Qatar. According to Countryaah.com, Qatar population in 2020 is estimated at 2,881,064. Qatar was unusually heavily employed by the outside world during the year. The country’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and its sister organizations in the region created the worst crisis of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to date. In March, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates withdrew their ambassadors from Doha. They accused Qatar of interfering in their internal affairs, thereby breaking a 2013 agreement.
In September, the government ordered several Brotherhood members living in exile in Qatar to leave the country in what was seen as a gesture to attend the other GCC countries. Qatar should also have stopped welcoming citizens from other GCC states who were wanted in their home country.
Gradually, the turmoil in the Gulf states grew over the Sunni extremist group Islamic State (IS) and its progress in Iraq and Syria. The Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani saw himself prompted to refute all allegations that his government was funding extremists in, among other things. Syria. The emir also stressed that Qatar, along with four of the other GCC states, joined the US-led alliance as airborne IS positions.
In November, the GCC crisis seemed to have blown over; then it was announced that the home-picked ambassadors would return to Doha.
New accusations were also made against Qatar that the country bribed to the World Cup 2022. International Football Association (FIFA) chairman Sepp Blatter said in May that it was a mistake to award the Qatar World Cup, even if he only cited the heat as a reason. The British press reported in June that the country had bought votes for millions. FIFA appointed an investigation which in November freed Qatar from the charges. But towards the end of the year came new information about bribes and about inferior safety and poor conditions for the guest workers who built the arenas.
Qatar’s new airport opened for commercial traffic in April. Hamad International Airport, which cost the equivalent of US $ 15 billion to build, was estimated to be able to receive 50 million passengers a year when it is fully completed in 2020.