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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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Increasing efforts to diversify its economy and realign its trade relationships, Qatar is building new links and expanding ties with existing partners.

Qatar is ramping up efforts to increase foreign investment and incentivise activity in a range of different industries, unveiling plans to launch two new free trade zones.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) could be set for a much more prominent role in Qatar, with the government stepping up efforts to collaborate with local companies as part of broader diversification plans.


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...

Articles & Analysis | Qatar in brief: from The Report: Qatar 2017

Qatar has risen to prominence both regionally and internationally. With a relatively small local population and substantial revenues generated from having the third-largest proven natural gas reserves globally, the country has one of the world’s highest GDPs per capita. A return of oil prices to above $50 per barrel will reduce strain on the economy...

Articles & Analysis | Balancing act: Page 29 from The Report: Qatar 2017

Qatar in brief Still prospering: Growing economy continues to provide a high standard of living Stimulating sufficiency: Recent diplomatic difficulties encourage local industry expansion Viewpoint: Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar Making new friends: Visa-free programme set to mitigate fallout from the regional blockade Interview:...