Authors Posts by Rohan Soman

Rohan Soman


The new Sponsorship law clarified; existing contracts will need to be re-worded
Water usage

PPC studies and figures suggest that in 1990, in Qatar, per capita consumption of water was 182 cubic metres, which rose to 230 cubic metres in 2000 and to 400 cubic metres in 2012 – a report.

In 2012, Qatar was among the top 10 countries in the world with the biggest current account surpluses. Concerns are now being raised that the State's current account surplus may not be as big this year as it has been for a very long while.
Oil drop

Oil prices have been plummeting to record lows in the global market impacting oil-rich countries adversely.

With Qatari stocks expected to remain subdued in 2016, should investors look at longer term investments in stocks?
Stock market

The year 2015 was not particularly good for the Qatari stocks, which took a massive beating over the year, despite the fact that the coveted MSCI and S&P Indices upgraded the status of QE from 'Frontier Market' to 'Emerging Market'.

Investor wealth or market capitalisation, a measure of liquidity on the exchange, was down...

Qatar passed a law in February this year, making it mandatory for private companies...

From delayed payments to recruitment woes, the contracting sector continues to face challenges amid a continuing construction boom – a report.

Oil price volatility might mean Qatar will likely witness another budget deficit more than a decade later.

Qatari stocks have been under some pressure since late 2014 and early this year due to falling world oil prices.

In a nation that holds a host of investment possibilities, exchange-traded funds will also be a good bet.

Despite low interest rates, deposits show substantial growth – a report.

As the number of foreign workers increases in the country, Qatar sets up stricter labour policies and guidelines.

China has recently set up a centre in Qatar to serve the entire Middle East for clearing transactions in its currency, Renminbi .

The GCC finance ministers meeting in Doha in May will decide on the fate of VAT in the GCC – a report.

Is an agriculture city comprehensive and beneficial enough to contribute to the economy and the wellbeing of Qatar on many levels?

Vehicle loan directives, issued by the Qatar Central Bank in 2011, are here to stay despite dealers lobbying for them to revoked – a report.

Will falling oil prices affect the demand for real estate in Qatar?- A report

What a fully-implemented GCC customs union means to businesses in the GCC.


Qatar is home to many different nationalities, with Qataris themselves only representing a minority. This extreme demographic shift has been taking place for the last several decades, but has skyrocketed in the last 10 years.

According to the QSA Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2014, average monthly wage in Qatar was QR 10,761, up 10 percent from 2013.

Similarly to its neighbors in the GCC, Kuwait relies heavily on its imported workforce. While the percentage of expatriates is not as high as in Qatar...

From GDP per capita,life expectancy, diabetes prevalence to the number of Keralites in the Gulf, we bring you a set of 40 maps explaining the Gulf.

Bahrain a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. is home to over 1.3 million people. Most of whom are expats and just like its neighbors in the GCC, the high volume of expats compared to the local population presents some interesting problems.
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