Qatar has become one of the Middle East's most prosperous states over the past 40 years. Its huge oil and natural gas reserves - and revenues - has propelled it to the top of the most desirable places-to-do-business lists. The ruling Al Thani family have sought to develop Qatar's "knowledge economy" too with a science and technology park, education city and sports city as well as establishing al-Jazeera, the satellite television station. In 2022 it will host the World Cup, the first Arab state to do so.
For professionals taking Business-Class flights to Doha, there are lots of comfy options. The Gulf carriers such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have raised this class of travel to new, luxurious highs, competing with the likes of British Airways, Lufthansa and Air France.