Qatar (/ˈkæˌtɑːr/,i/ˈkɑːtɑːr/, /ˈkɑːtər/ or i/kəˈtɑːr/;Arabic:قطرQaṭar[ˈqɑtˤɑr]; local vernacular pronunciation: [ɡɪtˤɑr]), officially the State of Qatar (Arabic:دولة قطرDawlat Qaṭar), is a sovereigncountry located in Southwest Asia, occupying the small Qatar Peninsula on the northeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Its sole land border is with Saudi Arabia to the south, with the rest of its territory surrounded by the Persian Gulf. A strait in the Persian Gulf separates Qatar from the nearby island of Bahrain, as well as sharing sea borders with the United Arab Emirates and Iran.
A television viewing audience of 484 million in 80 countries across the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, North America and North Africa witnessed Japan defeat Australia 1–0 in the final.
Qatar, India and Iran all lodged interest in hosting the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, while Australia also considered making a late bid. Qatar officially submitted their bid on 19 June 2006, while India withdrew their interest and Iran failed to submit proper documentation for their bid on time.
Qatar was announced as host nation on 29 July 2007, during the 2007 AFC Asian Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia. Due to FIFA regulations stating that confederation events can be hosted either in January or July, and July being peak summer heat in the Middle East, it was also announced that the tournament would be held in January of that year.
... new expanded Salwa border crossing with Qatar ... Salwa port is one of the most important border land ports in the Kingdom, and it witnesses the exchange of goods and the transit of individuals between Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
A total of 12 ships were engaged at PQA berths during the last 24 hours, out of them, 02 ships, Milaha Qatar and Lisa left the Port on Thursday morning, while 03 more ships, MSCParis, EM Astoria and SeaspanChiba are expected to sail on today in the afternoon.
... shipping and maritime company, Nakilat, and leading offshore rig constructor and ship repairer KeppelOffshore & MarineLtd., will provide after-sales technical support to vessels equipped with ERMAFIRST ballast water treatment systems calling at ports and repair yards in Qatar.
Qatar is working to avoid an accommodation shortage during the tournament and has hired Accor, Europe’s largest hotel operator, to manage the temporary operation ... Qatar is also offering 4,000 rooms on two cruise ships moored at DohaPort, 1,000 Bedouin-style desert tents and rooms in prefabricated fan village cabins.
Foster’s comments come after Airlink signed a codeshare agreement with Middle-Eastern airline QatarAirways to expand its operations in South Africa... The agreement will increase Qatar Airways’ footprint in southern Africa, with improved access to the following destinations.Ggeberha (PortElizabeth);HoedspruitSkukuza; and,George.