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Thu 21 Aug 2008 03:15 PM

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Qatar population jumps 18% in H1

Population grows to 1.45mn as booming economy continues to attract foreigners to Gulf state.

Qatar's population grew 18 percent in the first half of 2008 to 1.45 million people, the Qatar Statistics Authority said on Thursday.

The population of the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas had grown 17 percent in 2007 to 1.23 million people, according to data posted on the statistics authority's website.

Of the total population as of the middle of 2008, 75.7 percent, or 1.1 million, were men, the data showed.

Like many of its Gulf Arab neighbours, Qatar relies heavily on migrant labour from South Asia as it expands its $69 billion economy.

Real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 10.9 percent this year would be the highest in the Gulf region, according to the average forecast of economists in a poll by newswire Reuters in July.

Per capita income in the Gulf state is forecast to surge 23 percent this year to $96,484, second only to Luxembourg, Gulf Finance House said last month. (Reuters)

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