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More people than ever choosing to stay in Qatar this Ramadan

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More than two million people remained in Qatar at the end of last month – the highest figures seen during the month of June, according to new government data.

That means this Ramadan will be one of the busiest holy months Qatar has seen in its history, as fewer people are choosing to leave the country during the usual summer exodus.

Typically, thousands of people depart on vacation in June after schools get out and head to countries with milder climates, or to visit family and friends.

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But not so this year. As of June 30, 2014, there were 2,151,745 in the country – down 22,290 from May, according to official figures from the Ministry of Development, Urban Planning and Statistics.

Many people may be choosing to remain in Qatar after the end of the academic year because of Ramadan, as residents may find it easier to fast here, and to postpone traveling until after Eid.

If that is the case, August will likely be much quieter in Qatar – which could come as a relief to many residents who remain or return to the country next month.

This week, many people have been complaining on Twitter about heavy traffic on the roads during the start of Ramadan – not just at the traditionally busy times around sundown and after Iftar, but throughout much of the day:

Previous years

According to the MDPS, June’s figures reflect a snapshot of the population, taking into account the number of people who are inside the country on June 30.

In comparing this year’s figures to previous summers, it is clear that fewer people are choosing to leave Qatar in the hotter months begin – likely due to Ramadan, which has fallen during the summer months over the past couple years.

While some 20,000 people left Qatar in June of this year, nearly 47,000 people departed at the same time last year. And in June of 2012, even more people – 73,390 – left – perhaps to go on holiday and return to Qatar for Ramadan, which began on July 20.

Because the population of Qatar was lower in previous years, the number of people leaving accounted for a much higher percentage of the total number residents here.

August is the most popular month in Qatar for traveling, and the time which shows the greatest dip in population.

Last year, there were 98,000 fewer people in the country in August than in May. This could also be linked to the summer being a common time for people to finish contracts and leave the country for good.

September forecast

However, September’s population figures usually show a sharp increase, as residents return from holiday and there is an influx of newcomers. Last year, more than 170,000 people entered Qatar in September, putting the population above two million for the first time.

That fall, journey times around Doha suddenly doubled with the extra traffic on the roads, as the infrastructure struggled to keep pace with the population.

In a bid to ease congestion, the public works authority Ashghal has been converting many roundabouts into intersections with traffic lights and is undertaking an overhaul of C-Ring road to create more lanes.

Meanwhile, the pressure on places in hospitals and schools continues apace as more and more people come into the country to help build the many mega-projects planned in time for Qatar hosting the World Cup in 2022.

What do you expect in September? Thoughts?

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AEC
AEC
7 years ago

Choosing or their sponsor choosing for them?

MIMH
MIMH
7 years ago

Speaking to Anil who works in a local factory he said, ‘I wanted to go on leave but sponsor and my boss both wanted to go to London for 2 months so I’ve been denied an exit permit, which is the same for all in my company. I don’t mind so much as they were kind enough to grant me one weeks leave 7 years ago so I could meet my wife for the second time’.

Michael L
Michael L
7 years ago
Reply to  MIMH

Nice one

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
7 years ago

i never understood why leave during ramadan, surly people want to stay for the shorter work days

Jaded
Jaded
7 years ago

Indeed, I know many people who in the last couple of years preferred to leave just after Eid to enjoy the shorter working days and then a holiday, effectively getting an extended easier summer. I prefer to go on holiday during Ramadan as it minimizes the amount of work I would have to do remotely, as work generally slows down during Ramadan.

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Go on holiday + work remotely = holiday fail IMHO. The purpose of a holiday is to take a break from work, to relax, unwind and recharge.

Jaded
Jaded
7 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

Sure that’s great in theory, but if some things can’t wait and no one else can get them done there’s not much of a choice. I’m not talking about putting in hours, just the odd call or few emails every other day. This is a common problem with SMEs where it’s not easy to have enough people for full cover

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

Don’t want to start an argument with you, but that’s BS. Unless its brokering world peace, finding a cure to a currently incurable disease, etc. there is nothing that can’t wait for you to come back. Also if you work in complete isolation that no one else can do what you do or make the decisions that you need to make, you’re doing it wrong.

Jaded
Jaded
7 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

whatever, good for you, maybe one day I’ll figure it out too

AEC
AEC
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaded

If you can’t be replaced you can’t be promoted.

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago

Yup some surly people do tend to stay ;-). Others are more grateful for the shorter working hours and are less surly 🙂

Saffa
Saffa
7 years ago
Reply to  Saffa

Sorry mate couldn’t resist! 🙂

Your English is better than my Arabic, I’m sure

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

Shorter work days? My wife works same hours whilst having to fast for those ten hours. The Muslims she works with only work 5 hours. So ok I respect not eating and drinking but she should also only work 5 hours. But who ever said Qatar was a fair and just society?

Mohammed Albanai
Mohammed Albanai
7 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Where does she work? Any government job they have the same work hours muslim or not

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

HMC

Observant One
Observant One
7 years ago

In Cyprus where I’m freeeeeeee

outdoorsboys
outdoorsboys
7 years ago

What do I expect in September? Road rage and nowhere to park in City Centre- so the usual endless circuit looking for a space. PLEASE create some Park and Drive.

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