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Strengths of Unequal Flows of People, Money, Ideas + Technology in Qatar

•Economic: Qatar is one of the wealthiest countries in the region because of oil; the government has encouraged diversification including tourism
•International influence: Qatar is gaining in regional influence. It owns the forthright satellite TV station Al-Jazeera which has attracted a growing audience as well the displeasure of some neighbouring states
•International reputation: Qatar has won the right to stage the 2022 FIFA world cup and 2019 world athletics championship

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How has Unequal Flows of People, Money, Ideas + Technology in Qatar lead to Qatar's Social, Economic + Political Development?

•Social - oil money funds welfare state, with many services being free or heavily subsidised for citizens of Qatar.
•Economic - with more than 15% of the world's proven gas reserves, Qatar is likely to become a global energy giant.
•Political – Qatar is an absolute monarchy with power concentrated in the hands of the emir and his family. They are advised by a council which has half of its members elected

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How has Unequal Flows of People, Money, Ideas + Technology in Qatar lead to Concerns in Qatar?

• Migrant workers are short-term guests. They live in segregated areas, in accommodation provided by employers, and stay no more than five years. They cannot bring their families with them unless they earn over $1,922 a month.

•Many work in conditions that Human Rights Watch describe as "forced labour". They can be exploited by unscrupulous recruitment agencies whose exorbitant fees mean they start work with heavy burdens of high-interest debt, or by employers who withhold workers' passports and don't abide by health and safety laws.

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Life Expectancy of Male + Female in Qatar

Life expectancy:
- 79 years (men)
- 78 years (women) (UN)

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Capital of Qatar

Doha

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Major Religion of Qatar

Islam

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Population of Qatar

1.9m (UN, 2012)

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Main Exports in Qatar

Oil and gas

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GNI per capita in Qatar

US $80,440 (World Bank, 2011)

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GDP per citizen in Qatar

GDP per citizen: is $690,000