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 November 2013 Updater

Country Forecast Qatar November 2013 Updater

  • $ 730
  • Country report
  • November 2013
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

OVERVIEW Qatar will remain stable under the rule of the new emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The emir is expected to retain a firm grip on policymaking over the forecast period, assisted by a small ...

  • Countries : Qatar


Middle East and North Africa - ISA Risk Forecasts

Middle East and North Africa - ISA Risk Forecasts

  • $ 249
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by ISA

This report contains detailed risk forecasts for each country within the region. Risk assessments are made in a number of fields, including domestic and international political risk, domestic and international ...

  • Countries : Africa, Asia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, World, Yemen, Syrian Arab Republic, Qatar, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, Bahrain, Tunisia, Sudan, Morocco, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Egypt, Algeria, Oman, Iraq

Dun and Bradstreet (Altares)

D&B Country Insight Report: Qatar

D&B Country Insight Report: Qatar

  • $ 650
  • Country report
  • March 2014
  • 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, economic ...

  • Countries : Qatar

Oxford Economics

By Country Industry Forecasts > Qatar

By Country Industry Forecasts > Qatar

  • $ 250
  • Country report
  • March 2014
  • by Oxford Economics

Qatar: Key Features: Broad Country and Industry Coverage. The service covers 68 countries across Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa, where 85% of world business is conducted. Up to ...

  • Countries : Qatar

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