Qatar's population rises marginally in November
As Qatar moves towards the end of the year, the population statistics are within the trend witnessed over the last 15 years, namely marginal growth in the period between 1 - 30 November
Qatar’s population surge and ebb is largely dependent on the ongoing construction projects as well as the climate.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Development Planning & Statistics (MDPS) on Thursday, Qatar's population grew marginally in the period between 1 November and 30 November.
This is in line with the trend witnessed over the last 15 years, it stated.
While the figures released by the ministry on 31 October put the population at 2,611,000, it rose to 2,637,000, with the population increasing by 1% (26,000) during the 30-day period.
However, there had been a population increase of nearly 7.1% this year compared to figures of the corresponding period last year.
Qatar's population usually surges between October and May (commonly referred to as the months of arrivals) and falls during the three months between 1 June and 31 August, when a substantial number of expatriates vacation outside of the country.
The figure also falls in December when a large number of residents travel.
Though the population starts increasing from September, in time for the new school year, it is only from the end of October that the figures return to the May level.
The general expectation is that Qatar's population may exceed the 2.7mn mark by the end of February 2017, riding mainly on the arrival of labourers to work on the projetcs, despite the general slowdown, which will once again put strain on already under-resourced infrastructure and facilities, from schools to hospitals. While the figures hit the 2.6mn mark at the end of October, the previous high was in May this year when it was 2,587,000.
The lowest figure so far this year was recorded in July when there were only 2,326,000 residents in Qatar, which was attributable to the summer vacation when a large number of both locals and expatriates are away from the country.