• Economic News Updates

    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Qatar: Geared for growth

17 Nov 2011

Qatar’s economy is set to post near record high growth again this year, after leading the world in 2010, though there are some concerns that this rapid expansion could lead to overheating. Meanwhile, Doha will be keeping a wary eye on the economic health of its major trading partners.

Economic Update | Qatar: Processing power

17 Oct 2011

Having established itself as the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG), Qatar is now looking to bring a new processing facility online to support a projected jump in local industrial activity.

Economic Update | Qatar: Boosting Islamic finance

4 Oct 2011

The first sale of an Islamic finance portfolio since Qatar’s decision to ban conventional lenders from conducting sharia-compliant banking operations is a harbinger of what’s to come as the Islamic finance sector begins to benefit from the ruling. The domestic segment, however, may have to contend with greater competition from foreign Islamic banks keen to enter the lucrative market.

Economic Update | Qatar: Environmentally sound

30 Sep 2011

Like many of its neighbours in the Gulf, Qatar has seen the negative effects of the international economic downturn begin to fade over the past year. In the coming decade the local real estate market is expected to benefit from massive government infrastructure spending, a steadily expanding population and preparations for the 2022 World Cup.

Economic Update | Qatar: World’s fastest

22 Sep 2011

Qatar looks set to retain its position as the world’s fastest-growing economy this year, with the country’s core sectors performing strongly and diversification continuing apace. While many economies worldwide are still sluggish, or face the prospect of slipping back into recession, Qatar is expected to see 21% real growth in 2011, according to a recent report by Doha-based financial institution QNB Capital.

Economic Update | Qatar: Bank balance

8 Sep 2011

International ratings agencies and analysts have given Qatar’s banking sector a clean bill of health, though the central bank is keeping an eye on non-performing loans (NPLs), as well as monitoring inflationary pressure.