Doha is the capital and most populous city of the State of Quatar. It is a fastest growing city and also the economic center of the country.
Qatar is a high-income economy, backed by the world’s third largest natural gas and oil reserves. The country has the highest per capita income in the world: it is classified by the United Nation as a country of very high human development. Qatar will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first Arab country to do so.
Doha was officially declared as the country’s capital in 1971, when Qatar gained independence. As the commercial capital of Qatar and one of the emergent financial centers in the Middle East, Doha is considered a world city by the “Globalization and World Cities Research Network”.
In May 2015, the city was officially recognized as of the “New Wonders Cities” together with Vigan, La Paz, Durban, Havana, Beirut and Kuala Lumpur.
Doha has been selected as host city of a number of sporting events since 2006 and is set to host a large number of the venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Italy and the State of Quatar
The economic development of the State of Qatar has got, especially in recent years, the traits of a real economic boom, accompanied by moderate policies and the huge availability of energy resources (oil and especially natural gas) that contributed to making the country an important and strategic partner fo Italy for the next decades, as well as one of the main for outlets for our goods throughout the Middle East.
The State visit of H.H. Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to Italy in July 2005 and the State visit of H.E. the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano to Qatar in November 2007 contributed to strengthening the bilateral relations between Italy and Quatar.