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The world faces significant political, economic and security threats, and challenges that do not respect the national borders of countries and put to the test the UN as a framework for collective security. If the international community wants to achieve security and stability in the world, it should go beyond managing crises and seek...

 

The resilience of Qatar’s economy has been put to the test not only by the rapid fall in commodity prices that took place from June 2014, but also by the political and economic blockade that was imposed by some neighbouring countries in June 2017. It is therefore significant that in the OBG Business Barometer: Qatar CEO Survey for 2019, the...

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 con¬sumption. From 2007 to 2017 the country’s annual consumption of natural gas doubled from 24bn cu metres to 47.4bn cu...

Chapter | Energy from The Report: Qatar 2019

For over a decade Qatar has been the world’s lead¬ing supplier of liquefied natural gas, and by 2024 the country aims to boost output by 43%. While much of Qatar’s growth in the decades after independence in 1971 was fuelled by crude oil, natural gas gained prominence in the 1990s. In 2018 Qatar announced it would leave the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, which it joined as one...

Chapter | Insurance from The Report: Qatar 2019

Despite a relatively small population of around 2.7m, Qatar accounts for around 5% of insurance premiums in MENA. Nevertheless, relative to the size of its economy, insurance activity remains at a modest level. Annual premiums of around $3bn account for 1.5% of GDP, compared to a global average of more than 6%. The insurance penetration rate, meanwhile, stands at less than 2%, significantly...