Qatar’s population stood at a record 2,116,400 at the end of last month, newly released figures from the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics (QSA) have shown.
The number of residents are expected to continue climbing over the next few years as Qatar hires more expats to build up its infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Last year, a QSA official forecast that some 2.4 million would live here by 2015.
The relentless growth is not without consequences. For the past few years, the country has been straining to accommodate its newcomers. This appears to be most apparent on the roads, as congestion complaints proliferate.
Statistics for how many vehicles were added to the roads last month are not yet available, but in January alone for example, over 8,000 more vehicles hit the streets, the vast majority of them for private use.
And 9,498 people were issued driver’s licenses (539 Qataris and 8,959 expats), according to recently published QSA data.
Other key details about January’s population include:
- There were 1,896 live births recorded (575 Qataris, 1,896 non-Qataris);
- Some 217 people died (82 Qataris, 135 non-Qataris);
- There were 397 road accidents (more than 13 a day), resulting in 14 deaths; and
- Nearly 3 million people flew in and out of Doha International Airport.
Here’s the full January report: