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Will lower hydrocarbons revenues impact spending on the public health care system?

Chapter | Sport from The Report: Qatar 2016

In the past decade or more, Qatar has started to assert itself in the world of global sports. It has achieved this mainly through its athletics federation and Olympic committee with the country’s winning bid to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup evidence of the increasingly prominent role that sport is taking in Qatar. The government has also made efforts to expand the role of sports and related...

Chapter | Health from The Report: Qatar 2016

The large-scale investments of the past half-decade look set to continue driving Qatar’s health sector in 2016. With a rapidly rising population and household incomes well above the developed-world average, public and private sector outlays are on track to keep rising alongside a state-led push to raise quality and expand services. As the public sector enters a new cost-optimisation phase in...

With the fall in oil prices underlining the dangers of an over reliance on hydrocarbons revenues, Qatar has continued to forge ahead with its economic diversification drive in 2016. Non-hydrocarbons growth now outstrips hydrocarbons growth, with several big-ticket construction projects, an increasingly dynamic financial services sector and a growing reputation as a tourist destination all fuelling non-oil expansion.

Health was one of the big winners in Qatar’s 2016 budget, at a time when many other areas of the economy saw spending reined in due to lower energy revenues. 


The development of Qatar’s health care system should be seen in the context of the country’s rapid population growth. According to the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (MDPS), the country’s population has more than tripled since 2004, reaching over 2.22m as of January 2015, with Qatar National Bank projecting 7.4% annual growth...