Qatar

Full name: The State of Qatar
Population: 855,000 (UN, 2008)
Capital: Doha
Area: 11,437 sq km (4,416 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 76 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 Riyal = 100 dirhams
Main exports: Oil, gas
GNI per capita: n/a
Internet domain: .qa
International dialling code: +974
Educational budget:
Health Budget :
Hospitals:
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Medical devices/furniture imports:

Healthcare in Qatar

Qatar’s health sector has undergone a huge growth in recent years, and made great strides in many areas as the country ranked among the world’s developed countries in providing comprehensive health care coping with the best health care systems in the world.

Visitors of Qatar at the present time can touch the progress made in health care especially in big medical institutions which begun to compete with their rivals that have international reputation in Medicare and nursing services. These institutions are health education and research centers such as Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar and Specialist and Educational Hospital, and the Sidra Medical and Research Center, a high-tech academic medical center initiated by Her Highness Sheikha Mouza to offer world-class clinical care, medical training and biomedical research in Qatar.

Among other hallmarks in health sector in Qatar there are distinguished medical achievements made by the national health care institutions on technical and curative levels. Some of these institutions were pioneer in the region such as Hamad Medical City Complex which started operating on 17 May 2003, and the accreditation of Hamad Medical Corporation by (Joint Commission International) JCI, an international body that assesses medical centers across the world.  In addition to this, education and treatment institutions and centers were equipped with state-of-the art laboratories and medical equipments.

The health sector has come a long way to provide the most advanced medical equipments and qualified cadres as well as expand the health insurance network and cover of health services all over the country through a wide network of hospitals and health centers in various parts of the country.

Qatar Economy

Qatar has experienced rapid economic growth over the last several years on the back of high oil prices, and in 2008 posted its eighth consecutive budget surplus. Economic policy is focused on developing Qatar’s nonassociated natural gas reserves and increasing private and foreign investment in non-energy sectors, but oil and gas still account for more than 50% of GDP, roughly 85% of export earnings, and 70% of government revenues. Oil and gas have made Qatar the second highest per-capita income country – following Liechtenstein – and one of the world’s fastest growing. Proved oil reserves of 15 billion barrels should enable continued output at current levels for 37 years. Qatar’s proved reserves of natural gas are nearly 26 trillion cubic meters, about 14% of the world total and third largest in the world. The drop in oil prices in late 2008 and the global financial crisis will reduce Qatar’s budget surplus and may slow the pace of investment and development projects in 2009.
GDP (purchasing power parity):

$91.33 billion (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 70

GDP (official exchange rate):

$102.3 billion (2008 est.)
GDP – real growth rate:

13.4% (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 3
17.3% (2007 est.)
12.2% (2006 est.)
GDP – per capita (PPP):

$110,700 (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 2

GDP – composition by sector:

agriculture: 0.1%
industry: 74.9%
services: 25.1% (2008 est.)
Labor force:

1.119 million (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 137

Household income or consumption by percentage share:

lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Investment (gross fixed):

32.1% of GDP (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 18

Budget:

Revenues: $36.59 billion
expenditures: $27.14 billion (2008 est.)
Public debt:

4.8% of GDP (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 123

Inflation rate (consumer prices):

15.1% (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 190
13.7% (2007 est.)
Stock of money:

$11.93 billion (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 54
$9.718 billion (31 December 2007)
Stock of quasi money:

$26.78 billion (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 46
$22.6 billion (31 December 2007)
Stock of domestic credit:

$47.59 billion (31 December 2008)
country comparison to the world: 65

Market value of publicly traded shares:

$95.49 billion (31 December 2007)
country comparison to the world: 46

Agriculture – products:

fruits, vegetables; poultry, dairy products, beef; fish
Industries:

crude oil production and refining, ammonia, fertilizers, petrochemicals, steel reinforcing bars, cement, commercial ship repair
Industrial production growth rate:

13% (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 3

Electricity – production:

14.41 billion kWh (2006 est.)
country comparison to the world: 79

Electricity – consumption:

13.19 billion kWh (2006 est.)
country comparison to the world: 75

Oil – production:

1.125 million bbl/day (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 21

Oil – consumption:

108,900 bbl/day (2006 est.)
country comparison to the world: 73

Oil – exports:

1.026 million bbl/day (2005)
country comparison to the world: 21

Oil – proved reserves:

27.09 billion bbl (1 January 2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 12

Natural gas – production:

59.8 billion cu m (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 15

Natural gas – consumption:

20.5 billion cu m (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 34

Natural gas – exports:

39.3 billion cu m (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 7

Natural gas – imports:

0 cu m (2007 est.)
country comparison to the world: 139

Natural gas – proved reserves:

25.63 trillion cu m (1 January 2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 3

Current account balance:

$20.95 billion (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 20
$10.45 billion (2007 est.)
Exports:

$55.06 billion (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 55
$42.02 billion (2007 est.)
Exports – commodities:

Liquefied natural gas (LNG), petroleum products, fertilizers, steel
Exports – partners:

Japan 40.8%, South Korea 16.3%, Singapore 11.8%, Thailand 4.6%, India 4.4% (2008)
Imports:

$21.16 billion (2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 70
$19.82 billion (2007 est.)
Imports – commodities:

machinery and transport equipment, food, chemicals, healthcare and medical furniture
Imports – partners:

US 12.3%, Germany 9.2%, Italy 9.1%, Japan 8.1%, France 6.3%, UAE 5.6%, South Korea 5.5%, UK 5%, Saudi Arabia 4.7%, Turkey 4.3% (2008)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:

$9.998 billion (31 December 2008 est.)
country comparison to the world: 66

Exchange rates:

Qatari rials (QAR) per US dollar – 3.64 (2008 est.),