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Economy, Finance and Trade: Qatar

March 2022

In 2021, the increase in energy prices supported Qatar’s economic expansion over the year, with the country recording among the highest GDP per capita globally. Qatar’s exports grew over 2021, with India becoming the country’s major export partner. A budget deficit is set for 2022, while Qatar is expected to continue to invest heavily in preparation for the FIFA World Cup event. Furthermore, inflationary pressure is forecast to intensify in the upcoming years, due to high prices of commodities.

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Economy, Finance and Trade: Qatar


GDP per capita remains among the highest in the world, while the FIFA World Cup is set to boost Qatar’s economy in 2022
Inflationary pressure in Qatar is forecast to intensify over the medium term
Qatar remains a net exporter, with increasing export volumes to India
Qatar continues to allocate significant investment to infrastructure projects surrounding the FIFA World Cup 2022 event
Budget deficit is anticipated in 2022, due to increased expenses
Chart 1 Economic Landscape of Qatar: 2021-2040
Chart 2 Real GDP Growth in Qatar: 2010-2040
Chart 3 GDP Size and Growth: 2016-2040
Chart 4 Gross Value Added by Sector in Qatar: 2021
Chart 5 Domestic Demand: 2016 and 2021
Chart 6 Productivity: 2016 and 2021
Chart 7 Productivity by Sector in Qatar: 2021
Chart 8 Monetary Landscape of Qatar: 2021
Chart 9 Inflation: 2010-2040
Chart 10 Average Inflation: 2010-2040
Chart 11 Interest Rates in Qatar: 2010-2022
Chart 12 Exchange Rates: 2010-2021
Chart 13 Money Supply Growth and Money Velocity in Qatar: 2015-2022
Chart 14 Foreign Trade Landscape of Qatar: 2021
Chart 15 Exports and Export Price Index in Qatar: 2014-2021
Chart 16 Exports by Commodity in Qatar: 2021
Chart 17 Top 10 Export Destinations: 2021
Chart 18 Imports and Import Price Index in Qatar: 2014-2021
Chart 19 Imports by Commodity in Qatar: 2021
Chart 20 Top 10 Import Origins: 2021
Chart 21 Investment Landscape of Qatar: 2020-2021
Chart 22 FDI intensity: 2020
Chart 23 Foreign Direct Investment in Qatar: 2015-2020
Chart 24 Gross Fixed Capital Formation in Qatar: 2010-2021
Chart 25 Government Budget Landscape of Qatar: 2021
Chart 26 Public Debt: 2021
Chart 27 Government Revenue: 2021
Chart 28 Government Expenditure: 2021
Chart 29 Government Expenditure by Economic Type in Qatar: 2021
Chart 30 Government Expenditure by Function in Qatar: 2021

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