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Qatar has one of the highest GDP per capita in the world. The retail sector has, therefore, benefitted considerably from high levels of disposable income, coupled with a large expat population. Furthermore, retail centres have established themselves as the primary choice for not only shopping but also leisure and entertainment. The country has subsequently seen a significant expansion in retail space since 2000. However, population growth is now stabilising, leading to concerns about oversup-ply over the longer term. Nevertheless, despite these challenges, demand and consumer confidence in the retail sector remains buoyant, and new hypermarkets continue to open across the country.