Qatar has one of world's highest divorce rates

Qatar has one of the highest rates of divorce in the world and the number of couples ending their marriages continues to increase, Qatari daily The Peninsula reported on Saturday.

The newspaper said close to 1,000 divorces took place in 2007, compared to just over 3,200 marriages, citing figures from the Qatar Statistics Authority (QSA).

It said Qatari citizens accounted for the majority of divorces in 2007 - standing at 721 compared to 2,013 marriages among citizens during the year.

Hassan al-Jefairi, a social activist and businessman, attributed the high rate of divorce to arranged marriages and family interference, according to the newspaper.

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