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Country Forecast Qatar Updater

  • ID: 2101579
  • Country Profile
  • July 2020
  • Region: Qatar
  • 17 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit
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Despite the challenges posed by the sharp economic downturn as a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and a testing regional environment, as well as the boycott of Qatar by the Arab quartet-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. Internal stability would be jeopardised only if the boycott were to significantly affect the welfare of Qatari citizens, or if the emir's political rivals were to mobilise to undermine his rule; neither set of circumstances form part of our central scenario.

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

Any deal between Qatar and the quartet is likely to involve Qatar agreeing to reform the Qatari state-funded news channel, Al Jazeera Arabic, expelling foreign Islamists (or restricting their activities) and assuring that defence ties with Iran are non-threatening. Equally, the quartet will be pressed by Qatar and Western mediators to give assurances that similar action will not recur.
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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
The labour market
Technological readiness

Fact sheet

Outlook for 2020-24: Political stability

Outlook for 2020-24: Election watch

Outlook for 2020-24: International relations
Deep-seated roots of the boycott

Outlook for 2020-24: Policy trends

Outlook for 2020-24: Fiscal policy

Outlook for 2020-24: Monetary policy

Outlook for 2020-24: Economic growth

Outlook for 2020-24: Inflation

Outlook for 2020-24: Exchange rates

Outlook for 2020-24: 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
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