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Doha

Doha, the capital city of Qatar, is home to approximately 80% of the country’s population. Qatar’s largest energy companies, including Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas and RasGas are headquartered in Doha.

In recent years, due to a “modernization” program by Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Qatari economy is trying to diversify away from oil and natural gas. As a result, the city has experienced a real estate boom, a population boom , and an influx of corporate and commercial activity. The city is also home to the country’s only international airport, a number of sports stadiums, and Qatar University.

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