Middle East > Qatar


Capital: Doha ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : 2.2 %
Key Facts

Full name: The State of Qatar
Population: 1.6 million (UN, 2010)
Area: 11,437 sq km (4,416 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 78 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Riyal = 100 dirhams
Main exports: Oil, gas
GNI per capita: n/a
Internet domain: .qa
International dialling code: +974

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Qatar Year in Review 2016


    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 increase in the region.

    Marked improvements

    In its October 2016 “World Economic Outlook” statement, the IMF estimate that Qatar’s GDP increase for the year would come in at 2.6%, down from 3.7% in 2015, as high national spending continued in a wider context of lower energy prices.

  • Qatar Year in Review 2014


    Despite falling oil prices, the economy in Qatar maintained a steady rate of expansion throughout 2014, with targets of even additional robust increase this year, fuelled by the non-hydrocarbon sector.

  • Shell drops $6.5bn Al Karaana

    Royal Dutch Shell has scrapped plans for a $6.5bn petrochemicals project with Qatar Petroleum, citing “the current economic climate prevailing in the energy industry”, the oil major said on Wednesday.
    The Al Karaana project, an 80:20 joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and Shell, would have produced 2m tonnes a year of petrochemicals products, largely intended for Asian markets.
  • Dr Raghavan Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank


    Qatar needs to speak up and share its achievements with the rest of the world, states Dr Raghavan Seetharaman, CEO of one of its leading financial institutions, Doha Bank. Speaking to The Worldfolio, he looks at the country’s strengths, ambitions and expanding international links, inclunding the significant impact Doha Bank continues to have on the country’s development, particularly though its green innovations and SME support.

  • Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker


    Qatar Airways Group CEO Akbar Al Baker Interviewed By Robeel Haq

    Formerly this year, a staggering 18.8 million passengers from 100 different nationalities voted for their favourite airline, the results of which were announced at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards. Speculation had been mounting for several months about the potential winner, with Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Asiana Airlines hot favourites to reclaim the title, having collected the award in 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively.