Qatar Financial Services Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Qatar 2016

In recent years Qatar’s insurance sector has expanded swiftly on the back of government spending, economic development and a steadily increasing awareness of the benefits of coverage. Between 2005 and the end of 2015 the industry posted a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21%, according to data from Moody’s. By the end of 2014 Qatar was the third-largest insurance market in the region,...

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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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.

 

Fueled in large part by government investment in infrastructure and other large-scale construction projects, over the past decade Qatar has become the fastest-growing insurance market in the GCC region, according to recent reports published by ratings firm Moody’s and Dubai-based investment bank Alpen Capital. In 2014 alone Qatari underwriters...

 

In recent years Qatar’s insurance sector has expanded swiftly, on the back of government spending, economic development and steadily increasing awareness of the benefits of coverage among the nation’s rapidly growing population.

 

What role will sukuk (Islamic bond) issuance play in the market going forward?

 

In recent years Qatar’s Islamic financial services (IFS) sector has expanded rapidly, on the back of government support and growing interest among domestic corporates and individuals alike. While tightening liquidity has the potential to result in slightly curtailed growth across the country’s banking sector as a whole in 2016-17, sharia-...

 

The maturation of Qatar’s Islamic financial services (IFS) industry over the past decade and a half has led the country’s sharia-compliant institutions to take a two-tiered approach to growing their business. First, the nation’s Islamic financial institutions have focused on serving domestic demand. Second, as in the conventional segment, many...