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An Economic Tour of Qatar

Qatar, an emirate that is slightly smaller in land size than Connecticut, has leapt onto the global economic scene with its vast natural resources, wealth, and relative stability. Ruled by Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani since 1996, it's one of the fastest growing economies in the world, growing by 19.4% in 2010 alone.

Executives from several of Qatar’s major corporations as well as government leaders will convene at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City April 6-7, 2011, for the Business & Investment in Qatar Forum to discuss development and investment opportunities in the fast-growing country.

So, what should you know about Qatar, and what are some of its key economic characteristics? Click ahead for an economic tour.

By Paul Toscano
Posted 5 April 2011

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