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Updated: Sep 18, 2022

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Country Name

Qatar, or officially the State of Qatar.


Qatar is a country located in Western Asia. Qatar shares a boundary with Saudi Arabia only. It is situated in the Persian Gulf and is mostly surrounded by the Persian Gulf. Qatar shares maritime borders with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE.



Reason for Naming

Pliny the Elder, a Roman historian, wrote the first description of the peninsula's people in the mid-first century AD, referring to them as the Catharrei, a name that may have arisen from the name of an important local hamlet.

Ptolemy made the earliest known map of the peninsula, referring to it as Catara, a century later. The map also included "Cadara," a settlement to the east of the peninsula.

The word 'Catara' (inhabitants, Cataraei) was used solely until the 18th century when 'Katara' became the most well-recognized spelling.

After various changes, including 'Katr,' 'Kattar,' and 'Guttur,' the modern derivation Qatar was chosen as the country's name.


Qatar's flag was approved on July 9, 1971. The flag is made up