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 2014 Updater

Country Forecast Qatar November 2014 Updater

  • $ 635
  • Country report
  • November 2014
  • by The Economist Intelligence Unit

Qatar will 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 as Qataris continue to benefit from the ...

  • 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

PRS Group

ICRG Annual: Volume 4, The Middle East & North Africa

ICRG Annual: Volume 4, The Middle East & North Africa

  • $ 386
  • Country report
  • October 2014
  • by PRS Group

Purchase individual volumes of the International Country Risk Guide Annual (described separately). Choose from seven perfect-bound volumes (6 regional volumes and one volume of country risk ratings & statistics ...

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

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