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  • Elephants Can't Jump

    Ensuring brand initiatives work in practice as well as in theory. To have marketplace impact, we believe every research assignment should consist of three elements consumer exploration or validation, within a competitive context, generating commercial outputs.
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  • Firefish Ltd

    29 full time staff, operating in all corners of the globe, on all manner of projects. No methodology is squashed to fit. We approach each brief with fresh eyes and minds, to make sure you get the most out of your research, helping your brand move forward.
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  • Grass Roots

    Grass Roots is one of Europe's largest performance improvement companies. Established in 1980, Grass Roots UK is the founding company of a group with offices and partners operating in 15 countries around the world.
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    In addition to Social Media Research (Web Listening) DigitalMRs solutions also include community panels, access panels, Web usability and a distinct focus on qualitativeresearch online.
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An Introduction to Qatar

Qatar is an Arab emirate in the Middle East. It shares a land border with Saudi Arabia; otherwise, the Persian Gulf surrounds the rest of the country, and separates Qatar from the island nation of Bahrain. See full country profile.

Latest Research News from Middle East

Mar 21
Southeast Asia-based qual and quant marketing intelligence and panels provider Divergent Insights has appointed Swagata Moitra Ghosh to its Leadership Team as VP Global Research and Insights. Mar 21 2024
Feb 19
Yahoo has launched a rapid insights solution called PurpleLab, based on Qualtrics technology - initially in Australia and Southeast Asia. Feb 19 2024

2 current Middle Eastern jobs:

Director, Dubai, Remuneration package will be structured to reward skills, experience and expertise - (posted Apr 8 2024)
Survey Research Manager, Remote Working - Worldwide, $ Competitive salary - (posted Feb 27 2024)

Fast Facts
Map of Qatar
AREA: 11,586 sq km
POPULATION: 833,285 (July 2010 est.)
Qatar cityscape
Qatar cityscape

RoboJock Camel racing is a popular sport in Qatar. At one time, in order to have as little weight as possible on the camel and gain a competitive advantage, children as young as four were used as jockeys. Now that this is illegal (for all the obvious reasons), the owners have turned to robot jockeys. These are controlled by the camels' owners who are following in four wheel drive vehicles. Not only can the owners control the robots' arms to whip the camels and pull the reins, they can also hurl abuse at the camels through speakers. The robot jockeys weigh about 26 kilos and cost about five and a half thousand dollars, which compares favourably with about two thousand (plus upkeep) for a child.

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Qatar in Profile

Qatar is an Arab emirate in the Middle East. It shares a land border with Saudi Arabia; otherwise, the Persian Gulf surrounds the rest of the country, and separates Qatar from the island nation of Bahrain.

This is an oil and gas rich nation - boasting the third largest gas reserves in the world, as well as the second highest GDP per capita ($119,500 per capita - beaten only by Liechtenstein). Ruled by the al-Thani family since the mid 19th century, Qatar has transformed itself from a British Protectorate mainly noted for Pearling to an independent state. Qatar became an independent sovereign state on September 3rd 1971. In 2001, Qatar resolved its longstanding border disputes with both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.During the latter part of the 1980s and the early-to-mid 90s, the Qatari economy was on its knees. However since a bloodless coup in 1995 when the current Emir overthrew his father, Qatar has experienced rapid economic growth.

Some Business and General Info

GDP: $99.59 billion (2009 est.) - $119,500 per capita

Religions Muslim 77.5%, Christian 8.5%, other 14% (2004 census)

Currency: Riyal (QAR) - 1 GBP = 5.77 QAR

Telephone Code: +974

Overview of the Research Industry

MR Association(s):

Association: We can find no records of an existing MR Association in Qatar, although there are several agencies working in the country

Statistics: The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) - including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates - had a total MR spend of USD 130m in 2008 an absolute growth of 18.2% (net 6.6%) on 2007.
Source: ESOMAR

Overview of Trade and Industry

In 2008, on the back of high oil prices, Qatar posted its eighth consecutive budget surplus. Economic policy is focused on developing non-associated natural gas reserves and increasing private and foreign investment in non-energy sectors, but oil and gas still account for more than 50% of GDP, roughly 85% of export earnings, and 70% of government revenues.

Proved oil reserves of 15 billion barrels should enable continued output at current levels for 37 years. Qatar's proved reserves of natural gas are nearly 26 trillion cubic meters, about 14% of the world total and third largest in the world.

Before the discovery of oil, the economy of the Qatari region focused on fishing and pearl hunting. After the introduction of the Japanese cultured pearl onto the world market in the 1920s and 1930s, Qatar's pearling industry faltered. However, the discovery of oil, beginning in the 1940s, completely transformed the state's economy. Now the country has a high sta'dard of living, with many social services offered to its citizens and all the amenities of any modern state.

According to the CIA World Factbook: Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and India are the main export partners, with exports totalling $37.24 billion in 2009. The main export commodities are liquefied natural gas (LNG), petroleum products, fertilizers, steel. The main import partners are the US, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Germany, France, the UK, China, UAE, and Saudi Arabia (2009), with imports of machinery and transport equipment, food, chemicals totalling $20.89 billion.

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