No figures have been publicly disclosed, but officials said the focus in 2017 will be on improving efficiency in public spending; increasing revenue from non-oil and gas sources; and maintaining a high credit rating.
Residents have suggested rolling back government salaries, reducing the country’s reliance on expat labor and trimming spending on sports clubs. One person even suggested cancelling the 2022 World Cup.
Qatar plans to spend QR202.5 billion next year, which is 7.28 percent or QR15.9 billion less than its last fiscal year. The budget comes as new figures suggest country’s economy is growing at a much slower rate than expected.