Qatar Industry Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Utilities from The Report: Qatar 2019

In the two decades since it first began exporting liquefied natural gas, Qatar’s economy and population has expanded rapidly, increasing demand for electricity and water. A report published in 2015 noted that the utilities sector accounts for most of Qatar’s natural gas consumption. From 2007 to 2017 the country’s annual consumption of natural gas doubled from 24bn cu metres to 47.4bn cu...

Its relatively small population and status as the world’s biggest gas exporter have helped Qatar become the richest country globally in terms of GDP per capita, which stood at $72,700 at current prices in 2019, according to IMF estimates. In recent years, however, the nation has faced strong economic headwinds from a drop in global energy prices to a diplomatic blockade.

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Renewable energy solutions in Qatar are set to advance significantly in 2019 as international bidders vie for the opportunity to build the country’s first utility-scale solar energy facility. This follows the acknowledgement over a decade ago that renewables have the potential to add economic value by diversifying energy sources, freeing up...

 

In the two decades since it first exported liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 1997, Qatar’s economy and population has expanded rapidly, bringing with it a significant increase in demand for electricity and water. A report published in 2015 by the US Energy Information Administration noted that the utilities sector accounts for most of Qatar’s...

 

In October 2018, as part of its efforts to drive foreign direct investment (FDI) and industrial diversification, Qatar pledged to invest $3bn in new free zones (FZs) and industrial clusters around key logistics centres. According to the Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA), the Umm Al Houl Free Zone will open near the Hamad International Port in...

 

How will defence help stimulate local development?

 

The potential for the industrial sector to play a major role in Qatar’s economic growth was officially recognised in 2008 with the publication of the country’s plan for long-term development, Qatar National Vision 2030 (QNV 2030). Since then Qatar has taken a number of steps to increase the incentives available to foreign investors interested...

 

The global economy is entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), or Industry 4.0, based on the application of new digital and automated technologies in production processes and service delivery. These changes are presenting emerging markets with opportunities such as improved productivity, as well as risks, namely reshoring and the...