Qatar is somewhat unique in the Middle East. An emirate which rejected the chance to join the UAE, which is far more comfortable with ties to Iran than its neighbours, and which has only 10% of its entire population being domestic. This tiny state is nevertheless a major player in global affairs, sometimes through no desire of its own. It will be hosting the 2022 World Cup – which will significantly raise its global profile – and is looking to become a global financial hub to rival Dubai, but at the same time is facing accusations of human rights abuses for its treatment of migrant workers and a near-total moratorium on relationships with almost every other state in the region.
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