Qatar 2020

Qatar's road to diversification is paved with ambitious investment programs in a host of sectors, such as agribusiness, IT, and food security.

These investment programs and the trends and challenges shaping the Qatari economy are covered in great detail in The Business Year: Qatar 2020, our sixth publication dedicated to the country, produced in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and the Qatari Businessmen Association.

Over the period of our fact-finding, time and time again we were struck by the positive approach of the different stakeholders to tackling the blockade introduced in 2017.

Investors looking to understand the major trends and key players in the Qatari economy will find what they need within the pages of this publication.

The Business Year's country-specific publications, sometimes featuring over 150 face-to-face interviews, are among the most comprehensive annual economic publications available internationally. This publication features dozens of interviews, including:

  • HH Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar
  • Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda • Guest speaker
  • Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia • Guest speaker
  • Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State & Chairman of the Board, Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA)
  • Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani, Managing Director of Business Development, Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority
  • Richard O'Kennedy, Vice President of Research, Development, and Innovation, Qatar Foundation
  • Abdulaziz N. Al-Khalifa, CEO, Qatar Development Bank (QDB)
  • Rashid Al Mansoori, CEO, Qatar Stock Exchange (QSE)
  • Laurent Wolffsheim, Managing Director, Total E&P Qatar & Country Chair, Total
  • Reem Al Mansoori, Assistant Undersecretary of Digital Society Development, Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC)
  • Jassim Saif Ahmed Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications (MoTC)
  • Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo, Qatar Airways Cargo (QR Cargo)
  • Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President, Public Works Authority (Ashghal)
  • Ahmed Khellil Abbassi, Executive Director of Competitions & Football Development, Qatar Stars League (QSL)
  • Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Minister of Public Health & Managing Director, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)
  • Abdul Sattar Al-Taie, Executive Director, Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
  • Jihad Zarkout, Assistant General Manager, Doha Festival City (DHFC)


The publication also features a range of articles and analysis, including:

  • Foreign affairs
  • Diversification efforts
  • Green economy
  • The environment and climate change in Qatar
  • Cybersecurity
  • LNG
  • Industrialization
  • Smart Doha
  • Digital transformation
  • Hamad International Airport
  • Residential prices
  • Food security
  • 2022 Fifa World Cup
  • Education and the labor force