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    Qatar Geography 1998

      Location Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia

      Geographic coordinates 25 30 N, 51 15 E

      Map references Middle East

      total: 11,437 sq km
      land: 11,437 sq km
      water: 0 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Connecticut

      Land boundaries
      total: 60 km
      border countries: Saudi Arabia 60 km

      Coastline 563 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate desert; hot, dry; humid and sultry in summer

      Terrain mostly flat and barren desert covered with loose sand and gravel

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m
      highest point: Qurayn Aba al Bawl 103 m

      Natural resources petroleum, natural gas, fish

      Land use
      arable land: 1%
      permanent crops: NA%
      permanent pastures: 5%
      forests and woodland: NA%
      other: 94% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land 80 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards haze, dust storms, sandstorms common

      Environment - current issues limited natural fresh water resources are increasing dependence on large-scale desalination facilities

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

      Geography - note strategic location in central Persian Gulf near major petroleum deposits

      NOTE: The information regarding Qatar on this page is re-published from the 1998 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Qatar Geography 1998 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Qatar Geography 1998 should be addressed to the CIA.

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