Foreword from the British Ambassador to Qatar, Ajay Sharma CMG

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Mr _Ajay _SharmaI am delighted to introduce the Institute of Export’s Doing Business Guide for Qatar, which aims to help UK businesses get the information they need to access this exciting market.

Qatar is a relatively small country, but one of the richest in the world with a very high gross domestic product (GDP) per head. It has transformed itself over the past two decades to a prominent player on the world stage. Exploiting its significant oil and gas reserves, it has embarked on one of the largest and most ambitious infrastructure programmes in the world to deliver its 2030 Qatar National Vision and the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Around 25,000 British nationals live in Qatar, and approximately 130,000 visit annually. English is widely spoken and there are strong UK-Qatar cultural and historical ties as many Qataris have studied in the UK, have UK homes and visit regularly.

This affluent market with its growing population and dynamic economy offers significant opportunities for UK businesses across a wide range of sectors. My team from the Department for International Trade, would be pleased to support you in doing business here, and invite those who have not considered Qatar yet, to take a closer look.

I hope you will find this guide useful.  I very much look forward to seeing more British companies being successful here in Qatar.


Ajay Sharma CMG
British Ambassador to Qatar


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