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Qatar's population rise has multiple side-effects

Qatar's population is rising, despite fears that construction projects put on hold or shelved will affect the growth

With the unprecedented population growth, Qatar faces a multitude of challenges.
With the unprecedented population growth, Qatar faces a multitude of challenges.

Qatar's population has surged to an all-time high reaching over 2.33 million in February, an increase of more than 109,000 over January.

This is contrary to the believe that some analysts hold, that the population growth will slow down owing to shelving or stalling of some projects, on the back of fluctuating oil prices.

In January the population dropped to 2.23 million, a drop of 11,000. However families with school going children were out of the country on a spring break over that period.

With the surge comes the challenge around accommodation and services, which are being stretched to the limit, leaving areas of Doha with frustrated and irate residents who are complaining about lack of basic services, while rents in some of the more exclusive areas, such as Barwa City, have soared by an unprecedented 40%. Many resident are being forced to move out of the housing complex as a result.

This, while entire apartment blocks stand empty while landlords refuse to let to individuals, preferring to rent to corporates as they are then assured of payment - with less hassal around rent collection.

Barwa City comprises around 6,000 apartments in 128 buildings.


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