Qatar Articles & Analysis

With the fall in oil prices underlining the dangers of an over reliance on hydrocarbons revenues, Qatar has continued to forge ahead with its economic diversification drive in 2016. Non-hydrocarbons growth now outstrips hydrocarbons growth, with several big-ticket construction projects, an increasingly dynamic financial services sector and a growing reputation as a tourist destination all fuelling non-oil expansion.

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What prompted the recent acquisition of Banif Bank in Malta and does this signify a new strategy of diversification into financial services?

Stability and consolidation were Qatar’s watchwords in 2016, as the government continued to make long-term investments in national infrastructure at a time of restricted economic growth in the region.

A range of new visa measures recently announced by the Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) have been widely welcomed by tourism industry professionals, as well as the country’s hospitality and retail operators.

Supply in Qatar’s commercial real estate market is predicted to more than double in the coming years.

While the banking and financial services sector in Qatar continues to be a significant source of growth in the country, recently released figures for the first half of the year suggest a mixed picture for industry earnings.

 

The Qatari economy, together with all of the other GCC countries, has been affected by the recent economic changes, most notably the fall in oil prices coupled with volatility in the stock markets after China devalued its currency. Due to its vast natural gas reserves and emphasis on liquefied natural gas exports, Qatar is one of the best...