SAUDI INVESTMENT BANK NAMES FEMALE CEO

NCB Capital, a major Saudi Arabian investment bank, named Sarah Al-Suhaimi, an accomplished asset manager, as its new CEO. She is the first woman to head an investment bank in the kingdom. The Saudi government owns part of National Commercial Bank, which controls NCB Capital.

 
 
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Central bank

Qatar Central Bank

International Reserves

US$ 42,082 billion (Source: World Bank; Data updated: 2013)

Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 214 billion (2014 estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

215 billion of International dollars (2014 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
7.5% 26.2% 18% 17.7% 12.0% 16.7% 13.0%
2012 2013 2014*        
6.2% 6.1% 5.9%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 96,635 (2014 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$96,993 International Dollars (2014 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2014*
0.1% 0.06% 0.08% 0.2% 0.24%

*Estimate

 
 
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GDP - composition by sector
  • agriculture: 0.1% 
  • industry: 72.2% 
  • services: 27.7% (2013 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

N/A

 

Inflation
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
-2.4% 1.9% 1.9% 3.1% 3.6%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2009 2010 2011 2012*
N/A N/A N/A(2009) N/A

*Estimate

Household saving rates

N/A

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
29.2% 32.3% 35.4% 34.2% 25.4%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014*
2.5% 6.4% 9.5% 11.1% 7.6%

*Estimate  

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: AA

Moody's rating: Aa2

Moody's outlook: STA

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Sept 22 2014)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2010 2011 2012
US$123.6 billion US$125.4 billion US$126.4 billion

2010 Estimate     2012 Estimate

 

Largest companies in Qatar

Qatar National Bank, Ooredoo Telecom, Industries Qatar, Masraf Al Rayan, Commercial Bank of Qatar, Ezdan Holding Group, Qatar Islamic Bank, Doha Bank (2014)

 
 
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Current account balance

US$ 54.303 billion (2014 estimate)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

25.401% of GDP (2014 estimate)

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

75.6% (2012)

(Data released on Oct 2014)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.72% (2012)

(Data were released in March 2014)

Shares in world total commercial services export

0.2% (2012)

(Data were released in 2014)

Total exports

US$12.7 billion (2013 estimate) 

Export commodities

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

Total imports

US$ 39.58 billion (2013 estimate) 

 
 
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Import commodities

machinery and transport equipment, food, chemicals

Exports - major partners

Japan 26.7%, South Korea 19%, India 12.1%, Singapore 5.7%, China 5.4% (2013 est.)

Imports - major partners

US 14.2%, UAE 11.1%, Saudi Arabia 8.6%, UK 6.4%, Japan 6%, China 4.8%, Germany 4.7%, Italy 4.4%, France 4.4% (2013 est.)

FDI inflows
2011 2012 2013
US$ -87 million US$ 327 million US$-840 million
FDI outflows
2011 2012 2013  
US$ 6,027 million US$ 1,840million US$ 8,021 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2010 2011 2012 2013
US$ 626 million US$ -790 million US$ 7,971 million US$ 3,078 million
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2012 (Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2013(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

(for a monthly update on M&A; click here )

Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project

Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 189. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.

Overall ranking: 48 out of 189 countries (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 112 out of 189 countries

Enforcing Contracts: 93 out of 189 countries

Registering Property: 43 out of 189 countries

Getting credit: 130 out of 189 countries

Protecting investors: 128 out of 189 countries

Trading across border: 67 out of 189 countries

Paying Taxes: 2 out of 189 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 23 out of 189 countries

Getting Electricity: 27 out of 189 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 36 out of 189 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

16

(2014-2015)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 30 Score: 71.2 (Mostly Free) (2014)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
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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

 
 
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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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