Economic Updates: Qatar

Qatar: Going into overdrive

The Middle East | 23 Mar 2011
Qatar: Going into overdrive

With the government and international agencies alike predicting GDP to expand by almost 20% this year, and a budget surplus in the double-digit billions, Qatar’s economy is set to outstrip nearly all others around the world in 2011. Just about the only cloud on the horizon is the return of demand-driven inflation, though even this concern seems likely to dissipate in the face of sustained growth.

Qatar: ICT explores new domains

The Middle East | 15 Mar 2011
Qatar: ICT explores new domains

With a move to become one of the first countries to offer non-Latin language scripts in domain names, Qatar is pushing forward with efforts to help accelerate the development of e-services and e-commerce environments throughout the Arabic-speaking world. In February, the Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology (ictQATAR) announced that its website had became the first to use a Qatar-specific domain name in Arabic, with more Arabic domains set to be available for government entities and registered trademark holders starting in March.

Qatar: Sales set for a surge

The Middle East | 14 Feb 2011
Qatar: Sales set for a surge

Qatar’s retail sector appears well-placed for solid growth over the next few years, with prospects looking even brighter in the medium term as the economy is expected to gain further momentum as a result of the government’s investment programme and the feel-good factor leading up to hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Qatar: Year in Review 2010

The Middle East | 14 Jan 2011
Qatar: Year in Review 2010

2010 was a banner year for Qatar. The nation punched well above its weight over the course of the year and looks set to continue to make headlines in 2011 and beyond.

Qatar: Banking goals

Qatar | 21 Dec 2010
Qatar: Banking goals

Although the 2022 football World Cup is more than a decade away, analysts are already predicting increased loan activity and investment management in Qatar’s banking sector as the economy gears up to host football’s showcase event.

Qatar: Eyes on the prize

Qatar | 30 Nov 2010
Qatar: Eyes on the prize

Qatar is ratcheting up its campaign to host the 2022 World Cup as the race nears an end. With a decision due on December 2, boosts have come in the shape of a successful staging of a friendly match between South American footballing giants, praise for the emirate’s green credentials and vocal support from none other than Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Qatar: Meeting the challenges

Qatar | 16 Nov 2010
Qatar: Meeting the challenges

Recent reports from the IMF and Qatari authorities confirm that Qatar is on track to be the fastest-growing economy in the Middle East, and may be among the fastest in the world.