Qatar. On April 3, Emir Hamad bin Khalifa appointed his cousin, the country’s influential foreign minister Hamad bin Jassem bin Jadr, as new prime minister. The new prime minister also retained the post of foreign minister. According to CountryAAH, Doha is the capital city of Qatar. Former Prime Minister Abdallah bin Khalifa, who is the emir’s brother, was reported to have “tired” his office.
At the end of September, the state-owned holding company Qatar Holding bought almost 10 percent of the shares in the Stockholm Stock Exchange’s owner, OMX. Qatar Holding had plans to buy a larger part of OMX but put those plans on the shelf in December.
- According to abbreviationfinder: QA is the 2-letter acronym for the country of Qatar.
At a meeting in Qatar in December with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), member states stuck to plans to form a single market in 2008 and introduce a single currency in 2010.
Qatar mediated during the year in the civil war in Yemen.
In February 2000, the 33 responsible for a coup attempt against the Emir in 1996 were sentenced to life in prison. Among those convicted were the cousin of the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani.
In March 2001, Qatar solved its border problems with Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. In the first case, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that the disputed Hawar Islands belong to Bahrain. There are rich oil deposits and they have been disputed since 1930. At the same time, however, the dosmtol gave Qatar sovereignty over the city of Zubarah. Ifht. Saudi Arabia signed an agreement in Doha. The agreement also contains 15 maps and documents describing the 60 km common border between the two countries. The Bedouins have traditionally crossed this boundary regardless of the sovereignty of the two countries.
The Emir was not satisfied with the verdict on the coup makers, and in May 2001, an appeals court sentenced his cousin and 18 other coup makers to death, 20 were sentenced to life in prison and 29 were acquitted. Until then, the death toll had not been used in Qatar for 10 years.
During the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, Qatar was the most important support point in the Gulf for the invasion – while the country’s TV station Al-Jazeera was the only one allowed to report from the Taliban controlled areas in Afghanistan.
The Islamic Conference met in Doha on March 5, 2003, and although it condemned the imminent invasion of Iraq by the United States, the emir nonetheless allowed the US’s main base for the invasion to be its base in Qatar. At the same time, Al-Jazeera brought critical reports about the invasion and brought footage with Saddam Hussein calling for resistance.
On April 29, 2003, a new constitution was passed with 96% of the vote from the 85,000 large voting body. Constitutional reform was more restrictive than the democratic forces had hoped. No parliament was created, but the old Majlis ash-Shura (Consultative Assembly) was expanded with elected representatives. The women were granted the right to vote and access to public office, and the people were given freedom of speech and freedom of religion, but political parties remained banned.
Although the emir in 1996 had appointed the third of his ten sons, Jassim born in 1978, as his heir, it was surprisingly replaced by the one year younger Tamim in August 2003.
In February 2004, former Chechen President and separatist leader Zelimkhan Yanderbiyev was killed by an explosion in Doha where he had lived for 3 years. Qatar accused the Russian intelligence service of being behind the attack. The Russians rejected these accusations, claiming instead that there was an internal power struggle between warring Chechen factions. Russia had asked to have him extradited, accusing him of participating in armed attacks on Dagestan in 1999 and in the occupation of a theater in Moscow in 2002.
Over 12 were injured and 1 killed in a suicide bombing with a car bomb in March 2005. The Interior Ministry abandoned the assailant as Egyptian by the name of Abdullah Ahmad Ali, but declined to identify al-Qaeda as responsible for the attack.
In June 2005, the country’s new constitution came into force.
In April 2006, the emir announced that the first election in the emirate’s history would be held in early 2007, with representatives to be elected to a consultative council. At the same time, Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabr Al-Thani took the opportunity to criticize the United States for “enforcing” democracy in the Middle East.
Qatar weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 27 ° C and 38 ° C can be expected over the next three months. In Doha it gets warmest in May, while March is noticeably cooler.
Do you want to go on a beach holiday? The water temperatures are in March, April and May 24-29 ° C. This is great weather for a great time on the beach and in the water.
In the period from March to May the sun shines on average between 8 and 11 hours a day. The sunniest weather is in May in Doha, but with less sun you have to get by in March.