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Qatar : economy statistics and industry reports

  • Updated on : 27 August 2012  Source : The World Factbook


$23.08 billion (2011 est.)
$20.94 billion (2010 est.)


$107 billion (2011 est.)
$72.04 billion (2010 est.)

Inflation rate (consumer prices)

1.9% (2011 est.)
-2.4% (2010 est.)

Unemployment rate

0.4% (2011 est.)
0.5% (2010 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP)

$104,300 (2011 est.)
$91,300 (2010 est.)
$81,200 (2009 est.)
note: data are in 2011 US dollars

National product real growth rate

19.4% (2010 est.)
9.5% (2009 est.)
11.7% (2008 est.)

Internet users

563,800 (2009)

Telephones - mobile cellular

2.329 million (2009)

Population growth rate

4.93% (2012 est.)


1,951,591 (July 2012 est.)

Historical background

Ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-1800s, Qatar transformed itself from a poor British protectorate noted mainly for pearling into an independent state with significant oil and natural gas revenues.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Qatari economy was crippled by a continuous siphoning off of petroleum revenues by the Amir, who had ruled the country since 1972.

His son, the current Amir HAMAD bin Khalifa Al Thani, overthrew him in a bloodless coup in 1995.

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Economic overview

Despite the global financial crisis, Qatar has prospered in the last several years - in 2010 Qatar had the world's highest growth rate.

Qatari authorities throughout the crisis sought to protect the local banking sector with direct investments into domestic banks.

GDP rebounded in 2010 largely due to the increase in oil prices.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit

Country Forecast Qatar July 2015 Updater

Country Forecast Qatar July 2015 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • July 2015
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Qatar to remain stable in 2015-19 under the rule of the youthful emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Vocal opposition to the government will remain minimal ...

  • Countries : Qatar

Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: Qatar

D&B Country Insight Report: Qatar

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • July 2015
  • by Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

Report Summary If you are involved in cross-border business, developing relationships or identifying opportunities overseas, you are exposed to the risk associated with a country’s overall political, ...

  • Countries : World, Qatar


Qatar - ISA Country Report

Qatar - ISA Country Report

  • $ 99
  • Country report
  • August 2015
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Qatar, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...

  • Countries : Qatar

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