Department of State Development
  • Qatar

The Qatari government is focusing its attention on economic diversification and aims to become an education hub in the Gulf region.

Doha is the capital city of Qatar, a country with a population of approximately 2.3 million. Doha is the economic centre and boasts the world’s highest per capita GDP.

Qatar’s main economic driver remains its LNG sector and its economic growth has been propelled by the hydrocarbons industry. The Qatari government is focusing its attention on economic diversification and aims to become an education hub in the Gulf region.

Key South Australian exports to Qatar include live animals (sheep), cereal flours, fresh meat and beef. Demand for these products in line with securing food security is rapidly growing, while education, tourism, renewable energy and technology and R&D are other promising areas.

Agribusiness, premium food and wine

Qatar’s vast sovereign wealth funds such as Qatar Investment Authority and Hassad Food are significant investors in Australia’s agricultural and resources sector. The regular presence of Qatar Airways flying direct to and from Adelaide also provides a significant opportunity for exports of South Australian premium produce.

Education

Qatar is investing heavily in education as part of its overarching strategy to establish a viable economy in a post-oil future. Opportunities exist in transnational education and training, as well as attraction of inbound students.

Health

With the provision of high quality health care a government priority in Qatar, South Australia can provide assistance in education and training, preventative medicine, primary care, health care infrastructure and policy development.

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