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    Economic News & Views

    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 invests in utilities locally and abroad

16 Oct 2013

As one of the world’s largest consumers of water and electricity on a per capita basis, Qatar is looking to reduce its utilities usage. However, with the demand for water likely to outstrip supply in the near future, the government is also taking steps to boost capacity.

Economic Update | Qatar’s real estate market supported by population growth

16 Sep 2013

Demand for residential and retail real estate in Qatar remains strong, largely as a result of demand outstripping supply. However, over the longer term, new space – particularly in retail – is set to come onto the market and will likely soften prices.

Economic Update | Managing rising levels of solid waste in Qatar

26 Aug 2013

A by-product of rapid economic growth, the volume of solid waste generated by Qatar has been increasing steadily in recent years. While the government is looking to reduce this output by encouraging waste minimisation and recycling efforts, investments in additional processing facilities will likely be necessary.

Economic Update | Qatar: Central bank imposes new rules on lenders

23 Jul 2013

New regulations introduced by the Qatar Central Bank (QCB) in mid-June will curb local banks’ investment options, potentially making sovereign bonds more appealing at the expense of some private sector options. The move is taking place as the government prepares to set its infrastructure development programme into overdrive.

Economic Update | Qatar: Developing tourism

25 Jun 2013

With a strong existing market from business visitors, and a growing status among tourists from elsewhere in the Gulf, Qatar’s authorities are now focusing on developing a broader leisure industry.

Economic Update | Qatar: Expanding energy horizons

10 Jun 2013

The world’s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is spreading its wings into energy ventures far from the vast reserves on its own doorstep. Qatar is investing in shale-related projects in North America and elsewhere to help maintain its position as one of the top players in the global gas market.