By Andy Sambidge
57% of population in 2008 are construction workers, compared to 25% in 2004.
Qatar’s rapid economic growth during the past few years has transformed the country’s geo-demographic profile, latest statistics show.
The most striking change has been in the number of labourers which has risen from just 25 percent of the population up to 2004 to 57 percent in 2008, according to a new study by Qatar Statistics Authority.
The new figures also show that, compared to a high concentration of population in Doha during the 1980s, the industrial areas of Al Khor and Al Wakra have emerged as two densely populated areas in Qatar over the past four years, The Peninsula reported on Wednesday.
The biggest increase in population from 2004 was noticed in Al Khor and Ras Laffan, followed by the Al Wakra and Al Jemeiliya areas, the report said.
Those living as worker groups or in labour camps made up 25-27 percent of the population during the 1986-2004 period. This figure increased to 57 percent in the survey results for 2008.
Three quarters of Qatar’s population falls in the 15-59 years age group, the report added but the greatest population growth has occurred in the 40-59 age group in the past two decades.
The report showed that Qatar had an average gender ratio of more than three males to every female in 2008, as the majority of the expatriate workers in the Gulf state are men.
The increase in the gender ratio has occurred in all the areas, but has been most pronounced in the Al Khor-Ras Laffan area, where it has jumped to 21 men to every woman.
Now that can be a matter of worry for any country, when the population mix is rather lopsided! This can be a temporary phenomena, but still the Qatar government can have a lot of social issues on hand.
For any fast growing economy particularly, if it is Real-Estate driven, you will have workers concentration on the demography. This will change after the economic is stabilized. The only worry is for the labourers, it is sad to see that they are classified as a different class who can seriously disturber the creative thinking status community.