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Country Forecast Qatar Updater

  • Published: September 2014
  • Region: Qatar
  • 16 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Qatar will remain stable in 2014-18 under the rule of the new emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Vocal opposition to the government will remain minimal as Qataris continue to benefit from the country's huge hydrocarbons wealth.

Courting Islamist groups, to which Saudi Arabia and the UAE are especially antagonistic, appears to take precedence over healing the rift with regional neighbours. However, we do not expect the diplomatic tensions within the Gulf Co-operation Council to spiral into an armed conflict. If proven, allegations that Qatar's bid for the 2022 football World Cup was corrupt could shake investors' confidence in the extent to which investment deals between the government and private contractors are conducted transparently.

Capital expenditure will pick up considerably, relative to recurrent spending, in the latter half of the forecast period, as the government is expected to invest QR664bn (US$182.3bn) over the next five years in projects related to the 2022 football World Cup and the National Vision 2030 development plan. A loss of the right to host the World Cup would moderate capital expenditure in the forecast period, but may improve the overall budget balance.

Country Forecast Qatar Updater

Country forecast overview: Highlights

Country forecast overview: Key indicators

Country forecast overview: Business environment rankings

Country forecast overview: Qatar's business environment at a glance
Policy towards private enterprise and competition
Policy towards foreign investment
Foreign trade and exchange controls
Taxes
Financing
The labour market
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Fact sheet

Outlook for 2014-18: Political stability

Outlook for 2014-18: Election watch

Outlook for 2014-18: International relations

Outlook for 2014-18: Policy trends

Outlook for 2014-18: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2014-18: Economic growth

Outlook for 2014-18: Inflation

Outlook for 2014-18: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2014-18: External sector

Data summary: Global outlook

Data summary: Gross domestic product, current market prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product, at constant prices

Data summary: Gross domestic product by sector of origin

Data summary: Growth and productivity

Data summary: Economic structure, income and market size

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Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

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