Remarkable for long hot desert summers lasting from May to September with temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius), Doha is the capital city for the State of Qatar.
The Middle Eastern sovereign state is the world’s richest country in terms of GDP per capita based on the latest listings at research portal WorldsRichestCountries.com.
Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living Survey ranks Doha as the world’s 70th best city for personal safety. The annual survey compares 230 cities from around the globe based on 39 factors including political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, transportation and other public service factors. New York City is used as the benchmark for all comparisons.
Qatar shipped an estimated US$54.8 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Roughly 90% of Qatari exports are fossil fuels and related products.
Qatar’s highest value exports also include ethylene polymers, unwrought aluminum, nitrogenous fertilizers, ethers and motor cars according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Doha, Qatar: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar National Museum, Golden Mosque, Aspire Park and the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Doha, Qatar:
- Hamad Bin khalifa al Thani, Al Jazeera founder & royalty (born Jan. 1, 1952)
- Wissam Al Mana, Al Mana Group executive director (born Jan. 1, 1975)
- Venus Raj, Miss Universe finalist & actress (born Jul. 7, 1988)
- Mostafa Sheshtawy, photojournalist & filmmaker (born Jul. 21, 1988)
- Nasser Al-Khelaifi, professional tennis player & executive (born Nov. 12, 1973)
- Naser Mestarihi, singer-songwriter (born Oct. 14, 1987)
- Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber Al Thani, former prime minister (born Jan. 11, 1959)
- Ali Afif, soccer player/footballer (born Jan. 20, 1988)
- Yousef Ahmad, artist & writer (born Jan. 1, 1955)
- Abdullah Nasser Al Thani, entrepreneur & royalty (born Sep. 29, 1969)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Qatar resident: Qatari
Population: 1,351,000 (Doha municipality)
Density: 26,490 people per square mile (10,228 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,620,000 (Doha built-up urban area)
Density: 7,200 people per square mile (2,780 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,258,283 (Qatar)
Density: 505 people per square mile (195 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$334.5 billion as of October 2016 (for Qatar, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $129,727
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Doha were unavailable.
Official currency used in Doha: Qatari riyal
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The municipality of Doha occupies a land area measuring 51 square miles (132 square kilometers). Doha’s municipal population is approximately 1.4 million inhabitants, accounting for roughly half of Qatar’s overall population.
Adding in the urbanized area surrounding Doha’s municipal core results in a total land area of 225 square miles (583 square kilometers). The people count is an estimated 1.6 million for Doha’s combined urban areas.
Located on the Arabian Peninsula’s northeast coast in Western Asia, Qatar’s land area covers 4,473 square miles (11,586 square kilometers). The national population count was 2.3 million Qataris as of July 2016.
Population density is extremely concentrated within Doha municipality city limits, with an average 26,500 inhabitants per square mile (10,200 per square kilometer).
Combining Doha’s built-up urban areas with its municipal core lessens population density to 7,200 people per square mile (2,800 per square kilometer) throughout the larger geographic territory.
For Qatar overall, population density drops to an average 500 inhabitants per square mile (200 per square kilometer).
Qatar broke free from the United Kingdom on September 3, 1971. Qataris celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each September 3.