WATCH: Qatar's Diverse Population
Qatar is home to a population of about 2,335,365 people, according to the World Poplation Review.
Since the oil and gas boom, Qatar’s population has been growing steadily. In the decade up to 2011, Qatar’s population tripled. The lines may be a bit blurred around the edges though, as for example, in 2013 the population was estimated by the Qatar Statistics Authority to be 1.9 million, while other sources claimed it was as much as 2.03 million.
According to a 2017 report, Indians make up the nationality with the highest population in the country, with 25 percent of them—about 650,000—currently residing in Qatar.
One of the greatest alterations in numbers has occurred in the Bangladeshi community, with the population rising from 137,000 in 2013 to 280,000 as of early 2016. That’s a staggering increase of 104 percent!
Although most nationalities’ numbers have increased, a few stagnated or lessened, including those of Nepal, Palestine, Lebanon, Malaysia, Russia, Croatia, Hungary and South Korea.
After Indians, Nepalis make up a significant portion of the population—there are about 400,000 of them — although most of them work as unskilled labourers.
With the expatriate population making up the majority of the country’s total, and Qataris only making up a tiny percentage, it’s no wonder that the Qatari government strives so hard to preserve local customs and culture.