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Country Forecast Qatar Updater

  • ID: 2101579
  • Country Profile
  • Region: Qatar
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing boycott of Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt, The Economist Intelligence Unit expects political stability to be maintained under the emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. The risks may be reinforced if the boycott affects the welfare of Qatari citizens, which could ignite some domestic opposition to the emir's rule.

Qatar will continue to maintain controversial relationships in the region, which will exacerbate existing tensions. Deep distrust between Qatar and its neighbours means that the emirate is unlikely to downgrade ties with regional military powers (Turkey and Iran) or abandon its Islamist allies.

Any future deal between Qatar and the four boycotting countries is likely to involve the emirate agreeing to reform the pro-Islamist slant of news channel, Al Jazeera Arabic (while keeping it on air), expelling foreign Islamists (or restricting their political activities) and providing assurances that defence ties with Iran are non-threatening. Equally, the boycotters will be pressed by Qatar and Western mediators to provide assurances that similar action will not recur. A resolution of the dispute is unlikely within the 2019-23 forecast period.
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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
Technological readiness

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2019-23: Political stability
Origins of the boycott

Outlook for 2019-23: Election watch

Outlook for 2019-23: International relations

Outlook for 2019-23: Policy trends

Outlook for 2019-23: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2019-23: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2019-23: Economic growth

Outlook for 2019-23: Inflation

Outlook for 2019-23: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2019-23: 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

Data sources and definitions
Global data
Domestic data
Abbreviations
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