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    Qatar Geography 1995

      Location: Middle East, peninsula jutting into the central Persian Gulf, between Iran and Saudi Arabia

      Map references: Middle East, Standard Time Zones of the World

      total area: 11,000 sq km
      land area: 11,000 sq km
      comparative area: slightly smaller than Connecticut

      Land boundaries: total 60 km, Saudi Arabia 60 km

      Coastline: 563 km

      Maritime claims:
      continental shelf: not specified
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      International disputes: territorial dispute with Bahrain over the Hawar Islands; maritime boundary with Bahrain

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

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

      Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, fish

      Land use:
      arable land: 0%
      permanent crops: 0%
      meadows and pastures: 5%
      forest and woodland: 0%
      other: 95%

      Irrigated land: NA sq km

      current issues: limited freshwater resources are increasing dependence on large-scale desalination facilities
      natural hazards: haze, dust storms, sandstorms common
      international agreements: signed, but not ratified - Biodiversity, Law of the Sea

      Note: strategic location in central Persian Gulf near major petroleum deposits

      NOTE: The information regarding Qatar on this page is re-published from the 1995 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Qatar Geography 1995 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Qatar Geography 1995 should be addressed to the CIA.

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