Income and Expenditure: Qatar

September 2021

Per capita gross income in Qatar remains one of the highest regionally, while the unemployment rate is one of the lowest globally. Yet, disposable income growth is set to witness subdued growth over 2020-2040, due to fiscal consolidation and structural reforms. The consumer market will remain highly dependent on hydrocarbon sector performance. In addition, geopolitical tensions and tightening financial conditions may negatively affect consumer confidence and discretionary spending growth.

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Income and Expenditure: Qatar



Gross income growth to rise slower compared to regional peers
Income inequality to remain high due to substantial wage differences between migrant workers and Qatari nationals
Housing to remain the major consumer spending category
Qatar is expected to drop by five positions in the Wealth index by 2030
Chart 1 Annual Gross Income Distribution by Age in Qatar: 2020 Chart 2 Distribution of Income in Qatar - Key Metrics: 2020-2040 Chart 3 Gross Income Growth Index in Qatar: 2020-2040 Chart 4 Average Gross Income by Age in Qatar: 2020-2040 Chart 5 Population by Income Brackets in 2040 Chart 6 Gini Index: 2020/2040 Chart 7 Households by Disposable Income (PPP) over 2020-2040 Chart 8 Overview of Qatar’s Social Classes Chart 9 Social Class E by Age: 2020/2040 Chart 10 Consumer Market and Spending in Qatar - Key Metrics: 2040 Chart 11 Urban/Rural Consumer Expenditure in 2040 Chart 12 Households Expenditure in 2020 Chart 13 Consumer Spending by Category in Qatar 2020-2040: USD per Household Chart 14 Index of Consumer Prices in Qatar over 2010-2020 Chart 15 Households Expenditure by Category in Qatar: 2040 Chart 16 Qatar’s Wealth Landscape: 2020-2030

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