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    Qatar Geography - 2002

      Location Middle East, peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia

      Geographic coordinates 25 30 N, 51 15 E

      Map references Middle East

      total: 11,437 sq km
      water: 0 sq km
      land: 11,437 sq km

      Area - comparative slightly smaller than Connecticut

      Land boundaries
      total: 60 km
      border countries: Saudi Arabia 60 km

      Coastline 563 km

      Maritime claims
      contiguous zone: 24 NM
      exclusive economic zone: as determined by bilateral agreements or the median line
      territorial sea: 12 NM

      Climate arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers

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

      Elevation extremes
      lowest point: Persian Gulf 0 m
      highest point: Qurayn Abu al Bawl 103 m

      Natural resources petroleum, natural gas, fish

      Land use
      arable land: 1%
      permanent crops: 0%
      other: 99% (1998 est.)

      Irrigated land 130 sq km (1998 est.)

      Natural hazards haze, dust storms, sandstorms common

      Environment - current issues limited natural fresh water resources are increasing dependence on large-scale desalination facilities

      Environment - international agreements
      party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection
      signed, but not ratified: Law of the Sea

      Geography - note strategic location in central Persian Gulf near major petroleum deposits

      NOTE: The information regarding Qatar on this page is re-published from the 2002 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Qatar Geography 2002 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Qatar Geography 2002 should be addressed to the CIA.

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