Qatar Country Performance, Brand Strength and Reputation

Nestled in the heart of the Middle East, Qatar has emerged as a crucial link between the East and the West. With its abundant oil and gas reserves, Qatar boasts one of the highest GDP per capita globally, underscoring its economic prowess. Guided by the ambitious Qatar National Vision 2030, the nation is working towards sustainable development and economic diversification.

Qatar offers investors a favorable business climate spanning finance, real estate, advanced manufacturing, tourism, and infrastructure. Moreover, Qatar’s supportive business environment and world-class healthcare system enhance its appeal as a favoured destination for businesses and skilled talent alike.

Based on these attributes, let’s explore how Qatar positions itself on the world stage, drawing insights from data provided by leading rankings and indices.

Let’s take a closer look at:

  • Qatar’s soft power and country brand strength
  • Its appeal to skilled labour, investors and visitors
  • The country’s global contribution to peace and well-being
  • How well it fares in terms of happiness and sustainability

Qatar’s soft power and country brand strength

How does Qatar compare in terms of reputation and brand value globally? 

In the Global Soft Power Index 2024 by Brand Finance, Qatar ranks 21st, just behind Belgium (20th) and Denmark (19th). Qatar has climbed by three positions since last year, and the score has risen from 49.9 in 2023 to 54.5 in 2024.

In the U.S. News Best Countries 2023 ranking, Qatar secures the 26th position, behind Portugal (25th) and Luxembourg (24th). Qatar especially excels in the key area Movers (2nd).

Assessing a country’s future growth is dependent on a range of factors, including how prepared it is to weather challenges posed by the global economy. Qatar’s ranking improved by three positions, now at 29th in the overall ranking in 2022.

The Anholt-Ipsos Nation Brand Index (NBI) calculates its ranking based on averaging the scores of six different factors: exports, governance, tourism, culture, people and immigration, and tourism. According to the NBI 2023 ranking, Qatar came in the 50th position, slightly improved from its 53rd position in 2022.

Is Qatar a ‘Good’ country?

What is Qatar’s contribution to global well-being?

In the Good Country Index, Qatar currently holds the 109th position overall. All the factors need improvement, as none rank in the top 50. Health and Wellbeing (71st), Science & Technology (143rd), Culture (136th), International Peace & Security (81st), World Order (82nd), Planet & Climate (143rd), and Prosperity & Equality (78th). Previously, Qatar ranked 59th in 2022 and 95th in 2021. Therefore, the country is experiencing inconsistent ranking fluctuation in the Good Country Index.

According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index 2023, Qatar ranked in the orange zone (3-4 range) with a 3.65 out of 10. This is rather low but higher than neighbouring Saudi Arabia (2.08) or the United Arab Emirates (2.90).

In the 2022 Corruption Perception Index, Qatar comes 40th, just behind Latvia (39th). Qatar’s score has dropped by five since 2021.

The Sustainable Development Report 2023 ranks Qatar 100th, scoring 66.2. The report highlights that Qatar faces major challenges in many of the 17 SDGs. However, the country is experiencing increasing positive changes in SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), although SDG 15 (Life on Land) and SDG 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions) factors are experiencing a downward trend in Qatar.

Talent attraction

How well is Qatar performing in attracting and retaining talent?

The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index 2019 edition placed Qatar at 29th position among 141 countries. However, it’s important to note that an updated version of this report hasn’t been released in the past five years, and rankings may have shifted since then.

In the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2023, Qatar holds the 35th position, just behind Chile (34th). In this report, Qatar is classified as a high-income country within Northern Africa and Western Asia, and is ranked 4th on a regional level. The country ranks best in the VT skills pillar (21st), while the Retain pillar ranked 77th, indicating that this represents a challenge for Qatar.

Regarding education excellence, according to the World University Rankings 2024, Qatar has no university within the top 100 overall scores. However, Qatar University ranks 24th in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2023.

Qatar’s appeal to digital nomads, business, trade and travel 

What is the global perception of Qatar as a destination for living, conducting business, and tourism?

According to Expat Insider 2023, Qatar ranks in 31st place, right behind the USA (30th) and Estonia (29th). Qatar performs quite well in Healthcare (3rd), Travel and Transit (8th), Safety and Security (16th), Career Prospects (6th) and Salary and Job Security (13th).

However, the country ranks comparatively low in the ‘ease of settling in’ factors, such as Culture and Welcome (32nd), Local Friendliness (34th) and Finding Friends (33rd). Such rankings show Qatar is a good place to work; however, there are potential struggles for expats to settle in. Moreover, Qatar ranks low in the Environment and Climate factor (41st).

The Bloom Consulting biannual Country Brand Ranking Trade Edition 2022-2023 assesses investment-related variables, emphasizing perceptions of a country’s trade-specific brand and evaluating branding performance. In Asia, Qatar ranks 27th, dropping two positions from the previous report. Qatar stands behind Azerbaijan (26th) and Oman (25th). Worldwide, Qatar ranks 88th.

In addition, in the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking Tourism Edition 2022-2023 ranking, Qatar remains to secure the 18th position in Asia, behind Saudi Arabia (17th) and Sri Lanka (16th). Worldwide, Qatar ranks 58th. The country’s mix of traditions with modern advancements, makes it a unique and attractive destination for visitors.

In the IMD 2023 World Competitiveness Ranking, Qatar came in 12th position, improving from its 18th position in 2022, and 17th position in 2021. Currently, Qatar stands right behind Finland (11th) and the United Arab Emirates (10th), and surpassing Belgium (13th) and Norway (14th).

Regarding specific characteristics, Qatar significantly improved its Economic Performance factor, climbing from 11th place in 2021 to 5th position in 2023. Government Efficiency slightly improved from 7th in 2022 to 4th in 2023, according to the World Competitiveness Ranking. Business efficiency climbed by two positions from 14th in 2022 to 12th in 2023. Finally, Infrastructure in Qatar ranks 33rd in 2023, slightly improving from the 38th position in 2022.

How peaceful is Qatar?

Is Qatar a peaceful and safe place to be in?

The Global Peace Index 2023 ranks Qatar 21st, climbing by one position since last year’s index. Qatar currently ranks behind Belgium (20th), Malaysia (19th), and Hungary (18th) and ahead of Australia (22nd), Mauritius (23rd), and Norway (24th). All of these fall under the ‘’high sector’’ of the ‘State of Peace’ spectrum as defined by the Institute for Economics & Peace. Within the region, Qatar ranks 1st, followed by Kuwait (2nd) and Oman (3rd).

The Institute for Economics & Peace similarly ranks Qatar within the ‘no impact zone’ in terms of ‘Impact of Terrorism’ in the 2024 Global Terrorism Index. Qatar ranks 89th, tying with many countries such as Portugal, Romania, Poland, Morocco, and Laos.

Qatar’s environmental performance

How does Qatar perform in rankings measuring environmental sustainability?

The 2022 edition of the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks Qatar 137th. Using the most recent data available, the EPI scores 180 countries on their environmental performance and provides calculable changes in scores over the past decade. Qatar has experienced a slight drop by -2.30 over the last ten years.

Last updated in March 2024. More country profiles here.

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