This report presents the state & progress of the venture capital & startup ecosystems in Qatar as it stood in 2020. It tracks the evolution of venture investments & transactions over the past five years & closes in on 2020’s top deals & investors in the country.
This report provides an overview of the SMEs lending status and banks’ exposure to this segment. The report aims at highlighting key information related to the share of SMEs lending to the aggregate debt-financing portfolio, number of credit applications, credit acceptance ratio, purpose of credit applications and default ratio.
This report covers Qatar’s education sector with a focus on four major segments namely: early childhood, pre-primary, primary and secondary. The education sector’s contribution to GDP has increased from 1.3% in 2012-2013 to 3.3% in 2018-2019. This is mainly due to the increased focus of the government of Qatar, which has introduced several reforms and made substantial investments in the education sector.
This report focuses on “Manufacture of Soaps, Detergents and Fragrances” sector in Qatar. This sector is further categorized into three broad segments, a) Detergents which include laundry detergents, dishwashing products and other household cleaning products b) Toilet soaps which include soap bars, bath gels, shampoos, shaving gels, hand wash, hand sanitizers, etc. and c) Fragrances which include perfumes, deodorants, antiperspirants and air fresheners. Qatar used to rely on imports of products under this sector. However, there is an increased participation from local SMEs especially in the detergent and fragrance segments, which has helped significantly in import substitution.
This report covers Qatar’s cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery-manufacturing sector. Qatar, which was traditionally reliant on imports of almost all major products under this sector, has witnessed increasing participation from local establishments that are engaged in the production of a wide assortment of chocolates and Arabic sweets. The sector forms an integral part of the food and beverages industry and its future growth will be closely associated with the overall development of the entertainment, hospitality and tourism sectors in Qatar.
This report covers the “Food and Beverage Services Sector in Qatar”, which is an integral part of the hospitality sector. This sector comprises of sub-segments such as fine dining, casual dining, quick service restaurants, cafes, confectionaries, cafeterias and mobile food trucks. Qatar’s F&B sector according to statistics made in 2016 2,590 operational units with estimated cumulative revenue of QAR 6,993mn. The sector is an intrinsic part of Qatar’s economy where the cultural diversity and growth of the tourism sector, for business and leisure, has led to the flourishing of a range of restaurants serving dishes from around the world.
This report covers “Manufacture of Structural Metal Products in Qatar”. This sector comprises architectural steel fabrication, structural steel fabrication and pre-engineered buildings. Since the construction and infrastructure sectors are the main drivers of demand for the structural metal products industry, the demand for products in this sector is likely to increase significantly in light of the future projects planned to be established in the country.
This report covers "Waste management and recycling" or "Materials Recovery", a sector that is likely to play an instrumental role in dealing with the environmental challenges facing Qatar. Segregation of waste at source is a major challenge facing solid waste management activities in the country. The rate of recovery and recycling of waste is linked to the stage of waste management at which an item is captured and separated. There is a large quantum of waste generated in Qatar, majority of which is not recovered and ends up in landfills. Various initiatives are currently under consideration, which is likely to transform the material recovery sector, making it more attractive for SMEs.
This report studies the “Manufacture of Glass and Glass Products” in Qatar. It categorizes the glass and glass products manufacturing by type, which includes production of flat glass and its downstream products, glass fiber, container glass, domestic glass products, and special glass products. Qatar, which was traditionally reliant on imports across all segments of the glass and glass products industry, has witnessed increasing participation from local SMEs. Currently, there are 13 companies, all of which operate in the flat glass-processing segment. This report highlights 2 companies that were established over the past 2 years. These companies have developed substantial capabilities and currently offer a range of innovative products to the construction sector in Qatar. The gross value added by the domestic glass-processing sector has grown by over ten times from 2006 to 2014.
Press release issued by Council of Arab Banks and Monetary Authorities Governors.
This guide was developed by Qatar Development Bank in line with the relevant advisories issued by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation, Primary Health Care Corporation and other government agencies. This document is meant to act as a guide for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on business continuity planning, to help them deal with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.
Press release issued by Council of Arab Banks and Monetary Authorities Governors.
Qatar’s Strategic Trade Development Roadmap (STDR) report is a collaboration between QDB and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry with the technical assistance of the International Trade Center (ITC). The report aims to set the small and medium-sized enterprise sector on the course of strategic development by addressing constraints in a comprehensive manner and defining concrete opportunities that can be realized through the specific steps detailed in the initiatives’ section in this report. The initiatives proposed in the report vary according to changes in relevant policies or institutions.
Highlighting the key characteristics of SMEs in the State of Qatar and studying the overall SMEs’ performance based on combination of indicators at macro-economic as well as firm specific level.
This report is one of the three-fold research project “Home-based Businesses in Qatar: Current Reality and Mechanisms for Advancement”. The report aimed to highlight and analyze the main results of the said survey, which covered a sample of (535) home-based businesses in Qatar, discovering their demographic characteristics, business experiences, needs, challenges, and their future orientations, in addition to highlighting reasons behind discontinued businesses.
This output – which forms the second phase of the 3-fold research project “Home-based Businesses in Qatar: Current Reality and Mechanisms for Advancement”— reviews the results of the exploratory study on Gulf and international experiences and expertise in this field. The study qualitatively analyzed relevant publications with a focus on reviewing government efforts to establish a regulatory and legislative framework to support HbBs, as well as supporting various initiatives. Countries covered in the study include USA, Canada, Singapore, Oman and others.
This study is the third and last paper of the research project “Home-based Businesses in Qatar: Current Reality and Mechanisms for Advancement”. The study identifies the challenges facing HbBs in Qatar based on a survey results as well as seminars conducted with HbBs owners, and thus highlights recommendations and mechanisms proposed for the advancement of HbBs at the national level on both short and medium terms.
The report outlines the social and cultural context of entrepreneurship in Qatar. The report not only reflects the positive entrepreneurial environment in Qatar, but also illustrates the extent to which entrepreneurs are accepted and supported in the country. Qatar has been ranked the first in the National Entrepreneurship Context Index (NECI). There has been considerable improvement in the twelve framework conditions according to the national experts. The outstanding performance of Qatar reflects a strong entrepreneurial spirit amongst its population, and a supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The Qatar National Report 2017 represents the second consecutive year that QDB has tracked rates of entrepreneurial activity; assessed the characteristics, motivations and ambitions of entrepreneurs; and explored the attitudes societies have towards entrepreneurship across world economies. This report draws on extensive market research involving the collection of high-quality data gathered from nearly 2,700 interviews with residents of Qatar across all nationalities and genders, aged 18-64 years. In addition to input from sixty experts in the field of entrepreneurship. The results of this report will help formulate a framework for a national strategy based on an open economy to investments, diversification of income through the creation of new enterprises and economic independence.
Qatar's entrepreneurship ecosystem map consists of a complex network of institutions and organizations that support entrepreneurs and help to build a knowledge-based economy. The ecosystem plays a vital role in achieving the vision for the State of Qatar.
The aim of this report is to inform policy makers, academics, and practitioners about the multidimensional nature of entrepreneurship in Qatar during 2016.