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Qatar’s population inches up to another all-time high

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Photo for illustrative purposes only.
Photo for illustrative purposes only.

Qatar grew by about another 25,000 people in Qatar from October to November, bringing the the country’s population to another all-time, new government figures show.

Some 2,637,302 people were recorded as being inside of the state on Nov. 30, according to the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics (MDPS).

This is up 26,700 from October, and and reflects a growth of 177,000 more people than the same time last year.

November 2016 population
November 2016 population

Men still heavily outnumber women 3:1, with the total male population nearly hitting the 2 million mark.

Slower growth

Though there are more people in Qatar than ever before, the growth of the population is slowing down.

Through most of 2015, the population grew at an average of around 9 percent, year-on-year.

By the end of November, the annual rate was around 7 percent, down from 8 percent the month before.

This is in line with last year’s MDPS forecast that population growth would start to taper off in early-to-mid 2017, as some major construction projects start to wrap up.

To cope with increasing congestion due to the rising population, Qatar has embarked on an extensive expansion and upgrade of its road network.

Metro Square of HBK Medical City
Metro Square of HBK Medical City

The public works authority Ashghal has been increasing capacity on key routes such as C-Ring Road to ease commuting times.

Meanwhile, Hamad Medical Corp.(HMC) is scheduled to open three new hospitals next year at Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City.

It also plans to open three hospitals dedicated to the healthcare of male laborers, in the Industrial Area, Ras Laffan and Mesaieed, next year.

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