keen to participate actively in efforts to deal with the concerns an challenges that the Gulf region encounters.
Qatar maintains 96 embassies abroad, 8 consulates and 3 other representations. The Qatari capital Doha hosts 94 embassies, and in addition, there are consulates and other representations in Qatar.
Qatar is a member of the United Nations and its subsidiary global organisations, The Asian Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council, The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, The Organisation of Arab Oil Exporting countries, The International Monetary fund and the World Bank, The World Trade Organisation, The World Intellectual Property Organisation, The Organisation of Islamic Conference, the Arab league, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
Qatar’s population as at 31st Dec 2016 was around 2, 675, 500 according to figures released by the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Over 60% of the population resides in the city of Doha, which is the business and administrative capital. Other population centres include Dukhan on the west coast, Mesaieed city and AL Wakra in the south, and Ras Laffan and AL Khor in the north. Ras Laffan industrial city is creating population expansion in Al Khor and the adjoining areas. Projects are underway to provide new housing and amenities in the area.
Al Khor provides a pleasant weekend break from Doha and is easily reached in route 1A leaving the city at Doha Golf Club or route 1 Al Shamal road. There are play areas and sun shelters along the Al Corniche, as well as photo opportunities at the old fishing harbour and the nearby mangroves, which are full of bird life. There is a small museum in the old police station, showing early life in this small town, as well as some archaeological discoveries from the Neolithic and Bronze ages. Large public gardens to the North Al Khor also attract weekend picnickers. Al Farkiya Beach is another development just outside Al Khor. Al Khor community is home to a large expatriate population working in Ras Laffan industrial city.
Al Wakra is notable for its bustling fishing harbour and is just 10 minutes drive south of the capital on route 7. It has become a popular commuter suburb and several private schools have relocated there. Numerous mosques, old minarets, forts and wind towers offer some of the finest examples of traditional architecture. The new heritage village, Souq Waqif Al Wakra, s now open with a few shops and some restaurants along the beach. Just inland from the beach is a fenced and beautifully landscaped park with a children’s play area.
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