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After falling for three months over the summer, Qatar’s population reached 2,634,234 at the end of September, according to new government figures.

That’s up almost 190,000 people from August, and an increase of 3 percent from the previous September.

Population numbers usually rebound after summer and Eid holidays.

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They then tend to peak in November before people go out of town again for winter break.

September’s figures show that Qatar is inching back up toward its higher-ever population of 2.7 million, which was recorded in May this year.

Tapering off

Though Qatar’s population continues to increase, growth has slowed from double digits in years past to below 5 percent this year.

This is partly because of declining demand for labor as some infrastructure projects near completion.

There have also been layoffs in several sectors due to belt-tightening measures.

The Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics had forecast this shift previously, saying it expected growth to taper off by the middle of this year.


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Qatar’s population continued to fall in July, as many residents left the country on vacation or for good.

There were 2,471,919 people inside of Qatar at the end of last month, new government statistics show. That’s down 73,901 from June, setting a new low for the year.

But the population is still up 145,454 or 6 percent from July 2016.


Qatar’s population in 2017

Summer is a quiet time in Qatar due to school holidays and people traveling to escape the heat.

Looking ahead

Things usually get busier toward the end of August before classes resume.

However, Eid Al Adha is expected to be around Aug. 31 this year, so people may postpone returning to Qatar until after the holiday.

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Another unknown is what impact the ongoing boycott against Qatar by its neighbors will have on the population.

The blockade began in early June and now continues into its third month, with no end in sight.

Before it started, visitor arrivals increased 1.5 percent during the first six months of the year, compared to the same time in 2016, Qatar’s Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics (MDPS) said.

Imports down

One area the boycott is quantifiably affecting Qatar is its imports.

Due to land, sea and airspace restrictions, food, construction and other imports fell dramatically in June, according to the MDPS.

This is despite the fact that it was Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr, which is generally a time when food consumption peaks in Qatar.


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Imports were valued at QR9.5 billion in June. That’s down 40 percent from the same time last year and 38 percent from May, the Financial Times reports.

However, since the blockade started, Qatar has turned to new supply chains to get goods into the country, including shipping through Oman.



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Qatar’s population fell to 2.5 million people last month, the lowest it’s been all year.

The drop was likely because people were traveling for Eid holidays and summer vacation.

The country is also struggling with an escalating Gulf dispute, but the crisis did not stop thousands from thronging popular hotspots around town during Eid holidays last week.

By the numbers

According to new government figures, there were 2,545,820 people in the country at the end of June. That’s down by about 155,000 people from May.

But it’s still up about 69,000 people from the same time last year, or a little less than 3 percent.

Qatar’s population growth has slowed significantly in 2017, compared to years past.

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This has been in part due to declining demand for labor as some infrastructure projects near completion.

Belt-tightening measures that resulted in layoffs in several sectors have also played a role.

Still, Qatar saw its population reach record levels this year, crossing the 2.7 million threshold for the first time in May.

That many people probably won’t be seen in the country again until September, once the summer holidays are finished.