Qatar Articles & Analysis

2017 proved a turbulent year for Qatar, dominated by the diplomatic rift that emerged between the country and several other regional states in June 2017. However, Qatar has adapted quickly, with many in the local business community confident about the future.

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Rising demand for hard infrastructure in Qatar is providing more opportunities for local construction firms, with smaller-scale businesses set to be key beneficiaries of nationwide development projects.

Qatar has merged its two majority state-owned liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers and stepped up output, with the aim of increasing its competitiveness in global markets.

 

DRESS: Qatari nationals often choose to wear the traditional clothing of the Gulf region. Foreign visitors and residents are expected to dress in a style that is sensitive to local culture, with conservative clothing recommended. Men generally wear long trousers and a shirt in public. Women’s public...

 

Under pressure from reduced corporate demand, softer oil prices and slow economic growth, the hospitality industry in Doha and the wider GCC struggled with lower occupancy rates in 2016 and 2017. However, growth in the industry is expected to be faster over the next four years than in any other market in the Gulf region, with the exception of...

 

What potential does the tourism sector have to make a greater contribution to the economy?

 

Located 16 km from central Doha and within six hours flying time of 80% of the world’s population, Hamad International Airport (HIA) has emerged as a key regional transport hub since opening its doors to the public in April 2014.