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Qatar

The State of Qatar is an emirate in the Middle East and Western Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeasterly coast of the larger Arabian Peninsula. It is bounded to the south by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and elsewhere by the Persian Gulf.

Qatar only began issuing tourist visas in 1989, but after a slow start, the country has begun to reap the benefits of its new openness. Visitors are welcomed to a land of glitzy new hotels, towering sand dunes, ancient rock carvings and distinctive architecture.

Best known for being unknown, Qatar has a habit of falling off the world's radar. Most foreign maps of Arabia drawn before the 19th century don't show the Qatar peninsula, and most people in the West don't even know where it is. Fewer still can pronounce it - the closest approximation of the native pronunciation falls between cutter and gutter, not like guitar.

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