Qatar's Public Diplomacy Efforts
- Capital - Doha
- Population - 885,359 (July 2006 est.)
- Government – Traditional Monarchy
- Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani
- Prime Minister Abdallah bin Khalifa al-Thani
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, armed with a group of BBC-trained journalists looking for work after the collapse of BBC Arab TV, created Al Jazeera as part of an effort to modernize and democratize Qatar.
Emir Al Thani allocated $137 million to the endeavor with the intent that the station would be self-sustaining by 2002, just five years after its November 1, 1996 debut. Since its birth, the media organization has grown significantly, becoming the first Arab media organization that offered news twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week (Kelley, 2002). And as soon as 2002, it had offices in Washington, New York, London, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Djakarta, and Islamabad operating around the clock.