Cover of The Report: Qatar 2012

The Report: Qatar 2012

With one of the world’s most commanding positions in the global energy industry and a growing role in regional diplomacy, Qatar has seen many returns on the political and economic investments it has made in the past two decades.

As Qatar’s government works to diversify the economy by investing in sectors such as tourism and finance, for now growth will continue to depend largely on the exploitation of oil and gas. Real GDP growth is expected to fall from the 14.1% seen in 2011 to 6% from 2012 onwards, however, as a moratorium is imposed on new hydrocarbons investments. In the meantime, other important non-hydrocarbons sectors, such as banking, construction and real estate, are seeing continued expansion.

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