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Qataris work less than half the time of expats - gov't study

Survey reveals Qataris work just 2 hours and 52 minutes a day, compared to 6 hours and 42 minutes for non-nationals

Qataris work less than half the time of expats - gov't study
Local people, GCC nationals, GCC society

Qatari nationals work less than half the amount of time expats spend earning money in an average day, according to a government survey, which also found Qataris spend more than five hours a day engaged in leisure or cultural activities.

Overall, Qataris work two hours and 52 minutes a day, compared to six hours and 42 minutes for non-nationals, the country’s first Time Use survey, by the Ministry of Development, Planning and Statistics, shows, according to a report by Doha News.

However, when broken down to include only employed respondents, the average Qatari works seven hours and 53 minutes a day, while expats work an average nine hours and 27 minutes.

Only 49 percent of Qatari men and 28 percent of Qatari women are employed, the survey of more than 16,000 people said.

Instead, Qataris are engaged in leisure and cultural activities, including reading, watching TV and visiting relatives, for more than five hours per day. Expats spend an average 3 and a half hours on the same activities.

Qataris spend 49 minutes praying each day, compared to 28 minutes among expats.

The rest of the day is devoted to household chores and personal care such as eating and sleeping.

Billy 5 years ago

No surprises here. Why did it need a study to ascertain this? It is well known and has been for many years. How GCC governments expect their nationalization programmes to be successful with this kind of work ethic is beyond me. This is where the attention is most needed. Pointless forcing the private sector into quotas etc. The Nationals need to step up to the mark and be competitive, productive and eager to work. Then the private sector will WANT to employ them.

Mickey D 5 years ago

I'm sure the other hours were spent in less quantifiable pursuits such as deep thought, planning future growth and development, and generally theorising on how to make the world a better place.

who2 5 years ago

Brave survey, bravo for this.

Have they done this in other parts of the Gulf?

Joseph George 4 years ago

Mind you,this is a Government survey!I suspect, they even work less.