YEAR 2016 is a remarkable year for Qatar, in 2016 Qatar observed a number of accomplishment and exceptional turning points, the country perceived an overall growth under the headship of the Emir His Highness Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al Thani and the direction of Prime Minister and Minister of Interior HE Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al Thani.
The numerous foreign visits of HH the Emir throughout the year played a noteworthy part in Qatar’s politics, benefiting the country success from all points of view, including organization concurrences with different nations and in addition dynamic contribution in issues identified with the GCC and the region.
In 2016, HH the Emir visited Russia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Argentina and Colombia to reinforce two-sided relations and agreements for the advantage of Qatar and its partners in different fields.
Also, HH the Emir’s aim to the achievement of the GCC union prompted to his eagerness to visit different GCC states to join various occasions, activities and conferences.
HH the Emir went to the North Darfur for the Darfur Peace Agreement which was driven by Qatar’s intervention, to celebrate the victory of ending the war in the region and introducing the new era of development and advancement.
In the month of September at the United Nations, HH the Emir presented the opening speech and approached the world to live up to its duties and obligations towards the region’s issues without being discriminatory.
Additionally,in 2016, HH the Emir exhibited the ‘Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award’ to winners in Vienna to value the commitment of specific associations and efforts of people against corruption.
The PM went to Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and India to bolster the relationship and ties amongst Qatar and its partners.
Qatar has likewise facilitated numerous delegations and public figures from around the globe noticeable among whom is the noteworthy tour of the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud of Saudi Arabia to improve the relations between both countries.
As far as Qatar’s rankings in various fields, it ranked the fourteenth position among 140 nations worldwide in the most recent world competitiveness report (2015-2016) by the World Economic Forum and positioned first in the Middle East.
The nation stood 2nd in the index of Economic freedom 2016 in Middle East while ranked 12th for the same globally and was ranked 1stin the Middle East for information and communications technology digital economy.
Qatar accomplished diverse high rankings for the Hamad International Airport, road infrastructure, marine ports, legislative government electronic administrations, information technology, computerized innovation, which secured sustainability, intelligence and eco-friendliness. Every one of these advances qualified Qatar to consider space and satellite fields when in 2016, it concluded the outline of Es’hailSat 2 and planned to launch it in 2017.
These accomplishments are upheld by the solid establishment of advanced education and scientific research, which is perceived by many global foundations in the field, by putting Qatar University in the 49th position overall globally as per the QS World University Rankings and in light of Time Magazine rankings. Qatar University positioned first because of its quick paced development as it expanded its publications by 246 percent within the previous five years.
Qatar has additionally seen an expansion in the quantity of tourist’s visits positioning the highest visited GCC state. The nation has demonstrated to not only be a family destination but also a social symbol with the assistance of Qatar Museums and its registration of Al Zubarah Archeological Site as a component of the UNESCO World Heritage List. What’s more, sports tourism has added to the general development of tourism driven by the preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.