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Country Forecast Qatar Updater

  • ID: 2101579
  • May 2016
  • Region: Qatar
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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The Economist Intelligence Unit expects Qatar to remain stable in 2016-20 under the rule of the youthful emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani. Vocal opposition to the government will remain minimal even as the government proceeds with gradual fiscal consolidation measures.

Successful Saudi-led mediation efforts between Qatar and its neighbours in the Gulf Co-operation Council have helped to contain the diplomatic spat that culminated in the withdrawal of the Saudi, UAE and Bahraini envoys from the emirate in March 2014. (The countries agreed to return their envoys in November 2014.) However, disagreements may flare up again, as Qatar is unlikely to comply fully with the demands of its neighbours, which would like to see the country end its support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the region.

Despite mounting criticism of Qatar's human rights record, and critical media coverage of foreign workers mistreatment in the emirate, FIFA has confirmed that the 2022 football World Cup will be held in the winter of that year. Should Qatar lose the right to host the tournament (not our central scenario), owing to ongoing corruption probes, this would lead to a slowdown of real GDP growth, although the fiscal balance and inflation outlooks could improve if the government trims capital expenditure significantly.

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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
Infrastructure

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2016-20: Political stability

Outlook for 2016-20: Election watch

Outlook for 2016-20: International relations

Outlook for 2016-20: Policy trends

Outlook for 2016-20: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2016-20: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2016-20: Economic growth

Outlook for 2016-20: Inflation

Outlook for 2016-20: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2016-20: 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

Data summary: Fiscal indicators

Data summary: Monetary indicators

Data summary: Employment, wages and prices

Data summary: Current account and terms of trade

Data summary: Foreign direct investment

Data summary: External debt

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