Country Overview
Qatar's resource wealth, good credit rating and relatively low public debt continue to support its ability to fund future infrastructure projects. Recent reforms have also made creating a business easier, helping to bring new investment and competition. To increase the efficiency of infrastructure investment, Qatar could look to establish a national infrastructure agency and develop a national infrastructure plan.
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GDP per capita
69,688 USD
Population
2.8 million persons
Infrastructure quality
81.6 (0-100 best)
Private infrastructure investment
1,423 5-year average, USD millions

Driver Overview

This section shows a country’s rank, ranking change and score for each of the eight drivers. It also categorises each country’s driver performance on a scale from “Emerging” (score from 0-20) to “Global Leader” (score from 80-100).

Driver
Rank
Score /100
Emerging Aspiring Contender Top performer Global Leader
- No ranking change Ranking increase Ranking decrease

Rank

Score /100

Best practice

34
1
56.9
Contender
40
12
60.4
Contender
10
-
86.8
Global Leader
30
3
84.5
Top performer
73
2
40.0
Emerging
31
6
38.5
Top performer
2
-
84.1
Global Leader
25
1
45.2
Top performer

Metric Overview

Strengths

Registering property

According to the World Bank, it takes one day to register a property in Qatar. This is a significant improvement on the previous average of 12 days due to a review of procedures and the digitisation of registration records.

GDP per capita

Qatar's GDP per capita has been increasing since 2016 and was USD 68,794 in 2018. Qatar has one of the highest GDP per capita rates in the world, driven by large natural resource reserves.

Cost to start a business

According to the World Bank it takes 6.3% of income per capita to start a business in Qatar. This is slightly above the 4.7% average for High Income Countries. Lowering costs to start a business could ease the entry of new firms.

Registering property

According to the World Bank, it takes one day to register a property in Qatar. This is a significant improvement on the previous average of 12 days due to a review of procedures and the digitisation of registration records.

GDP per capita

Qatar's GDP per capita has been increasing since 2016 and was USD 68,794 in 2018. Qatar has one of the highest GDP per capita rates in the world, driven by large natural resource reserves.

Cost to start a business

According to the World Bank it takes 6.3% of income per capita to start a business in Qatar. This is slightly above the 4.7% average for High Income Countries. Lowering costs to start a business could ease the entry of new firms.

Top Performing Metrics

Top Performing Metrics

This is defined by the metrics with the highest unweighted score out of 100. 

High income country average

Funding capacity:
GDP per capita

Opportunities to Grow

Published infrastructure procurement guidelines

Qatar does not publish guidelines for the procurement of infrastructure projects. Publishing guidelines makes contractors aware of the government’s processes, expectations and requirements, improves transparency and helps the government achieve better value for money.

Economic analysis assessment

According to the World Bank, Qatar does not require the assessment of infrastructure projects based on their impact on the economy or community. Adding this requirement could improve the socio-economic outcomes of infrastructure projects.

PPP contract management

According to the World Bank, Qatar’s management of contracts requires better training systems and guidance for staff, effective milestone tracking systems, and public reporting of financial or operating performance.

Published infrastructure procurement guidelines

Qatar does not publish guidelines for the procurement of infrastructure projects. Publishing guidelines makes contractors aware of the government’s processes, expectations and requirements, improves transparency and helps the government achieve better value for money.

Economic analysis assessment

According to the World Bank, Qatar does not require the assessment of infrastructure projects based on their impact on the economy or community. Adding this requirement could improve the socio-economic outcomes of infrastructure projects.

PPP contract management

According to the World Bank, Qatar’s management of contracts requires better training systems and guidance for staff, effective milestone tracking systems, and public reporting of financial or operating performance.

Metrics to Improve

Metrics to Improve

This is defined by the metrics with the lowest weighted score out of 100, such that these metrics would have the greatest impact on the overall score.

For metrics that have binary outcomes (yes=100/no=0), no comparative income group average is reported.

High income country average

Detailed Data

This section shows country data for each of the 41 metrics. Note that all data has been normalised on a scale of 1-100. For raw metric data, please download the complete InfraCompass 2020 dataset. 

Where relevant, some metric scores have been inverted, such that all metrics have positive relationships with good infrastructure outcomes. For example, since lower compliance costs make it easier to invest in infrastructure, the normalised value of ‘number of procedures to start a business’ has been reversed such that lower number of procedures are scored closer to 100, and higher numbers closer to 0. In other words, a score of 0 indicates a poor performance, rather than 0 number of procedures.

Governance Regulatory Permits Planning Procurement Activity Funding Financial
Driver
Rank
Score /100
Emerging Aspiring Contender Top performer Global Leader
- No ranking change Ranking increase Ranking decrease

Metric

Qatar

High Income Countries Average

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28.2%

Recovery rate

The recovery rate is recorded as cents on the dollar recovered by secured creditors through reorganisation, liquidation or debt enforcement (foreclosure or receivership) proceedings.

30.0 (-0.4)
68.3

20.7%

Rule of law

World Governance Composite Indicator reflecting perceptions of the extent to which agents have confidence in and abide by the rules of society, and in particular the quality of contract enforcement, property rights, the police, and the courts, as well as the likelihood of crime and violence. The rule of law reflects whether the law imposes limits of power on the state, private sector and individuals.

64.7 (-1.2)
74.3

18.1%

Post-completion reviews

Whether the country conducts post-completion reviews on infrastructure projects to ensure the forecast outcomes are being achieved.

Yes
-

15.1%

Shareholder governance

Measures the governance practices that protect shareholders through three dimensions: the extent of shareholder rights index (shareholders’ rights and role in major corporate decisions), the extent of ownership and control index (governance safeguards protecting shareholders from undue board control and entrenchment), and the extent of corporate transparency index (corporate transparency on ownership stakes).

26.7
48.1

12.8%

Political stability and absence of violence score

Measures perceptions of the likelihood of political instability and/or politically-motivated violence, including terrorism. Estimate gives the country's score on the aggregate indicator, in units of a standard normal distribution i.e. ranging from approximately -2.5 to 2.5.

61.3 (-3.7)
61.9

5%

Infrastructure or PPP agency

Whether an infrastructure agency exists to coordinate an integrated approach to infrastructure delivery and policy.

Yes
-

Qatar

High Income Countries Average

30.0 (-0.4)
68.3
64.7 (-1.2)
74.3
Yes
-
26.7
48.1
61.3 (-3.7)
61.9
Yes
-

Country Overview Data

Qatar's resource wealth, good credit rating and relatively low public debt continue to support its ability to fund future infrastructure projects. Recent reforms have also made creating a business easier, helping to bring new investment and competition. To increase the efficiency of infrastructure investment, Qatar could look to establish a national infrastructure agency and develop a national infrastructure plan.
GDP per capita

69,688 USD

Population

2.8 million persons

Infrastructure quality

81.6 (0-100 best)

Private infrastructure investment

1,423 5-year average, USD millions

GDP

191.8 USD billion

GDP growth rate

2.0%

GDP per capita growth rate

-1.0%

Gross Government Debt

53.0% of GDP

Inflation rate

-0.4%

Summary credit rating

85.0 (0-100 best)

Unemployment rate

0.1%

Urbanisation ratio

99.0% of total population

Road connectivity

92.0 (0-100 best)

Quality of road infrastructure

5.5 (1-7 best)

Efficiency of air transport services

5.7 (1-7 best)

Efficiency of seaport services

5.4 (1-7 best)

Electricity access

100.0% of population

Electricity supply quality

6.0% of output lost

Exposure to unsafe drinking water

10.4% of population

Reliability of water supply

5.7 (1-7 best)

Digital Adoption Index

0.7 (0-1 best)

Mobile-broadband subscriptions

125.9 per 100 population

Fixed-broadband Internet subscriptions

9.6 per 100 population