Qatar, blessed with one of the highest GDP per capita figures in the world, lies at the cross-roads of East and West. A modern, thriving country in the heart of the Middle East with an ambitious development vision, it offers a high standard of living, with excellent facilities, modern infrastructure, and a mix of local and cosmopolitan culture. Qatar has become a hub for regional and global networks and meetings in international diplomacy, energy, finance and economics, media and sports, and this year is hosting the UN “COP 18, the latest round of global climate negotiations.
With this come a plethora of cultural, intellectual, gastronomic and arts events and venues – including such iconic buildings as the Museum of Islamic Art, designed by I.M. Pei. The country offers a safe and family-friendly environment, and as your future colleagues will tell you, is a great place to live, study and work (see brief documentry about lving in Qatar from Sidra Medical and Research Center). Its central location also makes it the ideal jumping-off point for exploring Asian, African and European destinations. Direct flights link Doha to cities across the world: Qatar Airways (Skytracks’ “World’s Best Airline”) has 420 global destinations.
Perhaps most important of all, Qatar is one of the few places in the world today where there are both a coherent vision of academic growth, and the resources to match. Truly a place to build the future: come and help build ours, and yours: http://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/grow/.
What others say about Qatar:
- QATAR topped the Middle East and North African (MENA) region in Global Peace Index (GPI) 2012 report. Qatar took the first position among the Arab countries and 12th place on global level among 158 countries covered by the GPI. (Source)
- Boasting the highest per capita income in the world, Qatar is emerging as the most dynamic and one of the fastest growing economies in the Middle East , almost tripling in size from 2005 to achieve a nominal GDP of approximately US$173.3bn in 2011 (Source)
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has reported that the Qatari economy grew by 18.8% in real terms in 2011 and forecasts that the economy is to grow a further 6% in real terms in 2012 to reach a nominal GDP figure of US$195.6bn (source: IMF Regional Economic Outlook April 2012 update). Qatar was also the second wealthiest nation by per capita GDP in 2011 after Luxembourg (Source).
- With a long term sovereign rating of AA and a stable outlook, Qatar is the highest rated GCC state (along with Kuwait) by Standard & Poor’s (source: S&P Sovereign Risk Indicators 28 December 2011.
- Qatar was ranked 14th and the highest in the MENA region in the World Economic Forum competitiveness index (source: World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report 2011-2012) , and was also placed 38th overall in the Global Financial Centers Index (GFCI) in 2012. Link.
- The National Vision 2030 guides the country’s growth. The government is committed to creating a dynamic, competitive and broad-based economy by increasing economic diversification through the re-investment of Qatar’s significant energy wealth. Qatar has over US$25.4tln in proven hydrocarbon reserves to be monetised over the next 100 years and sustain long-term growth and development (source: British Petroleum, Statistical Review of World Energy 2011)