Source
Central bank

Qatar Central Bank

International Reserves

USD 36.5 billion (2015)

International Monetary Fund (IMF), data retrieved January 2017

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

USD 170.8 billion (2017, estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

Intl$ 353.1 billion (2017, estimate)

Real GDP growth
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
26.2% 18% 17.7% 12% 19.6% 13.4% 4.9%
2013 2014 2015* 2016* 2017*    
4.6% 4% 3.7% 2.6% 3.4%    

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

USD 63,385.7 (2017, estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

Intl$ 131,062.8 (2017, estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2017*
0.14% 0.09% 0.11% 0.25% 0.3%

*Estimate

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 0.1% 
  • industry: 51.1% 
  • services: 48.8%

(2016 estimate)

Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

 

Inflation
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
3.1% 3.4% 1.8% 3.0% 3.1%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
32.6% 31.7% 39.8% 54.9% 66.2%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2013 2014 2015 2016* 2017*
22.2% 15% 5.4% -7.6% -10.1%

*Estimate  

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: AA

Moody's: Aa2

Standard & Poor's / Moody's (Updated as of January 24th 2017)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2013 2014 2015
USD 152.6 billion USD 185.9 billion USD 142.6 billion
Largest companies

Qatar National Bank, Ooredoo Telecom, Industries Qatar, Qatar Islamic Bank, Masraf Al Rayan, Ezdan Holding Group, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Doha Bank, Barwa Real Estate.

 
 
Source
Current account balance

USD 0.1 billion (2017 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

0.04% (2017 estimate)

Exports as percent of GDP (Exports of goods and services)

56.1% (2015)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.5% (2015)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.3% (2015)

Total exports

USD 64.7 billion (2016 estimate)

Export commodities

Liquefied natural gas (LNG), petroleum products, fertilizers, steel

Total imports

USD 33.8 billion (2016 estimate)

 
 
Source
Import commodities

Machinery and transport equipment, food, chemicals

Exports - major partners

Japan 25.4%, India 14.6%, China 8.4%, UAE 6.8%, Singapore 5.6%, UK 5.5%, Thailand 4.2% (2015)

Imports - major partners

China 11.9%, US 11.3%, UAE 9%, Germany 7.7%, Japan 6.7%, UK 5.9%, Italy 4.6%, Saudi Arabia 4.4% (2015)

FDI inflows
2013 2014 2015
USD -840 million USD 1,040 million USD 1,071 million
FDI outflows
2013 2014 2015
USD 8,021 million USD 6,748 million USD 4,023 million
Value of cross-border M&A, by country of purchaser
2012 2013 2014 2015
USD 7970.7 million USD 3594.2 million USD 3965.7 million USD 8838.2 million
Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2014

N/A

Cross-border M&A deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2015

N/A

Best countries for doing business

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business. A high ease of doing business ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 83 out of 190 countries (2017)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 91 out of 190 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 120 out of 190 countries

Registering Property: 26 out of 190 countries

Getting Credit: 139 out of 190 countries

Protecting Minority Investors: 183 out of 190 countries

Trading Across Borders: 128 out of 190 countries

Paying Taxes: 1 out of 190 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 21 out of 190 countries

Getting Electricity: 44 out of 190 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 116 out of 190 countries

Global competitiveness ranking

18 out of 138 countries

(2016-2017)

Index of Economic Freedom

Ranking: 34 / Score: 70.71 (Mostly free) (2016)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed)

 
 
Source
Time zone

UTC+3

Total area

11,586 sq km

Capital

Doha

Currency

Qatari rial (QAR)

Government type

emirate

Languages

Arabic (official), English commonly used as a second language

Religions

Muslim 77.5%, Christian 8.5%, other (includes mainly Hindu and other Indian religions) 14% (2004 est.)

Total population
1990 2000 2010 2014* 2019**
0.477 million 0.594 million 1.637 million 2.212 million 2.779 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
Source
Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2013
85.2% 89% 96% 99%
Population median age

32.6 years (2014 est.)

Population growth rate

3.58% (2014 est.)

Life expectancy

78.38 years (2014 est.)

Adult literacy

96.3% (2010 estimate)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

N/A

Freedom House rating

Political Rights: 6
Civil Liberties: 5 (2014)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Total telephone subscribers as % of population

Fixed 19.0%   Mobile 152.6% (2013)
(fixed-telephone subscribers and mobile-cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

85.30% (2013)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

Doha 158th (2014)

CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

40.3 (2010)

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