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Qatar Economic Research Highlights

The Report: Qatar 2022

Qatar is leveraging its resources to become a knowledge-based, diversified economy fuelled by a dynamic private sector. As such, the country is investing in strategic areas such as agriculture, services, and...

Highlights from The Report: Qatar 2022

Oxford Business Group has now launched The Report: Qatar 2022. This 16th edition of our national macroeconomic analysis shines a spotlight on Qatar’s efforts to leverage its abundant natural gas resources and its status as host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to develop a diversified, knowledge-based economy.

Economic Analysis & Insights 2022-23: Qatar

Viewpoint

HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar: Viewpoint

On the importance of international cooperation

Overview

How has diversification supported Qatar’s economic recovery?

The health crisis has had wide-ranging effects in global markets, including disruptions to supply chains, a downturn in foreign and domestic travel, and a drop in international oil prices – trends that were especially apparent in the early stages of the pandemic.

Overview

Qatar moves to bolster gas production and sustainable energy

Qatar is undertaking a major long-term expansion strategy in the North Field to increase the production of liquefied natural gas (LNG). The project, which involves tens of billions of dollars worth of investment, seeks to boost LNG capacity by 64% by 2027. The

Interview

Sheikh Ali Al Waleed Al Thani, CEO, Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar): Interview

On leveraging investment to support the country’s economic recovery

Overview

Qatar moves to allow more foreign ownership and diversify trade partners

After weathering a succession of external shocks in recent years, Qatar’s trade and investment outlook is promising in the short and medium term. Years of low global oil and gas prices, the 2017-21 economic blockade, and the Covid-19 pandemic have all affected the flow of cross-border commerce and finance in recent years.

Interview

Fahad Rashid Al Kaabi, CEO, Manateq: Interview

On supporting small businesses and attracting foreign investment

Economic News

What has Qatar done to improve labour protections?

Migrant labour has played a key role in the development and diversification of Gulf economies in recent decades, and Qatar is no exception. The population of the six GCC members in 1970 was 7.8m.

HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar: Viewpoint
How has diversification supported Qatar’s economic recovery?
Qatar moves to bolster gas production and sustainable energy
Sheikh Ali Al Waleed Al Thani, CEO, Investment Promotion Agency Qatar (IPA Qatar): Interview
Qatar moves to allow more foreign ownership and diversify trade partners
Fahad Rashid Al Kaabi, CEO, Manateq: Interview
What has Qatar done to improve labour protections?
 

Qatar: Economic Research & Views

Interview
Economic News

Which sectors stand to benefit from a UK-GCC trade deal?

As part of plans to expand and diversify its global trade partners, the GCC has launched negotiations with the UK on a free trade agreement that is expected to bolster the bloc’s economy, help attract investment and provide greater opportunities for local businesses.

Economic News

How the GCC Railway could revolutionise trade and transport in the Gulf

Following delays, the long-awaited GCC Railway looks likely to be revitalised, a move that could transform trade and connectivity across the Gulf.

Economic View

Omar Ali Al Ansari, Secretary-General, Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council

How Qatar is strengthening its research and innovation ecosystem

Economic News

The competitive outlook for artificial intelligence in MENA

As part of ongoing efforts to diversify their economies and build a platform for sustainable future growth, MENA nations are increasingly turning towards artificial intelligence (AI).

Interview

Bassel Gamal, Group CEO, Qatar Islamic Bank

On how the financial industry is adapting during and after Covid-19.

Abdulla Mubarak Al Khalifa, Group CEO, Qatar National Bank (QNB): Interview
Which sectors stand to benefit from a UK-GCC trade deal?
How the GCC Railway could revolutionise trade and transport in the Gulf
Omar Ali Al Ansari, Secretary-General, Qatar Research, Development and Innovation (QRDI) Council
The competitive outlook for artificial intelligence in MENA
Bassel Gamal, Group CEO, Qatar Islamic Bank
 

Report: How Qatar is confronting environmental and social challenges

With the publication of its National Environment and Climate Change Strategy in 2021, Qatar has recognised that a proactive and holistic approach is needed to meet the challenge of global warming and environmental degradation.

ESG in Qatar & GCC

Economic News

Islamic finance in Qatar adopting sustainability criteria

Qatar’s Islamic financial services sector is engaged in a shift towards sustainability to take advantage of robust global growth in demand for sharia-compliant investments and rising interest in green finance.


Economic News

What impact will the rise in oil prices have on the energy transition?

Amid an increase in global demand and concerns over key supplies, global oil prices are approaching $100 per barrel for the first time since 2014. But, with prices rising, what does this mean for the renewable energy transition, especially in Gulf countries?


ESG Intelligence Report

Report: The road to a zero-emission automotive industry in the Middle East and Africa

Automotive stakeholders are increasingly aware that the business-as-usual scenario that has sustained the industry for more than 100 years is no longer tenable. Regulatory changes and emissions-reduction targets at the national and global level are spurring a pivot to low-carbon and zero-emissions vehicles.


Economic News

Urban areas experiment with cooling technologies to combat climate change

With temperatures in cities set to rise in the coming decades, many public and private players in emerging markets are looking to tackle the challenge of extreme heat through technology, sustainable building techniques and the expansion of urban green spaces.


ESG Intelligence Report

Report: The future of sustainable finance in Kuwait’s banking sector

The regulatory landscape for Gulf financial service providers is changing, with growing awareness of the need for banking institutions to adopt sustainable finance frameworks and responsible lending and operational practices in order to manage risk and attract international investment.


Economic News

Why are global food prices rising, and what does it mean for emerging markets?

Despite an increase in crop production and international trade following a pandemic-disrupted 2020, global food prices have risen to 10-year highs, increasing pressure on many emerging markets.


ESG Intelligence Report

Report: How can Saudi Arabia finance sustainable industrial development?

As the Kingdom works towards reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, corporations and supporting bodies such as the Saudi Industrial Development Fund are taking actions to reduce their carbon footprints and adopt clear environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies to ensure future expansion is sustainable and inclusive.


ESG Intelligence Report

Report: How can sustainable finance support the transformation of hydrocarbons-dependent economies?

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated the adoption and integration of ESG practices in both business and government, and advanced the sustainable finance industry around the globe. ADGM is proud to be at the forefront of the sustainable finance industry and remains committed to collaborating with its partners to promote the integration of ESG considerations and sustainable finance into all that it does.


Report: What are the post-pandemic prospects for Qatar’s start-ups and SMEs?

Qatari policymakers have focused on utilising the country’s vast hydrocarbons wealth to invest in sustainable economic diversification efforts aimed at nurturing new growth engines and strengthening global...

Covid-19 Response & Recovery - Qatar

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: What role will the sharia banking segment play in Qatar’s recovery?

Covid-19’s high rate of contagion caused unpredictable challenges, prompting governments to implement severe restrictions to contain the spread of the virus. This led to sharp slowdown in global economic growth and trade.

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: Covid-19's long-term implications for Qatar’s external trade and maritime logistics

While Covid-19 quickly reached all continents following the initial outbreak in Asia in late 2019, the reaction of governments has been disjointed.

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted Qatar’s food security?

While Covid-19 quickly reached all continents following the initial outbreak in Asia in late 2019, the reaction of governments has been disjointed.

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: What does the post-pandemic future hold for Qatar’s construction industry?

The first case of Covid-19 was reported in Wuhan, China in November 2019; the virus has since spread quickly around the globe. Governments implemented restrictions on the movement of goods and people, and initiated lockdowns in a bid to stem the spread.

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on Qatar’s start-up ecosystem?

Qatar acted swiftly to contain the spread of Covid-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, harnessing the power of digital technology to implement effective test, trace and treatment strategies.

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: What is the post-Covid-19 outlook for GCC chemicals and petrochemicals?

The GCC chemicals and petrochemicals industry demonstrated considerable resilience in the face of Covid-19 and oil price fluctuations.

Covid-19 Response Report

Report: Can agri-tech offer sustainable solutions to GCC food security challenges?

Food production in the GCC has long faced obstacles ranging from water scarcity to a lack of arable soil – factors that are being exacerbated by climate change.

Report: What role will the sharia banking segment play in Qatar’s recovery?
Report: Covid-19's long-term implications for Qatar’s external trade and maritime logistics
Report: How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted Qatar’s food security?
Report: What does the post-pandemic future hold for Qatar’s construction industry?
Report: What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had on Qatar’s start-up ecosystem?
Report: What is the post-Covid-19 outlook for GCC chemicals and petrochemicals?
Report: Can agri-tech offer sustainable solutions to GCC food security challenges?
 

Strategic legislation to benefit Qatar in the new decade

Since gaining independence in 1971 Qatar has quickly risen to prominence both regionally and internationally to become an economic, political and cultural powerhouse in the Middle East.

Education: Shaping Qatar's Future

Overview

How Qatar’s education sector is equipping students for the future

Decades of concerted investment in education have helped Qatar create a qualified workforce equipped with the skills needed to succeed in growing professions.


Economic View

Ahmad Hasnah, President, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU)

2020 was an interesting and challenging year. It served to expedite the adoption of innovation in higher education, such as implementing remote learning, which had long been on our radar; the necessary infrastructure to provide online education was already under development, but the pandemic accelerated work in this area.


Economic News

How higher education institutions are building a metaverse

In a bid to expand access and widen their reach, educational institutions are increasingly exploring the possibilities of the metaverse and associated extended-reality (XR) approaches.


Economic News

How has the pandemic changed university course offerings in the Gulf?

With the current semester winding up, many higher education institutions in the Gulf are already planning an expanded offering of courses for the next academic year – with a focus on supporting the needs of the region’s post-pandemic economy.


Economic News

Covid-19 and Gulf higher education: are e-learning solutions here to stay?

After rising to the challenge of the pandemic early last year, educational institutions in the Gulf have continued to develop their digital strategies as part of broader plans for the future.


Covid-19 Response Report

Report: Will digitalisation in UAE higher education spur longer-term economic growth?

The novel coronavirus spread quickly across the globe, leading to the shuttering of borders, businesses and educational establishments. Universities swiftly pivoted their operations to minimise learning disruption while adhering to social distancing advisories – testing home network capacities as learners of all levels, as well as remote workers, shifted online.


2021-22 GCC Economic Reports beyond Qatar

Future Readiness Report

Report: Is the Gulf shipping and logistics sector future-ready?

In the wake of a period of severe disruption to global trade, Gulf shipping and logistics companies are adapting to government efforts to boost self-sufficiency in the region, while also investing in corporate digital solutions to improve communication with stakeholders, and predict and mitigate challenges along the supply chain.


Video

Saudi Arabia’s economy is positioned for growth in the coming years

This Market Profile video highlights how the Kingdom’s diversified approach to economic development is helping to position it as one of the fastest-growing G20 economies in 2022.


Covid-19 Response Report

Report: Was Oman's banking sector resilient enough to support economic stability during the pandemic?

Oman’s economy was heavily reliant on hydrocarbons when the pandemic began, creating fiscal pressures as demand and prices fell.


Video

The Report: Sharjah 2021
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Sharjah has one of the most diversified economies in the UAE, with a strong foundation in industry and manufacturing. Approximately 95.8% of its economic activity was derived from non-oil sectors in 2019, positioning the emirate to absorb much of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Covid-19 Response Report

Report: How is the pandemic shaping the future of Abu Dhabi’s health care sector?

Sustained investment and foresighted policy initiatives meant that the UAE and Abu Dhabi had developed a modern and effective public health system prior to the pandemic, supported by a growing number of private operators offering complementary services.


Video

Highlights from The Report: Bahrain 2022

Elevated oil prices are helping Bahrain rebound from the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, and driving an economic expansion that is expected to continue through 2022 and into the coming years.


Covid-19 Response Report

Report: How can Dubai’s economy bounce back from Covid-19?

Supported by a recovery in consumer sentiment and the gradual easing of international travel restrictions, Dubai’s economy is projected to bounce back in 2021 and beyond.


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