The discovery of oil in the 1940’s started Qatar’s industrial growth and economic development. At the turn of the 21st century, Qatar witnessed exponential growth and diversification supported by development of industrial and port infrastructure and increased focus on exports. Government’s swift responses to the regional blockade underpinned Qatar’s economic resilience which ensured stability in industrial sector exports, both in the oil and gas and non-oil, non-gas segments.
A blessing in disguise, the blockade led to rapid development in Qatar’s agro-and food-based industries driven by initiatives by the government and the private sector. After mitigating the immediate impact of the blockade, the government developed the manufacturing sector strategy, comprising nine strategic enablers which are expected to help Qatar build on its resilience and emerge stronger. The ending of blockade and a multi-sector development pipeline augurs well for Qatar’s industrial sector.